Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I've Read So Far in 2018

Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT) is a weekly event now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's TTT is: Best Books I've Read So Far in 2018.

The Empress of Rome Series by Kate Quinn
I'm sorry not sorry for how many times I had talked about this book series on my top ten lists. I am obsessed with this series. I devoured it and loved it early this year. Needless to say, this series has been topping my list since I read it in January and February.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Maur Jaswal
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. I love the uplifting messages for women, the subtle mystery and the complicated yet wonderful stories that weave themselves throughout this book.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
I flew through this book because I was completely addicted to the story and characters. I loved the world, the characters, the plot, everything. I gained a new book boyfriend from reading this one, and that's always a good sign.

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
This thriller took me by surprise as it became more than a thriller to me. I found the women to be relatable and the story to tackle aspects of being a mother that other stories may shy away from, such as the different ways that moms are shamed. This was more than I bargained for in the best way.

The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon
I've always had a feeling I would love this book, and I avoided it because of that (I know, its so silly.. I let my own hype get to me) So when I finally picked up this book, I ended up really enjoying it. I love stories set in the 1920s through the 1950s and this book has put me up in that mood to devour more book set in this era. I loved hearing each woman's story and the way that they took matters into their own hands.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
This was a wonderful story following siblings. I read it so quick with the feeling that I couldn't get enough of the characters and their stories. This was a heartfelt story that really brought on the feels.

The Darkling Bride by Laura Anderson
This story was so good. I loved the castle setting, the ghost story and the family stories lingering in the castle walls. This story ignited my newfound love for gothic literature.

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
This book gave me so much to learn and appreciate. I really enjoyed the setting of medical students and beyond. I loved learning about medical students going through their residencies and coming into their careers. This was written by a former ER doctor and it felt authentic while reading. I look forward to more from this author in the future.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
I really loved getting to know Frances and Aled and their friends. This was a very character driven story, but I really loved that part of the book. This is one of those that I was always thinking about and wanting to get back to and thought about for a few days after finishing.

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
I read this one just the other week and here it is sliding in to my top ten list so far this year. I really enjoyed the survival story, it was my favorite part. There were so many thought-out details that made this story feel authentic.


  1. What an interesting selection of books! You've definitely had a wonderful reading year so far. My TTT

  2. I will definitely be reading FAR FROM THE TREE soon!! I love Robin Benway's books and I need another one in my life!

  3. I just finished Radio Silence and didn't love it quite as much as you, but I did love Frances and Aled's friendship.
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  4. Ooh nice picks! Lots of new to me ones! I enjoyed To Kill a Kingdom too! Didn't make my list because it get trickier to try to obey the 10 limit! Lol!

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  5. I've been trying to read more adult books lately and I know a few of these were already on my TBR but it's a great reminder to pick them up, thank you!

  6. Punjabi Widows was a fun read! Funny, I've avoided The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon, too!! Maybe I'll get it now. Great list!~

  7. Great list! So many of these sound interesting. I'm particularly interested in The Empress of Rome series, To Kill a Kingdom, and The Darkling Bride. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  8. Far From The Tree is sitting on my TBR shelf right now. I’m glad it lived up to the hype for you!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  9. Yesss, Radio Silence is such a good book! I had just started listening to the Welcome To Night Vale podcast (and becoming obsessed with it) when I read it and the book is obviously influenced by that podcast, so it definitely came to me at the right time!

  10. Isn't it great when you find a series that you just absolutely adore? I haven't read any of the above books, but I have been interested in To Kill a Kingdom... and you make the Empress of Rome series sound like a must-read.


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