Firstly, happy new year to you all! I hope 2019 brings you good health, peace and happiness!
2018 has been an amazing reading year for me. I read 290 books, which is the most I’ve read in one year since I started keeping track of my reading! Of the 290, 211 were fiction so that has made it so hard to pick a top 10 or even a top 20 so in the end I made a list of the books that have stayed with me the most and 27 novels have made my list! (My non-fiction picks will be in a separate post tomorrow).
Some of these books have stayed with me because they were well-written, some were impossible to put down and others brought out such an emotional reaction in me that they simply had to be on this list.
So without further ado, here are my favourite books of 2018 (click the title if you’d like to read my full review on each of these books)…
In reverse order:
27. Dead in Venice by Fiona Leitch
This is one of the best audio books I listened to this year and had to be on my list as it’s really stick with me.
This was an unsettling, creepy novel that I couldn’t put down!
I love Lucy Clarke’s writing and this has joined The Sea Sisters as my favourite books by her!
24. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
This was such a different read for me and I utterly adored it.
This is a crime fiction novel that haunted me in the times when I wasn’t reading it, it definitely earned its place on my list.
I love Louise Jensen’s writing and this book was another brilliant read by her. It gave me an insight into a condition I knew nothing much about and the ending of the book gave me chills!
21. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
I read this book in one sitting on a boiling hot day but the writing was so good that I could feel the snowy cold and the oppressive atmosphere of those trapped in the hotel with a murderer on the loose!
This is such a beautiful book and it really resonated with me so it had to be on this list!
This is a recent read but I keep finding myself thinking about the characters and it’s staying in my mind so I had to have this in my top books.
18. Daisy Belle by Caitlin Davies
This is a wonderful story about a young girl who wants to make it as a champion swimmer in a time when it’s not the done thing for females. It’s inspiring and beautiful and I knew it would make my top books of the year as soon as I finished reading it.
This is a bit different from my usual reads but it’s so beautiful and very moving in places and I still think about it.
This was such a brilliant novel, and is another book that really has stayed with me.
This was a very prescient and moving novel, and while it was hard to read at times for me personally the writing is so sensitive and honest that I couldn’t put it down.
I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did but it’s so stunningly written and the story is still swirling in my mind. It was an unforgettable read for me and deserves its place on my list.
This is another book that was a bit different to my usual read but I devoured it. It’s funny and emotional and I adored it.
12. Good Samaritans by Will Carver
This is such a brilliant read, one I’ve been recommending to people ever since I finished reading it.
This is my new favourite crime thriller series and I’m desperate to get my hands on the second book as soon as it’s out!
I got this book on a whim from NetGalley and I’m so glad I did. This really got under my skin and I couldn’t put it down until I’d read all the way to the end.
9. Miss Marley by Vanessa LaFaye with Rebecca Mascull
This is the only book on this list that I haven’t managed to review but I highly recommend it. It’s gorgeous and moving and just brilliant. It honours A Christmas Carol so beautifully whilst also standing on its own as a novella. The final couple of chapters were incredibly moving. I know this will be a book that I read every Christmas from now on so it absolutely deserves to be on this list.
This short story collection is brilliant. I loved every story and enjoyed finding the ones that resonated with me. It’s fabulous!
This is such a magical and lyrical novel, it’s another book that is staying with me and I know I’ll want to read it again in the future.
6. The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse
I was looking forward to reading this novel but I wasn’t expecting it to get to me in the way it did. It’s very moving and so fascinating, and the writing is stunning.
This was my favourite crime thriller of the year, I loved it. I don’t think I’ve read a crime novel before that has made me cry in the way this did. It’s such a brilliant novel.
This novel really connected with me in so many ways and my review ended up being very personal as the story got so entwined with my emotions at the time I was reading. It’s a beautiful novel and I urge you to read it if you haven’t already.
This book is why I love blog tours – I was offered a copy of Love and Fame, a book I hadn’t heard of before and decided to give it a go. It’s such a witty, funny and moving novel about grief and loss in various forms. I absolutely fell in love with this book and it’s one I consider to be a firm favourite. I’m so glad this book found me!
And the next two books are jointly my favourite books of the year because I just couldn’t pick between them…
The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech
I adore Louise Beech’s writing anyway but The Lion Tamer Who Lost stole my heart in a way that no other book has done in 2018. I keep thinking of the characters and wondering how they are, I keep thinking of how cruel life can be but how a novel like this does ultimately remind you why you need to keep going. I cried buckets reading parts of this book but I fell in love with it and it absolutely deserves this number one spot!
I hadn’t heard of this book before a copy got sent to me for review but it was serendipity that it came into my life at the perfect moment. This is such a beautiful, lyrical novel that had me sobbing one moment and feeling consoled the next. The characters are wonderful and the depiction of grief is so real, as is the way we find a way to start living with grief. A stunning book that I will treasure forever and ever!
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my Top Non-Fiction books of the year so look out for that then. In the meantime what were your favourite books of 2018? If you have a blog post please feel free to leave the link below. Happy New Year! 🙂