The 10 Best Books I’ve Read In 2018

We have been giving you a lot of great book recommendations so far on GenTwenty. From the 6 Socially Aware Books on My Want-To-Read List, to the 10 Books To Add To Your Reading List This Year to the 15 Books That Challenge You To Think Differently there are so many great books out there, and lists of great books for you to read.

Now I am not here to tell you which books you should be reading for a specific reason. We will save that for another blog post (or two! or three!). I am here to simply share with you what the ten best books I have read so far this year are. I’ve done a lot of reading, and these are the best books I’ve read in 2018.

Please note that the majority of these books did not come out this year. This year just happens to be when I read them. And if you have not read them yet, you should definitely add them to your list.

The 10 Best Books I’ve Read In 2018

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1) I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes 

If you are into suspense novels, this one is a must read. It is quite a large book, but it’s one that you will not want to put down… simply because you want to know what happens next.

There are so many different events that take place within this story, that somehow all relate. Not only are you trying to figure out how they all relate, but you are mind-boggled when you realize they are all linked. There is only one man who is able to figure it out, and that is Pilgrim.

2) 11/22/63 by Stephen King 

When I first heard about this book, I thought it was simply going to be a “what the world would be like if John F. Kennedy wasn’t shot” type of thing. But it is so much more than that.

It is a love story, a journey through time, and a revelation that even the smallest of actions can have a powerful effect on the future. Plus, Hulu turned this into a pretty good mini-series that I highly recommend you watch after reading.

3) All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

I am not a history buff by any means, but this story made me want to know more about World War II. You meet a blind French girl and a German boy, and see the impact of the war has on each of them, both good and bad.

4) The Stand by Stephen King

As a New Yorker, because of this book, I can no longer drive through the Lincoln Tunnel the same way anymore. As anyone who has read King’s books now, the man loves details, and this book is no different. While reading it, you feel like you yourself is in this apocalyptic world, trying to survive and trying to find other survivors — and trying to figure out why you were one of the lucky ones who wasn’t wiped out.

5) The Girl Before by JP Delaney

I was thrilled when I found out that Ron Howard was turning this into a movie, because it’s much deserved. If you were a fan of Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, you are going to love this, too. In this story, you meet two girls, who live in the same house, at two different times, but their stories appear much more similar than you may think.

6) Believe Me by JP Delaney 

JP Delaney is fantastic at making you question everything you are reading, as you do not know what is a lie and what is the truth — eventually leaving you with an “oh sh*t!” at the big reveal at the end.

This book follows suite so well, as an aspiring actresses is enlisted by the cops to lure a potential murder into confession. But you quickly to begin to question, who is really the murder and who is actually the decoy.

7) Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris 

You know when you are watching a scary movie and you know what’s going to happen and you’re screaming “no! don’t go in there!” at the television? That’s what this book had me doing. Not that I knew what was happening, but that I could sense something was wrong. There is no such thing as the perfect marriage, and this book shows you that in a twisted, thrilling way.

8) Beartown by Fredrik Backman

This was the first book of Fredrik Backman’s I read, and he has quickly become one of my “must read” authors.

This book takes you to a very small town that is struggling to survive, but there is one thing that keeps them afloat, and that is their junior ice hockey team. As a sports lover (and a lover of good stories), this was right up my alley. It truly shows the courage it takes to stand up for what you believe in.

9) Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

You may recognize the author’s name as she is the same woman who wrote Still Alice. This story is what gave me a full inside look to what it’s like not only living with Huntington’s Disease, but to be part of the family supporting a loved one who is battling the disease. Genova is fantastic at not sugar-coating the harsh realities of diseases, and this book fully follows that.

10) What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty 

You knew that the author of Big Little Lies has tons of other great books, right? I actually read this one before I read Big Little Lies (I know, I was very late to that party) and I loved it.

In this book, Alice is 29 one day, and 39 the next, after a gym accident where she loses her memory. The life as she knew it is entirely different, and she needs to figure out what happened to make it that way, and if it’s worth fixing.

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