Best Books of 2018

best books of 2018

Hi everyone! This is such an exciting post, I’m sharing my favorite books of 2018! ūüéČ I didn’t make this list based on ratings, I just thought about the books that have stayed with me the most, the ones I still think about weeks or months after I read them. Here are my favorite books of this year:

the seven husbands of evelyn hugoThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What is this book about?: An old Hollywood movie star is giving an interview for the first time ever about her life story, including her relationships with her seven husbands.

Why I love it?: It is an amazing story about a morally gray character that unapologetically does terrible things in order to achieve what she wants in life, but she’s also fiercely loyal to those she loves. The main things I love about this is that it’s about a complex woman that’s neither good nor bad, and while reading the books it’s imposible not to fall in love with her. All the other characters are also complex and compelling and, because of that, there’s some very powerful relationships in this book. Also, I really liked that there’s discussions about gender and sexuality that are very well handled, Evelyn is a Cuban-American bisexual woman and there’s lesbian and gay rep in this book as well.

Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

What is this book about?: A West African inspired fantasy, about a girl that’s trying to bring magic back and fight against the king, with the help of some unexpected allies.

Why I love it? This is a captivating read, the world and magic system are so well crafted and it’s action packed. But my favorite thing about it are definitely the characters, Amari is a new all time favorite, her character development in this book is incredible. And Z√©lie and Iman are complex and intriguing. This book is angsty, dramatic and emotional and it basically gave me all the feels. (Review)


Mirage by Somaiya Daud

What is this book about?: A girl is taken in secret to the royal palace to be the body double for the cruel Princess, who is so hated by her conquered people that she requires someone to appear in public as her, ready to die in her place.

Why I love it? From this entire list, this is the book I keep thinking about even months after I read it. Mirage is a wonderfully written Moroccan inspired sci-fi story, with amazing characters and a rich setting, that provides a message about the importance of culture and traditions, especially for communities that have had a lot taken from them. I was absolutely captivated by the characters, especially Maram and Amani, they are so different but I loved the development of their relationship. Mariam is one of my new favorite characters. (Review)

Kingdom of Ash

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

What is this book about?: Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world.

Why I love it? This is such a great ending to the series, I cried so much while reading it, it broke my heart but it also made me happy. This is a lot more action packed than the other books in this series, but there is still so much character development. Also, both of the ships I had in this series have so many amazing moments together and that made me enjoy this book so much. Honestly, this is one of my favorite series of all times, even if I know it has its problems.

The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

What is this book about?: Jude and her two sisters were stolen away to live in Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, but many of the fey despise humans. As betrayal threatens the Courts of Faerie, Jude will need to risk her life to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Why I love it? I was in a fantasy slump for a long time and this was one of the only books that managed to make me feel consumed by a world and characters during that time. It managed to enthrall me and it made me feel inmersed in a world full of political intrigued, deceitful characters, unexpected turns and so much cruelty. I was so inmmersed in it that it kept me on the edge of my sit, I was so worried for all the characters throughout the book. Also, it gave me a new couple to root for, which always makes me enjoy a fantasy book more.

Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

What is this book about?: Seven years ago, a crew set off to film a ‚Äúmockumentary‚ÄĚ about mermaids and it was lost at sea. Now, a new crew has been assembled and for the scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Why I love it? This is a very complex and scientific look at mermaids and it’s as fascinating as it is scary. I’m not kidding, this is horror sci-fi, which I had never read, and I was so worried while making my way through it that I had an anxiety attack at one point. BUT it was still such an amazing book with a really unique concept and great execution. It kept me entertained, but also made me think a lot because it was very scientific but also because it dealt with a lot of ethic concerns. Also, I really enjoyed the fact that this had a very diverse and compelling cast of characters.

The Poet XThe Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

What is this book about?: Xiomara, a girl from a traditional latinx catholic family, loves writing poetry. When she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her family finding out.

Why I love it? This is a story told in verse, which allowed me to feel more connected to the main character’s thoughts and emotions. It’s a touching and powerful story, and it explores a Dominican-american girl‚Äôs struggle with inhabiting her body, a body that attracs attention and because of it, it‚Äôs unwillingly subjected to the male gaze; it also deals with growing up in a conservative latinx family that it‚Äôs extremely religious and that imposes faith and leaves no room for questions. It‚Äôs a book about trying to figure who you are in an enviroment that doesn‚Äôt leave much room to do so and it‚Äôs fantastic. I LOVED the way it explored all those topics.(full review)

we are okay

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

What is this book about?: Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. Now, months later, Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid.

