Oh dear, given the small number of books I read AND finished this year. I have a very small selection of novels to choose my Top 10 from, especially given half of the books I started to read ended up as DNF. This list could have easily ended up as My Top 5 Books of 2018. But I digress.
Looking at the score I gave all the books I did finish and, in reverse order—10 through to 1—with 1 being my favourite book of 2018, here’s what I came up with:
#10 A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman (8)
#9 THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley (8.5)
#8 A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (8.5)
#7 THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh (8.5)
#6 DEEP BLUE TROUBLE by Steph Broadribb (8.5)
#5 THE BLOODPRINT by Ausma Zehanat Khan (9)
#4 THE MISSING INFORMANT by Anders de la Motte (9)
#3 FORCE OF NATURE & THE DRY by Jane Hunter (9.5)
#2 THE LOCKSMITH’S DAUGHTER by Karen Brooks (9.5)
#1 THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty (9.5)
Yes, a fantasy novel and not a thriller or crime fiction, has made my number 1 slot on the list. I did go back and forth between all four titles I’d marked at 9.5 and deliberated on each of their merits, but finally settled on THE CITY OF BRASS because it was just so different to everything else I had read all year. With the LOCKSMITH’S DAUGHTER coming in a very close second, and a tight finished with Jane Hunter’s pair of novels.
I have to say this is quite the eclectic mix of genre here. One historical, two fantasies that are also YA, one literary, a couple contemporary novels, and plenty of crime—which is my go-to read these days. Though, I might start looking at some more fantasy for 2019, as I already have three fantasy novels on pre-order!
And you, what made your Top 10 for 2018?