Best & Worst Books of 2018


Hello, lovelies! Since 2019 is almost here, I thought I would do a top of my favorites books of the year and mention some disappointing reads as well! As I’ve mentioned in a recent post, I didn’t have many 1/2 stars books, so my ‘worst books of 2018’ will be short, giving this post a positive note.

I’ve had a hard time narrowing down the books I’ve enjoyed the most this year because there were some AMAZING books. I think I’ll include some honorable mentions just to feel better knowing that I didn’t totally ignore those reads.

Without much further ado, let’s get into the post! 


Best books of 2018

(in no particular order)



Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

I think you might be tired of me talking about how good this book is, but it really is wonderful! If you’re looking for a mystery to read in 2019, please consider this one, especially if you like complicated friendships, multiple time-lines and complex female characters.

You can always check my full review of this one here if I made you curious.




I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

I’ve read two books by Oseman this year and they are both on this list, I think that says a lot about how good she is. Her stories mean a lot to me, there’s always something relatable in them, something that makes me go ‘ahhh, it feels so good to be understood and seen’.

I would recommend this one to anyone who’s been part of a fandom, to anyone who ever had virtual friendships, to people who love platonic love.

My full review is here if you want to check it out.



The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I expected to love this one as much as I did, I anticipated how raw it’s going to be, it still broke my heart nonetheless. If you’re like me and you’re putting off reading this one because of the hype, I can reassure that it’s going to be fine, you’re going to love it! It’s definitely worth the hype.

You can find my full review here, though no review will ever do justice to this book.




The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

I adore this book because of how great it discusses important themes like sexuality, religion and sexism. It’s honest, it’s probably the rawest form of poetry I’ve ever read. I just adore Acevedo’s voice and I’m looking forward to reading her next book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes poetry, who’s interested in feminism and wants to read about unapologetic and strong female characters.

You can check my full review here.


32993458Circe by Madeline Miller

I don’t know how long I’m going to wait for the next book Madeline Miller writes, but I know for certain that it’s going to be agony. This one was a strong second book, very different from The Song of Achilles, but still unique. I love how Miller recreates the greek myths, I love how she fills in the little blanks from mythology, how she adds so many more layers to those characters without changing their essence. Again, I would recommend it to everyone, but especially to those who have an interest in mythology. You can check my full review here.



To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

I adored this one because it was dark, it was atmospheric, it got sirens and pirates. It had the hate-to-love trope, a slow-burn romance. I felt like it was specifically written for me and I’m always going to be grateful for Alexandra Christo considering how great her writing is and the banter as well. I just can’t wait for her next book, I’m here (im)patiently waiting for that to destroy me as much as this one did.

To read my full review, you can go here.


33275690Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

2018 marks the time I properly fell in love with Mills’ writing. Her fluffy books offer me comfort, they can also break my heart in the worst moments possible, but I forgive them because the endings are always so hopeful and happy. I don’t know how a cynical person like me has so much adoration for such books, but here I am. So, if you’re looking for a light contemporary with lots of feels, go for this one!

Here is a link to my full review.



The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I’ll be honest with you, this book was a huge surprise to me! I know how hyped it is, but I’ve never been a fan of fae books and I expected this to be ‘meh’ at most. BUT Holly Black is a great writer, the book had so many twists and turns, all her characters were three dimensional, she’s truly magnificient!

She keeps you on the edge all the time and I’m absolutely trash for Jude and Cardan. I’m suffering. I’m in pain. You’re going to have a review of this one in January.


25322449Radio Silence by Alice Oseman


This one is on the list because of how soft, yet important it is, how it sends the message that you should choose to do what you like and not fall under the pressure of external expectations especially when you’re choosing a career. I love the book to the bits, I adore the characters and I think you should read it, it’s a book for everyone. Check my full review here along with some podcasts recommendations if you’re into them!



Sadie by Courtney Summers

I’m going to pledge this here, so I have you to hold me accountable in case I don’t keep my promise – 2019 is going to be the year when I read at least two books written by Summers. Sadie was soooo good that I fell irrevocably in love with the writing, the story-telling, it was just an unique book! I think I don’t need to recommend it anymore to you, guys, because everyone talks about it all the time. But just in case, you need a little push, go and read it!

My full review here.


Honorable mentions



Disappointments of 2018


The Royal Runaway by Linday Emory

This one wasn’t for me. I think it might have been a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ as I’m sure many other people would enjoy it much more than I did. Sadly, it just didn’t work for me.

I think I had some high expectations because the subject was interesting, a princess running away, some murder, investigations. It sounded very thrilling, but it ended up being quite slow and I wasn’t invested at all in the characters or the plot.



Women of Resistance edited by Danielle Barnhart & Iris Mahan

AGAIN, I think this book had a style that wasn’t something I’m used to. It just didn’t feel right to me, probably it was a bit out of my comfort zone when it comes to poetry. I don’t know. I loved that it was diverse and that it included so many amazing women and I think you shouldn’t take this too seriously as you might enjoy it more than I did!