Why I love it? This is a quiet book about grief and it’s so powerful. I loved the alternating timelines, in both of the timelines the main character goes through loneliness, hurt and grief in different ways. In the past, there’s this big reveal about what happened that it’s both unexpected and heartbreaking, and in the present, the book explores the hardships and awkwardness of second chances, of rebuilding relationships and trust. I cried reading this, which doesn’t happen often, it was just such a beautiful book.

the diviners series

The Diviners & Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

What is this book about?: The Diviners series is set in the 1920s and follows a group of people with different abilities that have to solve mysteries and face ghosts, curses and evil spirits.

Why I love it? This series helped me discovered my love for spooky books and it has become one of my favorite paranormal series of all time. This is an atmospheric series with a creepy vibe and some really scary scenes, which is something I loved. Also, both books have these mystery elements that make the stories really intriguing. The characters are captivating and so different from each other and I loved the way their stories intertwined.

What were your favorite books of the year? Have you read any of the books on this list? Did you enjoy them?

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Most Disappointing Books of 2018

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Hi everyone! Today I’m talking about some books that I was highly anticipating in 2018 and that ended up disappointing me because they didn’t live up to my expectations. These are not the worst books I read this year, I even really enjoyed one of them, but for one reason or another, I felt disappointed after finishing them.


Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren¬†

What is this books about?: Josh and Hazel are very different, but they end up becoming friends and setting each other up on a bunch of double blind dates that go really badly and leave them hanging out together.

Why is on this list?:¬†This was gonna be a 5 stars read, but then the last 50 pages happened and I was so dissapointed. For the most part, this was funny, sweet, entertatining, steamy, and the main couple was amazing, but the authors throwed a bunch of elements at the end that were not necessary and they had no time to tie all the strings together and it‚Äôs kind of a rush and messy ending.t This got 3,6 stars, it wasn’t a bad book but it was disappointing to think I had found a new favorite book just to have it fall apart because the ending sucked.

A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas 

What is this books about?: Feyre, Rhys, and their friends are busy rebuilding the Night Court, but some of them have wounds that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Why is on this list?: This book was absolutely unnecesary, most of it revolves around characters walking around Velaris and shopping for presents. Then there’s scenes that are simply fans’ wish fulfillment. Also, there was a really weird sex scene in this that left me confused and creep out. (Full review)


the witch

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace

What is this books about?: Poems that encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Why is on this list?: There are a few poems in this collection that I really liked, but most of them were  just ok for me. I do think Amanda Lovelace writes about some important topics, like body positivity, sexual assault and self-love, but I feel like the way these topics were explored in this collection became repetitive.  Also, the poems in this one didn’t evoke any emotion from me. (Review)

What books disappinted you in 2018? Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them? 

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Most Surprising Books of 2018

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Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about some books that I read this year and that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did!

the way you make me feel

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

What is the book about?: A teenager has to work in her father’s food truck with her nemesis as a punishment for a prank gone wrong and she starts to wonder if it’s time to take some things seriously.

Why is on this list?: I loved this book when I read it at the beginning of the year, but it made it to this list because even months later, I still smile every time I think about it and I wasn’t expecting to love it that much. I have mentioned it in so many posts throughout the year because it does a lot of things well, it made me fall in love with L.A., it made me hungry with its amazing food descriptions, and it gave me warm feelings with the cute romance, lovely female friendship and the wonderful father/daughter relationship. (Full review)

From Lukov with love

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata 

What is this book about?: Two figure skaters that hate each other team up to compete as a pair and end up falling in love.

Why is on this list?:¬†When I found out that this book was about figure skating I was really excited to read this because it’s one of my favorite sports, but then I heard that Mariana Zapata took the concept of slow burn romance a bit too seriously and that nothing happened between the characters for most of the book. Nonetheless, I decided to read it and I found the most beautiful enemies to friends to lovers relationship of all times. The main character, Jasmine, goes through so much character development and it’s amazing, and she and Ivan are perfect for each other. I usually don’t get crushes in fictional characters, but I have a huge crush on Ivan Lukov.

