I made my favorite books list, but while I was putting it together I kept thinking things like “that’s my new favorite romance” or “that was the best audiobook.” So here’s some of my arbitrary favorites of the year.
Favorite audiobook: Okay, so I listen to A LOT of audiobooks. I couldn’t (re: didn’t want to) pick just one. It’s tied between The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, with Sadie by Courtney Summers coming in as a close runner up.
Favorite anthology: All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell
Favorite graphic novel: Again, I didn’t want to pick one. It would be between The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, the Zita the Spacegirl series by Ben Hatke, and Sunstone by Stjepan Šejić
Favorite Seanan McGuire novel: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. I just loved this book a lot. I recently downloaded some of her Mira Grant books and I can’t wait to dive into them in 2019.
Favorite first book in a series: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, closely followed by The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Favorite conclusion of a series: Tied between The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan and Obsidio by Amie Kaufmann and Jaye Kristoff
Favorite purple book: Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton. It feels like I’ve read a LOT of purple books this year, so it gets its own category. This is also one of my favorite covers of the year, and it’s just as gorgeous and atmospheric on the inside as it is on the outside.
Favorite horror book: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand. I don’t read a whole lot of horror but I’m starting to think I might enjoy some of it. HUGE CW for a tense anticipation/fear/atmosphere of sexual assault/murder through a bunch of this book. While I expected that to be a serious issue for me it wasn’t and I ended up loving the characters and the story and the overall tone.
Favorite new-to-me author: Anna-Marie McLemore. I’ve only read one of her books so far, but I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to read more of her works.
Favorite romance (possibly ever): The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I’ve now read this twice, once in November and once in December, and I can confidently say I love this book a whole lot. Stella is the absolute best.
New favorite book ever: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. It’s got all the things I love. It’s character-driven sci-fi that isn’t cisheteronormative and has several AI characters who aren’t the villains. I didn’t think anything would beat The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet for my favorite book of the year but through some miracle this did.
And that’s it! Have you read any of these? Do you have other favorites for these categories? Let me know in the comments.