Hello! I’m sneaking in a little blog post before the end of the year (although I will have a December Round Up on the 31st), with 10 books that I loved in 2018. I have already rounded up my Top 5 books of the year (you can see those here) which were based on 2018 releases which I gave 5 stars to which means that there are 104 books which I read this year that I still want to shout about.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a book by book review of my year, who has that much time on their hands! 😂 I’ve chosen 10 standout reads from this year which got well and truly under my skin and come highly recommended from me. So if you have some Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket or some book vouchers just waiting to be spent take a look at the list below and see if any tickle your fancy.
Tin Man – Sarah Winman
Small but perfectly formed Tin Man is a beautiful account of friendship and love. Concentrating on the friendship of Michael, Ellis and Annie it is a powerful examination of loss.
Fatal Inheritance – Rachel Rhys
Sumptuous and glamorous, this book is set just after the Second World War and is about Eve a downtrodden housewife who inherits a house on the French Riviera. She is transported from the grey UK to the heat of a place filled with movie stars, writers and mystery. I loved it.
The Infinite Blacktop – Sara Gran
This was my surprise book of the year and is totally unlike anything I have read before. It is unusal and a bit off the wall and it took me a while to really get it. It is something very special indeed.
Need to Know – Karen Cleveland
I read this book in the first week of 2018 and declared it one of my books of the year, and I was right. It turned out to be very prescient what with it being about Russian spies and is a real page turner of a book.
Once Upon A River – Diane Setterfield
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. This is a book about storytelling, myths and legends and is set on the banks of the Thames. A young girl comes back to life, but who does she belong to and why doesn’t she speak? This is an astonishing book of quiet power and beauty.
The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin
Four siblings visit a psychic as children and are each given the date upon which they will die. The book is divided into four sections, one for each of the children and it follows their lives from that day forward. It is beautiful, compelling and considered and is an outstanding novel.
We Were The Salt of the Sea – Roxanne Bouchard
Set on a peninsula in Canada, We Were The Salt of the Sea examines the death of one the town’s inhabitants, Marie. It is beautifully written with gorgeous lyrical prose and descriptions of the landscape that took my breath away.
Lullaby – Leïla Slimani
Devastating and concise, Lullaby is about the a nanny who kills the children she is looking after. Told in retrospect, we discover the slow build up to the act and knowing what is going to happen makes this an uncomfortable but ultimately rewarding read.
Good Samaritans – Will Carver
This book blew my mind. It is twisted, clever and absolutely bloody brilliant. It is about a lonely man who calls people late at night to forge some kind of connection and a lonely woman who thinks she is talking to the Samaritans. That is all I can tell you, but you do need to read it.
Thirteen – Steve Cavanagh
This book reminded me of early John Grisham novels. It is a courtroom based book with a lawyer on the case of his career, unfortunately the serial killer is on the jury. I loved this book and have lent it out to a few people since reading it and everybody raves about it.