Best YA Books I Read in 2018
How I Made My 2018 List
This year I was able to complete a total of 60 books for my Goodreads Challenge.
Keeping that in mind, I was able to narrow down to a total of ten books that I believe were the best books I've read this year. I picked my top five young adult fiction and and my top five manga for the year of 2018.
Top YA Books I Read in 2018
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Book 1 in the Infernal Devices book series
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices Trilogy: a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times-bestselling Mortal Instruments Series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London's dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters, including Will and Jem, who are the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease. The government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the "Cure". While living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine; Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn't about to make the same mistake.
Unfortunately, with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the "Wilds" who lives under the government's radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real. She's prone to disappearing on mysterious errands. She speaks many languages—not all of them human. And her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
It's 1895. After the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she's been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence's most powerful girls and their foray into the spiritual world lead to?
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Every story needs a hero. Every story needs a villain. Every story needs a secret.
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl with wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened?
Someone is lying.
Top Graphic Novels I Read in 2018
Orange by Ichigo Takano
On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years into the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank; but as the letter's predictions come true one-by-one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?
The Water Dragon's Bride by Rei Toma
The Water Dragon's Bride. A modern-day girl gets whisked away to a strange land where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she meets a water dragon god!
A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima
Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can't hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target. Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children's cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?
Arisa by Natsumi Ando
Tsubasa thinks that her pretty and popular twin sister Arisa has the perfect life. Everyone at school loves Arisa—unlike the hot-tempered Tsubasa, whose nickname is "the Demon Princess". But when Arisa attempts suicide, Tsubasa learns that her seemingly perfect sister has been keeping some dark secrets. Now Tsubasa is going undercover at school, disguised as Arisa, in search of the truth. Will Arisa's secrets shatter Tsubasa's life, too?
Say I Love You by Kanae Hazuki
Mei Tachibana has spent her 16 years of life without making friends or getting a boyfriend. One day, she injures a popular boy in school Yamato Kurosawa because of a misunderstanding. For some reason, it seems that he takes a liking to her and one-sidedly claims that they're friends. Furthermore, he not only protects Mei from a stalker, he does it with a kiss?!!
What Do You Think?
Leave a comment about which of these books you also read in 2018, or which of these books you plan on adding to your 2019 TBR (to-be-read) list.