In 2018 I read 64 books. I was shocked at how many books I had read when I checked my stats on Goodreads. If you aren’t using Goodreads to track your reading and to-be read list I would highly encourage it. I love to look at my stats for the year. How many books did I read? What was my most read category? How many pages did I read? How did this year compare to other years?
These are the thirteen books that I gave a five-star rating on Goodreads. I think it’s a really good list of books!
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I really liked this book! I saw the preview for the movie (which looks really good) and knew I had to read the book first. I loved how Kevin Kwan made note of the words and phrases he used from various languages and explained each one. This was such an indulgent read! I flew through the pages wanting to know what outrageous thing was going to happen next.
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
This is children’s literature, but I really liked it. I liked the characters and there was a twist at the end I wasn’t expecting. It occurs in a huge house on a cliff in a snow storm with a house full of thieves.
Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Slightly South of Simple is southern novel perfection. Kristy Woodson Harvey does such a beautiful job of bringing us a family drama set on the coast of Georgia in a charming small town. Slightly South of Simple is the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series.
I can’t express how much I loved this charming book that explores the bonds of family and the things in life that bring us home. It is a must read!
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
I loved this book! I was so riveted and couldn’t put the book down at the end. I had no idea who had “done it” until the very last pages. I feel like that is rare. Usually I’ve guessed who it is and am just finishing the book. In this case there were a few suspects and I was surprised who it was.
I can’t wait for the next Paula Hawkins book. She has definitely become one of my favorite authors after this book and Girl on the Train.
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
I loved this book so much. Alice Hoffman drew me in and I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in four days! I hope this book gets a movie so I can watch it as many times as I’ve watched Practical Magic. It’s just so good!
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
I loved Nevermoor. Jessica Townsend voice is similar to JK Rowlings. Even though this book is different than the Harry Potter series I liked it as much. I’m excited to read the next book when it comes out in September!
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Next Year in Havana is stunningly beautiful. I was mesmerized with this story from the very start. It is the first historical fiction I’ve read based in Havana and I loved it! Chanel Cleeton’s other titles appear to be romance novels, which is not my thing, so I was a little surprised to love this book. She should definitely write more historical fiction.
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown
s always Brene Brown made me think about things differently and gave so much wisdom in this book. I love that she does so much research. These aren’t just some ideas she came up with, she has the studies to back them. I loved this book!
Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes
This is not a quick read, but it well worth the time. I love Frances Mayes writing and she doesn’t disappoint in this book. Her descriptions of Italy make me feel like I’m back there. This book makes me want to rent a villa and move to Italy for a year. Not likely to happen, so at least I can live vicariously through the characters in this book.
The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
The Secret to Southern Charm is the second book in the Peachtree Bluff series. If you haven’t read the first book, Slightly South of Simple, read it now. It is so good! Plus, it will help this book make more sense. The books follow the mother, Ansley, and then each of the daughters. The first book is every other chapter about the mom and then the oldest daughter Caroline. This book is every other chapter about the mom and the second daughter, Sloane.
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
Something in the Water is so good! The writing reminds me of Ruth Ware, but the story is new and intense. I read this book in three days. I didn’t see the twist coming until the last few chapters of the book and couldn’t put it down until I saw what was going to happen. I also liked how the author tied up her loose ends and the book ended really well.
A Well Behaved-Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler
I couldn’t put this book down. I loved Therese Anne Fowler’s book about Zelda Fitzgerald and was excited to read this book too. Even though this is historical fiction is felt so relevant for current times. Sad and amazing that a hundred years later we are still fighting for women’s rights.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan
This story is heart-breaking and fantastic all at the same time. If you like The Nightingale, you will love this book. It is a similar story told from Milan Italy with two brothers as the main characters. This is such a well written book. I can’t recommend it enough.