An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Favorite Books I've Read In 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Favorite Books I've Read In 2018

We're about to close out the first quarter of 2018, and I'm sharing the best books I've read so far this year

You know that weird phenomenon (that might be a strong word for it) that happens when you start to do something, or buy something, you notice everyone else is doing it or has bought it too? Like when I got my new car last spring, I had never noticed it on the road before. After I drove it off the lot, all I saw were Infiniti QX60's! They were everywhere. I think it's been proven (proven!) that it's more of you being aware of said thing, and not that more people are actually buying or doing it, and you being aware of it makes you notice it more... But anyway, one of my goals for 2018 was to read at least a book a month, and I've proudly exceeded that goal! The only reason that makes me proud is that it means I'm putting my phone down more, and turning the TV off at night earlier to get some quality reading time in before bed, and I think we can all agree that's a great thing. I've rounded up my favorite books that I've read so far in 2018 in case you're looking for your next book to read. *affiliate links used*

quick reads, entertaining books, easy books to read, adult fiction

If you're like me, this title is totally off-putting. Which is why I picked it up to read the back in the first place. The concept of the book is FASCINATING. It's historical, and written as journal entries from a fictional historical figure. History went one way, and this book was written as if history had gone the other, from the perspective of the historical figure. I love anything American history, especially on Westward Expansion and the Frontier AND from a woman's perceptive. The writing is merely ok, but the concept was so intriguing to me I finished this one in about two weeks! If you love social history, this one is for you.

PS - I just learned there's a sequel to this, and I'm totally ordering it!

This is all about what happens when a dysfunctional family gets together to vacation. Every character is relatable, and every family member has some real struggle they're trying to get through, and the family itself has collective issues it needs to work on. If you want a relatable story that will make you feel like your own family isn't as crazy (or, isn't as abnormal, they're probably still crazy), this is a great, quick read!

Four words best describe this book: Nail biting page turner. I think I finished it in a weekend. The movie, if you've watched it, does NOT do the book justice! Not even remotely close. It's a murder mystery, and layers are revealed as memories come back to the alcoholic main character. I like how this story isn't linear, but rather told in circles as those hazy, booze induced memories come back to the main character, and as the character narrating the book changes and we get different perspectives from different people. I think I finished this one back in 2017 but it's so good, I had to put it on this list. And if you're just getting into reading as a hobby, START HERE. Because you'll polish this one off pronto and ignite your love for reading again.

My father-in-law gifted this to me for Christmas a year or two ago. Which is somewhat hysterical because there are several pornographic scenes, one of which is at the outset of the book! I'm sure he wasn't aware of that. Anyway, sex scenes aside, this is another great murder mystery. It wasn't as face paced as The Girl on the Train for me, but the plot twists kept the pages turning. Fair warning, if raunchy sex scenes make you uncomfortable, don't read this one! I was shocked at the first one I read, then just knew it was a part of the storytelling and got used to it.

This is the third book by Liane Moriarty I've read. Honestly, Big Little Lies was my favorite (and the HBO series, in my opinion, absolutely did the book justice - and the second season is coming out soon!). Her books all start out rather the same: With the revelation that something big has happened, suspense leading up to what that big thing is, and the drama that happens before and after said big thing. This book is no exception to her writing style and her book writing formula. It's well written, it's relatable, it's entertaining, and the suspense draws you in right away.

If you're looking for some entertaining reads, this is a great list of my favorite books I've read so far in 2018. I've got something for everyone on here: Family drama and recovery, historical heroines, sexy murder mysteries, drunken murder mysteries, and a a good general life and relationships mystery. Put one (or all!) of these on your "to read" list this year!


  1. Thanks for the book suggestions. I'm finally able to dedicate more time to reading, and am always on the lookout for new books to read.

  2. i LOVE book suggestions! I've read three of these but I cannot wait to try One Thousand White Woman!!

  3. Oooh some great recommendations on there. I will download them before our holiday in April. I am really enjoying 'Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine' at the moment - highly recommended too

  4. The Vacationers seems like something I would enjoy. I will check it out. I enjoy comedy a lot so this is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow! I was looking for some new books. I am just going to start at the top and work my way down the list.

  6. These all sound so good! Especially the first one. I'll have to add these to my list right away!

  7. I'll definitely try these out, though it will take much longer as my 10 month old tries to 'read' books and makes it difficult.

  8. ooh One Thousand White Women sounds super interesting. the title is off-putting for sure, but your review sold me. i quite liked the husband's secret because i read it first, i think? and then i read big little lies and adored it. i haven't seen the movie for the girl on the train yet, but i liked the book!

  9. I saw The Girl On The Train and it was mediocre at best. Usually much better to read the books.

  10. Okay I needed this post. I’ve been looking for a book to take my mind off things lately and I am adding all of these to my reading list.

  11. Great suggestions- I love book posts- i read two books this week and would highly recommend behind closed doors.

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