In 2018 I read 257 books, and gave six of them five-star ratings. One of those was a re-read, the others were:
The Midnight Mayor: Or, the Inauguration of Matthew Swift by Kate Griffin (Matthew Swift #2)
Griffin’s lyrical prose and imaginative urban fantasy setting are captivating.
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Imperial Radch #1)
A really interesting look at distributed/replicated consciousness and its breakdown modes.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #2)
The Six of Crows duology is Bardugo’s follow-up to her very popular Grisha series, this time mainly set in magic!Holland instead of magic!Russia. It’s also much better, as it’s not needlessly drawn out and contains 0% Darkling.
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (Veronica Speedwell #3)
This Victorian mystery/adventure series just keeps getting better, with some interesting revelations about Stoker’s past, witty dialogue, and some period Egyptology.
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (Wayfarers #2)
While the first Wayfarers book focused on the relationships and personal stories of a few people caught up in the periphery of major galactic events, the second one eschews those distracting major events and more directly tackles issues of identity and personhood.