2018 has come and gone, and according to my Goodreads profile I have read 103 books in 2018! I finally made it past 100 in one year, and I’m delighted with that, not sure if I will aim for the same again next year, but lets see.
With that, it’s time to post my Top Books for 2018! Having read so many I am finding it difficult to choose which books to leave on and leave off, but I think the top 10 I have gone with is a fair reflection of my year in books. I have left off a couple of novellas and short story collections that may otherwise have made it, and gone with novels instead.
Without further ado, here is my top 10 (not really in order except for the Top 3)
10.Problems by Jade Sharma
As I said in my review a few months back “This book should come with a warning. First of all, you may burst out laughing while on public transport/in the office/waiting for the doctor, and that generally results in strange looks of befuddlement from the general public (I can thank personal experience, and the experience of others for this tip). Also, it is not exactly the type of book you might want your boss/parent/doctor reading over your shoulder come lunch time (this didn’t happen… thank god) due to the graphic eh …. “expressions of love”.”
9. Chalk Man – C.J. Tudor
I said during my review of this book that it was in contention for book of the year, and it romped into the top ten.
“This book is creepy. This book is at times, gruesome. It will freak you out at times, and if these are things you like, then you are in for an absolute romper of a novel.”
The Chalk Man is a brilliant read, and I’m very much looking forward to the authors next book, The Taking of Annie Thorn
8. The Darkness – Ragnar Jónasson
There’s no surprise that Ragnar Jónasson is on the list, he’s fast becoming one of my favourite authors, and I can’t wait to continue the “Hilda” series next year.
“Once again Ragnar Jónasson has written a cracker of a book. The descriptions of Iceland with it’s snowy and mountainous landscape were once again mesmerising, and left me looking up trips to Iceland online (while at the same time wondering if I would die from hypothermia).”
7. The Dead Girls – Derek Flynn
What? You haven’t read Derek Flynn’s books? Don’t be silly!! Get on it NOW. The Dead Girls is the second book in this series and thoroughly deserving of your attention.
“With this follow-up book Derek continues his series in spectacular fashion. Our protagonist, John Ryan, remains a character I love to hate. I said it in the review of “Broken Falls” and I’ll say it again. He’s a bastard. But he’s a bastard with a heart of gold…. albeit it’s also drowned in whiskey and beer. This is not to say there has been no growth, as we can definitely see a more pronounced inner struggle, and a want for change in him throughout the book.”
6. I Still Dream – James Smythe
A spectacular look at what the future may hold in this social media and technology obsessed world of ours. Highly recommend this to all, even non sci-fi fans.
“really enjoyed how the story was told here and thought that it was paced brilliantly. The current cultural nods mixed with the references to past pop culture sets the tone from the outset (Laura names her AI after lyrics in her favourite Kate Bush song!). The overall story of Laura, Organon, and Co. really drew me in and kept me reading until the early hours. I do feel that there’s something here for everyone, and especially today in our social media obsessed world (he says while posting this on Twitter and FB) gives us the chance to look at our own usage of technology.”
5. Skin Deep – Liz Nugent
It would be hard to get through a “Best of The Year” book list without mentioning Liz Nugent. She is one of my favourite authors in the genre and Skin Deep is a fantastic read.
“This is a dark psychological thriller with many, frequently violent, themes running throughout. It is no surprise given Liz’s previous work that some of the scenes here are not for the faint hearted but the story here is executed perfectly.”
4. A Ladder to The Sky – John Boyne
As with Liz Nugent, when it comes to rounding off my year in books it seems I always have a John Boyne book in or around the best books of the year (he almost had 3 on this list but I decided to stick with one book per author). A fabulous writer, and this is a fantastic read. Weirdly, I don’t seem to have done a full review of this one during the year, but I highly recommend you read it.
3. Moonrise – Sarah Crossan
Right, down to business, the top 3.
This was the first book I read this year, and at the time I said it was going to take some beating to knock it from the top spot. Only just knocked into third place, this is a spectacular read.
“The style this book is presented in was quite different to the books I normally read, with very short chapters. However, it flows brilliantly. I couldn’t put this book down and read it in one sitting. With every page I felt closer to the main character who was undertaking this gut wrenching experience”
2. Good Samaritans – Will Carver
Just read it. Brilliant.
“Will Carver is back with a bang with his new book, Good Samaritans. A wonderfully dark, twisted and at times filthy novel (seriously, I didn’t dare bring it to work) that packed many punches, and had me coming back for more time and time again.
It’s rare to come across a book where almost every character is an open book, you see their flaws, their quirks, and their appetites. The story stems from Seth, whose inability to sleep has him phoning strangers into the night, just hoping to make a connection. It branches off from here networking all the characters together in spectacular fashion.”
BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018
RECORD OF A SPACEBORN FEW – BECKY CHAMBERS
While some bloggers and reviewers have been releasing their “top books” list for 2018 for a few weeks, I decided that I would wait until the very end of the year, just in case a book snuck in right at the end. This is that book.
I only read this a couple of weeks ago, and have been in the middle of a move (ugh) and Christmas (glug glug munch munch) so I have not had time to do a full review as of yet, but this book smashed to the top of the list.
This is a fantastic look at the future of humanity, especially given the recent news about how the planet is essentially screwed. The Wayfarers series has gone from strength to strength and this book may not just be the best book I’ve read this year, but in many years. A truly great storyline and cast of characters. I loved every page and highly recommend it.