Books & Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a list challenge run by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s post is my top 10 books of 2018, so far.

Top-Ten-TuesdayI’ve only read 13 books so far this year, so picking out 10 wasn’t easy. I haven’t enjoyed them all enough to say that they should be in a ‘best of’ list. So I’ve chosen seven of my favourite. So here we go, in the order I read them …

‘Rebel Sisters,’ by Marita Conlon McKenna


rebel-sisters-marita-conlon-mckennaFollowing the Gifford sisters as they become involved in the independence movement in Ireland in the early 1900s, Rebel Sisters is a great retelling of the 1916 Rising in Ireland. It shows perspectives that not a lot of popular retellings have given before, and I loved the personal details we get of the real life volunteers.  Definitely worth a read for any history lovers.

‘The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle,’ by Stuart Turton

seven-and-a-half-deaths-of-evelyn-hardcastleDare I say that this is one of the best books I’ve ever read, never mind just in 2018. Everything about it is amazing. It’s a murder-mystery, it’s set in the 1920’s, it’s got twists and turns all over the joint, and it’s got quirky characters that keep you guessing. It follows Aiden Bishop as he tries to solve a murder. But it’s a murder that keeps happening night after night, and every time Aiden is inhabiting a different character. It’s hard to do this book justice in one small paragraph, so just go and read it for yourself.

‘Baby Teeth,’ by Zoje Stage

baby-teeth-zoje-stageHanna is a little shit. That’s how I felt going into this book. And I felt the same coming out of it, except she was a little shit that I respected. She’s a child who doesn’t speak, and spends her time torturing her mother in the hopes of getting rid of her and leaving it as just Hanna and her father. But Suzette, her mother, isn’t going down without a fight. This is a great story of a woman dealing with a problem child and definitely one for people who like a layered plot.

‘Fiction Can Be Murder,’ by Becky Clark

fiction-can-be-murder-becky-clarkI only recently reviewed this book so it’s still fresh in my mind. Charlee Russo is a murder-mystery who’s found herself in a bit of a pickle. Her agent has been murdered in the exact way the victim dies in her most recent manuscript, making her and her small group of beta readers the main suspects. So Charlee has to clear her name, as well as those of her friends and family, while coming to terms with the fact that one of them must be a murder. It’s a great book that doesn’t take itself too seriously, thoroughly enjoyable.

‘Skin Deep,’ by Liz Nugent

skin-deep-liz-nugentI adore Liz Nugent. Lying in Wait was one of my favourite reads of 2016 so I had high hopes for Skin Deep, and they were well founded hopes, let me tell you that. It’s the story of Cordelia Russell and the decomposing body in her hotel room. It’s a whodunnit turned on its head because we know from the beginning who the killer is, but it’s the victim that’s unknown. So we spend the book learning about Cordelia’s life and what brought her to her current situation. It’s a great read and definitely a good choice for any psychological fans.

‘The Liar’s Girl,’ by Catherine Ryan Howard

the-liar's-girl-catherine-ryan-howardThis is only Catherine Ryan Howard’s second thriller novel, and it’s just as unputdownable as her debut Distress Signals. It follows Alison Smith as she returns to Dublin ten years after her boyfriend was arrested for the murder of 5 women. He’s told the Gardai that he has information regarding a recent series of murders that are eerily similar to those that he is supposed to have committed, but he will only talk to Alison. She’s forced to relive the past that she thought she had escaped, and come to terms with the fact that maybe Will isn’t who she thought he was. A great thriller with some great characters, definitely worth a read.

‘The Fear,’ by CL Taylor

the-fear-cl-taylorI love CL Taylor’s books. She has a way of keeping you on your toes with her plots and making your heart race with her twists and turns. The Fear was no different. Lou Wandsworth is reluctant to return to her hometown after her father’s death. She is worried about running into Mike Hughes, the man she ran away to France with when she was 14 years old, thinking he was the love of her life. But when she sees him with 13 year old Chloe Meadows she knows she has to stop what happened to her from happening to Chloe. This books is wonderfully claustrophobic and brilliantly tense, the perfect psychological thriller.

So those are my seven best reads of 2018 so far. I’m sure there’ll be plenty more for the rest of the year, or at least I hope there will. What are some of the best books you’ve read so far this year?

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