TOP 20 Best Books Of 2018

I know everybody including the neigbor’s cat already posted their list of 2018 favorites, but I thought: one more list isn’t going to hurt anyone, right? Plus I wanted to put my absolute favorite stories of 2018 in a proper spotlight. Somehow I managed to read a whopping 245! books last year, something I still can’t wrap my head around. And somehow, even with so many books, only 7 books managed to receive the full 5 star rating last year. This is extremely low even for me, and I think I’ve been way too critical with my ratings in 2018… On a brighter side, no less than 52 books received a 4,5 star rating, which means I still pretty much loved them anyway. And since there are lots of titles I feel deserve a spotlight, I’ve decided to make this a TOP 20 instead of naming only ten books. And to cheat even further, there are a few authors that I read and loved multiple books of last year, so I’m cheating and counting each author as just one. 😉

Curious about which titles made my list yet? I’m sure there is one title that won’t be surprise for you, since I’ve been raving about it ever since I finished it and deserves the extra love in the form of being named my absolute favorite read of 2018. And that title is…

The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton!! Congrats on winning the prize of absolute top read of 2018 and what a fantastic debut at that. There was just no way I couldn’t not pick this title as my absolute favorite. It’s one of the best books I’ve read to this date and I was blown away by just how good it was. This is THE book I will recommend over and over again to those who haven’t read it yet!

What I said in my review:

“Let’s start with another metaphor: even days after reaching the final page of a new all-time-favorite, I’m still picking up the pieces of my mindblown brain. The 7 Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I have read my share of mystery/thrillers during my time on this planet.”

“Brilliant. Mindblowing. Flabbergasting. Extremely well executed. And overall 200% worth your time.”

Click here for my full review


Ready for the other nineteen authors that made it to my list of 2018 favorites? First up the other 6 books that received a 5 star rating in the order I’ve read them during the year. And no, I’m not ranking them, because there is no way I can decide which are my absolute favorites.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter.

What I said in my review:

“WOW! That woman can write… It was without doubt a highly intense read with a lot of complicated, disturbing scenes and elements. The plot is well developed, intense, rich and will take you on a very emotional ride.”

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Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

What I said in my review:

“Boy, Laini Taylor can write herself some absolutely gorgeous prose! The writing had me mesmerized and even if there were tiny flaws in the story, or even a slower plot at some points, I didn’t care as long as I was able to keep devouring those beautiful words.”

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The Date by Louise Jensen.

What I said in my review:

“Fascinating, highly addictive and utterly absorbing! If you are a fan of the genre, you simply MUST try this one. Trust me, you won’t regret it.”

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The Border by Steve Schafer.

What I said in my review:

“The writing style managed to put me under its spell and I couldn’t let this story go until the very end. Ever feel like putting everything on hold until you reach the final page? That is what happened while I was reading The Border.

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The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

What I said in my review:

“The character development in The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo is sublime. I never imagined enjoying this book so much, but this is one of those books that you just HAVE to try even if you aren’t sure the genre would be for you. Trust me, you will regret it if you don’t.”

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The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon.

What I said in my review:

“Between the wonderful writing style, the excellent character development, an interesting plot and the paranormal angle The Smallest Part has everything and more needed to turn this into one of my top reads this year.”

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So these were the 7 books that managed to get the magical 5 star rating. But there were a lot more title that almost made it. A 4,5 star rating by no means should be looked down on, especially since I seem to have been a tad too strict in 2018. I can highly highly recommend each of the titles below! Looking forward which other titles and authors made the cut? Here we go! (Listed in alphabetical order according to the author’s last name as once again there is no way I’m choosing favorites among these.)

The Detective Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett.

This series has quickly become one of my favorites and I can highly recommend it to any fan of the genre. If you enjoy reading detective thrillers, getting to know Kay Hunter is a must! Every single book so far has been well written with intriguing plots, interesting and easy to like characters and just the right amount of suspense and plot twists. What is not to like? Trust me, you don’t want to miss out…

REVIEWS: Scared To Death // Will To Live // One To Watch // Hell To Pay // Call To Arms // Gone To Ground // Bridge To Burn 

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry and Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman.

