Every year, I set a Reading Goal for how many books I plan to read that year. In 2017, I got a little over ambitious with a goal of 75 books, but since I met that goal (see My Top 7 reads of 2017 here), I decided to set my 2018 goal to the same. Unfortunately, I missed the mark by a single book. Since 74 books is still a creditable amount though, I’m okay with that.
I usually use Goodreads to track my books, and like to go through them at the end of the year to select my favorites of the bunch.
My 8 Favorite Reads of 2018
I read these in 2018, but they were not necessarily published in that year.
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne — The same friend that kept recommending Kulti by Mariana Zapata (one of my Top Reads for 2017) also recommended this book. I put it off because the listing price was much higher than I would typically pay for a kindle book at $11.99! It was money well spent though, and I enjoyed it thoroughly!
- Ferromancer by Becca Andre — A good series for those who love strong female leads, powerful but respectful male counterparts, steampunk, magic, and the historic grandeur of the Erie Canal.
- Accidental Tryst by Natasha Boyd — I picked this up as a light, fun romance to get me through a tough day and it didn’t disappoint. Some of the plot was a bit contrived, but it was a fun pick-me-up.
- Tales of Titans by Rich DiSilvio — Every Rich DiSilvio book I pick up is magic. He weaves an accurate, but entertaining story of the real life and times of famous historical figures. The Tale of Titans series is a must read for people who love history brought to life!
- Neighborly by Ellie Monago — This was the last local book club recommendation before the club went belly up (as they often do). It revolves around a couple who move to the smallest house in the “best” neighborhood only to find it’s not as perfect as it seems.
- Renegade Star by J.N. Chaney — I love a great space opera. His book reminded me of Firefly and Cowboy Bebop, so I knew it would be a win. One thing I really like about Chaney is that the females in his books are badass and not sexualized.
- Eye of Truth by Lindsay Buroker — Obviously, I am a big Lindsay fan. I even support her on Patreon so I can get all her books as early as possible. This book is the first in her Agents of the Crown series, which features a whole new world and set of characters from previous series.
- The Ticket by Heather Grace Stewart — A romance in the Love Again series. Unlike many love stories, the characters in this are over 40, which was nice. This was a fun, quick read for a rainy weekend.
I set my goal of 75 books for 2019 too, so we will see how that pans out. I’ll let you know at the end of the year if I find any great ones 🙂