Top 10 Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we look back at the first half of the year to see which books were the best. And I have to say, the first six months of this year were quite good. I got a lot of reading done, so I have a nice variety of books to choose from.

So here are my top reads of 2018 (so far):

 

Bird Box Josh Malerman

Bird Box

Set in a dystopian future, this book is amazingly creepy. People barricade their doors and windows and don’t dare to look outside, because there’s something out there and if you glimpse it, you’re dead.

 

The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree

A mixture of historical fiction and fantasy, the book is set on a lonely island in the Victorian era. A girl discovers the lie tree: if you feed it lies, it will grow a fruit that will tell you the truth. It’s atmospheric, it has great female characters and the mystery is really cool too.

 

Uprooted Naomi Novik

Uprooted

I loved this fairy tale-ish story. It was fun and the setting was great. Agnieszka has lived all her live surrounded by the woods, a dangerous place no one dares to go near to. When she’s chosen by the valley’s magician, she finds herself embroiled deeper with it than she wants to.

 

24 Hours in Ancient Rome Philip Matyszak

24 Hours in Ancient Rome

This is a non-fiction book but it’s amazing. It follows different people in Ancient Rome during the time of Emperor Hadrian and it really brings the time to life.

 

Lost King of France Deborah Cadbury

The Lost King of France

Another non-fiction book, this one reads more like a mystery. It narrates the life of Louis, son of Marie-Antoinette and Luis XVI, who was imprisoned by the revolutionaries and died in captivity. Though there are persistent rumours that it wasn’t really the dauphin who died – or was it?

 

Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon

This one’s deservedly a classic. It follows Charlie, who, after an experimental surgery starts getting smarter and smarter – though his life doesn’t necessarily get better.

 

Kabu Kabu Nnedi Okorafor

Kabu Kabu

This is a collection of short stories that are all set in Nigeria. Spanning different genres, from science fiction to fantasy, these stories are great, full of lively characters and great ideas.

 

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot

I loved this children’s book. It is written beautifully and the story is amazing. It’s about Roz, a robot who washes up on a lonely island by accident. Surrounded by animals, she learns their ways and adopts a young gosling. But her creators are determined to get her back.

 

All the Bright Places Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

This book made me cry. It’s set in high school and follows two students, one an outsider and the other well-liked, who both struggle with mental illness.

 

A Mind of its Own Cordelia Fine

A Mind of Its Own

This one’s all about the brain and all the weird things it does. Each chapter focusses on a different aspect, from how vanity affects how we see the world to how stereotypes influence the way we react to people whether we notice it or not.

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