Top Ten Tuesday | Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 that were not Published in 2018

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!

Hey, loves! I really wanted to do this week’s prompt because I tend to put such a big emphasis on books that are being published the year I’m reviewing them. Because of this, I normally don’t get to backlogged books, and I feel like I just don’t show them enough love. And on the other end of the spectrum, I feel guilty already boosting 2019 books I’ve read. But this week’s Top Ten Tuesday just felt like the perfect opportunity to just type up this post with my heart and let you know the top ten books I’ve read this year that aren’t, and will not be, published in 2018!

➽ 10.) Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai
(2017)
Don’t get me wrong, I always want my romance books to have consent in them, but I never knew consent could be so sexy. Alisha Rai is a master at writing not only compelling stories, but some of the sexiest scenes I’ve ever read. Also, I think I have a crush on every single character in this book. #pangirlproblems

➽ 9.) Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
(2016)
I was so scared to pick this up for the longest time, but I fell completely in love with this world and these sisters. Even though I think I like the sister no one else likes, but that’s okay because Katharine is bae.

➽ 8.) The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Danielle Cain #1) by Margaret Killjoy
(2017)
This is still a hidden gem that I feel like I keep shouting at everyone to read. This is one of the best novellas I’ve ever read. It’s spooky, it’s beautiful, it’s so damn diverse. I loved this, and I truly hope more people pick it up in 2018.

➽ 7.) The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us #1) by Emily Skrutskie
(2016)
Elise is smiling if she’s reading this. This blew me away. I have never read better w/w angst in my entire life. There is a scene in this book that had me honestly losing my damn mind. I loved this, and it was completely different than anything that I was imagining. And it blew my expectations away.

➽ 6.) Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
(2017)
I didn’t think I’d enjoy this after seeing everyone and their mother compare this to Harry Potter. And even though I don’t feel that comparison as much as some, this still was such a magical and heartfelt story about belonging and being the person you want to be. I can’t help but smile just thinking about this book.

➽ 5.) Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
(2017)
This book not only restored my faith in audiobooks, it restored my faith in humanity. Lord, I don’t even know what I was expecting going into this book. Truly. I don’t. But this book blew me and my expectations out of the water. I cried during at least 50% of this book while playing videogames, but the ending was everything I wanted and more.

➽ 4.) The Secret History by Donna Tartt
(1992)
We are in the last half of 2018, and I don’t think a single day has gone by that I haven’t thought of this book. This is something magical, something haunting, something I don’t have words for. You know, other than that I think Donna Tartt has to be a witch, or vampire, or goddess, or some magical deity that has cast a spell upon me.

➽ 3.) Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
(2016)
I am not a big contemporary fan, but this book completely shattered that fear. This is the best contemporary I’ve ever read, and it was able to evoke emotions in me that I didn’t even know I had. I love this more than words.

➽ 2.) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(2017)
I’m hard-pressed to think of a book that made me feel more seen than this one. This is a book I will cherish for the rest of my life. And I’ll be forever salty that I didn’t read it in 2017, so it was unable to make my “best of 2017” list. I recommend this to every reader in the entire world.

➽ 1.) The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black
(2019)
Did you all think I wouldn’t stay on brand? But for real, this isn’t only the best book I’ve read in 2018 that isn’t a 2018 publication, this is just the best book I’ve read all year. It’s honestly a masterpiece in every single way, and the ending haunts me every single night. Perfection.

Okay, those are my picks! Gosh, this post feels so weird! I feel like I’m just conditioned as a book reviewer to only want to talk about that year’s publications! And the more and more I think about it, the more and more I realize how gross that is. I would recommend all of these books with my whole heart, and if I wouldn’t have taken the chance to read them this year, I would have been missing out so very much. I think this post has really inspired me to read more backlisted book. What’s your favorite book that’s not a 2018 publication?

