My Favorite Books Published in 2018! ft. friendship, soft romance, and /murder/

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So many great books were published in 2018, it was so hard to choose just five, but overall these were my favorites that were released in the past 12 months ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s going to be so much harder to make a list of books I read OVERALL this year??????

Please note that The Foxhole Court will make an appearance in a big way.

1. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

I started begging the publishers to send me this as an ARC back in March, then they were so nice to me and offered to let me join the blog tour. And I said, “okay fine. I guess I’ll do it.” in reality my enthusiasm overpowered my life force and was like, “holy shit yes please i’ll do anythingggg, here have my soul

Darius turned out to be such a great book???!! There is a great deal of rep & all of the rep is just *sprinkled* in & it’s overall extremely relatable.

There is depression rep, fat rep, Persian culture, and Darius is gay. It’s also NOT a romance!!!!! There isn’t even a slight trace of romance, which is rare (imao) in young adult lit. The plot centers around friendshippppp and familyyyyy,,,,,,,,,it’s a lot to take in emotionally.

Also, the dialogue is tremendously great. I have an everlasting, STROHNG affinity for characters that say “um” regularly, because it’s so dorky and charming. and reflects my crushing insecurities, especially the inability to express myself in normal conversations lol

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2. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)

I LOVED this, I wanted to wrap myself in the blanket of Stella and Michael’s FLUFFY ALPACA ENERGY. They are so cute. They are so slow burn. I want to poke their noses, in turn.

We have a Korean man, an Autistic woman, and a love story to shelter us all. I miss them already???? I definitely want to reread this in January, possibly on January 1st. In the morning as soon as I open my eyes. Resolutions that my lazy ass can get behind 2019.

Overall, I double dog dare you not to obsess over Stella’s Cute and Logical energy and Michael’s Soft And Funny And Gorgeous Boy lifestyle.

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3. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Vengeful (Villains, #2)

THE SEQUEL!!! THE DREADED SEQUEL!!! I was inexplicably afraid I’d be unsatisfied by this book. But there was nothing to fear, this was just as great as book 1. I think I liked the first book a little bit better??? Just because the betrayal! and burning need for revenge! was so fresh and young.

I just really want Victor and Eli to be in the same room for more than 3 minutes, it’s my greatest wish. Even though they’re eternal enemies, they don’t see each other very often. Or talk. Or have ANY sort of meaningful interaction.

They mostly just *ponder* all the creative ways they can murder one another. While sipping tea in a morally gray way.

Overall, I want a sweater made of Victor Vale’s soul and I’ll wear it until my dying day.

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4. Sadie by Courtney Summers


This was special to me because it initiated my Audiobook Lifestyle. I used to never listen to audiobooks because I’m really bad at learning via hearing. I usually have to see things written out to really *get* them.

But then I listened to Sadieย AND I WAS SO IMMERSED. It inspired me to look up tips and find out how to appreciate audiobooks like a badass.

(the #1 tip for me was speeding it up, which was counter-intuitive at first, but I refused to argue and eff things up, and IT WORKEDDDDD, IT WAS A MIRACLE)

This book is formatted so creatively and Sadie herself stabbed me in the heart. I related to her so much because she is a big sister, and *****I******** am a big sister??? And we both help raise our siblings???????? We need to start a team sport, you can only sign up by offering a scented candle. I’m so stressed out.

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5. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

I was completely unprepared to love this as much as I did. At the time, every ARC I read was 2 stars, so I went into this thinking “i have bad luck with arcs, my life sucks.”

It was a mess & I’m shocked. HOWEVERR, I ended up loving this devotedly. This is the only NetGalley arc I’ve ever ended up buying a copy of once it was published, BECAUSE HAZEL BRADFORD!!!! JOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But mostly Hazel Bradford and her shining spirit, I would date her instantly.

/////ALSO, I WOULD gIvE MY ELECTRIC BLANKET TO HER///// if that isn’t love, honestly I must be a heartless piece of flavorless bubblegum.

