10 books I should’ve read in 2018 | #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about books we meant to read in 2018 but never got to. This topic seems like it was made especially for me as I am the absolute worst with to-read lists or TBRs. That’s why I chose to switch up my 2019 to-read list to monthly prompts. If you’re curious about that, you can read my post on my January 2019 Prompts. Anyway, here are 10 books I meant to read last year but didn’t.


Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
I really should have read this years ago, because Michael J. Sullivan is one of my favorite authors and I was anticipating this book’s release – which was in 2016. I’m terrible, I know… I swear I’ll read this in 2019!

Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) by Zen Cho
There are several reasons I should have read this in 2018. First, this sounds right up my alley as it’s a mix of historical fiction and fantasy. Second, Annemieke at A Dance with Books loves this book, and I trust her opinion. Third, I met Zen Cho and she was the nicest woman ever. Fourth, the sequel is about to be released!

Train Man by Hitori Nakano
I haven’t owned this book for that long so I don’t feel as guilty about not having read Train Man yet. However, this sounds like such a fun read and I did feature it on some TBR posts in 2018. I wanted to read this for my ‘read a book from every country’ project, as this is a Japanese novel. I say wanted because I’m currently reading a different Japanese book for said project. Will definitely still read this and count it as an extra though!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I should have read this in 2018 because of the hype. That’s it. Everyone raved about this book and put it on their favorite books of the year list. I’m scared I won’t love it as much as everyone else now!

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
I should have read this last year because I actually started reading this already. I picked it up during a readathon but immediately realized this was a quite slow read – one that requires quite a bit of time, and is thus not ideal for a reading marathon. I put it back down, then had to return it to the library. Although I do own a Kindle copy, I just haven’t continued yet.


The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller
I’m a huge fan of The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and Olive (abookolive) recommended this on her list of books that are similar to that one. I bought it solely for said reason, but haven’t read it yet. Although I did read a book with similar vibes to the Secret History last year! Maybe I’ll space them out and read one a year…

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell
I have heard nothing but amazing things about this memoir focused on the author’s 17 near-death experiences. I’ve had the ebook for months at this point, and still haven’t read it. I’ve even lent it from the library last year and had to return it without having read the book. Seriously, Jolien, get your life together.

The Last Wish (The Witcher #1) by Adrzej Sapkowski
I can’t bear to repeat myself one more time. I’ve never played The Witcher games, and I kind of want to get into the world through the books first. READ THIS SO YOU CAN PLAY THE GAME, JOLIEN.

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
One of my most anticipated releases of 2018. Who is surprised that I still haven’t read it? Certainly not me, because I’m just not that up-to-date with life. I’ve only heard a few people talk about this book, but always in such a positive light. It appears to be a 5-star read for so many people, and I want to be added to that list.

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair
I have no idea why I’m so fascinated with the concept of this nonfiction book. It’s all about colors (obviously) and goes into the history and cultural aspects as well. I need to buy this book soon, because I have a feeling I’ll fall in love with it.

This list could honestly be endlessly long because I’m a mood reader and tend to procrastinate reading the books I actually should be reading. Have you read any of these books? Which books did you never get to in 2018?

34 thoughts on “10 books I should’ve read in 2018 | #TopTenTuesday

  1. Evelyn Hugo — definitely should have been on my list this week! I don’t know what my problem is, other than drowning in books. I love the author, and have heard such good things! Good luck with catching up on all these!


  2. Great list! I need to read Sorcerer to the Crown too because I’ve owned my copy for years now so it’s about time I crossed it off my TBR. I need to get to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo as well – I heard so many people sing its praises last year that I feel like I’m missing out! Although I did find it confusing that two of the most hyped books in 2018 were The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – clearly there was a thing for sevens and Evelyns in 2018!


  3. I’m with you for Darius the Great….oops. I have NO idea why I never got around to it, because it sounds so good and it’s glaring at me from my TBR. And the hype for Evelyn Hugo was immense!! It’s not usually my genre but I’m 100% keen to read it at some point still.😂Here’s my TTT for this week!


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