2018 is coming to an end and it was quite the year. I read a lot of books this year, more than I thought possible. Many of these books were amazing, so it wasn’t easy to choose 10, but here’s my list of the best books I read in 2018.
Jane Doe – Victoria Helen Stone
Our protagonist is a woman out for vengeance. I love a good vengeance story and I adored our main character in this one. She’s ruthless, she’s amazing.
Bird Box – Josh Malerman
Something is out there. If you see it, you die a terrible death. This book is terrifying, gripping and hard to put down. I loved the concept, the characters and the style.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari
I love books that make me think, that change the way I see things and this book delivers on both fronts. Insightful and fascinating, it’s a broad sweep of human history.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon – Kelly Barnhill
This book is wonderfully sweet, full of amazing characters, a great setting and awesome relationships.
The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
This historical novel mixes reality and magic in strange and wonderful ways. I loved the concept of the lie tree that bears a fruit that will tell you the truth if you feed it enough lies.
Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold – Stephen Fry
I’ve always loved the greek myths and this book is one of the best retellings of the myths I’ve read in a long time. True to the originals, yet funny.
Read my review for Mythos here.
The Sea Sisters – Lucy Clarke
A book about the relationship between two sisters and about dealing with loss, it’s also a book that makes you want to travel the world.
24 Hours in Ancient Rome – Philip Matyszak
This book follows different people in ancient Rome as they go about their day. It’s a great read, cleverly written and full of interesting facts.
Uprooted – Naomi Novik
A fairy tale story with a twist – a dragon without teeth, an evil forest full of strange magic – what’s not to like?
Nicholas & Alexandra – Robert K Massie
This book really brings the lives of the last tsar and his family to life. It’s richly atmospheric and it’s full of fascinating – and tragic – details.