8909The War of the World by H.G. Wells

I’m not a big fan of Sci-Fi, whenever I read a book from this genre it has to be REALLY, really good to capture my interest and to make me love it. It didn’t happen with this one, I think my rating and my perception of the book was highly influenced by the context in which I’ve read it. I’ve read it in a single day for a cool bookshop event – where you had to choose a book and read it there – I only had a few hours and it was a rushed read.  Maybe I’ll give it a slower reread sometime to see if my opinion changes.


Happy New Year, everyone! I hope all your resolutions and goals will be achieved and most of all, I hope you will find happiness in any form you want! 


What are your favourite books that you’ve read in 2018?

Any books that disappointed you?





19 thoughts on “Best & Worst Books of 2018

    • Marta says:

      I’m so happy you ended up reading To Kill a Kingdom and that you loved it as much as I did too! ❤
      I'm so excited about Alexandra Christo's new book, it sounds just as good! Thank you very much, Kat! ❤

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  1. Arini says:

    Oh this is amazing! We love quite a lot of the same books. The Hate U Give, To Kill A Kingdom, Foolish Hearts, and The Cruel Prince are great picks! 😍 I still have yet to read The Poet X, Circe, and Sadie. 🤓 My favorites that I read in 2018 are Daughter of the Pirate King duology, Monsters of Verity duology, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, All Your Perfects, The Wicked Deep, Verity, and A Very Large Expanse of Sea. 📚💖 Meanwhile, the most disappointing one is War Storm. 😢


  2. Marie says:

    I’m so happy to see TWO Alice Oseman books on this list ahhh, you know how much I love her books ❤ And yay for To Kill A Kingdom, I loved that one so much as well 🙂
    Wonderful list, Marta, may 2019 bring you even more amazing reads 🙂


  3. Laura says:

    I loved To Kill A Kingdom and The Cruel Prince too! I’m one of those people though who has been putting off reading The Hate U Give because of hype, but you’ve convinced me I need to read it soon! I’ve had it on my Kindle for ages, so I’ll try and get to it soon. I’ve still never read anything by Madeline Miller though, even though I’ve been meaning to (I love anything relating to mythology!). I’ve had Song of Achilles for ages, so I’ll probably start with that one.
    Happy New Year! 🙂


  4. ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    I want to read most of the books on your favourites list just because I’ve heard you talking about them so much 😂!

    I’m so glad I read THUG with the bookclub back in oh wow was it February? January??? I CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT EVEN WAS 2018. I didn’t like IWBFT that much sadly but I wanna read all Alice Osman books in existance still. Because I’m obsessed with her. Is that weird? Idk she’s just so….Alice Osman…

    And I need to get to The Cruel Prince! I’ve been cautious of it because I usually hate hype but I’ve read another Holly Black book (coldest girl in coldtown) AND I LOVED IT so now I’m excited about another bloody Holly Black.

    Your list is great ❤️!!


  5. Saman Javed says:

    Great list! I’m really looking forward to reading Circe and Sadie. I’ve heard so many great things about both the books! I also read To kill a kingdom but I didn’t enjoy it much!


  6. Aurora Librialis says:

    I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Megan Abbot so far, she always writes such complex female characters and explore their dynamics with so much nuance. I love it. I can’t believe I still haven’t read Give Me Your Hand, it sounds PERFECT! I’m so happy you loved Radio Silence ❤️


  7. Octavia @MythicalReads says:

    Omg I lovveeddd the Hate U Give, To Kill a Kingdom, and Sadie! I haven’t read any of the books you disliked, but I guess that’s a good thing, right? Anyways, great post! ❤


  8. Eleanor @ On the Other Side of Reality says:

    Ahh, I’ve been wondering whether or not to read To Kill a Kingdom and The Cruel Prince! I’ve been drifting away from YA in the past year; it’s all starting to feel the same to me, especially the fantasy. But I really wish I wanted to read those books, you know? Would you recommend them for someone who’s become a lil disenchanted with YA?

    My favorites of this year were definitely The Secret History by Donna Tartt and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. In terms of disappointments, the one that first comes to mind is The Princess Bride. I was just expecting to love it so much!! and then I didn’t. le sigh.

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality


  9. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    It definitely seems like 2018 was a successful year for you when it comes to reading, if the fact that you have more best books than worst on this list is anything to go by. 🙂 I really enjoyed The Hate U Give and The Cruel Prince but I read them both in 2017 so they wouldn’t be able to make my best of 2018 list. Circe and Sadie are on my best of 2018 list though; they were incredible books and yeah I’d love to read more of Summers work too. 🙂
    Great post, and hopefully you’ll have plenty more amazing books to talk about when we get to the end of 2019 as well. 🙂 ❤


    • Marta says:

      I’ve also read The Cruel Prince recently and it was amazing, surprised me in a very pleasant way! ❤
      So happy you loved Circe and To Kill a Kingdom as well, they are great books! ✨


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