Top Reads from the Top Half of 2018

Source: Audies

Every single year, I struggle bus my way through an end of year post about the best books I read that year. Or I just skip the post entirely, even though I love seeing other people’s, and I also really like the opportunity to yell more about my favorite books. Still, going back through hundreds of books, some of which you read hundreds of books ago and scarcely recall, is difficult and, for me, stressful. In an effort to help myself and also yell about some great books, I’m doing a mid-year best of post that I can mine shamelessly come 2019.

Also, as per usual, I am totally going to cheat and do a frontlist title and a backlist title for each category if I have enough that apply. Can’t stop won’t stop.


Best YA Fantasy

Mask of Shadows – Linsey Miller

Best YA Contemporary

Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen

Puddin’ – Julie Murphy

Best YA Historical

Retribution Rails – Erin Bowman

The Radical Element – Jessica Spotswood, ed.

Best YA Science Fiction

The Disasters – M.K. England (RTC)

Best Adult Contemporary

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged – Ayisha Malik

Best Adult Contemporary Romance

Public Relations – Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolini

The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

Best Adult Historical Romance

Blame It on the Duke – Lenora Bell

After the Wedding – Courtney Milan

Best Non-Fiction

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman – Lindy West

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World -Pénélope Bagieu

Best F/F Ship

A&B – J.C. Lillis

Best F/M Ship

The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

Best M/M Ship

Autoboyography – Christina Lauren

Best 2018 Debut

The Disasters – M.K. England

Best Series Ender

Obsidio – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

7 responses to “Top Reads from the Top Half of 2018”

  1. I have so many books I need to read! Mask of Shadows, Retribution Rails, OBSIDIO!! I loved Sofia Khan and The Kiss Quotient too, and I’m glad you loved The Disasters because it sounds like such a cool premise.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      YAY! I’m so glad you loved both Sofia Khan and The Kiss Quotient. I need more books like this in my life, and I’m about to run out of Christina Lauren lol.

      The Disasters was suuuuper fun. I’m hoping it does well and we get more sci fi like that.

  2. lenore says:

    Let’s see … which of the (1) books I read so far this year was the best? THE HAZEL WOOD.

    To be fair, I started a ton of books, but that was the only one I finished. And I loved it!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Hahaha, you should probably finish just one more book so it doesn’t sound like The Hazel Wood wins by default. 😉

  3. Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged wasn’t even on my radar for some reason. I really need to get my hands on Kiss Quotient and it’s been TOO long since I’ve read any Milan. Too long. Must fix this.
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  5. River Lily says:

    I recently finished The Kiss Quotient. Weird, fun, charming; it deserves all the hype! I’m so happy because it’s been a while since I got this attached to a romance. I hope to check out every book in this list someday. In the meantime, I’m giving my attention to The Voiceless Voice by Alexandra Casavant. Taking a break from romantic stories, I’m ready to dive into the worlds shaped by voices and to reflect on my own.

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