Fredrik Backman is easily one of my favorite authors and I’ve loved every single novel I’ve picked up so far. He is an expert in creating quirky characters who will win over your heart instantly.

REVIEWS: My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry // Britt-Marie Was Here

The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth To Die by J.D. Barker.

One of the best serial killer thriller series I’ve discovered this year and I’m waiting impatiently for the third book to be published this year!

REVIEWS: The Fourth Monkey // The Fifth To Die 

Radiance Of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah.

What I said in my review:

“Make sure to brace yourself before you start this one, because it won’t be a happy journey. Radiance Of Tomorrow tells the story of what happens in the ruined village Imperi after the war in Sierra Leone ended. The beginning sets the tone of what will become a heartbreaking, devastating and very emotional read, with little lights shining upon the hope the characters have things will become better in the future. “

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The Child Next Door and The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland.

I have enjoyed every single of the psychological thrillers Shalini Boland has written so far, and the two titles above are no exceptions. Without doubt suspenseful, well crafted and simply splendid psychological thrillers!

REVIEWS: The Child Next Door // The Perfect Family

Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza.

What I said in my review:

“Fast-paced, suspenseful, intense and highly entertaining: Deadly Secrets and the DCI Erika Foster series in general is a must-read for detective thriller fans!”

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The Good Twin by Marti Green.

What I said in my review:

“The premise of The Good Twin is fantastic, and the execution without doubt lives up to expectations.”

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.

What I said in my review:

The Great Alone is without doubt one of the best historical fiction stories I’ve read so far this year. I already knew the writing was going to be good, but that doesn’t take away I was overwhelmed by just how emotional, challenging and harrowing this story was going to be.”

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The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton.

What I said in my review:

“Powerful, infuriating, heartbreaking and with a dose of hope and forgiveness… The Sun Does Shine is one of the best true crime memoirs I have read to this date, and his story will stay with me for a long time.”

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The Summer Children by Dot Hutchison.

What I said in my review:

“From a consistant and superfast pace to likeable and realistic characters, a well developed plot and another intriguing and disturbing case… This third book just ticked all the boxes for me. “

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Born A Crime by Trevor Noah.

What I said in my review:

“Honest, heartbreaking, funny, engaging and gripping… Born A Crime is a memoir you will not soon forget.”

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City Of Ghosts and Vengeful by Victoria Schwab.

Victoria Schwab is one of my absolute favorite authors, so it is no surprise her titles appear on my list of 2018 favorites. I absolutely loved both books for different reasons, and I can recommend them with my eyes closed.

REVIEWSCity Of Ghosts // Vengeful

Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe.

What I said in my review:

It’s a trigger-happy crime story with a high dose of girl power, adrenaline, action, a splash of family drama and plot twists that you won’t see coming. From the writing style to the underlying feminist message, the originality of the plot and the excellent character development… This story simply blew me away.”

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Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of this list! Do we share any of these favorites? Did you or are you planning to read any of these yourself? 


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27 thoughts on “TOP 20 Best Books Of 2018

  1. Great list! Glad to see that we have quite a number of favorites in common. I can’t wait to read these two books by Backman and Evelyn too. I hope 2019 will bring you even more wonderful reads.

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  2. Wow, 245 books is amazing!! Congrats on that! We have a few in common…Evelyn, The Great Alone, The Good Daughter. I still need to read The Sun Does Shine which I’m sure I’ll love.And Barbed Wire Heart, that’s been on a few best of lists. Hope your 2019 reading is awesome Yvo!

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    • Good to hear we share some favorites! I hope you will enjoy the titles you still have to pick up. I’m surprised both The Sun Does Shine and Barbed Wire Heart haven’t received more love… Here’s to a 2019 filled with wonderful stories!

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  3. Fantastic list! I have only read a couple of these, but many many more are on my TBR. The one I am most excited to get to this year is The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo. I even put it on a reading challenge to make sure I read it THIS year!

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