This week the topic is…
Top Ten Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)
It has been altogether far too long since I last participated in Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve missed it! So, I decided to reintroduce myself via this week’s topic and share some of my favourite reads of the year (so far) with you.
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews aka Paper Fury is an emotional rollercoaster. Cait’s writing is brilliant and although I don’t read many YA contemporaries these days, I couldn’t put it down. Find my full review here.
Having said that I don’t read many contemporary YAs these days, here’s another that has made the list! Dear Martin by Nic Stone is such a powerful novel. It is inspired by the heartbreaking cases of racial profiling by police in the US. I urge you all to read it. You can find my review here.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman is the first book in his Arc Of A Scythe series and was finally published here in the UK in February 2018. It’s a YA dystopian where the earth is pretty much perfect and humans are immortal. The only real problem is the overcrowding as a result. So, a very select group of people called Scythes are employed as the only people permitted to take a life. The story follows two teenage characters who find themselves in the position to become Scythes, only they must prove themselves first. I loved this book and the entire concept surrounding it. You can find my review here. I have the second book, Thunderhead, lined up to read soon.
Ok, so technically I read The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris last year but it didn’t come out until 2018 so that counts, right? This is such an incredible historical novel that is based on a true story. It’s a story that I can’t and won’t forget. I’ve been buying this book as gifts this year as I just want to share it with my family and friends. You can find my review here.
It’s no secret that I love Sarah Hilary’s writing, and the fifth book in her DI Marnie Rome series, Come and Find Me, was another fantastic read. If you enjoy a well-written crime novel that will keep you reading then I recommend you check out this series if you haven’t already. You can find my reviews of the series here.
G.X. Todd’s DEFENDER was one of my favourite books of 2017. The second book in The Voices series, HUNTED, is high on my list of 2018 favourites. A dystopian world with fantastic writing, packed action and great characters, I just adore this series. Find my reviews of the series so far here.
Raymond E. Feist’s latest book, the first in his new Firemane Saga, King of Ashes, made me stop and question why I haven’t read beyond his Riftwar Saga. It’s an epic fantasy with fantastic world building (naturally), engaging characters and plenty of action. Find my full review here.
I don’t tend to dip into series mid-way through, but the premise of Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh had me so intrigued I couldn’t resist. A crime novel where the serial killer isn’t the person on trial; he’s on the jury! You don’t need to have read the rest of the series to enjoy this – I haven’t, but I do intend to read the rest now! Find my review here.
Like most of the world, I was a fan of The Dry by Jane Harper, so Force of Nature, her second Aaron Falk book was high on my 2018 wishlist. Harper has an incredible ability to transport you to the scene of her novels and that was no different with her latest mystery. You can find my full review here.
The Displaced is a collection of essays written by refugee writers and edited by Viet Thang Nguyen. It’s an easy book to dip into, with 19 different pieces to read, each of which with a powerful story to tell. I’ve written more about The Displaced here so if you’re interested pop on over.
Well, that Top Ten Tuesday has actually surprised me! I had no idea that I’d loved so many crime, mystery, thriller types and less fantasy! I think I’ll need to up my fantasy game in the second half of 2018.
What have been your favourite books of 2018 so far?