Top Favorite Books of 2018

Posted December 26, 2018 by shooting in Book Review / 58 Comments

I’m here today with Steph and Jana of Show Us Your Books to talk about my Top Favorite Books of 2018. If you have a similar post, feel free to link up with us!

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Top Favorite Books of 2018 (So Far)

We still have a little less than a week to get some reading in, hence the (So Far) in the above title. I might read an amazing book in that time – you never know! In order to determine my top favorites, I went through Goodreads and found all the books I gave 5 stars to!

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Sink or Swim by L.A. Witt

Liar Liar by M.J. Arlidge

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Craft Brew by Layla Reyne

Fatal Throne by Candace Fleming, etc.

I will tell you now that you’ll see a lot of V.E. Schwab on this entire list – three books in fact! There are also some amazing m/m romance if you’re interested – Sink or Swim and Craft Brew above. Fatal Throne is wonderful if you are interested in King Henry VIII, and Liar Liar is part of a mystery series I ADORE!

best books of 2018

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Game by Barry Lyga

Picture Us In the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

There’s that third V.E. Schwab book! There are also two Barry Lyga books – such a good series! I’m a big fan of true crime, so I loved I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, and White Rabbit is a YA mystery with LGBT+ characters. Picture Us in the Light was dubbed one of my new favorite books, so I do recommend!!

favorite 2018 books

Heat Trap by J.L. Merrow

At The Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

And finally, we end with three LGBT+ books. Heat Trap is part of a mystery series. At The Edge of the Universe is such an amazing, unique YA novel that I highly recommend. And finally, The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a historical fiction novel full of mystery and laughs. You can’t read it and not love Monty a little bit.


There you have it – all the books I gave 5 stars to in 2018. Yes, I’m a tad liberal with my 5-stars, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t absolutely LOVE every single one of these.

Now it’s your turn – what books did you love in 2018? 

58 responses to “Top Favorite Books of 2018

  1. What a great list! I always love your reviews because we read so differently, yet I always feel inspired to try something new. I gave my husband I’ll Be Gone in the Dark for Christmas since he loves true crime, so I’m glad to hear it was one of your favorites!

  2. I feel like the lone wolf not on the V.E. Schwab bandwagon. LOL But her books have just never grabbed my attention and made me want to read them. The Gentleman’s Guide was so much fun! I just adored Monty and Percy and would love to have more about them.

  3. It’s been fun seeing everyone’s favorite book lists today! I’m hoping I have a bigger list of read books next year to have enough worth making a post for. I did a lot more reading this year though so I’m happy with that!

  4. aha! so this was the year of V.E. Schwab huh? Oh man I can;t believe I have’t read Conjuring of light yet! I loved This savage song! The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a MUST for next year 🙂 Great List Lauren 🙂

  5. Great List! I really want to read the Michelle McNamara book. Thank you for making such a great list… I have added a number of these books to my amazon list… Thank you!

  6. RO

    I’m the same way. Once I find a really good book from an author, I’m hooked and have to get everything he or she writes. Your list looks pretty good. My list for 2018 was mostly suspense/thrillers, and I’m looking forward to more of the same for 2019. Hugs…RO

  7. wow, 3 V.E. Schwab books! I’m quite sure that means I have to read all of her books in my shelf this year! Especially A Darker Shade of Magic since I heard that the entire series is great (and seeing that you have 2 of them on your list).

  8. What books did I love in 2018? The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Britt-Marie Was Here, and The Great Alone. As far as 5-star ratings go, I only bestowed that honor on two books – The Seven Husbands… and Ready Player One (which was a re-read).

    Happy New Year!

  9. Amber Battishill

    Oooo, what a good list! I totally have been looking for some new books to read so this was perfect timing!

  10. FATAL THRONE! I always get so excited to see your Fatal Throne love- it will be on my favorites list, too! So, confession: I think Schwab and I might not be good for each other? Like I *like* her books, I don’t *love* her books? Which is sad for me because ugh, the premises are incredible! I’ll keep trying though! Glad you read so many awesome books this year!

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  11. Ooh, the second book in the I Hunt Killers series! I haven’t read book one and have seen such conflicting reviews. I know it’s very, very mature reading but is it still mild considering it’s YA? Or not something you would want to read alone at night? I’ve had quite a few five star reads throughout the year but decided not to post a favourites list this year. It’s been a big Christmas and just can’t be assed. So many wonderful reads Lauren! ♥

  12. This is such a good list and I am loving all of the Schwab’s books! I haven’t read all of her books just yet, but I loved her ADSOM series so much 🙂
    I have Picture Us In The Light on my TBR and hope to read it soon, it sounds like a great read, I’m so happy you enjoyed it 🙂

  13. Oooh, I have White Rabbit on my TBR, so I can’t wait to read it now! I also want to try a Layla Reyne book.

    Thanks for sharing, and here’s to a fabulous 2019! 😉

  14. I’ve been seeing Fatal Throne everywhere. It’s a royal themed book perfect for my challenge. I might be tempted to pick it up in the new year. I have yet to finish the Shades of Magic Trilogy. I have so many series I want to finish next year that it’s going to be difficult picking which ones to start and finish. Like Game. I read the first book years ago. So much reader shame lol. I just wrote a post on my favorite reads so we are in sync. I love looking at favorites post so this was fun (:

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  15. I really love “A Gathering of Shadows” when I read it last year, but when I tried to read “A Conjuring of Light”, I was pregnant at the time and just so preoccupied with everything that had to do with the baby, so it was basically DNF’d this year. I’m going to try it again in 2019! I also really enjoyed “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue”! Can’t wait to read the sequel!

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  16. YAY for Picture Us in the Light! I’m so glad you love that book, as well. I wish it got so much more love than it does because it is so deserving!

    A Conjuring of Light and Gentleman’s Guide are two of my favourite books so it was fun seeing them on your list 😀

    I really need to re-read Vicious so I can finally get to Vengeful! I can’t believe I haven’t read it already. I am so behind on the books I own >.<

    I hope you read just as many amazing books this year, Lauren!

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