My Fave Reads of 2018

Posted January 1, 2019 by meezcarrie in Best Books 2018, Christian / 26 Comments

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! What a year it’s been – full of highs and lows and everything in between. There have been so many great books out this year, and 2019 promises to be even better. Sadly, with starting JustRead and Hope By the Book, I haven’t had time to read as much as I wanted to – only 235 books as opposed to 345 in 2017. SO MANY BOOKS that I wasn’t able to get to in 2018, but the ones I did read were awesome!

Here are some of my very fave reads from this year – not all were released in 2018, though; some were tagalongs from 2017 that I hadn’t read yet. (The covers are either linked directly to my reviews of these books OR to Amazon (using my affiliate link)














Return of the Blackwell Brothers by various authors (5 books)

Rocky Mountain Cowboys by Karen Rock (4 books so far)

Gold Country Cowboys by Dana Mentink (4 books)

Kappy King Mysteries by Amy Lillard (3 books so far)

Lavender Tides series (3 books)


What about you? What were some of your fave reads of 2018? Did you meet your reading challenge goals?

Speaking of reading challenges….

we’d love for you to join us at Hope By the Book for our very first reading challenge!


26 responses to “My Fave Reads of 2018

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    Love your choices. I like how you did it by genres. I had a Baker’s Dozen because there are sooooo many good books out there. Can I guess that historical is your favorite? Mine, too. I see a couple I own that I just didn’t get to. My resolution for this year is: read more!

  2. Marilyn

    I read a lot of Christmas books. “Christmas At Carnton” by Tamera Alexander was a great one. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. “Listening Valley” by D.E. Stevenson, mysteries “Christmas At Provence” by Mary Jane Deeb, “The Twelve Clues Of Christmas” by Rhys Bowen. Another Christmas book,”Jane Austen’s Christmas”.One ofmy favorite reads was “Galway Bay” by Mary Pat Kelly.For history books, I read “Legends and Lies” “The Civil War” by Bill O’Reilly. I read a children’s series “Ballet School by Emma Costello. I better end this because it is running on. Carrie, I just subscribed to “Hope By The Book”. I am looking forward to my first issue. Carrie wishing you and yours a blessed,healthy and happy 2019.

  3. It’s probably a little bit of a disappointment that you didn’t read as many books this year, but it’s not about the #. I remind myself that all of the time. As long as you’re loving the books you’re reading, you’re accomplishing what you should. Congrats on a great year and some fun books!

  4. Ellie

    I was two books short of my goal. I discovered Elizabeth Maddrey’s Peacock Hill series in 2018 those books were some of my favorites.

  5. Megan

    My TOP 2 PICKS of 2018:
    The Sea Before Us
    (Sunrise at Normandy series, Book #1)
    by Sarah Sundin

    Love on the Range
    (Looking Glass series, prequel)
    by Rebecca Nightsong

    I don’t believe in setting book number goals. I just read for the pure fun of reading!
    But on Goodreads – I think I got it straightened out – I wound up with a total of 21 books …
    20 of them were CF;
    one was a non-CF crime drama (happened to be written by distant cousin of mine!)

    I did write down books that I could read
    for the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction 2019 Reading Challenge, though….
    one of the books on my list you had above:
    Misty Beller’s Heart of the Mountain series

  6. Andi

    Great list, Carrie! I’m looking forward to more bookish fun with you.
    Happy New Year, sweet friend!

  7. Winnie Thomas

    Can I just use your list? I haven’t tried to list mine yet, but it would be very similar. There are a few there that I haven’t gotten to yet, though. I had a goal of 75 books and read 102.

  8. Carrie Turansky

    Lovely List! Honored to see Across the Blue listed and so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for all you do to spread the word about books you’ve enjoyed. Blessings to you this New Year!

  9. Rebecca Maney

    I love these lists and I see some of my favorite books and authors getting well deserved attention! I met and exceeded my reading goals in terms of quantity, but I left so many pages un-turned. I can’t keep up!

  10. Gloria

    Good list. I have read some of them and some are on my TBR list. I surpassed my Goodreads list and am happy about that. I hope that I can meet my challenge this year.

  11. What a great list of books, Carrie. You’ve out-read me by far this year! I’m so glad you enjoyed Until We Find Home and that it found a place among your favorite reads this year.

    Many thanks, Carrie, for your great encouragement, and God’s blessings for the new year!

  12. Carolyn Miller

    Yay!! So happy to see Miss Serena’s Secret made your list – thanks, Carrie! Xx Happy reading!

  13. Thank you, Carrie!!! I’m looking forward to one of these, in particular, which is on my shelf and I wasn’t especially excited about before! Great list, as always!

  14. Carrie, Carrie, Carrie! I actually squealed when I saw this. I’m a dork like that. 🙂 But I just can’t tell you what it means to me to know you enjoyed The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck. Seriously. Thanks, gal! And thank you SO MUCH for all you do for Christian Fiction. You’re a gem and we’d be lost without you!

  15. I’m so far being, and I’m just now seeing this! Gasp! Thanks, lady. Also, wow. You’re reading superpower continues to stun me! Thank you for all you do for CF. You make the world better! 😉

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