Top Ten Tuesday | 5 of the Best 2018 Reads

Monday, July 9, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | 5 of the Best 2018 Reads

Hey, bookworms! As it happens every week, it is again Tuesday, which for Finding Wonderland means one thing: a new Top Ten Tuesday edition. Here’s our challenge:

That Artsy Reader Girl July 10: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)



(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. Read the disclosure page for details.)

Here’s a secret. I wasn’t going to join this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. If you wonder why (and I suspect that’s only important to me), it’s because this was a throwback topic and well, I just wasn’t “in” to putting one of those together. Plus, as I so often need to remind myself, sometimes it’s OK to skip out on content when the week needs a breather or life needs to slow down. In fact I promised myself I wouldn’t change my mind after deciding to skip.

But then I saw Jana added today’s topic from as throwback to a favorite reads topic, and I was like, “but… I can totally join that.” Needless to say, my to-self promises hold no weight.

(As a side note, at the end of every year, Finding Wonderland makes a “deal” out of our favorite books of 2018, which is why I like to kind of wait and “hide away” my favorite books until the end of the year. But as of now, these books, have made an impression on me.)

So as a compromise I decided to do an abbreviated version of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday meme, and not to rush it, but rather to have fun! That’s the goal, so with all that nonsense out of the way, let’s have a look at five (thus abbreviated) of the books that have made an impression on me in 2018.

Top Ten Tuesday | 5 of the Best 2018 Reads (AKA 5 Books I’ve Liked In 2018 – So Far)

1: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | This one was a little bit different than my expectations (i.e., by the synopsis, it reads more like a YA romance than it really is), but I did really enjoy this one! It's all happiness and joy, plus Hamlet? I kinda' love him. Amazon | Goodreads

2: Falling for You by Becky Wade | Just finished this one (like this seeming "just finished"), and ohmygosh! Guys, it's magical. The only thing clouding my enjoyment? The fact that this one came out in May and I still haven't reviewed it!! That's the sign of a bad blogger. BUT, on the upside, for U.S. readers, I have not one but two paperback copies that are looking for a new home! Check back this week because the giveaway is happening this week. Amazon | Goodreads 

3: Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh | This book is insanely good! In fact, I’ve zero doubt it’ll hold up as being on of Finding Wonderland’s “Best of 2018” when it comes down to the end of the year. It’s rom-com lite, but doesn’t shy away from some deeper, emotional turmoil. In fact, as its title suggests, it’s a beautiful reminder to “let go” and enjoy life. To pause, reflect and find joy. Amazon | Goodreads
  
5: The Memory of You by Catherine West | This is the first book I read by this author, but it's a poignant and compelling read. Amazon | Goodreads

4: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West |  You knew I’d work a novel by Kasie onto this list, right? Only recently finished this one, and of course, it’s cute. I don’t want to say too much because, well… Review to come. Soonish. Amazon | Goodreads

(Yes, I realized I reversed these last two picks... ooops! We'll blame the last-minute post.)

*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above
 ____________

This brings us to an end of my unplanned Top Ten Tuesday contribution. Despite the fact that it was thrown together, I hope it’s coherent. Have you read any of these? Are you discovering a lot of favorite novels from this year? Which one stands out as most impressive? Let me know all the bookish thoughts!

If you joined today’s meme, make sure and leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below so I can visit – or simply introduce your blog. I’d be glad to visit your bookish spaces.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

PS: before you go...

if you'd like to have Finding Wonderland's new content sent to your inbox; sign up for our once (or twice) monthly round up of new content. (In order to be signed up, you will be asked to confirm via email; if you don't confirm, you will not receive the newsletter. Please note, this may also end up in your spam or trash folder.) If you'd like to have this newsletter sent to your inbox, you can enter your email address here.

and you can enter the July New Release book giveaway!

46 comments

  1. Kasie! <3 Always happy to see her books on your list! My TTT

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too, Chrissi! They make me smile. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

      Delete
  2. It is hard to pick favorites when the year isn't even over. I realized that I have read some really good ones so far so it was hard to pick. I think I'd better look for P.S. I like you. Sounds cute. My TTT favorites

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. P.S. I Like You is SO cute, Anne. Hope if you do give it a chance, you find it makes you smile.

      I'm glad you had so many favorites this year. That's awesome! Appreciate you visiting. :)

      Delete
  3. We share The Way You Make Me Feel on our TTT lists!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YAY! So fun to discover shared favorites. Thanks for visiting, Nicole. :)

      Delete
  4. I haven't read any of those yet (although I've heard of a couple) but I like the title P.S. I Like You. I think it's pretty cute.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's adorable, Brooke! Have you read any of Kasie's books? If so, this one follows in those predictable footsteps, but that's the charm of her novels. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

      Delete
  5. Nice list. Kasie west's books always sound so fun. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are, Greg! Exactly the kind of reads that make me smile - every single time. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

      Delete
  6. I haven't read any of these books, but they all sound good!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are, Katie! So many fun reads - and lots more to come. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

      Delete
  7. Of course a Kasie West! I'm surprised my list didn't have one of her books though I still need to read her latest.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Her books are sunshine. I too have to read her latest and I think I still have to read By Your Side too. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Sara.

