18 Favorite Books of 2018

Hi everyone. I’m rincey and this is
rincey reads. Today i’m going to be doing my favorite books of 2018 list. So the
way that I do favorite books is that I just list off whatever number of books
that I consider to be my favorites of the year. They don’t necessarily have to
be published in 2018, but they’re just books I read in 2018.
There aren’t any rereads on here. Not that I do a lot of reads but there are a
couple of rereads I did this year. But yeah, these are all books that I read for
the very first time this year. When I was going through and getting ready to sort
of compile my list, I basically wrote down any book that I had like marked on
my favorite shelf for the past year and then I like eliminated a couple of them
because I was like I don’t know if they would necessarily hold up to like
favorites of the year sort of situation. Like they’re ones I really enjoyed, but
they wouldn’t necessarily be my favorites. And it just happened to work
out that I was able to get my list to 18. So I thought it would be nice to do my
top 18 books of 2018. Now I will say that these are not like
ranked at all. There is my one five-star pick for the year. So you guys will see
that but I’m going to be going through this list in a chronological order of
when I read them. So I will start off with the books that I read obviously in
January and then work my way down to the books that are included that I read this
month. Also because this is going to be a long video, I’m not going to talk super
in-depth on any of these. And also if there are reviews for any of the books
that I mention in this video, I will link to those down below. So you can find
out more information about any of those books if you are interested. So those
books will probably have like the shortest little synopsis or run through
because there is more information out there if you are interested in more. But
just to like help my own personal sanity with like editing this video, like I know
you guys don’t mind longer videos, but for me it’s gonna be kind of hard to
wrangle this whole thing. I’m going to run through anything that I’ve already
talked about in an individual review really quickly. So yeah, let me just jump
right into it. Alright the first book that I have on my list is when breath
becomes air by Paul Kalanithi. This book is probably not surprising
to have on this list. I just am like one of the last people it
seems like to read this book. I remember picking it up in January on
audiobook. It’s so beautiful and so moving. In case you aren’t aware, Paul
Kalanithi was a doctor who got diagnosed with cancer. And so this is
like a memoir about those sort of last days of his life. The book was published
after he had passed away and his like wife helped, you know, wrap everything up
and get it ready for publication and things like that. But this book is just
like so moving and so heartfelt. Yeah, it’s just a beautiful and moving memoir
that if you haven’t picked up already you should definitely have it on your
list. My next pick is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. This is one that
I have a full review of so I will not talk about it too much. This is also one
that I feel like had a lot of hype when it came out at the beginning of the year
because it got picked for an Oprah’s Book Club pick and then let the
publisher ended up pushing up the publication date in order to coincide
with that announcement. So yeah, there’s a lot of hype around this book at the
beginning of the year and then I feel like it sort of died down as obviously
other books came out and people got excited about other books. But I still
consider it one of my favorites. The short synopsis of this book is that you
are following these newlyweds and named Celestial and Roy who within less than
a year of them getting married Roy ends up getting wrongly accused and
arrested and sent to jail for raping another woman. And it’s about their
marriage and their relationship and them working through that obvious hurdle and
trying to figure out what they’re gonna do with the rest of their lives. This is
also one that I listened to on audiobook. So if you want an audiobook person, this
is great on audio. But yes, I have a full review on this one. So you guys can check
that out if you are interested in more information. The next book that I have is
Evicted by Matthew Desmond. This is one that won the Pulitzer Prize, I believe
last year. And I picked it up because it won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction as
part of like my new year’s resolution and I’m so glad that I did. I mean, I had
heard a lot of people talking about this book when it came out and it is
deserving of all of that praise. What Matthew Desmond does in this book is he
follows eight different families living in Milwaukee who are all extremely poor,
living on the poverty lines and talking about how the housing system is
basically stacked against poor people in this country. The great thing about this book, or one of the many great things about this
book, is that Matthew Desmond doesn’t try to portray any of these
