Top Ten Tuesday: Best books I’ve read in 2018 (so far!)
2018 has been a bit of an odd reading year for me. When my daughter was born I didn’t read anything for a couple of weeks, then all of a sudden I started finishing two books a day and started reading faster than I ever had before. Then I got a job, and reading went out the window again!
I finally feel as though I’m getting back on track, but I think it might be time to admit defeat and put my Goodreads Reading Challenge target back down to 100 (I bumped it up to 150 mid-April, but apparently that was a shortsighted decision).
Out of the books I’ve managed to finish in 2018, these ten are my favourites.
10) Second Best Friend by Non Pratt
I’ve already read Second Best Friend twice, because it’s only a novella. Non Pratt’s second collaboration with Barrington Stoke is a lot of fun, although I will admit that I didn’t love it the way I loved Unboxed.
9) Force of Nature by Jane Harper
After taking part in the blog tour for The Dry, I was delighted to receive a signed ARC of Force of Nature (along with an invite to take part in the blog tour for Jane Harper’s second novel, too!). That might have biased me towards Force of Nature ever so slightly, but I enjoyed it just as much as The Dry – even though it was a vastly different story.
8) All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor
All of This is True is a unique story told through many different techniques: newspaper articles, novel excerpts, interview transcripts. When I started it I was planning on just reading the first few pages, but before I knew it I’d read the entire book in one sitting! Highly addictive.
7) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I procrastinated starting Strange the Dreamer because I sometimes struggle reading high fantasy, and I didn’t know I was going to fall in love with the mythology of Weep and the characters of Lazlo and Sarai. I’m now eagerly awaiting the release of the sequel, Muse of Nightmares, even though I’m sure it’s going to break my heart.
6) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I’ve read almost all of Holly Black’s novels, and I’ve found all of them to be rather forgettable. That’s not the case with The Cruel Prince, which is a heart-pounding adrenaline ride. Again, I’m super excited for the sequel of this one: I’ve been waiting for six months, and I can patiently wait for a few more.
5) Skylarks by Karen Gregory
Although I didn’t love Skylarks as much as I loved Countless, it still played with my emotions and proved just why Karen Gregory is the rising star of UKYA.
4) A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens
I was torn between which of the books in the Murder Most Unladylike series to include in this countdown, because I’ve read all of them this year (and given nearly all of them 5 stars!). I decided to choose the novel which was released this year, though: the setting is compelling, and the mystery is the best that Stevens has written.
3) You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow
You Don’t Know Me But I Know You felt as though it was written specifically for me, so I couldn’t stop this book from quickly becoming one of my all-time favourites.
2) The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
When I reviewed The Exact Opposite of Okay I called it the most quotable book ever published, and that’s made it one of the best books I’ve read all year. Izzy O’Neill isn’t just relatable, she’s an utter badass and a true delight to read. However, it isn’t quite the best book I’ve read this year…
1) Clean by Juno Dawson
…because Juno Dawson’s Clean is impossible to defeat. Lexi is completely unapologetic at the start, but this book is a masterclass on character development and how to make it both natural and noticeable. I couldn’t recommend this book more highly if I tried!
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I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday. What’s the best book you’ve read this year?