Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018 (So Far!)


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

Top Ten Books of 2018 (So Far!)

This week’s topic is best books we’ve read so far in 2018. We’ve fangirled about these books a lot this year, but they are so great we will do so again! Note: these books are not in any particular order because we simply cannot put ourselves through that torture. 


Bring Me Their Hearts – Sara Wolf

We love brutal books – especially books that don’t have a happy ending just to make readers happy. Plus, characters like Zera with endless amounts of snark and wit give us life.

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

Yo ho yo ho, it’s a pirate’s life for us. We love Elian and his motley crew of pirate friends. And Lira is another brutal character that we cannot gush enough about. This book was beautiful and gets bonus points for being a rare YA fantasy standalone!

Furyborn – Claire Legrand

This book was a pleasant surprise for us! We didn’t really trust the hype and expected another run of the mill YA fantasy experience… Instead, we got a complex world full of complicated characters and a story where romance took the backseat. We loved how the book was split between two time periods telling the story two strong female characters!


Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

We could go on and on and on about how much we admire Laini Taylor. Strange the Dreamer was simply brilliant and our words cannot do it justice. This book will give you all the feels especially *that* ending – and if Lazlo isn’t in the running for your book boyfriend of the year we’d be shocked.

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

We’ve officially joined the Leigh Bardugo coven. Bardugo is a master witch of words, worldbuilding, and plot twists you won’t see coming. We ❤ the Darkling and the Grishaverse. We will buy anything Bardugo publishes from now on.

The Scribe – Elizabeth Hunter

Another surprise book favorite for us this year. We normally like paranormal romance but this one set in Turkey stole our hearts. We ship Ava and Malachi SO HARD and really we want our own Irin warriors to love us too! *That ending thoooooough.


Dirty Exes  – Rachel Van Dyken

This romance novel was HILARIOUS. We’ve never laughed so hard and adored a man with a man-bun more.  Plus, the characters in this book fully appreciate and understand that wine is the best beverage in the world. If you haven’t read this book, do it now!

Rhapsodic  – Laura Thalassa

Laura Thalassa gives us the anti-hero that stole our hearts right from our chests and we are 100% okay with it. And Callie is the kind of Siren we want to be best friends with. This book is beautiful and brutal and a must read!

Under Different Stars – Amy Bartol

This. Book. KILLED. If you like strong female characters and a male love interest that will kidnap your heart… then read Under Different Stars! We loved the unique world building and complex politics between the characters. Andddd this book understands how important the fight against the patriarchy is!

Cruel Prince – Holly Black

Saved one of the best books of 2018 for last! Holly Black, we don’t deserve you. Cruel Prince was everything we wanted and needed it to be and if we don’t get our hands on Wicked King soon we will die. Though, from what we’ve heard Wicked King might just kill us anyways. But, what a way to go am I right?!?

61 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018 (So Far!)

  1. Great list! I love Shadow & Bone. Leigh Bardugo is one of my (newish) favorite authors.
    I was also glad to see Furyborn on here. I just started reading this. It’s pretty intriguing so far!

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  2. I’ve had Under Different Stars on my list for so long, I’m glad to see you guys loved it! I also want to read Amy A. Bartol’s Second Born series, her books sound so interesting I don’t know how more people don’t know about them??
    Great list guys! There have honestly been so many great reads so far in 2018, I bet it’s going to get better 😀

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      1. I know!!!!!! ❤ I'm really excited because I only have a few commitments for July/August so it is going to happen. And I NEED to read it before Muse comes out! (see? I already know I'm going to love it that I'm excited for the sequel ❤ )

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  3. Cruel Prince seems to be literally everyone favorite book this year but somehow I didn’t exactly connect with it 😦 Maybe I wasn’t in the mood? I might have to re-read this one!

    I definitely need to read Fury Born and To Kill a Kingdom though! (I’m soooooo behind on my TBR because I decided that I finally had to finish the House of Night). I’m also super excited for Spinning Silver (I tried to buy a copy yesterday but my bookshop was sold out 😦 😦 😦 ) and Kingdom of Ash.

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    1. Kingdom of Ash is going to kill us, I know it. So excited, but so nervous for that one!
      I loved Furyborn and To Kill a Kingdom so definitely have those on your list! And Cruel Prince may be a timing thing. That one is a little rough so I can easily see how you wouldn’t connect depending on mood.

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