2018 – My Year in Books

If you follow me on Instagram – I often post my current library picks on my stories – or have read my ‘what I am loving’ blogs then you likely already know I love to read. I am pretty sure my son thinks that all I do in my free time is read (some of you reading this might think that too) because at night he will take my book and book light from my bedroom and place it on the floor outside his room since that is where I used to lay and read while he fell asleep. He really is the sweetest most thoughtful boy. Sometimes he even lays down, turns on my light and pretends like he is reading. There are definitely worse things that I do that he could mimic.

After one of my most recent insta-stories an acquaintance from high school reached out and said I should do one post about all the books I have read this year so, here we are. I have read so many more books than these but for purposes of not making this list ridiculously long, I narrowed it down to just the books that I read (or attempted to read) in 2018, or at least the ones I can remember.

While I enjoyed reading almost all of the books, some I loved more than others and I wanted to reflect that so I organized them into categories.

Happy reading, friends!


Don’t pass these up – must read ASAP!

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin (note: I have read every Emily Giffin book ever published and I love each of them equally. I would recommend each one without hesitation. This is the only one on my list because it is the only one I read recently as it was just published is 2018)

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand **Elin Hilderbrand might be my favorite new non-thriller author. I finished this book in less than two days.

Page turners – definitely worth the read

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Glad I read it, you should too, but I wouldn’t read it again

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell — I so wanted to love this book and while the storyline was good, very gone girl-ish, I didn’t love Stephanie. That might be because I was picturing Anna Kendrick every time I was reading from her pov and I am not a huge fan of her.

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Didn’t/Haven’t Finished

Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger — I like this book however, it is very basic and not super intriguing. I’ll pick it up and read a couple pages or chapters until my next book comes available at the library, then it goes back in my bedside table.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty — Legit. No joke. I have been trying to read this book since summer 2017. Yes, over a year. I keep it around in case I don’t have absolutely any other books to read. It’s not the worst book I have ever read but then again, I have finished almost every other book I have started sooooo maybe it is?

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn — I got three-quarters of a way through this book then my two weeks were up and I had to return it to the library. That says something right there. It has taken me two or three, maybe four, no longer than five days tops to read each book above. I decided to forgo finishing the book and just google the ending instead.

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult — I took this back to the library after trying to immerse myself in it for three days. I just couldn’t. I have never read a Jodi Picoult book before so I do not know if it’s her writing style or just how this book was written, but I just couldn’t do it.


If you are an avid reader, or even if you want to start reading, feel free to add me on Goodreads. I keep track of and rate all of the books I have read within their app. It is also where I get a lot of ideas for books that I want to read. My current ‘Want to Read’ list has 53 books on it! 

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