Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2018

Top Ten TuesdayHappy New Year, readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week, we’ll be listing the ‘Best Books of 2018’.

Top Ten Tuesday was launched by The Broke and the Bookish and has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January 2018. If you’d like to find out more, or to create your own list, simply visit the host website by clicking here


Today’s topic is particularly exciting for me, as 2018 saw the launch of Reading in Bed and my first steps into the wonderful, supportive blogging community.

I’d like to say a big thank you to all of the amazing people who have given me book recommendations over the last few months!


Not all of the following books were released this year, but they’re titles I’ve read and enjoyed in 2018.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton

Fed up of traditional country house murder mysteries? Here’s one with an unusual twist. The hero must relive a single day again and again to catch the killer.

Washington Black, Esi Edugyan

I’d been desperate to read this book for months but, at number thirty-something on the library’s request queue, wasn’t expecting to see it anytime soon. When my wonderful aunt bought me a copy for Christmas I stayed up on the evening of the 25th to devour the story. Expect to see a review shortly!

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler

Why did it take me so long to pick up this amazing novel? Karen Joy Fowler builds up a nail-biting portrait of a family torn apart by secrets.

The Invisible Crowd, Ellen Wiles

Written by a former barrister, The Invisible Crowd follows a refugee’s attempts to navigate the UK’s baffling culture and bureaucratic immigration system.  

How to Stop Time, Matt Haig

Secret societies, family drama and lives that span centuries. I’m still waiting for the film version of this wonderful book. How to Stop Time, Matt Haig

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

This story blew me away. It’s the horrific tale of a police shooting in the USA and the consequences for Starr, a teenager who witnessed the violence. If you haven’t read it yet, find a copy.

Melmoth, Sarah Perry

A sinister gothic-style novel set in snowy Prague. This story of revenge and betrayal kept me on the edge of my seat.

The Golem and the Djinni, Helene Wecker

A beautiful tale of friendship, culture and belonging set in late nineteenth century New York.  

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, Ayisha Malik

Unlucky-in-love Londoner, Sofia Khan, is asked to write a guide to Muslim dating. Will she find romance at the same time?

Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch

This is the latest instalment in Ben Aaronovitch’s easy-to-read ‘Rivers of London’ series. It follows the wacky adventures of Peter Grant and the magical branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Force.

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