The Best Books of Summer 2018

Today was my first day of senior year, my last first day of school, and honestly, I haven’t decided if I’m nervous, excited, or in disbelief. Maybe some combination of all three. I’ve only got four classes per day, making my afternoons free, but today still managed to be draining.

But let’s not talk about school; instead, I’m here to tell you about the summer goal I set for myself and, to be quite honest, I’m proud of for fulfilling. When I left school in May, I decided to be entirely too ambitious and aim to read fifty books before the next semester began. Well… I did. Don’t ask how, because the only answer I’ve got is a completely lack of any social life. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If you don’t count DNFs toward your Goodreads challenge or other goals, then technically I didn’t make it to fifty. But in my mind, if I make it at least a hundred pages, it counts because I spent valuable time on said book.

That aside, of those fifty books, thirteen especially stood out to me: seven were five star reads, and the other six were four and a half stars. This post is dedicated to those thirteen special, fantastic stories.

I don’t know what it says about me that the other thirty-seven books had four stars or a lower rating… and let’s just say that most of them were lower, haha oops.

In order to avoid making a third of this post some version of “this book was amazing and you must read it omg!!!!!” I’ll just say now that that applies to all thirteen of these books.

Also, I hope you like my graphics, because they took like half an hour, haha.


The honorable mentions were my four and a half star reads.

6) Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

5) They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

4) Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

3) The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

2) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

1) A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Yes, I put Reaper above Evelyn Hugo. Please don’t hurt or disown me, @ the book community. I loved Evelyn Hugo, but I’m not *~in love~* with it. Now to move on, before I give y’all any more reason to light your torches and sharpen your pitchforks. 😉


And of course, these were my five star reads. The best of the best. My favorites, with a few appearances by some new all-time favorites.

7) The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

6) Invictus by Ryan Graudin

5) Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

4) The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

I’m sure these next three are going to surprise everyone.

3) The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

2) The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

1) Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

Pretend to be surprised.

I’m still not over the fact that I GOT APPROVED FOR COURTING DARKNESS ON NETGALLEY. This comes out in just over 173 days and you should absolutely read it. But read His Fair Assassin first, because it’s equally amazing and gives you more emotions, which of course we all want. 🙂

Tell me: Have you read any of these books? If so, did you love them too? What are some of the best books you’ve read lately? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…


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