As we come to the end of 2018, it’s finally time to whittle down all of the books I’ve read this year and to try and make a top ten list. The problem? I’ve read 96 books this year, and gave 47 of those a 5 star rating. OK, this probably suggests that I over rate books, but it also shows just how many books I’ve loved this year. I love to look back at the books I have read and choose favourites, and more so than any other year, January felt like a long time ago and I almost forgot some of the earlier reads were actually this year.
It was almost impossible to narrow down the list, but by removing the comics/graphic novel bind ups, and having a Top 11 instead of a Top ten, I think I have managed! I’ve listed them in chronological order, so without further ado, here are my top books of 2018:
1. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Lauren James (review)
I was given this last year by my TBTB Secret Santa Jenn as it was her book of 2017. I loved it, I found it unpredictable and genuinely felt like the twists and turns were spectacular.
2. Ragdoll Daniel Cole (review)
I love a thriller and a murder mystery, and this felt like it somewhat broke the mould this year. It was fresh and stayed with me, and I really loved it.
3. The Watchmaker of Filigre Street Natasha Pulley (review)
I didn’t think this would be up my street but the complex narrative and the ingenious management of the time bending elements was flawless and unlike anything I have ever read.
4. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Mackenzi Lee (review)
I love adventures and breaking the mould. I love travelling and will they won’t they romances. It was really special and the characters were so enjoyable that I wanted to re-read almost immediately.
5. Vicious V E Schwab (review)
I mean, what’s not to love about this flash-back using, frenemy story about ExtraOrdinary people, how they gain their abilities, and whether they use them for good or for evil.
6. Rivers of London Ben Aaronovitch (review)
I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book, and wasn’t sure I knew what as going on even when I was reading it, but found out weird in the best way and really humorous.
7. Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi (review)
Brilliant world building, great character development, and a completely new way of telling a fantasy story. I felt like I was learning as well as reading and that is a rarely seen quality in such books.
Dystopian, especially YA dystopian, is a saturated market, one that V E Schwab has done well to stand out in. It had everything that the genre is known for yet strayed away from feeling pedestrian or boring.
Quite simply special. It was new, it was entertaining, it was fantasy done well. It crossed the boundary between the normal and abnormal flawlessly and it was the right balance of show vs tell in a middle grade novel that stopped it to feeling patronising whilst retaining the magic of children’s story telling.
I read this solely because I loved the first book so much and found that this had everything I loved from the first with a dash of feminism and a great character that doesn’t seek romantic relationships.
A powerful girl working and slaying in a man’s world. I love pirates at the best of times and this is a brilliant female pirate story about abilities and adventure and all of the best bits of piracy.
Bonus: Series – Saga Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples/Steel Prince V E Schwab, Enrica Angiolini, Andrea Olimpieri
I read over 10 of these this year, and rated them all 5 stars, so they definitely deserved to be here. It has been nice to pursue reading a new comic/graphic novel series and I’ve been lucky enough to discover 2 this year. While completely different, they’re both artistically amazing and have brilliant characters.
Favourite book of 2018: City of Ghosts V E Schwab
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
What is your favourite book of 2018?
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2019?