Tell Me Something Tuesday {14}

Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

QUESTION:  Best Books of 2018

This year it feels like my reading tastes changed drastically. The books I enjoyed the most were heavier reads and not what I would have typically read before. There are a few romances that won my heart, but it seems like I’m getting pickier with that genre, too.

And this is the first year I’ve read 110+ books! I’ve never read that many books in one year, and it was rediscovering a love of audio books that definitely helped.

It was hard to narrow this list down to 10, so I’m going to do it a little differently. I’m going to combine author’s books and count them as one and separate my favorite audio books at the end.


I’m sure these books will be on a lot of favorite lists this year. They are must reads.

I love Taylor Jenkins Reid and this book blew me away. Such a unique and wonderful read.

These two books couldn’t be more different but they are equally perfect.

Amy Harmon never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful writing.

I usually stay away from super long books, but I couldn’t put this one down. A definite must read.

Another fantastic book that I wouldn’t have normally picked up if it weren’t for the recommendation from a friend.

I look forward to Kristan Higgins’ books every year and she hasn’t disappointed me yet!

I discovered a new favorite author this year.

Another new-to-me author that will be on my auto-buy list for the future.

These days there are few authors who can write romance without making me cringe and this duo does a fantastic job. I absolutely loved both of these books.

The two best thrillers I read this year.


Favorite Book of 2018

It’s difficult for me to pick just one book that stands out from the rest. But, if I think back over the past year and which book I remember the most – the one that stayed with me months after I finished – this is the book. With a perfect combination of romance, suspense, friendship and family drama – this book holds a special place in my heart.


Favorite Audio Books


I’m so glad I rediscovered a love for audio books this year. I listened to some really fantastic books, and these were the ones that stood out.


Have you read any of these books? What did you think?


9 thoughts on “Tell Me Something Tuesday {14}

  1. Jade @ Reading with Jade says:

    As a follower of you both here & on Twitter for a good while now, I had been thinking that your book tastes had shifted a little – makes sense now that you have commented on it also. It’s so interesting how our reading shifts and evolves over different time periods.

    And 110+ books this year – AMAZING!!!

    There are a few books, and authors, you’ve mentioned here that I’d like to check out in the new year. Happy reading in 2019!

  2. anovelglimpse says:

    How to Walk Away and Love & Other Words are 2 of my favorites from 2018, too. I have The Simple Wild, so I’m even more excited knowing it was your favorite. Great job reading more than 110 books!

  3. Heidi says:

    I really enjoyed Good Luck with That as well. A lot of people were talking negative about without having read it. It was tough to read in some portions but so good. Loved the Christina Lauren books. I really need to read the Backman book. I have heard great things. Thanks for sharing your list. Here is to many great new reads in 2019.

  4. stephaniesbookreviews says:

    Congrats on the number of books you’ve managed to read this year! I’ve read a little more than I have in the last couple years, as well. The Beartown books definitely make it on to my favorite list. I just put The Simple Wild on hold at the library!

    • Brandie says:

      Thanks! I’m shocked by how much I read. I hope you like The Simple Wild!! I can’t stand cheesy romance anymore, so I’m pretty confident you’ll like it. 🙂

  5. Rachel @Waves of Fiction says:

    Reading audios are the only way I’m able to read as
    Much as I do. They can really enhance your reading experience too. I listen while running as well since my playlists got old fast.

    As you know, I loved A Simple Wild, Josh & Hazel and Unsub, too! I thinking going to re-read A Simple Wild again soon. Great list, Brandie!

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