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My Ten Favorite Books of 2018 (So Far)

Now that we’ve reached the halfway point of the year, I see a few fellow book bloggers are posting their favorite books of 2018 that they’ve read so far. It sounded like fun, so here we go. I’m up to 58 books read this year as of today. I’ll admit I cheated and included the first week of July because I couldn’t not put Us Against You on this list! 


Beartown by Fredrik Backman

I read this in just over 12 hours and can’t stop recommending it to everyone! A small town devoted to their hockey team is rocked to its core when one of the players commits an unspeakable crime. The townspeople are divided in their support and irrevocable damage is done.




Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Yes, Fredrik Backman deserves two spots on this list. He’s a masterful writer who captures human emotions, feelings, and reactions in a way that’s hard to properly describe. His stories are intricate and real and appeal to everyone. The Beartown characters are back and the story picks up immediately where Beartown left off.




Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor is about as quirky as they come. A socially awkward single accountant with a lunatic mother. While it took some reviewers a bit to get into this book, I adored it from the very first pages. Check out my book review here!






A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

The second book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series is a slim favorite. Do yourself a favor and read all three though. It’s escapist fantasy at its best. While the writing and plot aren’t perfect, this series sweeps you off your feet and engrosses you in another world in a way I haven’t experienced more than three or four other times.

Hot tip – for some unknown reason this gorgeous hardcover is only $5 on Amazon! I bought it even though I don’t have the other books in the series yet ha.



The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I happened upon this book on Scribd and thought the premise sounded highly entertaining. A workplace comedy about two coworkers who absolutely detest each other, literally playing games with the sole point of proving who hates the other more. When they end up vying for the same promotion, they start to realize maybe there’s more to their relationship than just animosity. This was a ton of fun and I flew through it in a few days. Now, I’m eagerly awaiting Thorne’s next novel!




As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

Cary Elwes narrates the audiobook, which makes this memoir even more charming. He makes the whole process of making this movie sound incredible and tons of fun. I also enjoyed hearing from a few of the other cast and crew. I’m eager to go back and rewatch the movie now after hearing all the behind the scenes info.





The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

Leia is enjoying her life as a comic book artist…until she discovers she’s pregnant after a one night stand with Batman. Plus her Southern grandmother’s health is failing and now her sister is on the verge of divorce. There’s a ton of story lines in this one, but it Jackson blends them together into a beautiful family drama. I wrote a gushing full review of this one over on Literary Quicksand




The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Jay convinced me to read this after a hefty dose of initial skepticism on my part. Locke is a young man who earns his living stealing from the rich in a cutthroat town. His schemes are impressively clever and he’s one of those questionable characters you just can’t help but adore. 






The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I adore this retelling of a Russian fairytale. A childless couple moves to the Alaskan wilderness to start a new life as farmers. When the wife first catches glimpses of a young girl during the winter, her husband and neighbors think she’s going crazy. As the story progresses and the child becomes a part of their lives, this crosses over into delightful and tear-jerking magical realism.




Nabakov’s Favorite Word is Mauve by Ben Blatt

A second nonfiction pick! Bet you didn’t think you’d see that happen. I really should try to read this genre more often because it has fascinating things to teach us! In particular, this book is a winner for that unique class of readers who love books and statistics.




What is your favorite book you read so far this year?

Check out my ultimate list of All The Books I Read in 2018 and my Favorite Books of 2019 so far too!

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    July 9, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I loved “As You Wish!” The inside of the book jacket unfolds to a neat drawing/picture of Westley & Buttercup and says As You Wish, so I framed it! I think I’d like to listen to the audiobook because I love his voice.

    I’m happy you liked Kate Morton’s new book, as she’s a favorite of mine too. I’ve re-read all of her books, with The House at Riverton being my absolute favorite. I pre-ordered this one as soon as I could on Amazon!

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      Rachel Kamery
      July 10, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Oh that book jacket sounds amazing. I love framing book-ish things to hang on my walls. The House at Riverton was my introduction to Morton, so that will always be at the top of my list too.

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    Claire @ A Novel Look
    July 9, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I loved Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. It’s definitely going to make my favorites of 2018. And I’m so glad to hear you liked The Almost Sisters. Joshilyn Jackson can do no wrong in my eyes, but I think The Almost Sisters is her best novel yet!

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    July 9, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Loved The Snow Child.
    I had The Almost Sisters in my hands today at the library and decided not to…is it a good Jackson book to start with? I’ve never read her!

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      Rachel Kamery
      July 10, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      Yes go back and get it!!! Honestly though I haven’t read any of her other books haha. I did adore The Almost Sisters though.

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    Susie | Novel Visits
    July 10, 2018 at 12:44 am

    I haven’t read all the books on your list, but loved the first three and also Snow Child. Isn’t Fredrick Bachman the best? I liked Us Against You even more than Beartown which made my top ten for 2017. Eleanor Oliphant also made that list. It seems we have similar reading tastes! Great list.

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    Nicoline @ Bookish Stuff
    July 10, 2018 at 6:20 am

    ACOTAR is on my summer tbr. I look really forward to this series. I am glad the second book is good too! So far the best books I have read is THUG, The Exact Opposite Of Okay and Ace of Shades :))

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      Rachel Kamery
      July 10, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Those last two are new to me. Thanks for sharing!

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    July 10, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Eleanor Oliphant sounds like such a good read.

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    July 10, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I’m so glad to hear Us Against you is good. Sadly, there are 191 people on the wait list for it at my library!

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      Rachel Kamery
      July 10, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      That’s an insane amount!! I guess this is one of the perks of belonging to a tiny library ha. Mine only took a few weeks to arrive.

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    July 10, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    So many highly anticipated reads on your list! I’m especially excited to read the new Kate Morton book. She is such a fantastic writer, I adore her.

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    Aj @ Read All The Things!
    July 10, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    I’m on a waitlist for those first three books and The Snow Child. I hope I like them as much as you did!

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    Confuzzled Bev
    July 11, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Eleanor Oliphant is on my list as well.

    I really want to read As You Wish. The Princess Bride is one of my favourite films! (I also love the book)

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    July 15, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    58 books is amazing! The Almost Sisters was one of my favorites last year.. so, so good! My favorites so far this year are Awayland by Ramona Ausubel, Hourglass by Dani Shapiro, Florida by Lauren Groff, and Calypso by David Sedaris.

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    July 16, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    As You Wish is on my wishlist. For most of today I’ll be on the road, driving home after an eight day road trip. My weekly updates

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    Kathryn Trask
    July 16, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    I am meaning to read Bear Town this year, I think I ordered a copy. I adored Eleanor Oliphant via audiobook, it was so well narrated. And The Almost Sisters was great too think I read that not listened to it. But her audiobooks are excellent too.

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