Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Books I read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl where each week has a specific prompt everyone is welcome to post a list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Best Books I Read In 2018“.  I’ve talked about pretty much all of these in my end of year survey already, but my top ten books for the year, in no particular order, were….

The YA

The Battlemage by Taran Matharu
The final book in the Summoner series, this was actually my favourite of the series I think.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, romantic historical fiction. Put a smile on my face instantly.

The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson
“The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park”: consider me sold. Fast-paced, addictive fun.

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
An impulse purchase and a honeymoon read, this was just addictive.  I bought book 2 on my kindle as soon as I finished book 1, even though it meant I wouldn’t have a matching copy on the shelf, because I just couldn’t wait that long.

The non-fiction

Eat Drink Run by Bryony Gordon
Like having a conversation with a friend over a cup of tea or a cocktail. Relatable and motivational with inspiring moments and moments that’ll make you cry.

Beneath the Surface by John Hargrove
Thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and one that’ll stick with me. Of course you need to decide for yourself what you agree/disagree with in what Hargrove says, being better informed about the Seaworld controversy is the only way to really figure out your own feelings, and Hargrove’s obviously got a wealth of experience to share.

The sci-fi and fantasy

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
I knew almost nothing about this but it was getting rave reviews so I decided to give it a go – worth all the hype, this is a well-written fantasy in a carefully-crafted world which feels absolutely real.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
What I was expecting from Miss Peregrine’s I think – a little dark, a little spooky, very atmospheric and with characters you can’t help but love.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Giant robots and government conspiracies? This was always going to be a hit for me.  I also loved the unique writing style, with everything written as interviews, documents, news reports etc.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Why, why, why, did I wait so long to read this? Probably my favourite read of the year in total, I absolutely loved this.

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I read in 2018

  1. My husband picked me up Nyxia for my birthday and I still haven’t picked it up because I’ve not heard anyone talk about it so glad to see you enjoyed it!

  2. I was late to the Long Way to the Small Angry Planet game too! I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. I just got the Poppy War though and I’m looking forward to reading it!

    1. So good… My biggest question now of course is what to fill the dinosaur shaped hole in my reading life with while we wait for the next one!

    1. I really enjoyed it. If you’re an audiobook fan, I bet it’d work that way too because of the unusual style with the documents/interviews etc.

    1. I just thought, more than anything else, that it was such fun. Monty’s hilarious, the story has plenty of emotional ups and downs but overall it was just a joy to read.

    1. I heard so many great things about it so I decided to give it a go and honestly, I thought it was excellent. Sometimes I find a book can’t live up to the hype because I have such high expectations but on this occasion, it did! I didn’t realise there was another Wayward children so soon but you’re absolutely right, can’t wait to read that soon too.

    1. I can’t believe I waited this long to read it – I could have been recommending it for years! But on the plus side it did mean I got to binge read all three which was awesome.

  3. YES! To Gentleman’s Guide and Every Heart a Doorway <3

    I've not read any other book on this list but they all sound great. I'm glad you enjoyed them!!

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