Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far)


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  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
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This week’s topic is Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far).  This was a tough one for me.  Not because I had trouble coming up with ten books I’ve loved.  Oh no.  Because I had trouble selecting only ten from the one hundred books I’ve read so far this year.  (You can find my complete reading list here along with my ratings and links to my reviews.) However, after much to-ing and fro-ing, I managed to settle on just ten (shown in no particular order of preference).   It will probably come as no surprise to regular followers of this blog that they are all historical fiction novels.

Click on the title to read my review.

The Poison Bed by E. C. Fremantle (Michael Joseph)

The Devil’s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch (Corvus)

The Magpie Tree by Katherine Stansfield (Allison & Busby)

Mr Peacock’s Possessions by Lydia Syson (Bonnier Zaffre)

The Great Darkness by Jim Kelly (Allison & Busby)

The Black Earth by Philip Kazan (Allison & Busby)

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker)

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers (Bluemoose Books)

The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg (Lake Union Publishing)

The Good Doctor of Warsaw by Elisabeth Gifford (Corvus)


11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far)

  1. I still have The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock near the top of my TBR pile, I really need to read it soon. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but some of those covers are so striking, especially Mr Peacock’s Possessions.

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