people as being perfect. They’re all extremely flawed and don’t make great
decisions sometimes. And he doesn’t try to like villainize the landlords or
anything like that in the system. He just talks about how the system is broken and
how the system sort of perpetuates the cycle of poverty and how it’s really
hard to get out of those situations. So if you are someone who cares at all
about like housing inequality in the United States today, I think that this is
a really great primer and like first step and glimpse into what it’s like for
people who are on the sort of edges of society who, you know, you’re maybe
thinking like why is it so difficult for people to get out of poverty, get out of
these like terrible neighborhoods things like that. Like this book does a great
job of explaining it. Even if you don’t real a lot of nonfiction, this is a
nonfiction book that you will have no problems getting through. All right next
up I have the astonishing color of after by Emily X.R. Pan. This is a young adult book that has a little bit of a magical
realism bent. This is also one that I have a full review on. So I will be
looking to that down below. You are following Leigh Chen Sanders who is this
young teenage girl. She’s of mixed-race descent and her mother has recently
passed away. And after her mother passes away, she ends up traveling to Taiwan to
meet her mother’s parents and to try to find her mother because Leigh is
convinced that her mother has become a bird. Again, I’m not gonna go too deep
into why I love this one. But if you are looking for a book that discusses grief
really well, this is a great one. But again, there’s a review for this one down
below. But I adored this book so so much. Alright, next up I have my one 5 star read
of the year and that is Circe by Madeline Miller. I love this book so, so
much. Obviously I have a full review of this one on my channel as well. So I will
be linking to this one. But, man oh man, I cannot tell you how much I love this
book. I read the Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s first book, back in December. And
I’m so glad that I read it when I did because I was like so in love with her
writing that I couldn’t wait read more. And I was just lucky enough
that I only had to wait like five or six months versus like five or six years. But
it also got me on like the Madeline Miller train right before Circe came out.
So yeah, this is a retelling of the Greek mythological character Circe. It’s so
beautiful. It does such a great job of like sharing this story from her point
of view. And you don’t have to know anything about Greek mythology, although
you will like enjoy the characters who visit her and things like that that she
interacts with in this story if you know who they are. But it isn’t like required.
But yeah, again, there’s a full review of this one. So I’m not gonna gush about
this one too much here. But this is such a beautiful story that I think explores
this complicated character so well. My next pick is The Poet X by Elizabeth
Acevedo. Oh man, you guys, this book is so beautiful. I ended up listening to this
one first on audio. This is a book, a young adult book written in verse. And so
when I knew that, I always try to pick those up on audio first. And I just
remember like being so enraptured by this book from the moment I started it.
The writing in here is, as you would expect, so beautiful. But the story itself
is so moving, too. You are following this character named Xiomara or Xo. She is a
teenage girl who is growing up and trying to figure out her own voice and
her own point of view. Her mother is extremely conservative and
religious. So she has Xo going to these confirmation classes at their
church every evening or like once a week. But those classes meet at the same time
as the poetry and slam club meets at her school which is what she really wants to
do. So this book is just an exploration of Xo figuring out again who she is, what
she wants out of life, and figuring out how to find her own voice. Again, this
book is just so beautiful and so moving and such a realistic portrayal
of what it’s like to be growing up as a teenager, especially when the way you want to live your life is so different from the way
that your parents want you to live your life and figuring out how to navigate
that. Again, the writing is beautiful. I highly recommend it on audio if you end
up picking it up. But obviously I love this so much I ended up buying a
physical copy as well. And yeah, I’m so excited to read more from
Elizabeth Acevedo next year. Alright my next pick is A Princess in Theory by
Alyssa Cole. This is one that I would be completely remiss if I did not include
it because this is basically the book that showed me that I could like romance
novels. This is a contemporary romance novel and you are following this
character named Naledi who is working as a scientist in grad school. And she keeps
getting these emails from someone who claims that he is an African Prince and
that they are betrothed to be married. And so obviously Naledi ends up like
