I don’t know about you, but 2018 ended up being a really good reading year for me! I read far more books than I have in the last couple of years combined. Of course, the amount of books I read in 2018 was absolutely no match for the amount I used to read. There were times when I was so adamant about reading that I’d sneakily read Harry Potter during class (I actually got in trouble for this a few times #rebel). But I would say I’ve gotten back into the groove of reading, which has been so great for my mental health. For me, reading is like taking a mini-vacation, especially if the book is good enough to get caught up in.

I thought I’d do a little catch-up on what I’ve read recently and let you in on what I plan on reading next. There are so many books I want to read but I have to be picky since I have limited time. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish all of these within the next year. Fingers crossed!

The Best Books I Read in 2018

An American Marriage: I couldn’t put this one down. It was emotionally intense and completely captivating from beginning to end. I found my usually very-opinionated-self conflicted about which character’s side I should take. It helped me see that there really are two sides to every story. I grew to love the characters, the storyline, and everything else about this book. It was one of those books I’ll always remember!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: This book had my husband asking, “What’s so funny?” every few minutes as I cracked up over the complete absurdity of Eleanor Oliphant. This book was quirky, funny, and also intriguing. This one will always be one of my favorites!

Educated: Oh my goodness, this book was FASCINATING. Parts of it hit a little too close to home because of my own religious background but I couldn’t help but keep reading it. This one’s a true story with some sensitive subjects, but it was such an eye-opening, incredible story.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: I think I read this one in about 3 days. It was SO GOOD. It was fascinating to read about the glitz and glam of Evelyn Hugo. Although, this definitely wasn’t just a shallow beach read! There were a lot of deeper themes and twists and turns that you wouldn’t expect. I’d definitely recommend this one if you’re in the mood for a book you can’t put down!

The Great Alone: Okay, I know I keep saying this but this one was SO STINKIN’ GOOD. I really loved the fact that this book reminded me of my time spent working in Alaska a few years ago. Although, it still would have been a fantastic read even without that little connection. It has a storyline I’ll never forget with characters that I grew to love. I read this one within just a couple of days, as well. Such a great read!

All We Ever Wanted: This one was more lighthearted, but still one I couldn’t put down. It was full of important life lessons and was interesting from start to finish. I absolutely love the way the book was written and am excited to read more books by Emily Griffin.

On My TBR (To Be Read) List

Here are a few of the books I want to read this year, not including the self-help books I’ll be reading for my new blog series, Living By the Book.