Favorites of 2018 ~ Books & Audiobooks

Posted 26 December, 2018 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Discussion Posts / 28 Comments

The past few years on my former blog, Bookworm Brandee, I enjoyed doing a “look back at the year” and sharing my favorites. So I asked Lexxie if we could continue the tradition here and to join me in listing favorites. WeΒ hope you enjoy reading about some of our favorites and we’d be happy to hear about any of yours!

This post is all about books/audiobooks! Here are a few of my favorites for this year because seriously…it’s hard to narrow it down!

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Here are Lexxie’s favorite books/audiobooks for 2018:

I’m almost kind of sorry, but I have over 20 books as my favorites for 2018! The last one is the one I read today (December 26th). I’ll link to my whole list on Goodreads, but here are the ones I feel like have to be on an actual list πŸ™‚

  • The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz – just because no list can be complete without Tiffany Reisz!
  • Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren – they just rocked my 2018 reading world!
  • Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I’m using this as my class read for my students next semester!
  • The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrell – beautiful story!
  • Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi – another author who always rocks my world.
  • The whole Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann on audio – the full audiocast just really, really did it for me!
  • I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman – I loved how this woman just needed a break. From absolutely everything.
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – this story broke me – and it broke me even more because it’s based on real events.
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles. Reading how scary it is to be black in the US these days made me realize not only how lucky I am, but how unlucky a lot of other people are!
  • What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – cute and uncomfortable (real!) romance!

So, that’s our narrowed-down list of favorites from 2018 – what does your list look like?




Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Brandee is a mom of 3 and a soon-to-be empty nester. She is also an avid reader, a genre omnivore, and a compulsive one-clicker - but she's in recovery. Besides being a reader, she's also a writer and hopes to divide the vast quantities of spare time she'll soon have between reading and finally publishing her first book.

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28 responses to “Favorites of 2018 ~ Books & Audiobooks

  1. Sophia Rose

    I do love reading everyone’s best of lists. I enjoyed Come From Away on Brandee’s list and Illuminae Files on Lexxie list. I see a couple from both lists that I still need to read.

  2. oh my bad I haven’t read any of these books on your list!!! But I do love some of the authors you listed like TM Frazier and Meghan March. Hope 2019 is packed with great reads for you both. And Happy New YEAR!!!

  3. Hi you two! I wish you both wonderful reads for 2019! I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Murder of Crows. That’s it from both lists. Ilona Andrews tops my favorite reads for 2018, Magic Triumphs and Iron and Magic rocked. I loved the audio versions. The audio version of Ready Player One was addictive and so much fun! Artemis was the winner for best narrator for me. The Bad Guys series (juvenile fiction) made me laugh throughout the year. Happy reading!

    • Hi Robyn! I wish you awesome reading for 2019 as well. πŸ™‚ I must meet Simon very soon as he’s been collecting dust on my shelf for awhile now. I read Ready Player One AND saw the movie (I got it for James for Christmas). The book was better. πŸ˜‰ And the Andrews….SIGH. I have to catch up with them. See you soon! <3

  4. I am on the Lexxie train, because there are a bunch of my faves on that list. I adored all CLo’s 2018 releases. I don’t know, they were on fire for me this year. I was really happy with Restore Me. Mafi blew up so many things with that book, but she introduced a great new storyline and I have faith she will fix it all before the series ends again. I am happy to see I Have Lost My Way on this list. I thought the book was phenomenal, but feel like it’s not lauded enough.

    • YAY Sam πŸ™‚ I’m glad some of my favorites were your favorites as well! CLo really did well in 2018, and Mafi, too. I agree, not that many people have been shouting from the rooftops about I Have Lost My Way πŸ™‚
      Have a great rest of the day.

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