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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?