My 10 Favourite Books of 2018

Hey everyone!

Wow, can you believe that it is that time of year again? 2018 flew by for me. I felt like it was just a short while ago when I was deciding on my 2017 TBR. How can it already be the end of December?

So! I thought that I’d sum up my reading this year. What better way to do this than to share my 10 favourite books from 2018? (A quick heads-up here, these are the favourite books that I’ve read this year, not my favourite books from the 2018 releases!)

By the way, these are not in any particular order. I tried to rank these books but it is too hard! Also, I slightly cheated a bit by lumping books of a series together haha xD

1: Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

In general I am wary about books that have a lot of hype, and there was a LOT of hype about this series. However Six of Crows had me hooked from chapter one. I loved the amazing characters who were flawed and lovable, and the plot twists that had me on the edge of my seat. I also loved Crooked Kingdom and enjoyed it just as much if not more than Six of Crows. (Check out my reviews for Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.)

2: Warcross by Marie Lu

Want to read a YA sci-fi with loads of action and sizzling character chemistry? Then Warcross is the book for you! This is another book that I feel deserved every ounce of hype that it got! (Check out my review!)

3: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Did I not shout out to the world already that the fourth Harry Potter book is my favourite in the whole series!? (Oh right I probably have, many many times.) I loved re-reading this book and reliving Harry’s experience in the Triwizard Tournament. I loved that the plot thickened in The Goblet of Fire, while it was still action-packed and fun. I loved that Harry and his friends were growing up! And last but not least, we got to see lots of Cedric Diggory in this book! (Hufflepuffs rule! Roar!) (Check out my review here!)

4: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact is my favourite YA contemporary pick for this year. I loved how relatable the characters were and how the storyline was sweet and subtle while being grounded in reality.

5: Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

I loved Brokenback Mountain which was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It was short (only 55 pages) but reduced me to tears :’)

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before / P.S. I Still Love You / Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Another series that was super hyped!!! At this time last year, everyone was talking about the Lara Jean series (and this series still pops up on my WordPress feed once in a while!) At first I didn’t think much of this series. Judging from the Goodreads summary it sounded like another sweet and fluffy YA contemporary read, but it turns out to be all that and more. I loved ALL the characters and the relationships between them. I loved how parents were portrayed in these books- parental, yes, but caring. I loved how this series made me laugh and cry. (Check out my series review here!)

7. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

This book just exudes AWESOME. While listening to the Vicious audiobook, I was impressed again and again by the amazing characters and the fascinating storyline! (Check out my review here.)

8: Adulthood is a Myth & Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Anderson

Don’t we all need a light-hearted comic every now and then? I absolutely loved the Sarah’s Scribbles series. Each book is a compilation of short comics about the struggles of adult life. I loved how funny and relatable each of the comic strips are!

9: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

I loved Dear Martin‘s take on issues such as police brutality and racism. Even though it is written in Justyce, the main character’s, point of view, we learn the perspectives of the other characters as well. (Check out my review here.)

10: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Last but not least, how can I not mention The Book Thief? I’ve known about this book since forever, but it is only this year when I decided to pick it up. Usually historical fiction is not a genre that I gravitate towards, but I absolutely loved this one. I loved the characters and I enjoyed learning more about the historical setting. This was a book that made me smile and gave me lots of feelings, and it is definitely one of my all-time favourites :’)

What are your favourite reads of this year? Does anyone else find it immensely difficult to “rank” our favourite books?!

38 thoughts on “My 10 Favourite Books of 2018

    • Sophie Li says:

      Hey Tasya! That’s awesome to hear that you enjoyed Vicious and the Book Thief too! And that’s great that you were able to finish the HP reread. I still have books 6 and 7 to go haha πŸ™‚ yes the Goblet of Fire was a super fun read!

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  1. Marie says:

    Oh I could never, ever rank my favorite books, it’s just too hard to compare them to each other, haha. I love your list here so much, Sophie! I am so happy to see that Emergency Contact is one of your year’s favorites, I really loved that one SO very much, as you know ❀ And yay for Six of Crows and Warcross, these two were fantastic πŸ™‚
    I hope you're having a lovely end of the year πŸ™‚

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hi Marie! Yes!! It is so hard to rank books since they’re so different! For example I could never choose between emergency contact and six of crows since they are both amazing in different ways πŸ™‚ I would definitely want to reread both books at some point in the future!
      The end of the year has been pretty hectic haha, since I have work as well as holiday events to go to. But overall it’s been all right! How have you been? Wishing you all the best for the new year too Marie ❀

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Absolutely! I am a big fan of Sarah’s scribbles. I love that she makes the most mundane (and sometimes frustrating) things seem funny πŸ™‚
      Lara’s family are awesome. My personal favourite is Kitty who is the wittiest pre-teen haha πŸ˜€
      Happy holidays to you too ❀

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  2. meandinkblog says:

    Lots of great books!! I think the six of crows duology is great as well– I read them in 2017 but was so tempted to read them again this year πŸ˜‚
    You also have some books I need to get to on this list like warcross and emergency contact (I love this cover for this one as well 😍)
    The book thief wasn’t my usual go to book either but it was one of those I really enjoyed. I loved the narration– it was really interested and definitely added lots to the story.
    I hope 2019 is a good reading year with many books that you fall in love with 😊

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    • Sophie Li says:

      I will definitely have to read the Six of Crows duopoly again! It is among my absolute favourites when it comes to YA books πŸ™‚
      Hope that you will enjoy Warcross, though I have to admit that I like this book better than its sequel haha. Emergency Contact is such a gem!!
      Glad that you liked The Book Thief as well. Yes the choice of narrator was definitely unique and added to the story!!
      Wishing you a wonderful year of reading and blogging in 2019 as well ❀

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      • meandinkblog says:

        Yes I would agree with the Six of Crows duology being one of my favourites 😊
        Yes I am hoping to get to Warcross early next year– I have already brought it. I have heard quite a few say they prefer the first one to the sequel πŸ˜‚ aww… good.
        Yes– I got my mum to read the book thief as well because I liked it so much 😊
        Thank you ❀ You too.

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      • Sophie Li says:

        That’s awesome!!! Hope that you’ll enjoy Warcross!!! I did hear a couple of book bloggers say that they enjoyed the sequel as well, so I’d say that it depends on the person πŸ™‚
        Yes the Book Thief is a book that I am constantly recommending to others πŸ™‚

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Glad that you liked Six of Crows and the Book Thief as well Margaret! They are definitely amazing books πŸ˜€ wishing you all the best for the holidays and have a happy new year!!

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  3. Zoie @ Whisked Away By Words says:

    Haha I definitely cheated a little in my own list, too, by lumping SoC and Crooked Kingdom together… but I feel like you need both books in the list, you know? They’re both equally amazing books and definitely deserve all the hype 😊 I see a lot of familiar books in your top 10 list, so yay, that makes me feel like I’ve been relatively updated about releases throughout 2018! I hope your 2019 is filled with even more amazing books!

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Yes! I couldn’t put SOC on the list without Crooked Kingdom! This series definitely deserved all the hype that it got πŸ˜€
      Thank you Zoie ❀ I am looking forward to quite a few books coming up, so I am excited for 2019. Wishing you all the best for the new year too πŸ˜€

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