Best Women’s Fiction and Romance of 2018 #Bestof2018

This is my last post of my best of 2018 series but I will be sharing some books to look out for in 2019 that I was lucky enough to read already later this week. Today I’ll be sharing the best WF and romance.

Best WF and Romance:

When Life Gives You Lululemons is the ideal beach read, it’s scandalous and so entertaining.

How to Walk Away was such an inspiring and empowering read.

Limelight was just pure fun to read, I had a blast with this one.

KH is one of my all time favorite authors and Good Luck With That was perfection, I think every woman should read this.

Before I Let You Go broke my heart in half it was so heart wrenching and poignant.

All We Ever Wanted is such a timely and relevant read, ideal for a book club.

The Perfect Couple is EH at her best, this had a slightly darker edge than her previous books but with the same beachy appeal.

The Husband Hour was my first read by JB and I loved it so much she’s now an auto buy author for me.

The Family Next Door is perfect for people who want a mystery with no gore, very similar vibes to Big Little Lies.

The Accidental Beauty Queen was rom com perfection, I need to see a movie version of this!!

Josh and Hazel may be my favorite fictional couple of all time, this was so cute.

CL again, I’m newly obsessed with this writing duo and Half Night Stand was just as cute as J and H!

No one writes emotional, topical and highly sensitive novels with grace and dignity quite like JP does and A Spark of Light was no exception.

That’s it for my favorite WF and romance, what do you think of my picks?

Best Historical Fiction and Audiobooks of 2018 #Bestof2018

After this I only have one more post to share so my best reads series is almost wrapped up! Today I’ll be sharing my favorite HF and also my favorite audiobooks. I’ve always liked audiobooks but this year I listened to so many more than in the past and I believe audiobooks are very underrated. I’ve even seen people say that it shouldn’t count as real reading?! I don’t get that mentality at all, but I would love to hear what you think.

Best HF

The Dream Daughter was my first DC book and I’ve been slowly working my way through her backlist since I read this. This may actually be the best book I’ve read all year, it had a little something for everyone.

I love Fiona Davis and have read all three of her books and The Masterpiece was an amazing story.

This was my first Camille Di Maio but I loved The Way of Beauty SO much I’m already a firm fan. She writes beautifully and truly brought NYC to life.

If you’re a HF fan then you’ve probably already read The Great Alone but if you haven’t, it’s a total must!

As Bright as Heaven taught me about a piece of history I knew next to nothing about and it was also written so gorgeously.

Best Audio

So I don’t normally write full reviews for audiobooks, I’m not totally sure why but it’s probably because I feel like I already spend so much time writing reviews for ARCs that I just don’t wanna 😂 Anyway, these were all 4.5-5 stars for me, some are newer and some are years old, I tend to try and listen to older backlist books on my TBR in order to actually squeeze them in. Each of these comes highly recommended by me due to both an excellent plot, writing style etc but also had fantastic narration!

If you ever need an audiobook recommendation though besides these I’m your girl, just ask!

That’s it for HF and audio, what do you think?

Best Thrillers of 2018 #Bestof2018

This may be my favorite category of all, mystery/thrillers are my hands down favorite genre to read so narrowing this list down was hard y’all!

Best thrillers

Good Samaritans was one of the darkest and most messed up books I read all year and I loved every single twisted page!

Verity has been everywhere this month and rightfully so. Hoover’s first foray into the dark side of fiction was amazing and this one will keep you thinking about it long after you finish, SO good!

The Lies We Told is psychological thriller perfection, beyond twisty and super intense and also really smartly plotted. A definite must read.

I’m a huge Bell fan and think Somebody’s Daughter is his best yet. It was fast and furious and had so many great surprises.

Don’t Believe It is a total binge read and after I finished it I remember feeling like it breathed fresh life into the genre.

The Sandman is impressive on so many levels but if you like serial killer thrillers this is a must read!

The Perfect Mother was one of the most talked about books this year and the best part is that it more than lives up to the hype, it even exceeded my expectations!

Jar of Hearts was one of the best surprises for me this year, not only was the content of this especially shocking but I found a new author, that’s always the best!

In the Vines was such a rich, Immersive read I loved it!

That’s it for my favorite thrillers, have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?

Best Series of 2018 #Bestof2018

Part two of my best of series will focus on, well series haha! These are all books that released this year but the series may have started a few years ago. Being a part of this list means that I’ve enjoyed each and every book so far and recommended them if you’re looking for a new series to binge on!

Best Series:

If you’re looking for a book that feels like watching an awesome episode of Criminal Minds, Into the Black Nowhere is the perfect choice!

I’ve been a huge fan of the Kim Stone series for a long time and Dying Truth just about broke me. No spoilers, but it’s not often I’m sobbing while reading Crime Fiction and I was a big old baby with this one.

Everything about Keeper is unique, this one had me riveted and is just SO damn good!!

Barker writes bold, in your face books and Fifth to Die is no exception. Such a great serial killer thriller!

Deep Blue Trouble is a true action packed thriller, the intensity is through the roof and really reading it was just an electrifying experience.

Hydra has one of the most unique structures I’ve ever encountered, it’s told via podcast interviews which I absolutely love! It’s also creepy and highly atmospheric, a definite must read.

KWH writes like a dream and The Secret to Southern Charm was just a delight to read. It has a little something for everyone and is much more than a beach read, although that cover would look gorgeous on a beach!

Ain’t She a Peach is rare in that it truly made me laugh out loud. It’s full of quirky, charming characters and just so damn adorable.

And that’s a wrap on my favorite series of the year! Most of these have new books being released in 2019 so nows the time to catch up if you need to. What do you think of my picks?

Best Debuts of 2018 #Bestof2018

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and had a relaxing day doing whatever you wanted to be doing! Anyone get an amazing gift?!

I can’t believe it’s already time for me to start recapping my favorite reads of the year, as I write this I’ve read 303 books so narrowing my lists down was no easy feat. I’m starting this short series out with standout debuts and in the coming days I’ll share my picks for best thrillers, best women’s fiction, romance, audiobooks, historical fiction and finally some 2019 books that I was lucky enough to read already! All of these books come highly recommended by me and I urge you to add them all to your TBR because I’m a book pusher like that 😜


Only Child was the kind of book I still think about to this day, it was so timely and heartbreaking, yet incredibly beautiful and poignant.

Sometimes I Lie had me raving as far back as 2017 and I’m still recommending it today. The second book is out in early 2019 so if you haven’t read this you have time to catch up!

Rapid Falls blew me away because it had every single element in a psychological thriller that I crave, it was fast paced, exciting very intricately plotted. I’ll be following Cowie closely.

The Woman in the Window took the literary world by storm this year, if for some reason you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?!

The Chalk Man is another book that seemed to be everywhere this year, and rightfully so! It was such a clever mix of coming of age and good old fashioned mystery with an amazingly strong ending.

The Wife Between Us is another one I’ve been blabbing about for well over a year but it’s just THAT good! I can’t say a lot but if you haven’t read you have to, a total must read!

That’s it for my first set of picks, I’ll have a new list to share tomorrow, but I’m the meantime what do you think of my choices? Agree? Disagree? Let me know!