My Books of 2018

Many fellow bloggers and others have published their lists of their top books of 2018. My list is about the books I have READ this year, most of which were not published in 2018. There’s no way I can narrow this list down to five or even ten so I have decided to nominate one book for each of a number of categories I have made up ! There’s a lot of good reading here (14 excellent books) – have a look and see if there is one, or more that takes your fancy.

New Book – Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

This one was published in 2018. It is funny and clever and Australian. The author shines a light on lifestyle gurus and those seeking answers.

Historical Fiction – Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

A story of two women with different fates starting and ending in Ghana. Surprisingly uplifting considering the subject matter.

Biography – A History of Britain in 21 Women – Jenni Murray

A series of fascinating individual biographies – some you will know and others are perhaps more obscure.

Romance – The House of Hopes and Dreams by Trisha Ashley

A light romance with a stately home and stained glass. Excellent reading

Fantasy – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I loved this time slip romance. It is very readable with a fast paced plot.

Literary Fiction – Oranges are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson

Excellent novel of a strange childhood and a daughter’s relationship with her mother.

Epic Fantasy – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

A long but captivating fantasy novel with great worldbuilding.

Crime – The Dry by Jane Harper

Clever and atmospheric and another novel set in Australia

Dystopian Fiction – The Fireman by Joe Hill

I’ve read a few of these novels this year but this is the one that has stayed with me and haunted my thoughts. Chilling.

Classic – Middlemarch by George Elliot

A book I hadn’t read for years. I was surprised how much I enjoyed its gentle examination of a small town at a time of change

Travel and Exploration – Endurance by Alfred Lansing

Absolutely gripping tale of how men cope, or don’t, when things go very badly wrong

Cosy Crime – Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

The first of her excellent Amelia Peabody series about crime among the Egyptian antiquities

History – Denial by Deborah Lipstadt

What happens when one version of history is challenged by another – in court.

Women’s Fiction – The Break by Marian Keyes

Funny but insightful about a marriage where one partner wants to escape