We Are Nearly Halfway Through 2018, So What Are My Top Reads So Far?

With June just around the corner, now felt like an ideal time to look back at some of my top reads of 2018 to date. This is an all inclusive list, so not all titles were necessarily published this year. Today, I have rounded up the 12 best books I have picked up since January 2018. It was not an easy list to compose!


Contemporary/Historical Fiction

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

By Atia Abawi


In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future.

In the wake of destruction, he’s threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq’s family knows that to continue to stay alive, …more

Read my full review and guest post from the author here.

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood


In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid’s Tale. She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century.

Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kin …more

Read my thoughts here.


By Sarah Crossan


‘They think I hurt someone.
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’

From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

Check out my review.


Red Clocks

By Leni Zumas


Five women. One question. What is a woman for?

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surround …more

My reasons that this is a must read can be found here.

The Nowhere Girls

By Amy Read




Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of t …more

Read more about why I highly recommend this book.


Brain on Fire

By Susannah Cahalan


An award-winning memoir and instant New York Timesbestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.

When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Day…more

You can find my thoughts on Goodreads.

Science Fiction

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2)

By Neal Shusterman




Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone of …more

My buddy read experience can be read here.

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1)

By Scott Reintgen




With millions of dollars at stake, walking away isn’t an option.

Emmett Atwater agrees to leave Earth behind when Babel Communications offers him a fortune. The catch? He has to launch into deep space to get it. One of ten selected recruits, Emmett boards the company’s spaceship and sets course for a planet that Babel has kept hidden from the rest of the world.

Before long, …more

Check out my final thoughts.

LIFel1K3 (LIFEL1K3 #1)

By Jay Kristoff




On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it …more

Read more about why I could not put this down.


The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

By Patricia A McKillip



Young Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady o…more

Check out my impressions of this fantasy classic.


Children of Blood and Bone

By Tomi Adeyemi


Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring…more

Learn more about why this was a huge win for me.

The Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3)

By Sarah Beth Durst


The battle between vicious spirits and strong-willed queens that started in the award-winning The Queen of Blood and continued in the powerful The Reluctant Queen comes to a stunning conclusion in The Queen of Sorrow, the final volume of Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy.

Queen Daleina has yearned to bring peace and prosperity to her beloved forest home—a hope th…more

Read my thoughts on a favorite series.

So far 2018 has been a highly successful year for reading. What have been some of your favorite titles so far? Have you read any of the above or do you plan to?

Happy Reading,
Danielle ❤

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69 thoughts on “We Are Nearly Halfway Through 2018, So What Are My Top Reads So Far?

  1. How are you going to narrow this down to a top 10 at the end of the year ?! I have Brain on Fire and The Nowhere Girls on my list although I want to read Jar of Hearts more ever since you mentioned it ;-). I was worried I wouldn’t have enough books for my top 10 but the last month I’ve been reading some really great reads.. Hydra, The Fear, Keeper, The Man Who Didn’t Call.. I hope I can keep them on the list :-). I hope you’ll be able to read another 6 months of great books! xxx

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  2. I MUST find Thunderhead on audio! I LOVED Scythe!!! My libraries don’t carry it; I’m dying here! ANd it sounds like I will be dying for the next one as well!

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  3. I’m dying to read Children of Blood and Bone. The cover is absolutely stunning. But at the same time, when I read the synopsis it doesn’t sound like something I’d enjoy and then the next day I read it, it sounds really interesting again. I might just have to buy it and see! (:

    Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

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  4. Sounds like you’ve had a fantastic reading year so far! I’ve only read Alias Grace but plan on reading The Nowhere Girls. I’ve had a great year too now that I think about it…most of my reads have been 4 and 5 stars, so I have no idea how I would narrow down my favorites right now LOL. You were right though, I LOVED Jar of Hearts!! I read it in about 4 hrs and reviewed it today, lol. I never read and review the same day hahaha! It usually takes me days or weeks to get a review written…

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      1. Lol, I would have normally but I didn’t even plan on reading Jar of Hearts until reading all the fab reviews last week. So I requested it from Netgalley on Thurs, got it on Fri, needed to review it in an “unscheduled” spot since I have June planned. I’ve drowning in ARCS and then taking the last 2 weeks of June as a hiatus since we’ll be at the beach. It’s going to be interesting to see if I can get my June books read before I leave lol. And we won’t talk about how many ARCs I have for July….😂❤ I see mini reviews in my future! I can’t wait to read your review of Hearts! Yes! It really has been…at least we have that going for us, lol. 😘🤗

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  5. Ooh, what a nice idea to make a post like this. I think I’ll wait for June for the mid-year tags to hit 🙂 but I was already thinking of this too.

    I haven’t read any of these yet! It’s always baffling to me how many books come out all the time. We couldn’t catch up even if we wanted to!

    Oh, Brain on Fire!! I think I have that on my wishlist (but haven’t grabbed it yet.)

    Sadly, I didn’t like The Forgotten Beasts of Eld! It was just… so bland for me. But then again, I’m not big on fantasy myself xD

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    1. I think I remember that Forgotten Beasts was not a win for you. I am not sure if you mentioned it to me or I read that? It is definitely for a specific audience I think. So I get that 🙂 Brain on Fire is a fast read. So you should be able to fit it in when you feel up to it with ease. It is also available on audio. I wanted to squeeze this in before my newsletter on the first, so I posted it a bit early ❤


      1. Same here. I kept forgetting I was reading about the author’s life. It reads like a medical thriller so I thought of characters instead of real people. I had to remind myself.

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  6. I’ve actually had a few really good reads. I liked Sea of Rust, Fata Morgana, Ninth Rain and of course Monster.

    I’m still thinking of picking up the Queens series.

    I’m so glad you are having a good reading year 🙂

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      1. Ninth Rain is fantasy by Jen Williams. She did the Cooper Cat trilogy. But this next series isn’t fully out (in work) and I think it’s still UK only. Book two is out. She also doesn’t seem to not finish the series as seems to be popular…

        Not sure why I’m reading these series that aren’t fully out haha. Although with the Beast Player it doesn’t bother too much that the whole series won’t be translated (because it’s a youth novel).

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  7. How on earth have I not read a SINGLE one of these books?! Particularly when a surprising number of them come from genres I adore reading…

    Red Clocks is one I’m going to pass one. I’m so over dystopian books where women are in big trouble. I get enough of that in reality, thank you. However, The Nowhere Girls sounds like my cup of tea! Revolution, baby!

    I also have Scythe on my TBR. I’m waiting for the whole series to published, however. Is this the end of the series?

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    1. The Nowhere Girls is a stellar read! I think the author has achieved something admirable in targeting such a younger audience, as that is really where awareness must start. I cannot recommend it enough, but will warn it has triggers for some. Although I believe you will be fine. Thunderhead cannot possibly be the last in the Arc of Scythe 😉 I will just say that.

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  8. Wow, it’s nearly alarming to think we’re about halfway through 2018 already! Madness!
    Glad to see you’ve had such a great year in reading so far. 🙂
    My top books I’ve read so far this year would have to be Strange the Dreamer, Morning Star, and The Great Alone. As for favorite graphic novel reads of 2018, Saga vol. 8 takes the cake for me. 🙂

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