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