My Top 10 Reads of 2018

If you follow this blog, you know I love reading. I beat my goal of 52 books this year and read over 90. That, despite my toddler and several bad bouts with depression, both of which make it hard for me to settle into reading. Below are my favorite reads this year.

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#10 – I Wrote this for You by pleasefindthis

That’s not a typo; pleasefindthis is the pen name for Iain S. Thomas. I discovered this gem through Prime Reading. It’s beautiful poetry with artistic photography scattered throughout. Definitely, my favorite poetry read this year.

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#9 – Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

No, I have not watched the Netflix series. I finished the book before they started running trailers for the show, which looks completely different from the book. My favorite part of Jackson’s eerie original was the crazy ending. Probably the most shocking ending I read this year. If you don’t mind a creepy read about a haunted house that attempts to drive its inhabitants mad, then this book is for you.

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#8 – Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

This short, convicting read discusses the sins the church has come to tolerate. Even though I took issue with Bridges’ lack of knowledge on certain subjects (e.g. mental health), I believe authors run into those problems whenever they attempt to write a book that covers a multitude of subjects without the assistance of a co-author. This book still made it into my top ten for the year, simply because it forced me to consider the things I let slip in my personal spiritual walk.

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#7 – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I already did a full review of this earlier in the year, but since it made it into my top 10, I’ll just say, this book was a lovely marriage of nonfiction, fantasy, and myth with the readability of a novel.

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#6 – Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

This one almost didn’t make it onto the list, but only because I started it late in December. Its a beautiful memoir about pain, mental illness, and how storytelling can aid in healing. It’s written in luscious prose that reads like poetry. It’s heartbreaking and oh so lovely.

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#5 – The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

This book caught my attention when I read a review that compared it to Agatha Christie, whom I LOVE. The murder mystery aspect of it was definitely similar, with the added bonus of gorgeous atmospheric writing that made the book a darker, edge-of-your-seat kind of read. Her depiction of panic attacks was spot on, and I dare you to read it and not feel occasionally claustrophobic.

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#4 – The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall by Chris Dolley

Another book that made it into the top 10 that I’ve already reviewed. This blend of sci-fi and P. G. Wodehouse was one of the funniest reads I indulged in this year. I hope to read more of Dolley’s works in 2019.

*drumroll* And now my TOP THREE!

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#3 – Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

This book though! It was a delicious blend of sci-fi and fantasy. Martin discovers a computer file that can alter his world with only a line or two of code. He uses it to go back in time to Medieval England and trick everyone into thinking he’s a wizard. Such an inventive and hilarious storyline. The characters are lovable, witty, and quirky and the book had me smiling through almost the entire read. Meyer was one of several authors I discovered in 2018, and I intend to read the entirety of this series.

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#2 – A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth by Matthew Dickerson

This thought-provoking read looked into Tolkien’s world of Middle-Earth. I learned so much about world building from Dickerson’s in-depth study of the themes within the Lord of the Rings. I recommend it to fans of Tolkien and writers of fantasy. Tolkien had the masterful ability to discuss his worldview without overtly mentioning his personal views on religion or politics, and, after reading Dickerson, I’m convinced this is one of the reasons Tolkien’s books stand the test of time.

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#1 – The Woodcutter by Kate Danley

Sometimes I have difficulty picking favorites when it comes to books, but this year I had no difficulty at all. I will never forget this book. I adore fairy tale retellings. This one was dark, poignant, and written in gorgeous poetic prose. The skill that Danley used to weave in multiple characters from myth, legend, and fairy tale while keeping the story fresh and unique was breathtaking. Love. Love. LOVED it.

I’m so excited to find out what new reads and authors I’ll discover in 2019! Comment and tell me about some of your favorite reads of 2018 and some of the new authors you discovered.

6 Fun Comic Collections to Help You Meet Your 2018 Reading Goal

If you’re reading this then you, like me, woke up and realized that it’s nearly December, and unlike the average American who begins to sweat over Christmas shopping, you’re saying, “EEK!! I’ve only got a few more weeks to meet my yearly reading goal.”

Remember kids: it’s very important to keep your promises to yourself, especially where books are concerned. 😉

Personally, I don’t consider it cheating to help me meet my Goodreads Reading Goal by throwing a few graphic novels or comic collections into the mix. I love reading comics and graphic novels anyway. It’s just an added bonus that I can down one a day when I suddenly notice that it’s September and I’m 10 Books behind.

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  1. Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen

These Comics are some of my favorites! I follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter because seeing her posts always make me smile. Her comics often cover adulting, introversion, creativity, and relationships. Some of her stuff is more for girls, but as a general rule, my husband gets a kick out of them too. Plus, if you like one, there are two more in her series. That’s two more books down for the count. *thumbs up*

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2. The Worriers Guide to Life by Gemma Correll

This one is a fairly eclectic collection of silly things about life, and punny little jokes. I shared more than half of them with my husband because I was sniggering aloud while I read it.

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3. Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection by Nick Seluk

This is another comic that I follow on multiple social media platforms. He started with mostly a Heart and Brain character interacting over varied life decisions. The cast of characters has since expanded to include Gut, Gallbladder, Tongue, Lungs, and other members of the body. The comics are hilarious and relatable to anyone who has a body with organs. (This one also has other collections in the series available if you like what you read)

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4. Soppy: A Love Story by Philippa Rice

This one is about the simple things in a relationship that show love. It is sweet and funny. My husband and I read this one together, curled up under the same blanket. It was perfect.

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5. Lunarbaboon: The Daily Life of Parenthood by Christopher Grady

I loved this one just as much for its humor as for its moments of gentle honesty. It talks so much about familial love which may not make you laugh, but it will definitely make you smile.

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6. Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd

This one runs along the same lines as Soppy, and I’d definitely recommend looking into it if you were a fan. It’s just comic after comic about being in a long-term relationship. Bonus: if you’re in a relationship with a super tall guy, there will be extra relatable laughs in store for you inside. It’s also a finalist for Goodread’s Choice Award’s 2018! So, I know I’m not the only one who liked it.

Happy reading! 🙂