Top Five Books of 2018

20 Dec

This will be my last ‘real’ post of the year so I thought I’d end with a bit of a summary. I went through the books I’ve read this year and pulled out five that seemed to stand out to me. I’ll count backwards to my best book of the year.

#5: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

I didn’t expect to put a YA on this list as I read so few, but this one grabbed me. I liked the voice once I got used to it and even if I didn’t agree with the character, the book explained how he became the man he was. I liked that.

#4: Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs

I love a good memoir and to me, Jacobs is the king of memoirs. He’s funny and informative all at once and I adored every second of this book. I’m excited to have one of his in the wings to read should I ever need a pick-me-up.

#3: Ordinary Grace by William Ken Krueger

This book was just wonderful. I loved the writing and the story captured me early on. I was sucked in and never let go and I wish I could read it again for the first time.

#2: That Night by Chevy Stevens

It may be the novelty of finding a good mystery but I really enjoyed this book. It was well paced and kept me guessing right until the end. It was wonderful for long falls runs, too!

#1: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Yay for a book club pick! Two made this list which shows the power of book clubs. This novel was fast paced and kept me reading well past the time I should have shut off the light. It was twisted and logical at the same time and I both cared about and hated the main character. It was a great mystery.

And there we have it! I can’t wait to see what next year has in store for me and what books I’ll have on the list then. Any thoughts on these winners?

Until next time, write on.

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9 Responses to “Top Five Books of 2018”

  1. nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog December 20, 2018 at 11:14 AM #

    I only recognise Dark Matter which I also really enjoyed. Hope have a wonderful break and a very Merry Christmas 🙂


  2. whatcathyreadnext December 20, 2018 at 12:11 PM #

    I feel like I know your reading likes and dislikes really well now from our Wednesday catch-ups so I wasn’t surprised to see Dark Matter on your list…or not to see The Poe Shadow!


    • Sam December 20, 2018 at 12:58 PM #

      Lol. I’m thinking of doing a bottom five. I bet you wouldn’t be surprised to see Poe Shadow there! Happy reading.


  3. jenchaos76 December 20, 2018 at 2:41 PM #

    I did not like Dark Matter. I didn’t like the way he wrote it. The story was good, but it was rushed.


    • Sam December 20, 2018 at 3:29 PM #

      The style had to grow on me. I will admit the clipper style kept me reading quickly and engaged. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Jess @ Combing Through the Pages December 20, 2018 at 5:31 PM #

    Dark Matter is one of my favorite books of all time!!!


    • Sam December 22, 2018 at 8:56 AM #

      Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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