Favourite books of 2018

Hi guys!!  Hope you’ve all had a great Christmas.

Here’s a little (or not so little) list from me, of the books I’ve read this year, that have been particular favourites of mine.  I know, from looking at other blogs etc, that a few have been faves of others also but I hope there may be a few you might think are worth trying too.

All reviews I published at the time of reading are available on here or on my goodreads page.

First up……

The Parentations by Kate Mayfield


I made no effort to hide how much I loved this book.  So well written and such an interesting story with a wonderful Gothic feel.  Some amazing characters that stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. Out in paperback January 3rd.

Circe by Madeline Miller


A favourite with a lot of people, and rightly so.  An amazing retelling of some of the Greek mythological stories. I didn’t want this book to end.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

the immortalists

A wonderful story of how 4 children, end up living their lives, after they find out the dates of their deaths.  A terrific read.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

seven deaths

A smash hit in 2018.  The description alone made me pre order it from the bookshop. Such a unique idea. Loved it.

The Queen of Bloody Everything by Joanna Nadin

the queen

A beautiful and bittersweet story this one and a really enjoyable read.  Some great nostalgic moments for me too.

Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill


A wonderfully paced, quirky and mysterious book that drew me in straight away. A great ending too.

The Lido by Libby Page

the lido

Another big hit for 2018 and loved by many.  A wonderfully warm uplifting tale of friendship and people coming together.

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller


Another popular one most certainly with bookish folk on twitter. I think my most popular tweet! A beautifully told story inside a beautiful cover. A dark and gripping read with the house playing a character of it’s own.

The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans

the wildflowers

I really enjoyed this book.  Beautifully set in a Dorset beach house for much of the story, a wonderfully likeable yet dysfunctional family you can’t help but warm to.

Two steps forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

two steps

Part travel journal, history lesson and novel all in one! I quiet literally felt refreshed after reading this book.

The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson

the darkness

Always great to find a new series and when its wonderfully written and full of twists and turns even better!  What an ending and yet there is still more to come from Hulda. Can’t wait.

Hope you enjoyed the list, and wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019!



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