I may have read 101 books in 2018, but I’ve been in an ongoing reading slump. Makes it harder to choose a top 10.
I think I made the same complaint last year. These are good books, but I’m not sure they’re books I’d run up and down the street with. Those are becoming harder and harder to find.
I’m also not sure how well these lists hold up over time. After all, I did put Octavia Butler’s Kindred at #6 in my 2013 list. It’s probably one of my favorite books.
But aside from all that, I think it is a fun collection of books.
- Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray – A robot falls in love would be the cliche way to pitch this book, but it was a much more fun and engaging adventure than that trite description would have you believe.
- A Live Coal in the Sea by Madeleine L’Engle – I love the way L’Engle weaves this whole complicated story together.
- All Systems Red by Martha Wells – The opening chapter of the Murderbot diaries is gripping, fast-paced and fun.
- The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan – This was a lovely little book. It also has cliche potential, but it was just a wonderful tale.
- A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain – I almost wrote this one off early, but it really shines.
- Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – Zombies in the Civil War. Need I say more?
- Front Lines by Michael Grant – If women were drafted in World War II. It’s an interesting thought experiment and artfully executed.
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – A beautifully written bit of speculative fiction (this is the kind of book that helps you understand the difference between sci-fi and speculative fiction).
- Sunny by Jason Reynolds – My favorite installment of the Track series, this one just has a delightful quality.
- The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata – A fast-paced futuristic military thriller.
And let’s give an honorable mention to What Alice Forgot by Alice Moriarty. I had a rocky time reading it (listened to part of the audio book, slept through some of it, then read the rest), but I really liked the way it explored the overdone amnesia ground in a fresh way.
If you want to read more, check out my booklet 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading Again.