The Best Books I Read in 2018

2018 was a great year for reading and one in which I read things I normally would not have, thanks to wanting more variety for this blog. There were so many great books that I read, and these are the best.

For this list, I’m only including books that I read for the first time in 2018, not favorites that I reread, such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road or Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

White is for Witching - Helen Oyeyemi

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This novel was the first I reviewed on Read Yourself Happy, and I still find myself thinking about it regularly. I loved the unusual narration style, especially since the house narrated a few chapters. I’m looking forward to reading many more books by Helen Oyeyemi this year.

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Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Read my review of Six of Crows
My review of Crooked Kingdom will be posted later this week

These two novels blew my mind. I’d been hearing about all the hype for ages, and I was incredibly late on this bandwagon, but these books were incredible and I flew through them in order to learn what would happen next. I wanted so much more from this world, and I’ve already reserved Bardugo’s Grishaverse trilogy at my local library.

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An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, and A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir


Read my review of An Ember in the Ashes
Read my review of A Torch Against the Night
Read my review of A Reaper at the Gates


The An Ember in the Ashes series is probably my favorite series I’ve read this year, and I’m not quite sure how I’m going to make it until the fourth book comes out. My co-workers and boyfriend probably got sick of me talking about these books while I was reading them. Elias and Laia are wonderfully fleshed-out characters and I enjoyed the world of these novels.

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Read my review of City of Ghosts


This was the first Victoria Schwab book I ever read, although it certainly won’t be the last. The book gave me strong vibes of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, which is one of my all-time favorites. I enjoyed the characters and Schwab’s writing style, and I’m excited that the sequel is going to be released next year, and that there’s going to be a television show based on the novel.

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee


Read my review of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Read my review of The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy


I first heard of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue through my favorite booktuber, Hannah at A Clockwork Reader. I tend to have a very similar reading style to her, and I will be forever grateful that I picked these books up at her recommendation. Both of these novels were well-written with loveable characters and great representation.

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Trouble No Man by Brian Hart


Read my review here

This novel comes out on January 29, 2019, and I’m incredibly appreciative to Harper Perennial for sending me a review copy. I rated it five stars, and it’s a great, tragic story. Set in a future where the West Coast has run out of water, the novel follows Roy Bingham through several decades of his life and is told in a non-linear format.

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End of the Year Book Tag

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I saw this book tag over at Reading Under the Blankie. I’m not sure who created this tag, so if you know please leave that information in the comments below!

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?


I’m still only on volume one of Outlaws of the Marsh. I had started it for the #readtheworldchina challenge, but it’s absolutely massive. I’m determined to finish it by the end of the year.

Though very dense, it’s actually turning out to be an enjoyable book. I was hesitant when my boyfriend, who read it in college and loved it, recommended it to me because it was written in the early 1300s and is over 1600 pages. I can’t wait to review this book, which will definitely happen before the end of the year.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I actually don’t. There are definitely some books I want to read this month, and I plan on finishing everything I’m reading by New Year’s Eve so I can start fresh on January 1st, but I don’t have a transitional book in mind.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?


There are a couple. I’ve been hearing good things about The Disasters by M. K. England. It’s an LGBTQ-friendly young adult sci-fi novel about space terrorism. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Diane Setterfield’s Once Upon a River sounds really interesting as well. On Goodreads, it’s described as historical fiction with magical and fantastical elements, which is right up my alley.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?


I’ve never read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and I would love to read it during the holidays this year. I love other books I’ve read by Dickens, such as Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities

I also want to finish Erin Morgenstern’s The Night CircusLast month I had gotten a copy from my local library but had to return it when I was only sixty pages in because it wasn’t eligible for renewal. I ended up buying a copy because I’d loved what I’d read so far.

Finally, I received an ARC of Brian Hart’s Trouble No Man, and I’m going to be reading it as soon as I finish rereading Cormac McCarthy’s The RoadI had requested the ARC from Harper Perennial because the author was being compared to McCarthy, and the post-apocalyptic setting attracted me. It’s my most anticipated book of January 2019.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?


Although it definitely won’t be a shock, I’m going to read Eric Idle’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography sometime in the next couple of weeks. I’ve already listened to most of the audiobook through Scribd and it’s hilarious. I basically grew up watching Monty Python and I can’t wait to read this entire book.

Side note: I bought a signed edition from Barnes & Noble right after black Friday and I’m super-duper stoked to have it!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

I have! I don’t want to give too much away yet, but 2019 will include a lot of reading challenges and books that have been on my Book Bucket List.

What are your reading plans for the rest of the year?