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Everything I read in 2018, ranked.

Everything I read in 2018, ranked

As the daughter of a librarian, I am a proud reader of fiction, memoir, poetry, non-fiction, YA and children’s books. In 2018, I read more than I have any other year. In total, I read 74 books! I love seeing what other people have been reading, so I wanted to share my favorites of the year with you. 

I chose to break this list into two categories (fiction and non-fiction), and rank them in order of my favorites, to my least favorites. Hard task, I know! To keep it shorter, I am not listing a description of each book, but Goodreads is a great resource to learn more about each book listed in this post. In addition, I included links to additional reviews I have written for a selection of the books. 

Keep reading for a list of 53 of the books I read in 2018, ranked! 



  1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  2. The Mothers
  3. Stay With Me
  4. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
  5. The Last Mrs. Parrish
  6. Sing, Unburied, Sing
  7. Where’d you go, Bernadette? 
  8. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie 
  9. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore
  10. Into the Water
  11. Today Will Be Different
  12. The Kitchen House
  13. Annihilation 
  14. History of Wolves
  15. The Hate U Give
  16. The Rosie Project 
  17. Modern Lovers
  18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
  19. Everything, Everything 
  20. Faithful 
  21. A Spark Of Light
  22. Little Fires Everywhere
  23. Exit West
  24. The Ostrich and Other Things 
  25. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
  26. They Both Die At The End 
  27. Turtles All The Way Down
  28. A Christmas Carol
  29. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
  30. The Old Man and the Sea
  31. The Catcher in the Rye



  1. We Should All Be Feminists 
  2. Imagine: How Creativity Works
  3. Daring Greatly 
  4. Rework 
  5. Chasing Slow
  6. Your Best Year Ever 
  7. The Simplified Life
  8. Look Both Ways
  9. Dear Ijeawele, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions 
  10. Creative Confidence 
  11. Barracoon 
  12. O’s Little Guide to the Big Questions 
  13. Make Good Art
  14. It’s Beautiful Here
  15. The Last Lecture 
  16. Tuesday’s with Morrie
  17. Man’s Search For Meaning 
  18. The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up
  19. Dear Madam President 
  20. Make Your Bed
  21. A Short Guide to a Long Life
  22. Things Are What You Make Of Them 


There you have it! On each list, I would say 1-10 are must-reads and the rest you could give a shot….or not. For 2019, I am two books in: Becoming (Michelle Obama) and Wild (Cheryl Strayed). Looking forward to another great year of reading. Share your favorites of 2018 with us below! *Photo by Fabiola Peñalba on Unsplash*


  • January 17, 2019

    Karen J Gran

    Mother, like daughter, we both love to read. My favorite non-fiction for the year were I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel and The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. My favorite fiction for the year were Saving Beck by Courtney Cole and Mrs. Mike by Benedict/Nancy Freedman.

  • January 17, 2019


    This is quite a list! I’m also currently reading Becoming.

  • January 18, 2019


    Love that you did this, Courtney! So ambitious and I’m saving it for future reference and sharing with my book club.

  • January 18, 2019


    I have read a few of these just this passed year as well! And of course the rest are now added to my TBR pile. Which is ever growing. Great list!

  • January 18, 2019

    Kelsey Mlodozyniec

    I’m totally going to reference this list as I pick up some new books this year! This year I loved Educated by Tara Westover.

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