Top 10 Reads

My Top 10 Best Books Of 2018

From the books i have read in 2018, here is my list of my best top 10 that i think you should all read.


Author – Anna Todd

Tessa is a good girl, with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother whose intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into her roommates friend, Hardin. With his troubled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude, into the point of cruelty really. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate him, and she does, until she finds herself alone with him in his bedroom. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and the kiss ignites a passion within her she didn’t know she had.

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You Belong To Me

Author – Karen Rose

Disturbing – When forensic Pathologist Lucy Trask stumbles across a mutilated body in her local Baltimore park, its face unrecognizable, her sole concern is that it might be her old school teacher Mr Pugh.

Destructive – But the victim is actually another man from her past. Who killed him and why was he left for Lucy to find is unclear but what appears to be a ‘1’ burned into his back proclaims that this corpse won’t be the last.

Deadly – The discovery of a second branded body raises worrying questions: how many more lives are at risk? And can Lucy solve the killer’s gruesome puzzle before his thirst for revenge is complete?

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author – Jenny Han

What if all your crushes found out everything you thought about them? All at once…

16 year old Lara Song keeps all her love letters in a box her mum gave her before she died. She keeps this box hidden in her bedroom. They aren’t love letters anyone wrote for her, they’re letters she wrote herself. One for every boy she’s loved, all 5 of them. She poured her heart and soul into these letters and said stuff she would never say out loud.

Until, the day her letters get sent out to them all. Suddenly, her love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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Girl On The Train

Author – Paula Hawkins

Rachel catches the same train every day. She concentrates on the row of houses that she passes every day. Starting to notice the family who live instead one. She calls them ‘Jess’ and ‘Jason.’

She has this idea that they live a perfect life and she wonders why hers can’t be that perfect, until one day something happens that changes everything forever.

Suddenly she gets the opportunity to become part of their life. They soon discover that she’s more than just a girl on the train.

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Until Friday Night

Author – Abbi Glines

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

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Let It Be Me

Author – Barbara Speak

Arianna Dubray is nothing like the girl she left in Baltimore. No longer a Prada wearing, Micheal korbs bag carrying, on top of the world 17-year old anymore. She knew her life would never be the same again when she got out the car in the middle of nowhere, A.K.A Montana.

Canyon Michael is a keeper of his own dark secrets. Plagued by his family name, he’s forced to prove the town wrong and make it on his own.

The last thing Arianna needs is a reason to stay, but with every passing day the decision to leave becomes harder. Once their paths cross nothing can tear them apart, other than the secrets that start to surface and the nightmares that soon become their reality.

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Summer Sky

Author – Lisa Swallow

Sky changed her life for a man once, which resulted in an unhappy relationship. She decides enough is enough and wants time away from being in a relationship.

She takes an unplanned trip and leaves the life and the guy she hated behind her.

Rock star Dylan Morgan is struggling with the life he leads, and the fame that comes with it. One day he decides to cut his hair and walk away from the life he finds so difficult for a while.

When Sky and Dylan’s paths cross, Sky decides that Dylan is an arrogant guy, and Dylan is amused by the smart mouthed girl. They soon realize they’re in Broadbeach for the same reason.

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Stalk Me

Author – Jillian Dodd

Keatyn has everything she could ever dream off. Her life is following a script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular of course, goes to all the best parties, dates the hottest guys, and sits at the most popular lunch tables. The usual popularity high school experience.

She just isn’t sure this is the life she wants anymore. Things aren’t actually as perfect as they may seem on the outside.

Her ‘best friend’ is threatening to expose her relationship as a scam. Her ‘perfect’ boyfriend gets drunk at every party. Acting perfect all the time is exhausting. Deep down she isn’t sure she has any real friends.

To add to all the drama, her movie star mum has a creepy stalker. A hot older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together.

She’s crushing on an adorable surfer,  but dating him would be social suicide.

She writes a new script, one where all the pieces of her perfect life will come together in perfect harmony. But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make that happen.

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Glass Houses

Author – Rachel Caine

Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmare dorm situation. So when she heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a spare room might not be much better.

Her new roommates don’t show any sign of life, but they have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?


