My Top Twenty-Five Favorite Reads of 2018 (with a few extras thrown in!)


I hope all of you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas/holiday or if you don’t celebrate the holidays, that you’ve had a wonderful week! My hubby, kids, and I just returned from spending a few days together in the Bahamas, which was Santa’s Christmas gift for all of us this year. It was the perfect gift as we relaxed and enjoyed the gorgeous views and sunned on the warm, white beaches. It was hard coming back to the cooler North Carolina temps but it’s always so good to be back home and just in time to celebrate the New Year, too!

I’ve read some extraordinary books in 2018*, and it was just too hard to pick my top ten favorites! Instead, my list ended up being my top twenty-five books of 2018 plus a few honorable mentions that I loved most of all. They’re listed in no particular order until I name my top two favorite books of 2018 followed by my honorable mentions reads! 

*Most of my favorites were published in 2018 although several will be published in 2019 and a few were published in previous years.

One through Four

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (review)

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne (review)

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover (review)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (no review)

Five through Eight

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker (review)

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton (review)

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (review)

The Fifth to Die (4MK Thriller #2) by J.D. Barker (review)

Nine through Twelve

Circe by Madeline Miller (no review)

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1) by Katherine Arden (no review)

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2) by Katherine Arden (no review)

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (review)

Thirteen through Sixteen

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (review)

The Wife by Alafair Burke (no review)

The Night Before by Wendy Walker (review upcoming)

Verity by Colleen Hoover (no review)

Seventeen through Twenty

November Road by Lou Berney (review)

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain (review)

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain (no review)

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor (review)

Twenty-one through Twenty-three

Becoming by Michelle Obama (no review)

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (no review)

The Forgiving Kind by Donna Everhart (review to post in Jan 2019)

Top Two Favorite Reads:

Number Two


An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (review)

Number One


The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (review)

Honorable Mentions:

The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart (no review)

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier (review)

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs (no review)

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (no review)

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin (review)

Did any of my favorite books of 2018 make your favorites list? If so, I’d love to hear about it! What were some of your favorite books of 2018? 

Thank all of you for sharing 2018 with me and making it such a wonderful year! I hope all of you have had as wonderful a reading year as I have! I know that I’m so excited about what 2019 has in store–not just with all the wonderful reading and blogging ahead but sharing the upcoming year with all of you, many of whom I’ve become such close friends.  I hope all of you have a wonderful and very Happy New Year!

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40 thoughts on “My Top Twenty-Five Favorite Reads of 2018 (with a few extras thrown in!)

  1. So many of these are on my unread shelf, so you’ve just made me even more excited for my 2019 reads!! I’m reading An Anonymous Girl in Feb with my online book club, I have the complete Winternight Trilogy to read, Dracul and Seven Deaths are two I wanted to get to this year, but didn’t manage, I have Becoming and Circe waiting for me on audio – I could go on but I think you get the picture 😅😆😂

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    1. Lol, I get the idea! I’m glad so many are on your list! I listened to Becoming on audio and was glad I did-it was perfect! I loved that book! 2019 is going to be such a great reading year!! 😊❤

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  2. Excellent list, so happy that we share a few! 7 deaths is also my top one, that book messed with my mind. As you know, can’t wait for the new Everhart ^^ And Im especially excited about Lou berney’s book too! Here’s to a great 2019 filled with wonderful books and bookish discussions ❤

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad that we shared some too. Yes! Seven Deaths was mind blowing! I can’t even imagine what he will write next. You’ll love the new Everhart. She’s just captures North Carolina 40s and 50s so well-I feel like when I’m reading one of her books that I’m listening to one of my grandparents or parents describing life back then to an extent. Berney’s book was amazing-I think you’ll love it! Definitely-here’s to all the wonderful things that 2019 will bring! ♥

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    1. Thanks Jenn! The Dream Daughter was amazing. Verity blew my mind! It was so good. We really did have a great Christmas…much needed time to relax after the wild and sometimes scary year we’ve had! I can’t believe the year is almost over! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!! ❤ Happy New Year dear friend!! 😘 I hope it’s fabulous! xoxo

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    1. I hope you get to read them soon, Nicole! Seven was so good! I’m glad you loved it as much as I did. It was just so creative, unique, and twisted that it stole the top slot! Happy New Year!

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  3. Woo! What a list, my friend! I think you know which ones I’ve loved, too, and any I’ve missed, I will for certain be reading. I am so happy to hear you loved the new Everhart because I have it coming up. I own Dixie Dupree, but haven’t read it yet. I read her second book and LOVED it.

    So happy you had a nice trip to the Bahamas! Happy New Year! Meeting you through blogging this year has truly been a gift! ♥️

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    1. It’s definitely a big list, LOL! It was almost a top 50 list, haha! I had to narrow it down but it was sooo hard! I had so many favorites this year. I do know which ones you loved and am so glad that we shared so many books together this year! My reading year was made so much better because we shared a love of so many of the same books or because you introduced me to different authors! Meeting you this year has truly been a gift too, my friend! I cherish our friendship so much! xoxo ♥

      Yes! The Forgiving Kind was soo good! It arrived on my door right before we left for our trip and I was so excited because that meant I could read it on the beach, lol. I love Everhart’s books! They just transport you to the 50s and 60s NC and are so accurate. You know she lives in Dunn? That’s so close! Her 2nd book was on my 2017 list of favorite books of the year, so she’s apparently a winner in my book! Dixie Dupree broke my heart, but it was wonderful. You’ll love it! I can’t wait to find out what you think about The Forgiving Kind!

      Thank you! It was a wonderful trip. We’d planned on taking a family cruise for Christmas, but this turned out to be easier and gave us more private, family time. It was great to relax and renew before the new year! Happy New Year, Jennifer! xoxo ♥

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      1. I know no one who lives in Dunn but I’d love to meet Everhart!

        Yes! We went on an anniversary cruise in April that we loved, which gave us the idea for the Christmas cruise but then I thought about how we really wouldn’t be spending relaxing, family time. So this was definitely so much better! And thank you! I need the rejuvenation!

        Aww, you’re sweet! So glad we met! xoxo ❤

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  4. So many great books on your list! I loved many of them too. I also added a few to my tbr (because it was getting low…HA!). It really looks like 2019 is going to be an awesome year for books and I can’t wait.

    I just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year again. I hope you have a happy and healthy year and wish you and your family all the best.

    Sending lots of spoons and hugs your way ❤

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    1. Thank you, Dee! I’m glad we shared some favorites! Sorry I caused you to add more to your tbr, lol. I know it’s falling over like mine! 2019 does look to be a wonderful reading year!

      Thank you! I hope all the same things for you and your family this year! We’ve both had a rough year, so I think 2019 is going to be a better year!

      Lots of spoons and hugs to you too! 🤗😘

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      1. I know, right?! Me too, lol! All I asked my kids for Christmas was books-they thought I was crazy! No, it definitely wasn’t, but I’m hoping that this will be our year-we deserve a break! xoxo ♥


  5. I have a few of these books. Yay!! Makes me want to get right to them. If only I could stay off of WordPress so I can read more. 🤦🏽‍♀️
    Thanks for posting, Stephanie. Did I already know that you live in NC? 🤔 I do too!! ☺️

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    1. LOL!I try to stay off if I can or I’d be on here all the time. I don’t think so because I didn’t know you lived in NC!! That’s really cool-I think you’re the 3rd or 4th blogger that I know who does!! 🙂

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