Top 10 Books of 2018


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?

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6 Comments

  1. December 31, 2018
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    The eclectic mixes are the best Alexandra. I bought City of Brass and can not wait to read it, especially as it made your number one.

    Taking some notes for future reading inspiration.

    Happy New Year May 2019 bring you a lot of laughter, joy as well some excellent sci-fi and thrilling reads. ❤️

    • December 31, 2018
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      Oh, I love me a lot of random titles, authors and genres. It keeps me on my toes and, after the reading year I’ve had, I realise that I can enjoy any genre, as long as the author writes a great story and characters.

      As I do with your lists and reviews! 😀

      Thanks, Vera! I hope you celebrate in style, and all the best for 2019, with health and happiness, oh, and lots of books too! ❤

  2. December 31, 2018
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    Nice list, and what a mix of genres! Really cool 🙂
    Force of Nature was really good indeed! Can’t wait for the next one.

    • December 31, 2018
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      Thanks, Sweetie. It was fun to see how far I had strayed outside the genre boundaries, and found a number of really enjoyable reads. Oh, and The Lost Man can’t come quick enough for me. Ha! Ha!

  3. December 28, 2018
    Reply

    I just knew it Alexandra! And I still need to read it I know I know ….

    • Alexandra
      December 28, 2018
      Reply

      Ha! Ha! You will, eventually!

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