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13 Reasons Why

Author – Jay Asher

One day when Clay arrives home, he receives a box on his door step full of mysterious tapes, with his name written on the front of the box. When he gets inside his bedroom, he opens the box, to discover they are from his classmate, crush, Hannah Baker, who recently decided to take her own life.

When he starts listening to the first tape, he discovers that Hannah has a tape for every reason as to why she decided to take her own life, there are 13 reasons why. She made sure the box has been delivered to everyone whose name is on these tapes.

Clay has to listen on to discover why he has received these tapes.

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  • Joe

    These seem like some really interesting reads from your description at least. I have watched a couple of them on Netlix as series’/films however it would be good to see how the story might be changed slightly in the book, as that is often the case. And I will need to check out a couple of the ones which I have never seen or heard of before too. Thanks for a great review.

  • Jay

    All the listed books are worth reading. But I think the one that has caught my attention the most is 13 reasons why. It does seem like a book that would have a lot of suspense from the short preview of the book. I am pretty excited about it and cannot wait to read it.

  • Matt's Mom

    This is a great review for me of books.  I have been in a rut reading the same author.  And what I have found is that all of her books, really sound the same, and basically say the same thing in just a variety of story line.  I have become bored and have quit reading. I am ready to start again, as I do love to read.  I am going to look over your selections again, and pick out a couple that are totally different than what I have been reading.  I am thinking this will get me out of my non-reading rut.

    • Jayde Butcher

      great idea, yeah sometimes its good to try a few different authors as you might find a few you love, every author has a different unique writing style. Happy reading I hope you pick one you enjoy 🙂

  • Dianne

    Hi Jayde, great article and thanks for some great books to choose from!

    Out of these books listed in your top 10 best books of 2018 i have read the girl on the train. It was a brilliant read and i was gripped from the start to finish. I must say that in my opinion the movie was nowhere near as good as the book!

  • Celeste

    Hi Jayde,

    A few of these books have been on my list to read for a while now. I have been meaning to read girl on the train for over a year now but just haven’t got round to it yet, but your review has made me think that I should probably start reading it tonight so thank you. I also hadn’t realised that there was a 13 reasons why novel, I have seen the series on Netflix so I am interested in reading this book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

  • Richard


    I have always found it such a challenge to select good quality novels as in-depth and honest reviews are hard to come by. The picks in this list are certainly extensive and appealing for the avid reader.

    Can you confirm that these are available as Ebooks? I personally have found books far better than the movies which derive their basis from the books as the books provide far better detail and often more coherent story lines.

    Thanks for your suggestions.


  • Henry

    Hi! Thank you for sharing your personal list with us! I have been visiting your site frequently and have been paying attention to your recommendations. You have a good taste for choosing books that are trending! And I have also discovered that your suggestions also make most readers click. So, I’ll definitely check out these titles you include here.

  • Karina

    Well, thank you for making me list of books to read in 2019! 🙂 Bar a couple of them that I’ve already read, these are now all on my list to read. I like your review, I like your style of writing. Great job! hmmm….wonder which one to start with first – off to my kindle now to add them to my reading list 🙂

    Have a lovely day!



  • Christina

    Oh I’m so glad I stumbled on this list. I am looking for a new good book to read! I am immediately drawn to “You Belong to Me.” I love a good murder mystery. I see in your personal review you gave it 5 stars. That sounds like a winner to me! 

    For any of your reader who haven’t read “Girl on a Train”, I loved, loved, loved that one. It was so intriguing and twisty-turny right until the end. 

    I can’t wait to take a look at some of your other book choices, but for now, I am going to go for “You Belong to Me.” Thank you for the ideas!! 

  • Cath Anon

    Ahh perfect timing with your Top 10 listing!  With the holiday season upon us, I’d be keen to check out some of these titles for some much needed relaxation.

    Are these your top ten for the same genre or across all the genres?

    I see you have Top 10 for thrillers – definitely my field of interest.  I’ll be bookmarking your site for future reference as I compile my holiday reading list.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Ray

    I like to read articles that list the best personal choices, as they tend to have something in the list that you haven’t previously noticed. There are a few titles here that I haven’t seen before, and although the books aren’t really in a genre that I would normally choose, your short reviews make them very appealing nonetheless.

    Girl On The Train is the only one I have read, but there are a few more in the list that caught my eye. Thanks for the article.

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