ignoring these emails because they sound like spam and someone who’s trying to
steal her identity. But it turns out that they’re not spam, that this is actually a
real thing. And so Prince Thebiso ends up flying out to I believe it’s New York
City to find Naledi. He ends up like hiding his identity at first in
order to get to know her a little bit. And obviously they end up falling in
love and then things happen. This is like such a cute, sweet, smart novel. I really
like the way that the character Naledi is written. I really like the way that
Prince Thebiso treats her. Yeah, it’s just like a modern-day Cinderella type
story that’s really sweet and really heartfelt and also again really steamy.
So if you are someone who is maybe on the fence about romance novels, this
might be a good one to check out. I mean, obviously like it requires some
suspension of disbelief. But if you like rom-coms at all, I feel like The
Reluctant Royal series will be up your alley as well. So princess in theory.
Alyssa Cole thank you so much for showing me that I can like romance.
Alright my next pick is my sister the serial killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
This is a tiny little satirical, literary, thriller, type of book. You are following
this character named Korede who is extremely bitter because her sister
Ayoola is like beloved by everyone that she knows. But Ayoola isn’t quite perfect.
Her last three boyfriend’s have ended up dead and so Korede is pretty
convinced that her sister is a serial killer. And then Ayoola ends up dating the boy that Korede has a crush on. And she
has to decide basically what she’s going to do now. This book is
like so interesting and I think that it’s being marketed really poorly.
Because it’s hard to talk about this book without sort of getting into
spoilers, especially because it’s a really short book. It’s less than 300
pages. So a lot happens in here and a lot of the more like interesting parts of
this book are like the stuff that might be considered more spoilery. This is a
really dark, really funny, really great satirical commentary of society and the
way that society treats women and especially the way that it treats like
not like typically beautiful women. I think that the exploration of the
relationship between the two sisters is really well done and really well handled.
It’s one of those books that I ended up a reading in a day partially because it
is so short but partially because it is so compelling. So if you are looking for
a page-turner, I think that my sister the serial killer would be a great pick and
I’m really hoping that more people end up giving this one a try. All right next
up I have the best we could do by Thi Bui This is a book that I had had on my
list of ones to pick up since it came out I think last year because it was on
like everyone’s best of list last year. And I was like oh man I really need to
give that one a try. So this is a graphic memoir following Thi Bui’s life. And she
is basically exploring the history of her family and specifically of her
parents. She explores how her family came to the United States from South Vietnam
during the 1970s and how dangerous that whole experience was and how difficult
that whole experience was. But also she’s exploring this from the point of view of
someone who at this time, when she was writing it, was about to be a mother
and was just becoming a mother. And so she’s looking at it also as like
now that she’s a parent, looking at her own parents and seeing how much more
like complicated and gray and difficult to their lives were. This book is so
moving and it definitely made me cry. The art style in here is really fantastic.
It’s like full of these like sort of watercolor styles, everything is like
this brownish reddish color and like everything is so expressive and just
like so specific and just does such a great job of exploring this complicated
relationship. Yeah, this is a beautiful graphic memoir and I cannot
recommend it highly enough. The next book that I have is the Devotion of
Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. This is a book that took me so by surprise. This is
a backlist book, it came out in 2012 and was like even adapted into a movie. But I
legitimately had no idea about this book or this author until this year. This book
is honestly one of the best like puzzle mystery books that I have read in a
really, really long time. If you are a fan of like Agatha Christie style mystery
stories, I feel like this is a really great one to pick up. I haven’t read a
mystery book like this in a really, really long time and it’s honestly like
my favorite type of mystery. I do have a full review of this book. So I’m not
going to talk about it for too long. So you guys can check that out down in the
description. All right my next pick is one of those big, buzzy literary books of
the year and I am joining the crowd in saying that I loved it. And that is
There There by Tommy Orange. Again I have a full review of this one. So I won’t talk
about it for too long. But this is a contemporary story following around 13
