Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

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This week’s topic is Best Books I Read in 2018.  This one is a toughie from the point of view of limiting it to only ten.  I’ve cheated a bit and listed ten of my favourites and then added a ‘highly commended’ section after that to cover the rest of the books I gave a 5* rating to this year.  It will come as no surprise to regular followers of this blog that most of them are historical fiction.  Also, that there are a couple of John Buchan novels in the list.  Click on the titles to read my full reviews.


The Good Doctor of Warsaw by Elisabeth Gifford (Corvus)

In three words: Emotional, powerful, compelling

The Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Vintage)

In three words: Spirited, atmospheric, richly-textured

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers (Bluemoose Books)

In three words: Gritty, compelling, immersive

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

In three words: Intense, compelling, suspenseful

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

In three words: Colourful, fast-moving, intricately plotted

Night Flight to Paris by David Gilman (Head of Zeus)

In three words: Compelling, dramatic, immersive

The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason (Pan Macmillan/Mantle)

In three words: Epic, intense, emotional

Paris in the Dark by Robert Olen Butler (No Exit Press)

In three words: Compelling, taut, clever

None So Blind by Alis Hawkins (The Dome Press)

In three words: Atmospheric, compelling, suspenseful

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield (Doubleday)

In three words: Magical, atmospheric, mysterious


Highly commended (find links to my reviews from my 2018 Read List here)

Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block
Carol by Patricia Highsmith
Beautiful Star & Other Stories by Andrew Swanston
Nucleus (Tom Wilde #2) by Rory Clements
The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg
Entanglement by Katy Mahood
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Tightrope by Simon Mawer
Mr. Standfast by John Buchan
The Black Earth by Philip Kazan
The Great Darkness by Jim Kelly
Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr
Mr. Peacock’s Possessions by Lydia Syson
The Magpie Tree by Katherine Stansfield
Juliet & Romeo by David Hewson
The Shady Side of Town: Reading’s Trees by Adrian Lawson & Geoff Sawers
Darkest Hour by Anthony McCarten
Call of the Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks
Song by Michelle Jana Chan
The Emperor of Shoes by Spencer Wise
The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola
The Pagoda Tree by Claire Scobie
Smile of the Wolf by Tim Leach
The Glass Diplomat by S. R. Wilsher
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson
The Cold North Sea by Jeff Dawson
Sick Heart River by John Buchan

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2018

  1. That’s a great list. I also enjoyed The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock and The Poison Bed in 2018. I have Once Upon a River lined up to read this month and hope to read The Gallows Pole soon too.

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  2. I loved Mermaid, that one’s on my list too. I haven’t read most of the ones on your list but I do love House of Mirth. I also see you’ve got one by S.R. Wilsher, I loved his book about Vietnam, The Collection of Heng Souk. Happy new year!

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  3. I saw The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock several times last year.

    I cheat on my annual top 10 list too… if they’re worthy, I combine all the books in a series into one top 10 entry. The Shadowhunter’s spot on my top 10 list this year makes up 12 books all by itself!

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