To be honest, I thought about not writing this post. I just posted my top 10 best books of 2018 and have talked a lot about the others that are on this list before, but in the end I chose to share because I thought it might be a good list to have a massive list of books I really liked all in one place.
There are 20 books on this list! A lot of readers seem to take immense pride in how few books they rate 5 star. I get it. Especially as a book recommender- you don’t want to get in the habit of rating everything a 5, or no one will trust your opinion. But that’s not me. I generally give books that 5 star rating based on how it made me feel, not from the standpoint of a literary criti. Also, at this point, I think I’m pretty good at picking out books I think I’ll like, so I'm stacking the deck. I do hope to take more chances in reading next year (2019 reading resolutions coming soon), so it’ll be interesting to see how many I rate 5 star next year.
Here are the books that did get that 5 star rating!
For readers who like stories that examine current issues via stories of specific people in a specific place in time.
If you don't know much about sci-fi but might like to give it a try.
If you like your books with a little science and want to read a powerful story that explores, quite literally, what might have been.
A world famous celebrity tells her life story with surprising depth.
If you like your suspense novels well written with vivid characters and a story that's not too dark.
For fans of Stephen King who want to try macabre historical fiction.
If you need a reminder about why Gillian Flynn is the queen of suspense.
If you want to read a book that truly scared me. (I'm still thinking about THAT scene.)
A classic psychological thriller with the story told by the very definition of an unreliable narrator.
If you like omniscient narration and quotes that jump off the page and demand to be seen.
For fans of domestic thrillers with gossipy neighbors where everyone's a suspect.
If you need proof (like me) that historical fiction is not boring.
If you want to read a tightly written story with a moral quandary that drives the plot.
For an introduction to one of horror's best villains of all time.
A real life coming of age memoir with equal parts comedy and angst, set in the Obama White House.
If you want to read a story about a serial murderer and rapist who went unknown for 30 years... Until this book.
For an introduction to the injustice in the US criminal justice system that does not read like a text book.
For a real life example of the truth being stranger than fiction.
If you need inspiration and want to get to know the former First Lady outside of the White House.