different people all of whom are Native Americans living in and around the
Oakland area. And their stories basically converge on this one powwow that is
taking place. I found this book to be moving and beautiful. Again, there are
like 13 different perspectives in here. So know that going into it. You won’t do
like a super deep character dive into every single one of them. And I do think
the ending gets a little bit messy. But I love this book and I love the characters
in here. I love the exploration in here. I love the story that was told. I loved it
a whole lot. The next book that I have is To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey.
This is such a beautiful historical fiction book. I had read the snow child,
which was her first book I believe or her book previous to this one, last year
and I really like that one. But to the bright edge of the world blew me
away. It takes place in 1885 and you are following this newly married couple
Colonel Allen Forester and his wife Sophie. Colonel Forester has been tasked
by the US government to go to Alaska and explore this brand-new territory that the
country has acquired. And so these newlyweds are forced to separate. And so
Sophie is left in Vancouver, I believe. Yes, Vancouver. And then Alan is sort of
off on this adventure. And so the story switches back and forth between these
two characters’ perspectives. You see their days and years unfold through the
course of like letters written between the two of them as well as personal
diary entries and things like that. And I just think that this is a really
beautiful and moving look at marriage and relationships and the unknown and
life and sort of taking steps of faith and just commitment and all of those
other really beautiful things. If you’re someone who doesn’t like like
straightforward romance novels but you do enjoy a good love story, I think that
Eowyn Ivey does a great job of exploring marriage in a way that’s
really hard to find in novels. And like the way that Eowyn Ivey writes is like
breathtaking. Like every time I read her books, I just completely fall into
these worlds and fall into these characters lives and I honestly never
want to leave. So yeah, if you enjoy books with really, really descriptive beautiful
writing, with worlds you can fall into, to the bright edge of the world by Eowyn
Ivey, one of my favorites of the year. All right, next we’re going to go through
like a string of non-fiction books because I read like a string of really
great non-fiction books all in a row. The first one that I have is I’m still Here:
black dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. This
is an essay collection that I read that was just so great that I wish I owned a
physical copy of it. I still plan on buying a physical copy of it because
there’s so much in there that I want to like mark up and highlight and
share with other people. Like I remember when I was reading this book, I kept like
taking pictures of quotes and posting them on Instagram.
Austin Channing Brown, in this book, talks about just her experiences growing
up as a black woman here in the United States. And so she talks about like her
life growing up in majority white spaces and her experience in learning how to
love herself and love her blackness as well as being sort of a mediator as well
as someone who is willing to take the time to talk to white people and educate
white people about blackness and whiteness and
where those conflicts lie and sort of what like they can do to be good allies
and things along those lines. Again, this is a book that’s like full of a lot of
hope, which is the thing I really appreciate. But it’s also very honest
about the way white people have poorly handled certain situations. And yeah, it’s
just an account of her experiences growing up as a black female Christian
in mostly white spaces. So I highly recommend this book if you are someone
who is interested in essay collections that talk about race and culture in the
United States today. I’m still here by Austin chanting Brown should definitely
be on your list. Okay the next book is probably my favorite non-fiction book of
the year. Maybe. It’s definitely like the most compelling non-fiction book that
I’ve read so far this year and that is Bad Blood by John Carryrou. I feel like
I talk about this book all the time. But I also feel like this is a book that
anyone could read and anyone could enjoy. This book follows the saga of the
Silicon Valley biotech company Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes.
Elizabeth Holmes and the company claimed that with a single drop of blood, their
device would be able to do all of these different tests for doctors to be able
to more closely monitor their patients, as well as do like really simple
screenings– or really complex screenings in a more simple way without drawing
vials and vials of blood. The problem is that this device didn’t exist and any
tests that they were running were all done with like other company’s devices
or they were like falsified or things like that. And so John Carreyrou is a
Wall Street Journal reporter and he is the one who broke the story about how
