BEST READ OF 2018 (10/10)

As both an editor and a writer, I consider it part of my job to read, and I do it furiously. To date, I’ve read 136 books in 2018. I anticipate finishing the book I'm reading and then possibly adding one more before January hits. With that in mind, I know the one I'm reading won't make the list, so here are my top ten reads of 2018. Note: These aren't books written this year, just books I've read.

10. The Circuit Saga: Rhett C. Bruno
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This list wouldn't be complete without Rhett being on here. I could have put Web of Eyes, or Winds of War by him and Jaime Castle, but if you’re on this website, you know how awesome those are.

The Circuit was haunting in the best kind of way.

9. Hell Divers: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
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The covers alone will make you want to buy these books. They pulled me in and kept me there. They PERFECTLY represent the mood of the stories.

8. Patient Zero: Jonathan Maberry
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This is how you write a zombie novel. If you've never read this series I highly suggest it.

7. Free the Darkness: Kel Kade
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Want to read about an unstoppable, amazing character that makes you feel good about rooting for him? Here you go. Great characters and interactions. Really fun read. There's a reason it's sold a ton.

6. 14: Peter Clines
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I could have done a whole list with Peter Clines books but the others I read were last year. This, Paradox Bound and The Fold were equally incredible.

5. Columbus Day (Expeditionary Force #1): Craig Alanson
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This book could have been interchanged with any of the next four. They were all really close. I fell in love with the audio version of this with R.C. Bray as narrator. Its a unique and exciting story of colonization and first contact.

4. Hounded: Kevin Hearne
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After finishing all the Dresden Files books, I had no choice but to find something new. When I found out Luke Daniels, my favorite narrator, did a first person urban fantasy, I had no choice but to jump aboard and I wasn't at all disappointed.

3. Scythe: Neal Shusterman
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As a book cover artist, I buy books by the cover. This was one of those. It is a stunning cover and the writing is just as good. It's a great story, dystopian and bleak, but finely crafted characters and a great premise.

You can also get both this and the sequel which was also fantastic here.

2. Fevre Dream: George R.R. Martin 
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Caught me by surprise! I was writing a book that included a vampire character and I really wanted to get a feel for a good writer who'd done this before. Most of us know Martin from Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) but let me tell you, this book was amazing!

1. Make Me No Grave: Hayley Nicole Stone 
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This one was an absolute no brainer. I've read this book 3 times this year. First, when Aethon Books decided to sign it, then again when I edited it. Then I enjoyed every second of it on audio. It is poetic and gritty. It captures every ounce of the wild west and more.

You can also order a signed copy of Make Me No Grave here.