This week’s topic is: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)
I’ve read 35 books so far this year (and I’m currently reading two more but I won’t include them in my consideration for this list) which is great for me. I should hit by 52 book target before the end of the year.
1. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
This is, without a doubt, my favourite book of 2018 so far. It’s a historical fiction novel which is not something I’d usually go for but it’s just such a wonderful book. Sarah Waters is known for writing lesbian romances in historical fiction and she does it so well. I usually hate romantic relationships in books but Sarah Waters has changed my mind. I enjoyed reviewing the book too!
2. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
I genuinely don’t know how to describe this book. All I can say is that it’s incredibly clever and complex. It’s a book about reading but it’s also so much more than that. I also struggled to describe it in my review because it’s just so unique. You have to read it to understand it and I think everyone should read it.
3. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
I haven’t reviewed this one yet because I forgot to!
I loved it though and I’d thoroughly recommend it. It’s wonderfully atmospheric, the characters are intense, and the writing is captivating. It’s definitely one of my favourite books now.
4. The Last Man by Mary Shelley
Everyone knows that Mary Shelley invented the modern science fiction novel but did you know she also wrote the first post-apocalyptic novel? The Last Man is semi-autobiographical and the main character is based on Mary’s beloved (but dead) husband. You can feel her love and grief in this book and it’s such a privilege to read it. You can check out my review here.
5. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Literary fiction is another genre that I don’t really pick up but I loved this book. The plot was fantastic and so unique, the characters were realistic, and the writing was superb. In my review, I mention that I don’t like all of the characters but that didn’t detract from the book at all. In fact, I think it made it better.
6. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe
I think that The Italian is officially my favourite Ann Radcliffe novel. It’s a perfect Gothic novel which explores the Holy Inquisition and the French Revolution. It’s full of pathetic fallacy and shows Radcliffe’s mastery of the sublime and other features of the Gothic. This is another book that I really enjoyed reviewing.
7. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
I reread the whole of the Tiffany Aching series (not including The Shepherd’s Crown) at the beginning of 2018 and Wintersmith is still my favourite book of the series. I think its when the series shifts towards darker themes so it feels like a classic fairytale to me. I did review all four books but my review for Wintersmith can be found here.
8. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
I’ve only read three Agatha Christie books so far (and I’m reading a fourth at the moment) but I think The Secret Adversary is amazing. I love the main characters, Tommy and Tuppence, because they’re full of life. They’re cheeky, adventurous, cunning, and wonderfully dishonest. I can’t wait to read more of their books to watch their relationship develop.
9. Sleeper 13 by Rob Sinclair
I’ve only read this book recently and I managed to nab an ARC copy for review which was fantastic. It’s a thriller which is centred on terrorism but it’s from the point of view of a young man who has been groomed by a terrorist cell to be a killer but has rebelled. It’s an intriging conecpt and the plot is just captivating. It’s one of the best thrillers I’ve read in ages.
10. American Assassin by Vince Flynn
Confession time: I only read this book because Dylan O’Brien was in the film and I have a thing for reading the book before watching the film. I read the book and loved it but I haven’t watched the film yet. Oops! Anyways, this is another spy/terrorism thriller but it’s very different from Sleeper 13. My favourite thing about the book is that its set in the 1990s rather than now because, like I said in my review, it just gives the book an edge over the books that are set today.
What have been your favourite books of 2018 (so far)?