this company was a major fraud. It’s so good and so compelling. I listened to
this one on audio and I remember like starting this audio book on a Saturday
and finishing it on Sunday because I could not stop listening to it. It’s
completely bonkers what this company was able to get away with and for so long.
The way that people thought that Elizabeth Holmes with this amazing sort
of Silicon Valley wunderkind. The fact that their nose got a 1 billion
dollar valuation despite the fact that they literally had nothing is like, how
does that even happen? It doesn’t completely make sense. John Carreyrou
also looks at like the terrible way that Theranos and its executives treated
its employees, what eventually happened to get the story out, and how difficult
of a time John Carreyrou had sort of getting this story together and getting
people to talk on the record and getting people to like openly talk about what
was going on at the company. One of the things he explores it’s about how
like all of the different departments were like siloed basically so that way
people couldn’t really put together the pieces of how terrible things were going.
But obviously like as the company was getting more attention and going more
public and things like that people started to realize just how many lies
like Elizabeth Holmes was telling the public and things like that. And
obviously it all eventually blew up. Even knowing that the company completely
blows up at a certain point, you’ll still be completely compelled by the story.
It’s so well written, so well researched. If you are someone who enjoys true crime
or just like all of those sort of like business scandal-y type books, like the
Enron story and things like that, you have to pick up bad blood by John Carreyrou.
And then continuing on with the theme of non-violent true crime books,
I have the feather thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson. Kirk Wallace Johnson looks into
basically how this one guy named Edwin Rist, who was like a flautist
living in England, ended up robbing one of England’s Natural History Museums
and stealing like millions of dollars worth of feathers and birds. The reason
why he ended up robbing this museum is because those specific types of birds
were extremely valuable within this very specific fly-fishing, fly-tying community.
In the first part of the book, he looks at the history of fly fishing and fly
tying specifically and also like the history of these birds and why their
feathers are so valuable. Then he looks at the community that currently exists
around fly tying and how and why they value those feathers, again. And then he
looks at the heist itself and sort of figuring out what exactly happened and
how Edwin Rist was able to get away with this. It’s like a very surprising
book. It’s an extremely compelling book, again. It’s another one that I read in
about a day or two. It’s relatively short. I think it’s also again less than 300
pages. But the story is just like really well-written. And it’s
one of those that like, again, it does– it seems like too ridiculous to be real but
it is a real thing that happened. So if you enjoy a good heist story or if you just
are interested in general nonfiction around like Natural History I think that
this would also be a good one to pick up. But I think that Kirk Wallace Johnson does a
really great job of looking at what made a person like Edwin Rist, who has like no
criminal background, no sort of previous indications that he was capable of stuff
like this, do a major crime like this, how he’s able to get away with major crime
like this ,and sort of how everything concludes. It’s a really, really well done
true crime book that I highly, highly recommend. Okay, three more books left.
The first one I have is Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. You are following
this character named Saul Indian horse whose family ends up passing away. And so
he is forced to join this sort of juvenile center that takes in like
orphan indigenous kids. It’s like a really terrible situation. There’s not a
lot of money here. There’s not a lot of space here. And so Saul Indian Horse ends
up helping out one of the priests who worked there who like maintains this ice
rink and teaches hockey. Saul ends up trying hockey and it turns out that he
is actually like a really gifted hockey player and he uses hockey as this way of
like getting out his like emotions and aggressions and things like that. And he
ends up becoming basically a local star. He ends up joining a local traveling
league but joining the traveling league means that he is exposed to a lot more
people who are extremely prejudiced against him and have terrible things to
say to him. And it’s just like this really beautiful exploration of what it
was like for this person to be growing up. It takes place in the 1970s in Canada
and there’s a lot of like really great discussions about culture in this time
period in this place, as well as this character who is like looking back on
his life and forced to face like certain realities about things that he
