Top Ten Books of 2018
Fully conscious of the fact that I probably sound like a broken record, once again I will remind you that IT IS SO HARD TO NARROW THIS LIST! Listen, ya’ll, I’ve read 123 books during 2018 (this is shocking) and many of them were excellent, 4+ star reads; I have gone back and forth, hemmed and hawed, over a couple of books but I’m finally going to publish this post and be done with it. Having said that, here is what I have deemed my top ten books of 2018, listed in the order in which I read them throughout the year.
Educated by Tara Westover - If you haven’t read this one, you’re in for a wild ride! I listened to the audio version, which is why it is not pictured in the stack at the top of this post, and the narration is fantastic.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer - My most anticipated read of 2018 and it did not disappoint!
Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor - Kastor’s life experiences, and the way in which she tackles mental challenges, are valuable to all, including those of the non-running variety.
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza - One of those family stories that will gut you in the most beautiful way; another debut success.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - Other than Educated, this is the book I’ve most often pushed off on others this year; it’s worth all the hype.
Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper - The book for those who appreciate the significance of a story’s setting as much as that of its characters; throughout the entire novel, I was transported to another place and I didn’t want to leave.
Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman - Because there’s got to be at least one that fulfills my need for grief and loss and the complications of life and Ackerman nails it; a National Book Award finalist this year.