blogmas day 5: top 5 favorite books of 2018

I did not purposely choose to correspond the number of favorite books on this post to the number of days of blogmas that have passed, but here we are. I decided to limit myself to 5 favorite books because I thought it would be easier than 10? So we will see how this goes…

These are not listed in any particular order.


  1. To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo – This book, which was about a siren princess named Lira who is cast out of her kingdom and has to steal the heart (literally) of Elian, a siren-hunting prince, destroyed my soul and stole my heart. My heart is probably now under the sea with Lira’s collection of the hearts of princes she has cut out over the years. I loved this book so much. The fantasy world was so cool, and I love siren books, and the romance was slow slow burn burn and so on point.
  2. Sea Witch | Sarah Henning – I guess I was really in the mood for ocean fantasies this year, but I adored this Little Mermaid villain origin story as well. I loved the Danish seaside setting, which was so vivid, and the romance(s). I loved Evie and felt for her throughout the story and her relationship with Annamette and the darkness and atmospheric vibes of the whole thing. This was a perfect book.
  3. The BrightsidersΒ | Jen Wilde – This was another perfect book and SO QUEER. The queer rep was definitely one of my favorite things about THE BRIGHTSIDERS, but I also loved that it was a new take on a classic trope of a washed up teen celebrity. This story made me feel so many things but ultimately made me feel hopeful and satisfied at the end. I definitely want to read more of Jen Wilde’s books (especially QUEENS OF GEEK!) after reading this one.
  4. Fairytales for Wilde Girls | Allyse NearΒ – This is a weird little Aussie book I discovered I think via Paper Fury?? It’s hard to explain what it’s about, but it’s basically at its core a dark fairy tale and even has a book of fairy tales in the story itself. This book is deep and dark and twisty and scary and magical and so so heartbreaking. It is a gut punch that will for sure haunt you long after reading it. If you can get your hands on a copy, I highly, HIGHLY recommend you do so.
  5. Warcross | Marie Lu – I finally read WARCROSS!! I had been avoiding it because I’m not normally one for sci-fi, but I LOVED WARCROSS and fell for it instantly. The world building is one of my favorite things about it; everything is so vivid and unique and cool and makes you want to dive into the world for real. I didn’t love WILDCARD as much as WARCROSS, but overall my feelings about this duology are extremely positive and I will be recommending it forever and ever.

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  1. Ahh it makes me happy to see To Kill A Kingdom and The Brightsiders here, I loved both so, so much. I’m curious about Fairytales for Wilde Girls now, I haven’t heard of that one at all! πŸ™‚

  2. I’M SO HAPPY LOVED FAIRYTALES FOR WILDE GIRLS!!! It’s my favorite and no one ever talks about it ❀️ I loved To Kill a Kingdom too and I really want to read The Brightsider’s soon! Wonderful post!

    1. It’s so amazing! I discovered Wilde Girls on a whim and bought it special from Book Depository since it’s not available in the US.

  3. Ahhh I loved Warcross too; it’s such an amazing book!! (Agreed, I love the world building.) 😍 I’m recently started To Kill a Kingdom, and I’m so happy that it’s one of your favorite books of 2018! I’m very excited to continue it.

  4. I read To Kill A Kingdom back in July I think, and thought it was a pretty fun book too πŸ™‚ The Haters to Lovers WAS ON POINT. Also, I recently checked out Sea Witch from my my library, but didn’t get the chance to read it before I had to return it. (insert all of the frowny faces here). Now that I know it was one of your favorite reads of 2018. I’ll have to recheck it out sometime soon. Anyways, thanks for sharing this lovely list! πŸ™‚

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