My Favorite Books from 2018


I have been off my blogging game because I’ve been trying to really focus on writing my novel. Let me just say it is much easier to read a book than to write one! ha! I am enjoying the process but somedays I find myself wondering, “Why did I decide to do this?” In honor of being back to blogging for the New Year I have my top book reads from 2018. If you have any new recommendations for me to read in 2019 please oh please send them my way! I really read any and all genres. Not to picky over here! So with out further delay here are some good reads for the New Year.


Historical Fiction: Where the Crawdads Sing  THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR! It is BEAUTIFULLY written story steeped in the rhythms and shadows of the coastal marshes of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Kya’s heartbreaking story shows her deep connection to the place where she makes her home, and to all of its creatures.

Memoir: Educated  “Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”  This story is fascinating, moving, and inspiring form start to finish as the writer tells you about her life in her own words.

Memoir: The Most Beautiful; My Life with Prince Mayte Garcia shares the deeply personal story of her relationship and marriage to music Icon Prince. It is uniquely intimate and candid about this famously private man. She honors him beautifully and you can feel her honesty in when she gives us a glimpse into some very personal matters in their lives together.

Biography: The Girl with 7 Names I couldn’t put this book down. It is the true story of one woman’s terrifying story to defect out of North Korea. Her exposure to a world outside of the totalitarian regime is incredible to glimpse. If you don’t know much about the present living conditions in Northern Korea than you’ll learn a lot.

Biography: The Sun Does Shine is the powerful telling of the author Anthony Ray Hinton’s wrongful court sentencing that lead to thirty years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.

Self Help: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants  We all think we know what happened when David took on Goliath: the little guy won. Gladwell thinks we all have it wrong, and opens his new book with a retelling of that story. This book continues showing story after experience of people who seem weak can turn out to be surprisingly strong.

Scientific: Deep: Freediving, Renegade science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up loving this book!  Journalist James Nestor seeks out the secrets of deep diving and shows you strange ocean phenomena after strange ocean phenomena. You really get a sense for how remarkable it is in the depths of the sea. Opening your eyes to the oceans creatures along with the potential with in ourselves.



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  • Sidnie Srader
    Posted at 15:51h, 07 February Reply

    A few books I recommend to anyone and everyone;
    Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
    Wonder – RJ Palacio
    Anne of Green Gables

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 14:42h, 08 February Reply

      I’ve done Big Magic and Anne of Green Gables bit I’ve never heard of Wonder!

  • Sandie Tillotson
    Posted at 17:11h, 07 February Reply

    Love all your suggestions M’Kenzie
    And .. have read all of them other then David and Goliath and that is now on my list.
    A few more suggestions
    Love, Lucy – autobiography of Lucille Ball
    The Only Woman in the Room – Marie Benedict
    Girl Wash Yoiur Face – Rachel Hollis
    The Witness Wore Red – Rebecca Musser

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 14:41h, 08 February Reply

      I have read your last two suggestions but not the first two! Added to my list! Thanks ❤️

  • Nancy Crevier
    Posted at 21:06h, 07 February Reply

    Thanks for the recommendations. I have added them to my reading list. You are the second blogger I follow to recommend the David and Goliath book. Looks like some great books.

  • Brady Daniels
    Posted at 06:43h, 08 February Reply

    “Where the crawdads sing” was definitely in my top three from this year as well, Soo good! if you haven’t read “sworn to silence”, you should add that one to your list, it was great too.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 14:41h, 08 February Reply

      OK I am adding this to my list!

  • Erica Womack
    Posted at 06:44h, 08 February Reply

    Love it! I need to check several of these out!!!

  • Sandra jolley
    Posted at 06:46h, 08 February Reply

    I love to read. Just don’t have time

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 14:40h, 08 February Reply

      Try out Audible! It is a game changer! I listened to some of these books myself

  • Olga Pekalska
    Posted at 00:39h, 09 February Reply

    Adding these to my list. Thanks.

    I wholeheartedly recommend Wonder (inspired by a true story), Becoming (Michelle Obama), The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jeniffer, anything by James Rollins.

    On my own list for this year I have A serial killer’s daughter by Kerri Rawson.

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