The hating game

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne 

What is this book about?: Two people that work together and hate each other compete for the same job as they act on their sexual tension.

Why is on this list?:¬†I had heard mixed things about this book before reading it, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. But I did! There were a few minor things that I had issue with, but I really enjoyed reading about Josh and Lucy’s relationship. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and this book did it so well. I really liked Josh as a love interest, he was surprising because when he is introduced in seems like he is one way, a bit of an asshole, but ends up being such a soft guy and I want to cry just thinking about it!

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal 

What is this book about?: A young woman teaches writing clases to a group of Punjabi widows and things take an unexpected turns when they start writing erotic stories in secret.

Why is on this list?: This book was so much more complex and intricate than I was expecting. There’s an amazing storyline about a community of women supporting each other, there’s a storyline about women not being ashamed of their sexuality, there’s a mystery involving the murder of a young woman, there’s a storyline about a radical group in a community and how people get tangled in it so easily. Honestly, this is a very thought provoking read and I think more people should give it a chance.

The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

What is this book about?: An autistic women hires an escort to teach her how to be in a relationship, but they end up developing feelings for each other.

Why is on this list?:¬†Another book with an amazing love interest. Michael is a soft boy and he’s so kind and wonderful and I really liked him. And then there’s the fact that Stella, the main character, ¬†has Asperger and the rep is #ownvoices and it was insightful and touching and it was my favorite thing about the book. Also, this was really steamy, like one of the steamiest books I read this year.


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2019 Bookish Goals

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Hi guys! I always feel like I’m more likely to stick to my goals if I share them, so here is a list of¬† my reading and blogging goals for 2019:


1. Read 52 books: This was my goal in 2018 and I ended up reading 141 books (so far!), but I had a lot of free time in 2018 and I’m pretty sure that’s not gonna be the case in 2019. BUT I still want to get to at least 52 books next year.

2. Read more Fantasy books than I did in 2018: Fantasy is my favorite genre, but I was in a slump for a long time when it came to reading it and I’m finally out of the slump, so I want to make sure I’ll read more fantasy in 2019. In 2018, I read 18 fantasy book, which means about 12% of my reading this year. I’m hoping in 2019 Fantasy represents at least 20% of my reading.

3. Keep reading diverse books: In 2018, about 45% of the books I read were diverse books. I’m hoping to increase that percentage by a lot next year.

4. Read more of my anticipated releases: I make a post each month for my most anticipated releases of 2018 that month and I want to make sure I read at least half of the books I include on those posts, since I failed so badly in reading my anticipated releases this year.

5. Read the books on my 2019 TBR and the 2018 releases I want to read in 2019: I made 2 lists, which I posted recently, with 10 books in each one that I wanted to read in 2019, so I’m hoping to read those 20 books.


1. Post at least 3 times a week: I have tried to do this the last few months and I have failed, but I want to keep trying. I have found, since I have posted every single day in December so far,than I can post more regulary and it’s a matter of organizing myself.

2. Do 9 Book Monday consistently: 9 Books Monday is a feature where I talk about 9 books that have positive representation of diverse experiences. I want to write more of those posts because I really like making them, but also because they are the ones getting views even months or years after I posted them, so I know they are useful to people.

3. Host Latinx Book Bingo: I hosted the Latinx Book Bingo with two of my friends in 2018 for the first time and it was so much fun and so many people participated and it was amazing to feel like we were helping highlight latinx books and authors. I can’t wait to organize it again in 2019.

4. Interact more with the bookish community: In 2018, I engaged so much more with bookish people on Twitter and I blog hopped more and found amazing blogs and friends and I just want to do those things even more in 2019

5. Write more discussion posts: I feel like you ahve to put more work into a discussion post (at least I do), so I always postpond it and don’t end up doing it and I want to change that in 2019. Especially because those posts are the ones that get the more comments and interaction (at least in my experience!).

What are some of your 2019 goals? Did you accomplish your 2018 goals? 

