Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018 So Far

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

This was actually a bit hard since I’ve had the pleasure of reading multiple fantastic books this year so far! However, I managed to pick out my absolute favorites and if I have a full review I will leave a link for it (click the title).

These are in no particular order.

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10.) Contagion

Easily one of my faves of the year this YA sci-fi horror kept me on the edge of my seat and I devoured it! It’s super intense and definitely scared me at times, I cannot recommend it enough especially for my fellow horror lovers!

9.) Mistborn (The Final Empire) by Brandon Sanderson

This was a buddy read with the wonderful Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd, I can’t even process my feelings on this book right now but it was just as good as I knew it would be. The magic system is amazing, the world building is intriguing, and the characters are all my precious little cinnamon rolls!

8.) The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen

Definitely the biggest surprise to me on this list, I was not expecting to love it as much as I did. This is a historical fiction/fantasy/retelling all rolled into one: it’s set in the 13th century Mongol Empire and has bits of magic weaved within while also retelling the story of the opera “Turandot”. You don’t have to know the opera to follow the story however, which was really nice. Also be warned that the story is very heart breaking, something I was not expecting either!

7.) Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown

This was one of the most emotionally distressing books I’ve ever read…..I loved it. Definitely my favorite in the trilogy too, everyone told me to have the 3rd book on hand and boy were they right! Overall I have so much love for this trilogy and I need to read “Iron Gold” but I’m not sure that I’m ready!

6.) Circe by Madeline Miller

I think if I had to pick a #1 favorite book for the entire year so far it would be “Circe”! I’m serious when I say everything about it is perfection, the writing is gorgeous and I loved all of the Greek mythology.

5.) Beneath The Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire

I don’t even know how to review these books anymore, they’re just too perfect! I actually think that this one was my favorite so far since we got to see so many different worlds and the cast of characters were so diverse!

4.) Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

I love Kara Thomas, I really do. I’ll read anything she writes. This is a YA psychological thriller that will keep your attention and keep you guessing all the way up until the end!

3.) Royals by Rachel Hawkins

I’m usually not one for fluffy contemporary romances, at all. But this was just so much fun I adored it! I’m also a sucker for modern royalty stories and cannot wait for the sequel now.

2.) A Thousand Beginnings & Endings by Various Authors

This is a fantastic anthology by #OwnVoices authors and is inspired by East and South Asian myths and folklore. There were a few stories I didn’t enjoy, which was expected, but there were so many that I did and make the anthology very much worth the read.

1.) Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Cordova

I actually loved this one more than “Labyrinth Lost”, which I also loved. This one was just so addictive, I couldn’t stop turning pages! It’s about Latinx witches, there’s so much family love, and not to mention other supernatural beings. It has everything and is so, so good!

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?
What are some of our best reads of 2018?
How about worst reads?
Let me know in the comments!

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018 So Far

  1. amyriadofbooks July 10, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    I have The Bird and the Blade as an ARC, and hear it’s good. Same with A Thousand Beginnings and Endings. I can’t wait to read them. 🙂

    Also, if you like Golden Son, you’ll definitely enjoy Morning Star! And Iron Gold is SO GOOD.

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  2. madisonsinkwell July 10, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    I haven’t heard of The Bird and the Blade before but I need to read it now! It sounds like everything I like rolled into one! Great post 😊

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  3. Jacquie (Rattle the Stars) July 10, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    I haven’t had the chance to read any of these yet, but I’m so happy to see Bruja Born and A Thousand Beginnings and Endings on your list. I have both of those on my TBR and hope to read them before the end of the year.

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  4. Mara July 10, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Omg I’m so excited to read Beneath the Sugar Sky!! Last month I finished both Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones and absolutely fell in love with the concepts and characters😊

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek July 24, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      It’s an amazing series for sure! I have to say I think Beneath the Sugar Sky is my favorite of the three so far so I really hope you enjoy it as well! 🙂


  5. curlygeek04 July 10, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    I have to read Circe! I’m happy to see Bruja Born on your list, I thought Labyrinth Lost was very good although the romance could have been better developed. It was nice to read a fantasy story told from a different cultural perspective.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek July 24, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      I cannot recommend Circe enough, that book is perfection! And of course as you saw already I’m sure I thought Bruja Born was a lot better than Labyrinth Lost. I hope you enjoy both when you get the chance! 🙂


  6. Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 10, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    Ahhhh, Circe. *heart eyes forever*

    I am SO happy to see Contagion made your list! I’m about to start that one and I’ve been wondering how good it will be – I’ve read Erin’s western series (Vengeance Road? I think?) and loved book 1 but was “meh” about book 2, so I haven’t been sure what to expect. Now I’m excited!

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  7. Lucy C July 11, 2018 / 11:08 am

    I really enjoyed Mistborn too! I was a little intimidated by its size but then I sped through it, which I always find is a mark of a good epic fantasy. The magic system as well, so good! The twist was so surprising for me though.

    I’ve got Labyrinth Lost, I just haven’t gotten around to it so you putting the sequel here makes me hopeful 🙂

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek July 24, 2018 / 3:33 pm

      I agree, I went through Mistborn a lot quicker than I thought I would and the magic system is one of my all time favorites now!

      I will say if you find yourself not enjoying Labyrinth Lost a whole lot that I thought the sequel was much better but hopefully you will enjoy both equally! 🙂

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      • Lucy C July 26, 2018 / 6:45 am

        Fingers crossed! You’re not the first person I’ve heard that from but it’s probably good if I go into the first book with slightly lower expectations.

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  8. Krisha🌸 July 11, 2018 / 11:32 am

    I haven’t had the chance to read any of these yet, but A Thousand beginnings and endings is on my list and I hope I get to read it soon😊

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek July 24, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      Thank you! And the Wayward Children series is definitely one I think is worth the hype! Hopefully you’ll enjoy it when you get the chance! 🙂


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