Reading Roundup 2018
It was a good year for reading. I received lots of recs from various sources, finding lots of awesome new authors in the process. It was also a good year for series and sequels. Needless to say I did a lot of reading. Here are some of my favorite books from 2018.
A couple of notes. Not all of these were published in 2018. This was just the year that I read them. Looking back on this list I realize that the authors are by almost all white women. That is also true for the list of all the books I read this year. It wasn't my intention, but I will admit that I didn't go looking for books by non-white, straight authors and as a result didn't end up reading many. This does not reflect the way I want to participate in the world. So, from now on I will be making an effort to include books by non-white, straight authors in my reading list.
If anyone has any book recommendations they are willing to share, by authors of any gender, sexuality, race, religion, etc. please drop a comment at the bottom.
Young Adult Fantasy
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Legendary (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber
I loved both of these books but I liked the second a little better than the first. The imaginative setting and adventure plots whisked me away and left me breathless. I can't wait for the final book in the series.
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J Maas
My absolute favorite of the whole Throne of Glass series.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I really liked Six of Crows, but I loved Crooked Kingdom. I think it was the setting that I liked better.
Allied (Ruined #3) by Amy Tintera
The final book in the Ruined series was so satisfying. I loved where all my favorite characters ended up.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Strange and magical.
The Storyteller (Sea of Ink and Gold #3) by Traci Chee
This series absolutely stole my heart and the third book wrecked me. An epic close to an epic story.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
This is one of those books that make me want to be an author.
The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson
Hagseed by Margaret Atwood
Both of these are from the Hogarth Shakespeare series which has well known Shakespeare plays retold in novel form by well known authors.
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie
Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Steering by Starlight by Martha Beck
Rising Strong by Brene Brown