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2018 Releases I Want to Read in 2019

2018 releases i want to read in 2019

Hi everyone! Today, I want to talk about 10 books that were released in 2018 and that I didn’t manage to read, but that I still really want to get to. I did this at the beginning of 2018 as well, because every year there’s a few (or many!) books that are release and I’m highly anticipating, but I don’t get to read them for multiple reason. So, I like to make a list at the end of the year to remind myself of the main releases of that year that I still need to get to.

Without further ado, here are the 10 books:

Reign of the fallen

Reing of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I need more bisexual main characters in fantasy books, and this has one, so I’m reading it. I haven’t read a book especifically about necromancy, so I’m also intrigued by that. And I read Sarah Glenn Marsh’s debut and I really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.


The Astonishing Color of After


The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

This book is one of my 5 star predictions, this seems like a beautifully written, quiet book about grief and I LOVE that type of book. I have a feeling this may be a new favorite for me, so I can’t wait to read it!


Escaping from Houdini

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco 

I’m so nervous about this book, I was going to get to this as soon as it came out, but then I heard so many negative things about it and that made me doubt if I wanted to read it or not. But since then I have talked to some friends that already read it and I have decided to give it a chance, since this is one of my favorite series.


Nine Perfect Strangers


Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty 

The description of this book makes it sounds like an Agatha Christie novel and since I love those, I really want to read this one. I have only read one book by Moriarty and I really enjoyed it, so that also gives me hopes I’ll like this one!


Queen of Air and Darkness


Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I read Lord of Shadows in November and I after THAT ENDING I can’t wait to read the final book in the series. I didn’t manage to include this in my December tbr because I’m participating in 3 different readathons and it didn’t fit any of the challenges ūüė≠but I will read it SOON.




Sadie by Courtney Summers 

Everyone seems to love this one, so I put it on my 5 star predictions and I’m hoping I’ll love it too. I’m excited about the podcast element, because I LOVE true crime podcasts and I really liked the one book I have read that revolved around a podcast.




Vengeful by V.E. Shwab

Vicious was the first Victoria Shwab book I ever read and I really liked it, so I’m really curious about this sequel, especially because I have heard it focuses a lot more in female characters.



Beneath the Citadel 


Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

I don’t know of that many fantasy books with anxiety rep, so as soon as found out one of the main characters in this book has severe anxiety I knew I had to get my hands on it.  All my Goodreads friends that have read this have giving it 5 stars, which is really impresive!


Strange Grace


Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton 

I have been hearing everyone talk about this book and people seem to love it, so I want to know what all the hype is about. Also, the premise sounds creepy and it has me intriged and there’s a polyamorous relationship, which I have never read in any book, so I’m excited!


The Boneless Mercies


The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

I have heard mixed things about this book, which usually makes me loss interest in a book, but surprisingly, I’m still really intrigued by this and I’m hoping to get to it soon!



Is there any 2018 release that you didn’t manage to read but you’re hoping to read in 2019? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Which of this books should I read first?¬†

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10 Books I Want to Read in 2019

10 books I want to read in 2019

Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about 10 books I want to read in 2019 that are NOT 2018 releases. That post is coming soon! I did a post like this at the beginning of 2018¬† and it helped me remember some books that I really wanted to read, so I didn’t lose sight of them in the sea of new releases, and I’m hoping it will do the same this year!

A Study in Charlotte


A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: In this book, Sherlock and Watson were real people and their descendants find themeselve thrown together and solving crimes. That premise sound so COOL! I have been curious about this book since it came out like 2 years ago and so many people I trust love it, so I really need to get to it!


Mr. Mercedes


Mr Mercedes by Stephen King:¬†A retired cop haunted by an unsolved crime gets a letter from the culprit where he threatens a more diabolical attack and the cop has to prevent it.¬† I love stories where there’s a cop/ P.I./ Journalist trying to solve a mystery, so this is right up my alley.¬† Also, I really want to read a full novel written by King, I ahve only read short stories and his book about writing.


Sleeping Giants


Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel:¬†A little girl finds a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, she’s still looking for answers, now as a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team.¬†I have heard so many amazing things about this book and now that all the books in the series are out, I feel like it’s the perfect time because I can marathon it.


