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Favorite Books of 2018! #amonthoffaves

Welcome to the final day of 2018’s #amonthoffaves! Today we’re looking over our favorite books of the year. While I only read 60 books in 2018, there were some big winners that will stick with me for a long, long time.

Super Favoritest Books of the Year

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand is the feminist badassery I’ve been looking for all year long. Three young girls discover they have primordial powers to destroy evil and they will do it their way.

Inspired by Rachel Held Evans is a book I’ve mentioned a gazillion times, so let’s make it a gazillion and one. If you’re a progressive Christian or interested in progressive Christianity and the Bible as literature, read this book now.

Best Audio:

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire is a poetry collection I ran across and listened to via Scribd. It is absolutely amazing. If you’re not into poetry, I urge you to listen to poetry. It’s meant to be read, y’all. It’s much more enjoyable to listen, and this collection is a heartbreaker.

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente is an absolutely beautiful little book. The language is intoxicating, the reader is stunning, and the whole Old West Snow White thing is fascinating.

Favorite New-to-Me Author:

Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith by Sarah Bessey is second only to Rachel Held Evans when it comes to my faith reading this year. Sarah Bessey is a glorious human, and reading through her struggles with faith and her wrestling with the Spirit was fantastic and touching. It made me laugh and ugly cry. It’s just everything I want in a faith-based memoir.

Funny as Hell: 

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish made me cackle! It’s REALLY personal, edgy, and fearless. This memoir tackles Haddish’s life growing up in South Central LA, her experiences with the foster care system, and what it’s like to become famous when you have a poor person’s mindset. She covers just about everything, and this book is, by turns, filthy and heartfelt.


Bird Box by Josh Malerman is a book I’m really glad I read before the Netflix movie hoo-hah. I picked this one up because it’s been recommended to me countless times. It’s terrifying in some of the most gut-wrenching ways for me as a mother. It was rough to read at times, but it ends on a hopeful and peaceful note.

Fave Middle Grade:

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh was a quick, and extremely enjoyable read. Oh is the found of We Need Diverse Books, in case you were interested, and this little novel kept me on the edge of my seat. It didn’t feel particularly young…just well-written and gripping.

Honorable Mention

Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal is a graphic novel I’ve wanted to read for YEARS. It’s a about Rutabaga (bet you couldn’t guess), and his adventures looking for new-to-him foods he can whip up into masterful concoctions. Set in a mythical, medieval’ish world, this one is nothing short of a delight.

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol is another graphic novel that I’ve mentioned several times this year, but it’s one of my favorite formats…a cute, quirky graphic memoir in the vein of Raina Telgemeier. Remember the beginning of The Parent Trap when the twins were at camp? It gave me those sorts of vibes with more international flavor.

That’s a wrap on 2018 reading, folks! Cheers to 2019, to another successful #amonthoffaves, and to YOU! Thank you for being here!

Finally, to Tanya, Kim, and Tamara, thank you for being the greatest #amonthoffaves cohosts ever and wonderful bookish friends!

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