My Favorite Fiction Books: 2018 Edition

A good fiction book can be transportive. There are many reasons to read fiction, not to mention the entertainment factor. I try to read about half and half, though usually a little more nonfiction.

Here are my favorite fiction books I read this year.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins — Beyond anything I’ve ever read, this book is truly one of a kind. A wild ride you should definitely take.

Circe by Madeline Miller — I cannot say enough about this book, although I can see it appealing more towards women. Lyrical honey, simply enchanting. The Song of Achilles is also excellent.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai — Similar to Dark Matter (one of my favorites from 2017), this book is an escapade among multiple timelines. For anyone who’s ever wondered, what if.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan — The entire Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy is very enjoyable, but this one was my favorite. The movie however, was nothing compared to the books.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood — Important reading for women. The Hulu show is absolutely amazing. Naomi Alderman’s The Power is an honorable mention, and Alderman was actually mentored by Atwood.

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson — My favorite space/sci-fi read of the year. In depth world and character building, and an epic adventure. Not sure if I’ll continue the trilogy.

The Sandman by Lars Kepler — A Scandinavian noir by the husband-and-wife team of Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril, aka, Lars Kepler. Creepy and grisly, I read The Hypnotist shortly after, and will continue the Joona Linna series as they’re available.

The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life) — The first, and probably the last time I’ll ever give an entire trilogy five stars! Each one was just what I was looking for.

Artificial Condition and Exit Strategy by Martha Wells — Murderbot Diaries #2 and #4, but the whole series is fantastic. A super fun space opera featuring an entertainment loving security droid who calls itself Murderbot.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney — The unreliable narrator wakes up from a coma, but can’t speak, open her eyes, or move. A twisty, fast-paced psychological thriller.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie — 10 strangers on a private island start to slowly disappear. Short and sweet, my first Agatha Christie book.

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell — Dry, yet invigorating viking coming-of-age tale. Haven’t seen the TV series yet, not sure I’ll continue the book series either.


Honorable Mention


  • 16 five-star reads

  • 29 four-star reads

  • 72 fiction books total

“All good books have one thing in common — they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you’ve read one of them you will feel that all that happened, happened to you and then it belongs to you forever: the happiness and unhappiness, good and evil, ecstasy and sorrow, the food, wine, beds, people, and the weather.” 

—  Ernest Hemingway

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My 12 Favorite Audiobooks: 2018

My Favorite Nonfiction of 2018

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