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54 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 that were not Published in 2018

    1. I feel like Three Dark Crowns is so polarizing? But I loved it form first to last page! But I’m always scared to recommend! But i hope you love it, too! And I was rejected too, love! I had a friend who got me a copy! Seriously, The Novl hates mes! Hahaha! Happy reading, love! 💗xx

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    1. This warms my heart, love! I feel like you always love all the good books though, so… not surprising! Haha! And the waiting is bad, but it is so worth it! Did you see she is releasing a novella October 2nd? THE HYPE! 💗xx

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      1. Thank you!!! Well I do follow awesome reviewers like you who help me pick only the good ones 😊😊😊
        I just saw the news about the novella.. quite excited 😆
        Thankfully there are other books that’ll keep my mind occupied…

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    1. YESSS! It is honestly a book I’d recommend to everyone! I think there is something for everyone to fall so deeply in love with! I’m wishing you the happiest of reading, love! 💗xx

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    1. I feel like it’s SO polarizing, but I truly loved it from first to last page! But I’ve seen people say it’s one of the worst books they’ve read! So, I don’t know… but the magic worked on me! Hehe! Happy reading, my love! 💗xx

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    1. MY HEART IT SO HAPPY! I can’t wait for you to read it, and for you to gush with me forever and ever over it! Happy reading, beautiful! Sending you all the love in the world! ❤ xx

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  1. O yeah! I’m so glad to see one of my fav book in your list! Nevermoor is a truly magical book and I can’t wait for Wundersmith!

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      1. Haha looking forward to read your review. Seriously I was shocked knowing that there are so many people who haven’t even heard of that amazing book!

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  2. my real life book club read this on my recommendation and they loved it. It was a book that had so many quotes that the wisdom I was getting was worth 5-star on its own. Evelyn was a boss!
    Great list.

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    1. My heart! Ahhhhh! This warms my heart. And honestly? I can’t think of a better book recommendation. I think there is so much for so many to love! Such a perfect pick! 💗xx

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    1. This warms my dang heart! Three Dark Crowns is getting some love on this post! Yet, I feel like it’s so polarizing. I saw a booktuber make an entire video about how much she disliked it. I’m like… HOW? To each their own, I suppose! Haha! But I hope you’re currently have the happiest of reading, Erin! 💗xx

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    1. LMAO! It’s the dang truth, Trang! Lord, help me! But yessss to Three Dark Crowns! I feel like it’s such a polarizing series, but it’s so damn good, I honestly can’t understand how anyone couldn’t love it! Happy reading, love! 💗xx

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    1. Yes to Autoboyorgaphy (thank you again). Yes to Nevermoor (my heart is still warm thinking about it). BUT YESSSSSSSSS TO SEVEN HUSBANDS! Like… I’m going to be DMing you all, crying tears of happiness! You have NO IDEA how happy I am that it won! Ahhhhh! 💗xx

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  3. Autoboyography and The Lamb Will…. those are on my list ❤
    I tried reading Secret History a few years ago, but kinda gave up on it. I don't remember why. I even gave away my copy to charity. But recently it was on sale for kindle and i bought it again because i've seen it mentioned so often lately, and always in a positive light 😀

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    1. You are going to love Autuoboyography! And I hope you love The Lamb Will… Because that book is so damn good and different and deserves so much more love!

      As for The Secret History… I’ve talked to Donna Tart fans before, and they all say that people either are obsessed with The Secret History or The Goldfinch. That there is rarely a person who loves both! So…. I think it could be that? I think it’s a polarizing book anyway, honestly! Very… different! Hahaha!

      But I hope you’re having the happiest of reading, my love! 💕xx

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  4. YAAAAAY SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO!!

    also YES to liking Katharine most from Three Dark Crowns. the other two sisters got on my neeeeeeerves, especially what’s her name – mirabella? HATED her.

    anyway i’m glad you’ve had so many good reads so far this year, and that the rest of your 2018 goes well, too!!

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    1. LMAO! The biggest mood! And you are the only one I know who agrees, and… I officially love you even more! (holy moly!)

      And thank you, love! I hope this summer is giving you everything you deserve: aka – the universe! Happy reading! 💕xx

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  5. So many awesome queer books on your list! I also loved Abyss Surrounds Us (I really need to pick up the sequel!), Autoboyography, Radio Silence, and Evelyn Hugo (duh). I JUST finished Wicked King this week, and it was a pretty epic sequel! The Secret History is at the top of my TBR; so many friends and reviewers I trust adore that book, so I know it’s one I’ll probably also love.

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    1. Well, if you ever want to buddy read TASU’s sequel, let me know! And yes to all of this! Holy shit, what the end of Wicked King perfection! That juxtaposition… *my turn to chef’s kiss* 💗xx

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