      Delete
  8. Kasie West does have the cutest romances! Wonderful list, Rissi, and thanks for visiting my TTT! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Doesn't she? They never cease to make me smile! Thank you for the return visit, Rachel. :)

      Delete
  9. P. S. I Like You look so cute, I need to read it soon!

    This is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's darling! :)

      ...thanks so much for visiting.

      Delete
  10. I spy three books that will make my list (if I ever get it posted)!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So my list changed a bit once I actually sat down to do it :-) We now share two, not three ... but I'm soooooo happy to see Becky's and Kasie's on your list. Here's my list.

      Delete
    2. YAY!! Always fun to discover shared favorites, Becky. (And I knew you'd get your list posted.)

      SO glad you stopped by - thanks! :)

      Delete
  11. Falling for You was so good! It made my list this week, too. Corbin and Willow were such great characters! I can't say enough good things about this story.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree. But then Becky's novels are forever and always magical. Already excited for the third book!!

      ...thanks so much for visiting, Ashley. :)

      Delete
  12. I'm so glad to see P.S. I Like You on this list! I bought it a week ago, so hopefully I'll enjoy it too! XD

    My TTT post!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wonderful!! I do hope you enjoy P.S. I Like You, Kyra. It's so sweet.

      Happy reading - and thanks for visiting!! :)

      Delete
  13. I think PS I like you is my favorite Kasie West :) And The Way You Make Me Feel is on my TBR so I'm very happy to hear you loved it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How fun to know! It IS darling. I should write a post or film a video about my favorites. I think I'd be surprised which is a favorite vs. least favorite, although I love them all!

      YAY! Enjoy Maurene's, Lindsey - and let me know what you think.

      Glad you stopped by. :)

      Delete
  14. Just think how much easier picking your list at the end of the year will be now lol! I got a little concerned when I saw all these top reads posts...because all I saw was the throwback option hahaha! And so scheduled it weeks ago and forgot about it! ;) Great books here though! Love Becky Wade!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nothing wrong with that, Rachel! Initially this week was a throwback, but then Jana changed it because she forgot to add this topic. I wish I had your blog post schedule skills - PLEASE, teach me your ways. :D

      Me too! Becky's books always land on my favorites list, and I don't see this changing.

      Appreciate you visiting. :)

      Delete
  15. These books look great! I haven't read any of them yet, but most of them are on my TBR. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How fun. I do hope you enjoy those on your TBR, Abby. Appreciate you visiting. :)

      Delete
  16. Maurene Goo's books are always such a fun read. I'm so excited to start The Way You Make Me Feel and your list reminded me that I need to bump it up on my reading list.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How fun. I hope you enjoy this one by Maurene, Jessica. I thought it was darling, and reading this one made me wish I would make time for her YA release A Thing Called Love. Happy reading - and thanks for visiting. :)

      Delete
  17. I haven’t read any of these, but P.S. I Like You is the cutest book title ever. Great list!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. P.S. I Like You is adorable, AJ! Hope you enjoy if you ever give it a chance. Thanks so much for visiting. :)

      Delete
  18. Hamlet is a sweetheart. So glad to see The Way You Make Me Feel make your list. Great list!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isn't he?! I really liked his character, and wish I'd gotten to know him better. :)

      So glad you stopped in, Alicia. Thanks!

      Delete
  19. THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL looks really good. I love the cover & think it sounds cute. Also, Kasie West is on my "how have I not read these authors yet" list :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The cover for Maurene's is indeed adorable. And it's quite cute, too. Also, if you enjoy lighthearted, "sweetheart" novels, Kasie is the go-to author. :)

      Enjoy - and thanks for visiting, Michelle.

      Delete
  20. I've not read any of these, but the title P.S. I Like You reminds me of the book P.S. I Love You, haha

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. P.S. I Like You is adorable, Mai. :)

      ...and thanks for visiting.

      Delete
  21. I loved Memory of You. I have Just Let Go on my shelf to read and would love a copy of Falling For You.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YAY for Just Let Go. It's a beautiful - and also, Falling for You is also another charming read. Enjoy!! :)

      Thanks for visiting.

      Delete
  22. I haven't read any of these, but I've heard great things about PS I Like You!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. 'P.S.' is DARLING, Tracy! Thanks for visiting. :)

      Delete
  23. One of these days I've got to read a Kasie West book. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

    ReplyDelete

Have a thought? Don't be shy, go ahead and leave one... or two... or three! I reply to every comment. If you're new to the blog, please don't hesitate to introduce yourself and your blog - we love chatting around here!

Feedback and every comment is appreciated and read - I always leave a response; your opinions are respected and I ask that you show mine the same courtesy.

(If you post under “anonymous,” please leave a name. If you don't have a Google account, you can type your name into the Name/URL and if you have no site, just leave "URL" blank.)

If you are still reading my ramblings, thank you for following this little blog and for being one of its supporters. I’ve enjoyed getting to know each of you, friends!

Latest Instagrams

© Finding Wonderland. Design by FCD.