experienced and how that has impacted him moving forward. It’s really beautiful,
really moving, really heartbreaking. But I cannot recommend it highly enough. So
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese should definitely be on your list and is one that
has me wanting to pick up more books by this author. All right, next up I have
Becoming by Michelle Obama. Another one that I have a full
review of that just went up this month. So I’m not gonna talk about this one too
much. And also one that I don’t think I really need to give us a synopsis for
because it’s like one of the best-selling books of the year. Yeah I
adored this book so much. It’s the one that took me a little bit by surprise.
I didn’t think I was gonna like it as much as I did. I listened to it on audio,
highly recommend it on audio. I don’t think it’s a perfect book but I think that if
you are someone who enjoys Michelle Obama as a person, you are 100% going to
enjoy this book. This is one of those books where I was like slightly debating
about whether or not I was gonna put it on my favorites list. But I just kept
thinking about the fact that when I was listening to this audio book, I was
literally sneaking in minutes of this book while I was at work because I enjoyed
the experience of listening to her so much and I enjoy the experience of like
her telling her stories so much that I did not want it to stop. And it’s one
that I could easily see myself like re-listening to when I’m like having a bad
day or something along those lines because it’s like so heartwarming and
yeah, just really, really well done. So yeah, I would be completely remiss if I
like wrote this one off just because it’s some sort of like celebrity memoir
or something like that. It’s really, really well done. But again, yeah, I have a
full review on this one. so you can hear me talk about the things I liked about
it more and you can hear me also mentioned a couple of things I didn’t
really like about it. So. And the final book that I have is also a memoir and
one that I just read this month and that is all you can never know by Nichole
Chung. Nichole Chung is korean-american and she was adopted into an all-white family.
And so this memoir is her exploration of her own identity, her experiences growing
up as a Korean in mostly white communities. But it’s also about like her
exploration for her birth family. When she finds out that she is pregnant, she
decides that she is going to reach out to her birth family. And it’s about just
that complicated relationship that can happen between adoptees and their birth
families as well as their adoptive parents. I really, really enjoyed this
book for so many reasons. But one of which is that Nichole Chung is really
honest about her experiences growing up as an adoptee and specifically in this
transracial family, the difficulties that she had. But also she doesn’t romanticize
anything about her life experience including like meeting her birth parents
and meeting her birth family and contacting them and things like that.
She talks about how difficult the experiences were for her, how complicated
she felt towards different people in her life at different points, and just even
her own conflicted feelings and confused feelings about how she should handle
these situations. Because, you know, she didn’t know a lot of other adoptees,
especially transracial ones, and so she didn’t have anyone else to talk to about
these experiences. So I think that this is a really beautiful, really moving book,
very honest. If you are the type of person who reads stories about like
adoption or foster kids or anything like that, I think that this is like a crucial
one to add to your list. So that way it’s like a new perspective into this process
that I think is very honest and very open about the process. In this book, Nicole
Chung isn’t like dissuading people from adopting kids at all or like dissuading
people from adopting kids who are a different race. But I think that what she
wants to do is sort of open up people’s eyes to the difficulties and the
roadblocks and the conflicts that they might experience because a lot of times
people don’t talk about that stuff. So yes, all you can ever know by Nicole
Chung. I’m so glad I read it and I’m so glad I read it in time to be able to
slip it onto this list as my final entry. So those are all of the books that
I have for this video. This is a very long video. My throat like legitimately
hurts a little bit because I’ve been talking so much. Let me know down below
whether or not you’ve read any of these books and if they made your favorites
list. Or if you had to pick one favorite from the year, what’s your favorite book
that you read so far this year? Otherwise thanks again so much to everyone for
joining me for another year of reading, for joining me for vlogmas. I will be
taking a little bit of a break but I will have my December wrap-up hopefully
at the end of the week. And I am very excited to read more books for you guys
and to learn about what my favorite books will be for next year. So yeah,
that’s all I have for now and thanks for watching.

