Books Read in 2018 that I’m Thankful For
Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.
I always feel a little lost and/or overwhelmed when I prep this yearly Thanksgiving post. I think it’s because I always feel repetitive when I talk about books or blogs or people/bloggers I’m thankful for. This list could look the same every year. I’m going to focus on all the books I’m thankful that I read this year for various reasons.
Thank you for… adding variety to my usual genres
Most of the books I read are young adult fiction, and most of THOSE are contemporary. Sometimes I mix in paranormal, fantasy, historical, etc….but this year I was all about the adult fiction! This took a few different forms too, because I tend to read a lot of adult romance/contemporary anyways. I listened to wonderful audiobook memoirs of two black comedians/actresses that I love and admire. I listened to a true crime book instead of just podcasts. I binge-read an adult mystery series that sometimes frustrated me but usually kept me addicted. All of these books above definitely expanded my reading horizons in 2018.
Thank you for… living up to my high expectations or hype
I built this books up in my head a little too much before reading them… and thank god that didn’t ruin them for me! Whether they were super hyped up by other readers or by my own brain, all six of these were wonderful stories that met or exceeded expectations. I love when that happens!
Thank you for… being an excellent and worthy sequel
Series and sequels can be a scary thing – you never know if the author will take things in an undesirable direction, or if your socks will be knocked off yet again. These stories were absolutely excellent sequels that made me so happy to read.
Thank you for… being short & breaking slumps
I’ve had a bizarre reading year. I haven’t been in the mood to read quite as much as usual and audiobook listening fell by the wayside. I have to thank these three books for keeping my head above water, when it comes to my reading challenge, and breaking some slumps along the way. The first was a quick read throughout a work day when I needed breaks and the latter two were quick audiobooks I was able to finish in 1-2 morning commutes. These were much-needed for my brain and reading life.
Thank you for… always being a reliable favorite author
I have a lot of reliable authors that I love and these four books continued to prove that I can count on their authors for a good story. I love Suzanne Young, Marci Lyn Curtis, Emma Mills, and Jennifer Lynn barnes. These stories were worthy follow-ups to their other books and I’m so happy to keep them on my favorites list.