Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018 (So Far) + Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for July 10th, 2018 is: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far). I decided to combine it with a tag today because I didn’t have a lot to say about my favourites other than I hope that everyone reads it and loves it as well because they’re SO GOOD! I had initially planned to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag on a Saturday post but it just wouldn’t fit in the timeline for this month. Two things to note: nobody actually tagged me to do it (at least not to my knowledge) and although I’ve rated many more than 10 books 5 stars already this year, I wanted to feature some lesser-known but excellent stories so that they get more hype.

TTT 7_10_2018

Best book(s) you’ve read yet in 2018

  1. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  2. Owl Eyes by Molly Lazer
  3. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  4. Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
  5. Faint Promise of Rain by Anjali Mitter Duva
  6. The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
  7. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  8. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
  9. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  10. The House of Kanooru by Kuvempu (translated from Kannada)

2018 Mid-Year Faves (Part 1)

2018 Mid-Year Faves (Part 2)

Best sequel you’ve read in 2018 – A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light.jpg

New release you haven’t read but want to – From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

From Twinkle, With Love (Book Cover)

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year – Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix

Biggest disappointment – The Fandom by Anna Day

The Fandom (Book Cover)

Biggest surprise – It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

It Only Happens in the Movies

Favourite new author – Megan Whalen Turner


Newest fictional crush – Loki from Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology.jpg


Newest favourite character – Isabelle from The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

Book that made you cry – The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan


Book that made you happy – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince

Favourite book adaptation – Shadowhunters based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (TV Show)

Favourite post of the year – Discussion: What Do You Think of the Literature of Your Country

Discussion_ Indian Literature

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year – The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw

The Wicked Deep

Book you need to read by the end of the year – The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan

The Astonishing Color of After


I’m not going to be tagging anyone specific, so if you want to do this tag over on your blog, consider yourself tagged! Let me know your favourite read of 2018 so far and your most anticipated book for the remaining half of the year in the comments section below.

32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018 (So Far) + Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

      1. Hahaha YES! I cannot wait for a sequel. Though, I do appreciate that it ended in a place that I feel ok with. (I seriously hate cliffhangers.) Honestly, the world and characters are all just so complex and real, and I just want to spend more time with them.

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      2. Me too! I feel like if the story is compelling enough, I would read the sequel regardless of how the first one ended. Take Harry Potter, for example. Yes, I was blown away by the world-building and the character, so I’m really looking forward to the second one. Do you know how many books there will be?

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      3. Exactly! And actually I have no idea. To be honest, I didn’t even know there’d be more than one at all. I thought it was a stand-alone. And Goodreads doesn’t have it list like they usually do for books that are in a longer series. So I guess it’ll be a surprise? Haha

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      4. I follow the author on Twitter and she was talking about writing the third book, so maybe it’s a trilogy? Or she could mean just her third published book (I think this was her debut?). I think we can expect at least one other book. I can’t wait for that one though!

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    1. It gets so much darker in the subsequent books! I feel like Riordan has gotten even better with his characters and plotting. I’m loving the diversity in this series and the tough topics he’s tackling in a sensitive way as this is an MG series. I really hope this convinces you to continue! 😊

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      1. I can’t even imagine what Rick Riordan’s improved plotting and characterisation would look like because he already writes incredibly, so I’m definitely inclined to continue the series! I always appreciate the diverse cast of characters he has in all his series, they’re always my favourite part of the story. Plus Apollo is absolutely hilarious haha. Really excited to continue now!😊

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    I adored the Astonishing Color of After! Absolutely loved it. She used color to describe feelings, which was very effective. And her story of grief just really rang true with me. It was a pleasure to read. I hope you get to it and enjoy it!

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  2. Yay for Faint Promise of Rain! I know you enjoyed it, so I’m happy to see it here on your list. 🙂 Also great to see The Nightingale, Norse Mythology, A Conjuring of Light, and The Astonishing Color of After in your tag. Oh, and Megan Whalen Turner. I bought the second book in her Queen’s Thief series a couple weeks ago, so I’m looking forward to continuing it soon.

    Also, seeing the Julie Dao book reminded me that I still need to read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. She’s actually going to be at an author event I’m planning to attend in September, so maybe I should plan on reading it before then. 😉

    OK, my favorite reads so far in 2018… This will be from memory, since I’m not posting a half-year list, and I’ll share 5 brand new books and 5 pre-2018 books in no particular order:

    – Circe by Madeline Miller (just finished this last night, and WOW! Favorite new book of 2018 right now)
    – Guardian by A.J. Hartley
    – Side By Side by Jenni L. Walsh
    – The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
    – Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
    – Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
    – A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
    – American Street by Ibi Zoboi
    – The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
    – Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older

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    1. Thanks again for the recommendation of ‘Faint Promise of Rain’, Sara! 😊 I’m going to be reading the second book in the Queen’s Thief series soon too. I’ll probably audiobook just like I did with the first one. I hope we both end up liking this series! ❤ I think you will enjoy Julie’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. It doesn’t have a ton of action like most YA fantasies tend to, but the character development is A++ 😅

      Circe, The Price Guide, Tempests and Slaughter, American Street and The Girl in the Tower are also on my radar. I bought the UK first edition of Circe as it was too beautiful to resist, so I’ll definitely be picking that up soon! I’ve heard nothing but good things from reviewers I trust with many of them putting it on their favourites list, so I’m sure I’ll end up loving it. Fantastic list, Sara! 😊

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  3. I see a few books on this list that are still on my TBR! I was hoping to read Aru Shah this summer but it’s too new for the library I’m at to bring in. (I should just request that we purchase it :P) One of my most anticipated reads for the second half of the year is Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore.

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    1. I’m sure you’ll love Aru Shah when you get to it, which I hope is soon because it really is amazing! 😍 It warms my heart that Hindu mythology is getting a boost because of the popularity of this book. I haven’t read any book by Anna-Marie McLemore yet but she’s definitely an author I’ve heard really good things about. I’ll look out for that one as well. Thanks, Jenna! 😊


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