56 thoughts on “18 Favorite Books of 2018

  1. Rincey; just when I think there's nothing interesting to watch on YT, you post a video. Thanks for being here and always posting fun content! I recommend "Ragged Company" by Richard Wagamese if you can get your hands on a copy – its amazing. Please seek it out because I would love to hear what you think of it! Merry christmas and Happy new year!

  2. I am not a romance reader, but you have convinced me to try “Princess in Theory.” This was a great list! I actually found several books I want to read! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I loved The Poet X, Bad Blood and When Breath Becomes Air. I'm currently reading Circe and I'm so surprised how quickly it's moving. For some reason, I kind of built it up to myself as heavy and dense. I also have to the Bright Edge of the World out from the library, so I'll put that up my TBR. I really liked Snow Child. This is a really great, varied list. I hope you have a happy holiday and maybe I'll see you again in 2019? 🙂

  4. I read The Poet X, My Sister, the Serial Killer, and The Best We Could Do based on your recommendations and I loved them. They all made my favorites list. Another one of my favorites was News of the World, by Paulette Jiles. It takes place in post-Civil War Texas and I live in Texas, so that was a draw for me. I ended up listening to it as I drove through Texas and ended up passing through locations as they were mentioned in the book (completely unplanned). It really added to my enjoyment of the book.

  5. Wagamese is wonderful isn't he. So sad he died last year. I read, 'Medicine Walk' and 'Ragged Company' by him this year, both 5 star reads, and both sitting on my best reads of all time shelf. My favourite of the year is a photo finish between:

    A Tale For the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki
    Ragged Company – Richard Wagamese
    Irma Voth – Miriam Toews

  6. "There, There" & "My Sister, The Serial Killer" were two of my favorites of the year too! "There, There" was actually my top pick. "Circe" is on the top of my TBR!

  7. Great Video! I'm adding Circe, Evicted, and Devotion of Suspect X to my TBR. My Sister the Serial Killer, Princess in Theory and Becoming are already on my TBR.

  8. I live in Milwaukee and work for a non-profit law firm the represent A LOT of eviction clients and I can attest to the HORRIBLE housing system in Milwaukee. This book is a must read…for everyone.

  9. I'm so so happy that Circe got your very rare 5-star rating! It was definitely my favorite of the year – I was just blown away by what a phenomenal accomplishment this book is. What she did with all the bits and pieces of mythology, weaving them together in such a cohesive and beautiful novel, was just incredible. I also really loved The Astonishing Color of After…if Circe hadn't come out this year, that one would probably have taken the top spot for me. The Poet X was terrific too, I wasn't sure about a book in verse but it worked so well with the story she was telling. And of course I adored Becoming, even though it made me want to scream into the void when I thought about what we had versus what we have. I read To the Bright Edge of the World a couple years ago and adored it, too, and was really happy about that. I absolutely loved The Snow Child, so having the follow-up also be wonderful was great. Can't wait to see what she does next!

  10. You know me, I'm bad with favorites and according to Goodreads the only 3 books that I rewarded with 5* this year are discworld rereads, lol.

  11. Your video popped up in my Recommendation feed, and I’m so pleased that it did. You have several favorites that have piqued my interest. I look forward to going back through your past videos to see more recommendations. 😊

  12. So I love your end of the year videos! I totally lurked through your vlogmas (but I'm terrible with commenting.) I have My Sister the Serial Killer on request from my library because of you. I would agree that it didn't get a lot of attention on booktube.
    I also loved Becoming. It narrowly missed my top ten books of the years list and I'm not even American.

  13. These are my favorite books I read in 2018 (in no particular order)
    The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
    Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber
    There There by Tommy Orange
    Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
    How to be a Normal Person by TJ Klune
    Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
    The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
    The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
    Frontier Grit by Marianne Monson
    The Witch Elm by Tana French
    Dracula by Bram Stoker

  14. When Breath Becomes Air, Circe, and The Feather Thief are the ones I've read off this list and they were all amazing. I was able to hear Paul Kalanithi's wife talk about grief at a book festival last year and it was an amazing experience too.

