Personal Book Awards 2018 | The Best Books of the Year!

Happy New Year, friends! I am very excited to unveil for you today my very first ever…

annual personal book awards!

I read so many great books this year, and I think this is going to be a super fun way to recap all of my favorites.

Personal Book Awards 2018 | The Best Books of the Year!

This post was partially inspired by the wonderful Alexandra @ Twirling Pages (I’ve linked her book awards video from last year) and I also got most of the categories from Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner. AND this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (run by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl) is about the best books of 2018, so basically, I’m killing it!

I did my best to choose one book per category and avoid repeats, but I did need to add some honorable mentions because I read so many good books!!

Note: covers are from Goodreads and link to the books’ respective Goodreads pages.

Take the Cake | Best Book

This Savage Song A Thousand Perfect Notes Sadie

Okay sorry, I know I just said I would try to avoid repeats, but this is as far as I could narrow it down. And there are SO many more amazing books I read, but I think these are the top three, in no particular order. (Also, can I just say that this accidental color coordination is pleasing me greatly.)

Honorable Mentions:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Asking For IT The Nowhere Girls Summer of Salt  Radio Silence

Hidden Gem | Best Underrated Book

The Way the Light Bends The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

I loved both of these books, and they both have fewer than 500 ratings on Goodreads. They deserve all the love!!

Gasp! | Biggest Surprise

At the Edge of the Universe

Going into At the Edge of the Universe, I had no idea what to expect (I grabbed a free e-book of it on a whim and didn’t know a whole lot about it), and let me tell you, it was weird. Good! But I was totally surprised by how unusual it was.

Kickoff | Best Series Starter

the gentleman's guide to vice and virtue_cover

I considered both Six of Crows and This Savage Song for best series starter, but since I already gave awards to both of those books, I decided to name The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for this one, which is hilarious and fun and highly recommended! (And I’m super excited to read the next book.)

Second is the Best | Best Sequel

Flashback Leah on the Offbeat

Gosh, I enjoyed reading both of these books SO MUCH. I guess Leah on the Offbeat is more of a companion novel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda than a sequel, but I had to include it.

Finale | Best Series Ender

The Penderwicks at Last Always and Forever, Lara Jean

I’m so sad that these series are over. I loved both of these finales though! (Especially the ending of The Penderwicks at Last.) And I even think Always and Forever, Lara Jean might be my favorite book in the trilogy!

Backlist | Best Book Published 5+ Years Ago

(I got the idea for this category and a few others from the wonderful Cait, and her fantastic recap post!!)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, published in 1999, for the first time this year, and I thought it was very good, and still relatable to teenagers now despite having been written 20 years ago.

Premiere | Best Book from a Debut Author

The Poet X

The Poet X is Elizabeth Acevedo’s gorgeous debut novel. I HIGHLY recommend listening to the audiobook version, which is narrated by the author and is abslutely stunning.

Making Friends | Best New Author Discovered

Alice Oseman

I first discovered Alice Oseman through her webcomic (and soon-to-be-published graphic novel), and I am so so glad that I did. She is an amazing writer and artist, and I can’t wait to read the rest of her works!

Honorable Mentions:

Becky Albertalli & Tillie Walden

Old Pal | Best Book from an Author I’ve Read Previously

Turtles All the Way Down

I’ve had varying success with John Green novels in the past, but Turtles All the Way Down (along with The Fault in Our Stars) is definitely one of my favorites of his books.

Idol | Most-Read Author

Alice Oseman
Becky Albertalli
G. Willow Wilson
J.K. Rowling

Something strange that I discovered while trying to figure out which author to pick for this category is that I didn’t read a lot of books from the same authors. Out of the 100 books I read in 2018, there are only four authors from whom I read more than two books. (I read three books written by each of these authors.)

Trying Something New | Best Out-of-Comfort-Zone Book

a tree grows in brooklyn_cover

I’m not usually big on classics, but my mom recommended this to me (it was one of her childhood favorites!) and I really enjoyed it. It was kinda sad, but really good. (And I loved all the bookworm appreciation!)