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The best of the best, in one post. It feels so conclusive and sacredddddd. What is your favorite book published this year?

What book have you felt most represented in?

Have you read any of these?? I’m starved for attention, let’s obsess together



61 thoughts on “My Favorite Books Published in 2018! ft. friendship, soft romance, and /murder/

  1. Nimika @ wordhaven says:

    So I’m reading Vengeful right now and I was so scared to start reading it because Vicious had such a perfect ending and I hate change because I literally am that sentimental loser (not even kidding, the fact that Sydney is turning 18 had me NOPEing).

    *Spoilers for Vengeful*
    But then I just read that scene where Sydney has a whole rebellious meltdown and she comes home late and Victor is staying up for her. And I’m. So. Soft. Because holy shit. I want those Victor being a dad moments. :’)))))

    Also, I straight up laughed out loud at the idea of Vic and Eli just sitting in a room, sipping tea and going back and forth on the best ways to kill each other.

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      omg I keep spelling your name w a goddamn “a” instead of an i &&&&&&&&& i’m a trash friend but ilysm slkdjflksdjflkjsflkjdlksjf

      + i feel like maybe V.E Schwab neglected my one true love, Victor Vale, in book 2???????????? = UNACCEptaBLE, i need to see him in every single page, or i’m calling the police

      + seeing Victor as a LOVING PARENT? caring for an angsty teenage EO???????? and coparenting??????? *blinks back tears*

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  2. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    The Kiss Quotient sounds adorable! And I’ve been meaning to read Josh and Hazel’s for the longest time – it just feels like it’s going to be such a favourite, you know? Maybe like The Hating Game, which I doubt any new adult contemporary will EVER come close to but still, a girl can dream xD
    My favourite book of the year has to be To Kill a Kingdom. It was just absolute fantasy, mermaid-y perfection! Highly recommend if you haven’t read it.
    Meanwhile, I’ll check these out ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      the kiss quotient is so adorable!!!!!!! tbh it was so fluffy, it should’ve come with a warning label sldkjfsl

      + Josh and Hazel will forever live in my heart, I remember being at my favorite restaurant && wanting to go home so I could READ MORRRRRREE c: c: c: I miss Hazel so much, it’s time for a reread.

      + i still haven’t read To Kill a Kingdom even though I’ve heard so many good things && I love mermaids,,,,,,,,, i need to check out the audiobook as soon as possible โค thank youuuuu so much Sophie!!!!!!!


  3. Kat @ Novels & Waffles says:

    YOU WOULD GIVE UP YOUR ELECTRIC BLANKET FOR HER???? If that isn’t true love, I don’t know what is. I am currently living under my electric blanket โ€“ it’s the only way I can get through winter, if I’m honest.

    ALSO, I’ve been trying to put together a list of NA books that are written in the YA style and don’t have a bunch of explicit sex scenes. I was thinking of putting Josh and Hazelโ€™s Guide to Not Dating on it because somebody said it fit the bill, but what do you think???? Yay or nay?

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  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Darius the Great is Not Okay was amazing! It’s in the running for my favourite YA contemporary of this year so I definitely agree with its place on your list for this post Malanie.
    Also I recently listened to the audiobook of Sadie, it was the first audiobook I ever tried and I was so immersed in the story I was always desperate to get further into it. I loved Sadie’s character but oh my god that ending right?!
    Vengeful of course would make my list. It’s be V.E. Schwab so would you expect anything else.
    Great post, and great picks too. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      oh yayyyy, i’m still basking in the sunshine of you enjoying Darius the Great!!!!<3 โค

      ++ the audiobook for Sadie was SUCH QUALITY WORK?????? i loved her badass determination for justice at all costs slkdjf

      and omg I just want to spend my Christmas break reading all of V.E Schwab's books, I need to go to a bookstore and just LIVE there for the next two weeks XD

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