  15. Oh I love it when these videos start to appear in my feed (well I love your videos anyway) and everyone's favourites appear. An American Marriage arrived on Christmas eve from the publisher, so I am very much looking forward (if that is the right term for a book with that subject) to getting to it. Circe is fab, I was really nervous of it as I loved The Song Achilles sooooo much and was nervous about the follow up, I shouldn't have been. I am thinking that My Sister, The Serial Killer might be my first read of 2019. Eowyn Ivey is wonderful isn't she? All You Can Ever Know sounds amazing too. What a great list. I made notes… as well as this very long comment.

  16. I read The Feather Thief after you talked about in in one of your videos and loved it. I think I'm going to look for more non-violent true crime stories in 2019, starting with Bad Blood. I'm also looking forward to finally reading Circe since it was waiting at my door when I got back from Christmas vacation.

  17. I was disappointed in Circe. I enjoyed Miller's prose but bored and annoyed with Circe as a character – a girl with daddy issues and a weakness for sailors.

  18. I had to get a pen and paper half way through this video to make notes. 😀 So many amazing sounding books and I particularly appreciate the non-fiction recommendations because I often struggle to find things that sound interesting. I’ve heard you mention Bad Blood so often that I really have to pick it up! Another book going on my wishlist is A Prince in Theory. I read a lot of regency romance but never contemporary and this sounds great. Circe is one of my favourites of the year too.

  19. I'm going to look up the Feather Thief now, but have you heard of Provenance by Laney Salisbury? It's a fascinating read!

  20. Just finished the poet x last night. It very nearly made 5 stars but there was a significant story beat near the end for which I didn't buy the resolution presented at all.

    Definitely the audiobook for that one. No doubt

  21. I read When Breath Becomes Air in 2017 and loved it! Also, The Poet X was on my favorites of 2018 as well! My Sister the Serial Killer, There There, Bad Blood, and Becoming are all on my immediate 2019 TBR! Great video, Rincey! 🙂

  22. Wow, this list of books is too incredible! I'll definitely be reading a number of these. It sounds like you had a really good reading year! I also love how varied this list is in genres. Happy New Year, Rincey!

  23. Thank you Rincey! I truly appreciate how you focus on quality and not (like some book tubers) quantity of books….Love your channel and can always find my next read( Bad Blood sounds sooo good!) on your channel. Can't wait to see what's on your list in 2019:-)

  24. Rincey I love your videos. My tbr is growing the more you read
    One of my favourites for 2018 was if Beale Street could talk by James baldwin. Just read educated by Tara Westover and loved it so I think memoirs are going to be a new craze for me in 2019 thanks for including a few.

  25. Evicted sounds really interesting, I'm actually from Milwaukee and can say that the city is extremely segregated. On one block (the one I lived on) we have college homes and well off kids, and then two blocks away you'll have low-income housing and the projects. It's really sad. I also just picked up An American Marriage with my January BOTM box!! I am so excited for it!!!

  26. Circe became one of my favorite books of all time, glad you to see you gave it five stars, too! I recently discovered your channel, and I'm very happy as you seem to talk about books that most of the other booktubers I watch don't (namely, something OTHER than YA fantasy). I always add books to my "Want to Read" after your videos 🙂

  27. Loved "Bad Blood," gripping and so scandalous. With so many regulations, especially in the medical tech field and auditing, I'm shocked that this company was getting away with so many unethical/illegal practices.

  28. I’m currently reading a book entitled Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden and it is SO good. It’s about a young black girl named Essie who was born in rural Savannah in the late 1800s and she is given the chance to elevate herself in society. But as the book goes on, she wonders if this is the life she truly wants. I love the Victorian Era in general, but I found it so refreshing to hear about the era and the struggles of rising in society from someone we don’t typically get to hear from.

  29. You're really cute. I loved your voice, and I loved how mature you're video is . You're speaking with passion. Even though I'm a usually fantasy reader but I WILL defiently try ones of your recommandation. Thank you

  30. Your 19 reviews were absolutely thorough and well stated. Thank you for this varied list of topics, subjects, and extraordinary characters!

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