The Best Books I Read all Year (the 2018 Edition)

Posted: December 22, 2018 by Rachel

Here are (in my humble opinion) the best books I read in 2018, in no particular order:

PLACES I STOPPED ON THE WAY HOME — I read this book over a 24-hour period in two sittings. When I was done, I typed out a simple, one line review: Review to come when I catch my breath. Well, it took me nearly twenty days to find the words to describe how much I truly ADORED this book. Meg’s words touched me–her hopelessness, her excitement, her love, her loss–in a way that I simply didn’t see coming. She simply took my breath away and will continue to do so each and every time I, rightfully, re-read this beautiful memoir. In fact, the second I finished reading, I flipped back to the front cover and started reading it over again.

P.S. FROM PARIS — I absolutely loved this book. It was funny and quick, and will certainly be looking into his other novels ASAP.

THE GREAT ALONE — To try and wrap my mind around how I feel about THE GREAT ALONE is a near impossible thing. To start, this book was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. This book broke my heart. I spent a few chapters reading while tears streamed down my cheeks. THE GREAT ALONE is compelling, maddening, inspiring and downright terrifying. And oh so beautifully written. I haven’t felt so many emotions from a book in a very long time.

AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE — Thought-provoking, timely and full of characters you want to root for.

NEON IN DAYLIGHT — A jaw-droopingly good first novel, Neon In Daylight was full of vibrant characters and beautifully crafted prose.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US — Curveball after curveball after curveball. This book had me guessing and guessing again. A total mind fu*k in the best way.

MY SALINGER YEAR — Described as “a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself entangled with one of the last great figures of the century”, My Salinger Year was incredible.


Honorable Mentions:


P.S. The 2016 edition

What I Read: October 2018

What I Read: October 2018

Posted: November 1, 2018

Wow. So, it turns out I haven’t shared one of these posts since March, which definitely bums me out. But, I’m here, and I’m ready to share what I read in October. October was tough. It was a busy month, and when I did have time to read, I had trouble doing so. Nothing kept my attention. Well, except these books, apparently. What I read in October 2018: YOU  // Technically, this was my second time reading this book, but that still counts. I started watching the new Lifetime tv show, and got about two episodes in before deciding I…

6 NEW BOOKS I’M DYING TO READ THIS SUMMER

Let’s Talk About Some New Books I’m Dying to Read this Summer

Posted: June 1, 2018

Well, it’s June, and I don’t know about you, but I always think of June 1st as the start of summer, June 21st be darned. I always read a lot more during the summer months. Whether it’s the warmer weather, the longer days, the sangria—I devour books this time of the year. I’ve been taking a bit of a break from writing, which is why I’ve been reading more than normal. However, my writing break is coming to an end soon and I have to be A LOT more picky about what I spend my free time reading. As a…

What I Read: March 2018

Posted: April 2, 2018

Phew, it really feels like I’ve read some great books so far this year. Despite going through a (pretty) consistent reading slump, I somehow managed to get through five books last month. What I read in March 2018: SLOW MOTION // In my mind, Dani Shapiro can do no wrong. I just adore her writing style. Pick this one up if you’re into about addiction/depression. THE GREAT ALONE (BOTM) // This book was so, so good and left me with the biggest hangover. Take my word for it—pick it up. THE ANIMAL UNDER THE FUR // I really thought I was going…

What He Doesn’t Know by Kandi Steiner

Posted: March 15, 2018

  Today’s a good day, not only because tomorrow is Friday, but because Kandi Steiner’s newest contemporary romance, What He Doesn’t Know, is now out. I haven’t had a chance to start reading this one yet, but it’s ready and waiting on my iPad for when I finish reading The Animal Under The Fur.

December Reading List

What I Read: December 2017

Posted: January 2, 2018

  Despite the craziness of the last month of the year, I was able to read four novels in December, bringing my tally for 2017 up to a cool 50 books read. I should call December (and the end of November) the month of Christina Lauren, because I read four of their books in succession–Autoboyography being my first and favorite. That book deserves it’s only special review, that’s how much I loved it. But, I digress.

5 Photos that make me wish I’d gone to The Big Apple Author Event

Posted: October 16, 2017

I can tell you with absolute certainty that if New York were closer, I’d have gotten my butt down to The Big Apple Author Event in NYC this past weekend. Because, I mean, look at how much fun it looked to be! Some of my favorite authors all in one place–some of whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting. These 5 photos made me wish I’d gone to the event, distance and cost be darned. 1. R.S. Grey and Renee Carlino I had the pleasure of meeting Renee last October in Phoenix, but I would have loved to have…

Lies She Told

What I Read: September 2017

Posted: October 2, 2017

    Fall is finally, mercifully, wiggling its way in here in Vegas. We had some beautiful days in the 70’s before the weather snuck back up a little for the past few days, but I think we’re in the clear now. I’ve had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season and I’ve even pulled out my fall candles to situate around the house. I’m ready, fall. I’m kind of in awe that I read as much as I did in September, considering all that I had going on. I do know that there were no long periods of…

Standard Deviation

August Reading List

Posted: September 1, 2017

  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love September. If I were still living in Canada I’d be pulling out my sweaters and boots and searching around for my first pumpkin spice latte. But I’m not still in Canada, and here in Vegas, the weather is nowhere near fall. Whomp whomp whomp. Anyway, onto the books. Ack! August was not a good reading month for me in terms of fiction. But in terms of non-fiction and getting my act together re my novel rewrite, then it was a total success.

What I Read: July 2017

Posted: August 1, 2017

  It’s been hot as heck here in Las Vegas this month. I mean, uncomfortably so. I don’t spend much time outside when the weather is like this, unless I’m in the pool. And if I’m in the pool, I want to be laying in our new margarita pool float with a book in my hand. Most of what I read this month, though, I read inside where there is air conditioning and iced coffee never too far out of reach. My kid has even taken to picking up a book off my shelf, slid back onto the couch and open…