Bird Box


Bird Box by Josh Malerman: Something is out there and it must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. A family has to go in a terrifying journey to escape. I have gotten into scary/ spooky books in 2018 and someone recommended this, so I want to give it a chance. Also, the movie is coming out soon!


And I Darken


And I Darken by Kiersten White:¬†This a gender-swapped¬†version of Vlad the Impaler and I’m so here for it! The concept sounds intriguing and I have heard great things about the characters, I think I’m really going to like the main character, Lada. I just have a feeling I’ll love this.


Strange the Dreamer


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor:¬†Lazlo Strange is obsessed with the lost city of Weep, and then one day, someone starts to recruit people to help save this city and Lalzo does everything he can to be apart of that team. Most people I I know have given 5 stars to this book, so I put it in my 5 star predictions post and I’m hoping to love it as well!¬†¬†


Before the Devil Breaks You


Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray: This is the third book in The Diviners series, which it‚Äôs set in the 1920s and follows a group of people with different abilities that have to solve mysteries and face ghosts, curses and evil spirits. I have said this before, but the only reason I haven‚Äôt read this book is that we don‚Äôt¬† have a release date for the fourth book yet¬†ūüė≠¬†But I can’t wait anymore!


A Torch Against the Night


A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir: The Sequel to An Ember in Ashes a roman inspired fantasy about Laia, who is a slave, and Elias, who is a soldier. Neither is free and their destinies are intertwined. Another one I have been meaning to read for a long time (do you see the theme of this post?!)




Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Jane has been hired by the brooding, proud Rochester to care for his ward Ad√®le. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit and she falls in love. But what is he hiding?¬†Everyone seems to love this and I have been meaning to read it, but I have tried twice and I haven’t made it past page 30, so this is the last chance I’m giving this book.


The Divine Comedy


The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri:¬†This books describes Dante’s descent into Hell with Virgil as a guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and encounter with his dead love, Beatrice; and finally, his arrival in Heaven. I have been meaning to read this for the longest time but I felt intimidated. I’m participating in a book club at the beginning of 2019 and we are gonna read this one, so I’m finally getting to it!


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On Anticipated Releases & Why I (Often) Don’t Read Mine

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Hi everyone! I have been writing posts all this year with my most anticipated releases for each month, so I wanted to look at how many new releases I actually read in 2018 and I found some very disappointing things:

  • I put a total of 60 books on my posts of anticipated releases¬†for each month.
  • I read¬† 29 new releases in 2018 = 19 were on those lists and 11¬† were not.
  • The release date of 2 of the books on those lists were pushed to 2019.
  • 60 – 19 – 2= 39 books I did NOT read.
  • Of those 39, there’s 21 books I still want to read and 18 I’m no longer interested in.
  • At the time I’m writing this, I have read 140 books in 2018. Like I said, I read 29 new releases this year, which means 20% of the total amount I read.

So, I basically failed miserably. I didn’t read that many new releases and I only increased the number of new releases I read by 5 books in comparision with 2017, which sucks because I read like 50 books more in 2018.


I have been thinking about WHY I DON’T READ MY ANTICIPATED RELEASES??!!¬† and I have come up with some answers and I would love to know if these things happen to other people as well.

Fear of disappointment

I’m always nervous about not enjoying the books I’m highly anticipating, I’m scared of being disappointed and then my anxiety turns that fear into a huge deal and I end up not wanting to pick those books up.¬† This happens especially if I haven’t read any other books by that author or if the book deals with sensitive topics.

Loss of interest

This mainly happens when a book comes out and it receives mixed or negative reviews, because then I won’t want to read it anymore. Alos, there are a few cases in which I won’t be able to explain why but the premise of the book will stop sounding interesting to me. And lastly, there are times when I’ll find out the book deals with a topic or trope I don’t like or I don’t want to read about and so I’ll lose interest.

Mood reader

Unfortunately, this is the main reason I don’t read most of my ancticipated releases. Sometimes it’s as simple as I’m not in the mood for a books and if I force myself to read a it, I’m gonna end up not enjoying it.

There are so many books

I have about 400 unread ebooks and about 30 unread physical books. I have too many books and, as much as I love new realeases, backlists books deserve love too! There are so many books I want to read, SO MANY, but as every bookworm knows there’s just not enough time to read them all.


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