I’m not much for resolutions, highlight reels, and year-end wrap-ups as a rule. But the yearly best of 20xx literary lists? Now that’s an end of the year thing I can get behind.
In preparation for this post, I hopped over to Goodreads to check out my 2018 reads and compile my list of favorites.
I knew that I had a dry spell as far as reading (and, not coincidentally, writing) at the end of 2017 and the beginning of this year, mostly due to a major family event and loss. I just hadn’t realized how severe the drought really was until now. My reading didn’t pick up until late summer/early fall (again, not coincidentally, the same time I got my writing mojo back).
So in an effort to ensure that I start off 2019 on the right track, I’m also including a list of books that I can’t wait to read next year. Some are new releases, while others have been sitting on my TBR pile and deserve some love.
I hope you find something interesting and new below, and please, feel free to add any of your favorites in the comments.
Favorite Reads of 2018
Trust me here, guys. Go ahead and buy all 5 books in The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series. Grier and company are my new obsession. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25421052-how-to-save-an-undead-life
My favorite non-spec fix read this year. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31123268-fat-girl-on-a-plane
Go ahead and buy Crooked Kingdom as well, and pre-order Book 3. This is an *amazing* heist duology/trilogy. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23437156-six-of-crows
If you’ve never read romance, but want to give it a try? Courtney Milan is your gateway drug. Smart, contemporary, and real. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23566506-trade-me?ac=1&from_search=true
A gorgeous, atmospheric graphic novel by UF queen Marjorie Liu. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29396738-monstress-vol-1?ac=1&from_search=true
Book #1 in the Dread Chronicles SF trilogy. Just buy all 3 and save yourself the time later. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13421230-perdition?ac=1&from_search=true
My weird west/steam punk intro. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9645260-dead-iron?ac=1&from_search=true
Another fantastic, diverse contemporary romance with a smart heroine on the spectrum. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36199084-the-kiss-quotient?ac=1&from_search=true
Book #1 of the Sixth World series by Dine author Rebecca Roanhorse. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36199084-the-kiss-quotient?ac=1&from_search=true
My nostalgia read, because The Borderland anthologies were my introduction to UF. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9191899-welcome-to-bordertown?ac=1&from_search=true Most Anticipated 2019 Reads
Book 2 in the Sixth World series, and it’s release can’t come soon enough. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37920490-storm-of-locusts?ac=1&from_search=true
Contemporary romance. At a Ren Faire. With pirates. You’re welcome. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43189874-well-met?ac=1&from_search=true
A contemporary read, focusing on a modern family with a powwow backdrop. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36692478-there-there?ac=1&from_search=true
Book 1 in the new Crown of Shards series. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36137560-kill-the-queen?ac=1&from_search=true
Book 1 in the new Islevale fantasy series. https://www.amazon.com/Times-Children-Islevale-Book-1-ebook/dp/B079KT566R/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545264463&sr=8-1&keywords=time%27s+children+jackson
A gorgeous, diverse contemporary look at existing between two worlds. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36362234-the-love-lies-of-rukhsana-ali?ac=1&from_search=true
Sandman Slim #10, baby. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36590393-hollywood-dead?ac=1&from_search=true
An older book, but pretty damn relevant these days. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/406174.From_a_Native_Daughter?ac=1&from_search=true
A horror/fantasy/dystopian mashup from Metis author Cherie Dimaline. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34649348-the-marrow-thieves?ac=1&from_search=true
True love at a con. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28245707-queens-of-geek?ac=1&from_search=true
Waiting (im)patiently for Jane Yellowrock #13, Shattered Bonds. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42438218-shattered-bonds?ac=1&from_search=true
A new series from The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy author, so–grabby hands. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35423568-bayou-born?ac=1&from_search=true
Book #10 in KMM”s Fever universe. This series is a Master Class in plotting. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35457273-high-voltage?ac=1&from_search=true Happy Reading, Ya’ll!