It’s Jen C’s turn and scrolling through her comments this year, I just realized she’s one of our resident “Reader Question” answerers. Is that even a word? Autocorrect didn’t give me a hassle so YAY!!! P.S. Thank you so much for all your help Jen!!
Yep! I just love JenC’s book enthusiasm, her frequent recommendations and that she’s great at “guess-the book”.
And now… these are her absolute favorites of the year!!
I had a bit of a slow reading year this year. Had hoped to finish strong but ended up adopting a puppy who has kept me super busy!
My goal for 2018 was to be brave and read more of the “angsty” books I’d been avoiding in favour of a whole heap of romantic comedies. I still read a whole bunch of romcoms (and LOVE them) but I also tackled some books I’d been too bawk bawk to start (Atheists Who Kneel and Pray, I’m looking at you).
So my top 10 for 2018 is as follows!
1. Verity by Colleen Hoover <— I have no words for this one and only JUST finished it. This book came as a total surprise for me – I devoured it and absolutely LOVED it. I love CoHo branching out into something new!
2. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray: a romance novel by Tarryn Fisher <— Since finishing this one, I’ve been asking myself why I waited so long to start it. I’ve been a diehard Fisher fan since the very beginning. Absolutely fell in love with this one – the characters, the setting(s) and how it helped me reassess parts of my life.
3. Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas <— Ms Douglas could rewrite the phonebook and I’d not only read it but it would likely make my top 10 list haha.
JenC: Loved the book as well – just enough of everything – angst, drama, light moments, taboo etc! I’m really looking forward to Motel after that introduction to Danni!
4. The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre <— Another one I was too scared to read in 2017! Such beautiful writing and such an incredibly clever, creative plot. I was absolutely in awe after finishing this book.
5. Act Like It: A Slow-Burn Romance (London Celebrities Book 1) by Lucy Parker <— An oldie but (turned out to be such) a goodie. I remember when I finished I thought it was such a refreshing read with witty banter, dynamic characters and a thoroughly engaging plot.
JenC: Oh gosh, Act Like It was just what I needed! I did finish it last night and I’m still all caught up in it. Not what I was expecting at all. Such a refreshing read. …So good. The banter!
6. The Beau & the Belle by R.S. Grey <— I’ve enjoyed all of Rachels books in 2018 (Hotshot Doc is an honourable mention – TB&TB came out on top because of my lawyer obsession!) but this one stood out for me because of the perfect combination of sweet, humour, and slow burn mixed with a little angst/forbidden-y beginning.
JenC: I absolutely ADORED The Beau & the Belle. Such a lovely, well paced novel. Had me reminiscing about my teenage years, laughing at the pop culture references and swooning over the male lead. I love how Rachel can write romcoms without a single cringeworthy moment.
JenC: Hotshot Doc – it was just what I needed. Sweet, swoony, witty, a bit of angst and kind of like reading Grey’s Anatomy in book form! Loved it and highly recommend when you need something easy to read.
7. I’ll Be the One by Hazel James <— This one stayed with me for weeks after I finished. I was a blubbering mess when I was reading it and it had me tearing up for weeks later when I thought about it. My unexpected find for 2018 (even though the book was published in 2016).
8. When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann <— Another one I waited a while to read and adored once I finally did. One word. Bittersweet.
JenC: Jewel E Ann! I have been reading a few of her older books recently like Scarlet Stone (need. to. read. them. all.) and they are also really good!
9. Jock Rule (Jock Hard Book 2) by Sara Ney <— Sara Ney is totally my new go-to for college sports romance. I adored Kip and Teddy and all the swoony, sweet feels of this book.
10. That Guy by Kim Jones <— I was in fits of laughter reading this one. Such a good romcom and so quirky!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and happy new year! We’ve only got about 2 hours of 2018 left in New Zealand now and, thanks to my pup who I’m hoping won’t be terrified of the fireworks which will start soon, I’m tucked up in bed about to start a new book. I can’t think of a better way to start 2019!
Thank you so much for this, Jen C!!! 😀 It was a fantastic Holiday season this year, and I’m curious how your puppy handled the fireworks? I have one that is not a fan AT ALL.
Like Jen C’s book-taste? Check out more of her favorites:
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- Reader Favorites – Jen C’s 2016 Top 10!
- Reader Favorites – Jen C’s Top Ten Books of 2017
- Reader Favorites – Jen C’s Top Ten Books of 2018 List
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