Provo Library’s Best Books of 2018 | YA Non-Fiction, Fiction, & Graphic Novels

Every year my local library puts on a “Best Books of…” event and I love it! A lot of the books I’ve already heard of, but I always come away with new books on my TBR! Even though I do work here, I wasn’t part of putting on the event or choosing the books–I was able to just attend as a patron, so that was super fun as well. I made my book club come with me too, so hopefully some of these books will make it into our discussions! Here’s a link for anyone who missed my post on the Adult non-fiction and fiction list.

Provo Library Best Books YA

Bolded books are ones that are on my TBR. Italics are ones I’ve read.

Non-Fiction
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Have you read any of these? What young adult books would you add to the list?

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Provo Library’s Best Books of 2018 | Adult Non-Fiction & Fiction

Every year my local library puts on a “Best Books of…” event and I love it! A lot of the books I’ve already heard of, but I always come away with new books on my TBR! Even though I do work here, I wasn’t part of putting on the event or choosing the books–I was able to just attend as a patron, so that was super fun as well. I made my book club come with me too, so hopefully some of these books will make it into our discussions! Keep an eye out for the Young Adult list–I’ll be posting that in a few days as well.

Provo Library Best Books Adult

Bolded books are ones that are on my TBR. Italics are ones I’ve read.

Have you read any of these? What adult books would you add to the list?

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My Bottom 6 Reads of 2018

Last week I did a post about my favorite six reads from 2018, but now I want to introduce you to my least favorite six reads from last year.

least favorite reads 2018

S.T.A.G.S. STAGSS.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett
Read: 1/21

This book sounded like it was going to be exciting and suspenseful, but it just wasn’t. It was a huge letdown with dull characters, extreme foreshadowing to the point of ruining any suspense that may have been created, and an unbelievable plot. To be honest, I didn’t really care if anyone made it out alive.

My Review | Goodreads

In the Hope of Memories by Olivia RiversIn the Hope of Memories
Read: 3/28

I like scavenger hunts, but this one was just so weird and seemed super difficult–like how did they figure out ANY of the clues? But honestly, the worst part was that each of the characters was so unlikable. From their POV chapters they were okay, but when they POV switched, they were back to being jerks again. Just not really enjoyable on any level.

My Review | Goodreads

Murdertrending

#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil
Read: 7/21

I thought this book sounded so interesting at first. I’m in for any book about a reality show. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like this book was executed very well. The premise was strong, but fell flat when the characters were introduced and the book finally got going. I think it would’ve been more interesting if the protag had actually been guilty or something. I just saw on Goodreads that there’s going to be a second book…HOW.

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The Darkest MindsThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Read: 9/1

I think this one might be a case of reading a book too late. I think if I’d read this book right when it came out, I would have loved it. Unfortunately, I’ve read so many dystopian books about teens with special powers at this point, that this one was just extremely underwhelming. The romance was so bad and our main character is needlessly secretive imo. While I did like the secondary characters Chubs and Zume, they weren’t enough to save this book. I will not be continuing with the series (or watching the movie).

My Review | Goodreads

Love a la ModeLove à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Read: 12/6

So. Much. Fabricated. Drama. Let’s suspend my disbelief that Henry and Rosie’s families would ACTUALLY send them to Paris for culinary high school, there was just so much going on here that didn’t make sense. The book feels like it was written by a fan of Food Network–not someone who actually knows food. Also, I don’t appreciate a white author including a tiger mom type character to create more drama. Read my original review for more thoughts on that.

My Review | Goodreads

Sawkill GirlsSawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Read: 12/30

I’m still mulling this one over. The beginning was delightfully mysterious and creepy with just a hint of magical realism and I was here. for. it. But then what was happening got more fully explained and it turned weird and sci-fi-y for a bit. In the end, I just feel like the book lost its way. If it had stuck with the magical realism, I think that could’ve really worked, but it didn’t, so here we are.

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My Top 6 Reads from 2018

I was looking back through my Goodreads for this post and I was so surprised to see the books that I’d read at the beginning of 2018–it’s just felt like so long since I read those books. Does that happen to anyone else? By December, I’ve completely forgotten what I’d read in January. But anyway, here are my six favorite reads from 2018.

Favorite Reads 2018

I Am the MessengerI Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Reread: 1/20

I love this book. It delivers such a powerful message in a really understated way. It makes me think about all the choices we make every day and the people that we pass on the street. We never know someone else’s story or how a small kindness from us may impact their lives. In the end, this book just makes me want to be a better person.

My Review | Hardcover | ebook

Alex, ApproximatelyAlex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Read: 2/5

This was such a cute contemporary romance! Was the plot predictable? Extremely. And yet…that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of it. I loved the summery, beachiness vibe that was coming off it. Even though it wasn’t summer when I read it, I almost felt like I was at the beach on a nice summer day. If her other books are as good as this one, she’ll definitely be a new auto-buy author for me.

My Review | Hardcover | ebook

Bone GapBone Gap by Laura Ruby
Read: 3/3

I haven’t read a TON of magical realism, but this book makes me want to read more. The magic in it was so subtle and it was so beautifully written. The characters are sympathetic and the “twist” towards the end really took me by surprise. It’s an interesting story with interesting characters. I would definitely recommend this book.

My Review | Hardcover | ebook

Now, I know what you might be thinking, “What? No good reads between March and October? That’s seven whole months!” Well, what happened was…I had a baby. I had a baby at the beginning of April and then I wasn’t really reading very much (I was bingeing Parks and Rec and playing Zelda instead). But then I did start reading again and this is where the rest of this post picks up.

Muse of NightmaresMuse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Read:  10/18

Muse of Nightmares was almost everything that I hoped it would be. Still wildly imaginative with amazing writing. It also brought in another element that created another dimension to the story. Without giving away any spoilers, this was a good follow-up to Strange the Dreamer, even if there were some choices that I didn’t quite agree with. I also liked how Taylor subtly tied this book in with her other series. (And the hardcover is only $10 right now which is cheaper than both the paperback AND the ebook! Click link below.)

Hardcover | ebook

NeverwhereNeverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Read: 11/20

So, apparently, I’ve been sleeping on Neil Gaiman this whole time. Like, I’d read a couple of his books, but after reading this now I need to read EVERYTHING. My friend picked this for book club and I wasn’t really expecting much, but WOW. Easily my favorite read of 2018. Gaiman is funny and insightful and obviously a very, very talented writer. Please. Just read this book.

My Review | Hardcover | ebook

The Feather ThiefThe Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson
Read: 12/19

I legitimately never thought that I would like a non-fiction book like I like this one. It’s FASCINATING. I obviously love all things heist and the fact that this is an actual heist makes it that much more exciting. Johnson does such a good job of making every aspect of this book interesting–not just the crime part. The history of Wallace as well as all the information on Victorian salmon fly-tying is so easy to read and digest. Do yourself a favor and pick this up.

My Review | Hardcover | ebook