Favorite Reads of 2018
Last year I did something unexpected to many, especially my author friends, and I shut down my review request here on Crandom. I was starting to feel overwhelmed with the amount of people emailing daily asking for reviews and I have a few issues with authors bullying me into trying to make my review positive versus what I really thought about it. Yes, that does happen – no I never let an authors opinion of me influence my reviews. But in 2018 I took a step back from ‘book blogging’ and I took a step towards posting what felt right to me, when it felt right to me. I only read books that I wanted to read (and yes, a few of them were indeed ARCs). What does this mean for me in 2019? Truthfully I still haven’t decided. The last year was such a crazy whirlwind of crap – I can’t say it was good, but it wasn’t bad either. It had its ups and downs. I do believe that I let a lot of stuff get to me that I shouldn’t have.
I wish I had written reviews for everything I read, but somehow I did not. I have some I started typing up – but I fell short of posting them and I may go ahead of see if I can get reviews up of them. In no particular order – here are some of my favorite reads of 2018.
I am not even sure where to start with any sort of recap on this one. It was so catching and it grabbed me, but I love crime novels. It reminded me so much of Karin Slaughter (who is the only reason I agreed to review the book in the first place). It made its way quickly to my favorites shelf and I am desperately wanting to pick up the next in the series.
I am such a nerd when it comes down to certain types of books. Michael Crichton has never disappointed. I absolutely loved my decision to pick up this novel and I don’t think it will be leaving my shelves any time soon. It is full of awesomeness.
“All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don’t you take it away from yourself.” – Michael Crichton.
This novel was such a roller coaster, it made me laugh and cry. It reminded me slightly of a Sarah Dessen novel in all the best of ways. This is one of those books I recommend to parents as well as teens. There is some mild language, but I am sure teens hear worse in school these days anyways. While the ending left me wanting more, it is such an interesting read. 🙂
4. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
I did not expect to love this book in the manner in which I did. I did not post a review of it yet, not live at least. I have a draft penned up, but maybe sooner rather than later I will get around to posting this. This book was so freaking good that I couldn’t put it down. It was so freaky and so spellbinding at the same time. It left me longing for a sequel and I am not so sure if I would have the courage to actually read it!
5. When Never Comes by Barbara Davis
I loved this book. It drew me in from the very first page and brought up so many personal questions about how I would handle the situations the main character faces. It’s a story that dives deep into love, loss, betray, family, and morals. If you want a touching story that takes you on a whirlwind of emotions, then this is the book for you. I have a draft of this typed up too – on my laptop that I lost the charger to. Hopefully I can order a replacement soon and get it up!
Still Reading / To Be Reads from 2018
I am slacking in so many ways. One of them is an autographed copy of a book by my favorite author who I am scared to read. So she’s tucked safely away.
- Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
- Dark Matter by David Crouch (currently 55% of the way done, taking it in small doses).
- The City of Dreams by Hailey Griffiths
- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
- The Last Ms. Parrish by Liv Constantine