All Done Up | Best Cover

Kids Like Us

This one was difficult to choose because there are SO many absolutely exquisite book covers to pick from, but I think the design for Hilary Reyl’s Kids Like Us is probably my favorite. (It’s a sweet book on the inside too!)

Honorable Mentions:

When Dimple Met Rishi A Study in Charlotte Saints and Misfits Starfish Swing

Long Overdue | Best Book that Should’ve Been Read Ages Ago

Six of Crows The Westing Game

The books I went with for this award are Six of Crows, because it’s like the most hyped book in the YA universe, and The Westing Game, because I’ve been meaning to read it since I was in fifth grade.

All Smiles | Best Book That Was Fun & Happy


I will never stop screaming about how amazing Heartstopper is because it’s the most adorable, wholesome graphic novel ever and reading it just makes me smile. (You can read the webcomic for free here.)

Grab the Tissues | Most Tear-Inducing Book

A Thousand Perfect Notes

Dude, I probably sobbed in the bathroom for a good ten minutes after finishing this book before I was able to collect myself, no joke.

Honorable Mentions:

Always and Forever, Lara Jean The Way the Light Bends When Dimple Met Rishi

Oh, the Places You’ll Go | Best Setting or World-Building

Everything Leads to You

Honorable Mentions:

The Disasters The Gilded Wolves On a Sunbeam

Front and Center | Best Protagonist

When Dimple Met Rishi

I definitely have to go with Dimple for this one. She’s so smart and human and I love her. (Also Rishi! But Dimple is my favorite.)

Sidekick | Best Minor Character

Darius the Great is Not Okay Always and Forever, Lara Jean the gentleman's guide to vice and virtue_cover

My three picks for best minor character are Sohrab from Darius the Great Is Not Okay, who is so sweet and just the nicest person, Kitty from Always and Forever, Lara Jean, who is so funny and iconic, and Felicity from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, who is the most badass younger sister character.

Soulmate | Most Relatable Character

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Lara Jean!! We’re both artsy and kinda awkward and have siblings and like planning things, so she was super relatable for me.

OTP | Best Ship

Flashback Heartstopper

I loved Fitzphie in the most recent Keeper of the Lost Cities book, but Nick & Charlie are also absolutely adorable, and I had to include Jesper & Wylan and Vi & Cece as honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions:

Six of Crows The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

Friends Forever | Best Platonic Relationship

Radio Silence

Frances and Aled win best friendship! They’re so cute and I love how totally platonic their relationship is.

We’re All in This Together | Best Group Cast

Six of Crows The Gilded Wolves The Disasters

There are so many good choices for this award! I loved the found family vibes in all three of these books.

Let's Chat

Do you agree with my choices? What books would you choose for these awards? Do you have any bookish goals for the coming year?

(Also, side note, you can look at my 2018 reading challenge on Goodreads for a more comprehensive list of books I read this year.)

♥ Annie

Personal Book Awards 2018 | The Best Books of the Year!

11 thoughts on “Personal Book Awards 2018 | The Best Books of the Year!

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  2. This post is amazing, Annie! I just love reading posts where bloggers talk about all their favorite books.🤗I also loved ATPN, Simon Vs., and Summer of Salt- I think a lot of the others you mentioned are on my TBR, though. And YES The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls is sadly underappreciated? But thankfully I discovered it from your blog a while back and now it’s one of my favorite reads of the year. Oh, and I also think Always and Forever was my favorite book in the whole Lara Jean series, but I need to reread soon just to check. XD AND DIMPLE! (Although I think I liked Rishi better? I don’t know they were both adorable.) AND SOHRAB. As you could tell by all my screaming, I loved this post a lot. Happy new year!

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    1. Thank you so much Olivia!! Ahh they are all so good. I know, I wish more people talked about The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls! It makes me so so happy that you read it because of me 🙂 I’m so glad you loved it too! Aw Dimple and Rishi are both so adorable. Thanks again Olivia, and happy new year!! ❤ ❤

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