My Favorite Reads of 2018

Here we are again, at the cusp of a new year. I want to take a moment to review my favorite reads from 2018. These books, in same way, have stuck with me. They refused to be put down; I read into the night; they inspired me.

*These are book that I read in 2018, not necessarily books that were published in 2018. These books didn’t necessarily get a 5/5 review from me, either.

In no particular order:

The Young Elites (Series) by Marie Lu (YA Fiction/Fantasy)

The Inventor’s Secret (Series) by Andrea Cremer (YA Fiction/Steampunk)

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Loss (YA Fiction/Fantasy)

Hunger by Roxane Gay (Nonfiction, Memoir)

A Darker Shade of Magic (Series) by V. E. Schwab (A Fantasy)

Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (YA Fantasy)

These books made this list because they stuck with me, because I took something away from them, and they inspired my own writing. There are a few others books that I adored, like Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer. LOVED IT, but I didn’t walk away with my own stories floating in my mind and my thinking, “How can I write more like this?”

These books kept me reading into the night, had me thinking about the book/series when I wasn’t reading, and had me craving the next book in the series like an addiction.

These books exemplify what I want to create and inspire in other readers.

Have a happy New Year! (Don’t drink and drive, don’t text and drive, and stay alert for people who don’t follow those rules.)


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