Best Reads of 2018

I did the thing! Here are my favorite books that I read during this year (only some actually came out in 2018). I also threw my favorite movies in at the end, because I do what I want and because they are all adapted from books or comics.

Some of my favorite reads were audiobooks, but my top audiobooks below are ones that had great book-content AND great narration/production. I only have two poetry picks because I don’t read much poetry; I’m going to try to read more in 2019. 

Thank you to Snazel, Gingernifty, Em M, and Kemendraugh for some extremely excellent book recommendations this year, several of which show up below. 

Audiobooks

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (multi-cast)

The Queen’s Thief (series) by Megan Whalen Turner (narrated by Steve West)

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan (narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies)

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (narrated by Steve West)

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (narrated by Kyle McCarley)

Poetry

How We Became Human by Joy Harjo

The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson

Nonfiction

The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski

The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown

The Portland Black Panthers by Judson L. Jeffries and Lucas N. N. Burke

Dressing the Galaxy by Trisha Biggar

Bitchfest edited by Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler

Fiction: Series

And I Darken (trilogy) by Kiersten White

Tensorate (series) by J.Y. Yang

The Books of the Raksura (series) by Martha Wells

Murderbot (series) by Martha Wells

Fiction: Stand-alone

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip

Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn

Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Fiction: Kids

Hamster Princess (series) by Ursula Vernon

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Comics

Ms. Marvel (ongoing) by G. Willow Wilson

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (ongoing) by Ryan North

Lumberjanes (ongoing) by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh

The Backstagers (ongoing) by James Tynion IV

Library Wars by Hiro Arikawa and Kiiro Yumi

Movies

Black Panther

Annihilation

Crazy Rich Asians

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

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November ’18 Reading Recap

My favorite reads this month were Between the Firmaments by J.Y. Yang and The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (both fantasy). And yes, I reread The Goblin Emperor in both October and November….I hadn’t read it in a while and it is SO GOOD.

Graphic Novels

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Volumes 1-5 by CLAMP (4/5 stars)

Black Butler Volumes 24-26 by Yana Toboso

The Royal Tutor Volume 1 by Higasa Akai (4/5 stars)

Fiction

Spellswept by Stephanie Burgis (3/5 stars)

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (5/5 stars)

Circe by Madeline Miller (3/5 stars)

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews (2/5 stars)

Between the Firmaments by J.Y. Yang (4/5 stars)

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (3/5 stars)

Audiobooks

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5 stars)

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5 stars)

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (5/5 stars)

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (5/5 stars)

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (5/5 stars)

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (4/5 stars)

Proto Zoa by Lois McMaster Bujold (5/5 stars)

Od Magic by Patricia McKillip (4/5 stars)

October ’18 Reading Recap

My favorite reads this month were easily Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (science fiction) and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (steampunk/historical fiction). The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells was a reread.

Graphic Novels

Black Panther: Long Live the King by Nnedi Okorafor (3/5 stars)

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars by Michael Dante DiMartino (3/5 stars)

Runaways: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell (5/5 stars)

Fiction

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (4/5 stars)

Bilgewater by Jane Gardam (3/5 stars)

Adventures in Middle-Earth: Players Guide (4/5 stars)

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (5/5 stars)

Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller (3/5 stars)

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

Nonfiction

Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy (5/5 stars)

Echoes of Contempt: A History of Judeophobia in the Christian Church by Bruce D. Thompson (4/5 stars)

Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion by Pete Carroll (3/5 stars)

How the Irish Invented Slang by Daniel Cassidy (4/5 stars)

Audiobooks

Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery (5/5 stars)

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (5/5 stars)

Penric’s Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold (4/5 stars)

The Prisoner of Lumnos by Lois McMaster Bujold (3/5 stars)

September ’18 Reading Recap

My favorite reads this month were easily The Descent of Monsters (J.Y. Yang) and Rogue Protocol (Martha Wells). If I were a rich lady 300 years ago I would be their rich patron and keep them in my house and feed them while they wrote me all of the books.

Fiction

Star Wars: Most Wanted by Rae Carson (4/5 stars)

The Unknown Weapon by Andrew Forrester (3/5 stars)

My Lady’s Money by Wilkie Collins (3/5 stars)

The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill (3/5 stars)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (4/5 stars)

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (3/5 stars)

The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro (4/5 stars)

The Cobbler’s Boy by Elizabeth Bear and Katherine Addison (5/5 stars)

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

The Golden Tower by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (3/5 stars)

William Shakespeare’s the Clones Doth Attacketh by Ian Doescher  (5/5 stars)

Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray (3/5 stars)

The Descent of Monsters by J.Y. Yang (5/5 stars)

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (2/5 stars)

The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins (4/5 stars)

Graphic Novels

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: My Best Friend’s Squirrel by Ryan North (4/5 stars)

Lumberjanes: On a Roll by Shannon Watters (4/5 stars)

Wonder Woman: Godwatch by Greg Rucka (4/5 stars)

The Mighty Thor: Lords of Midgard by Jason Aaron (3/5 stars)

Giant Days Volume 5 by John Allison (5/5 stars)

Giant Days Volume 6 by John Allison (5/5 stars)

DC Bombshells: Queens by Marguerite Bennett (3/5 stars)

Ms. Marvel: Teenage Wasteland by G. Willow Wilson (5/5 stars)

Nonfiction

Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars by Trisha Biggar (4/5 stars)

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (4/5 stars)

The SBL Handbook of Style

Alexander the Great and His Time by Agnes Savill (2/5 stars)

Audiobooks

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (5/5 stars)