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Stop the Presses! Here are 16 Favourite Books of 2018 that are INCREDIBLE

26th June, 2018

book list :Favourite books of 2018

Aren’t mid-year and year-end round ups the best? The first half of the year was booming with new literary talent. There were some fantastic releases from established authors while an equally good number of debut novels stole the limelight. Here are the best of 2018.

circe by madeline miller

1.Circe by Madeline Miller (2018)

Circe tells her own story – a direct blow to the versions of her being a seductress and witch who begs for forgiveness at the feet of Odysseus. Madeline Miller gives her the dignity of being a fiery protagonist rather than a side character in the Greek stories told by men.

Check ‘The Song of Achilles vs Circe in the 21st century’.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

2.Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman (2017)

You just cannot stop reading this debut novel once you start because Eleanor is such a darling and you will be anxious because she isn’t fine even though she seems to be. Slightly eccentric with an innocent mind, Eleanor will surely win your heart.

Check review.

When I hit you by Meena Kandasamy

3.When I Hit you by Meena Kandasamy (2018)

Brutal! When I hit you is raw, honest and visceral that you will find yourself squirming on your seat. It tells the story of the internal and external conflicts in the mind of a young writer and wife and how she struggles with her abusive marriage within the walls of her house while creating strong, women characters with her pen.

Check review.

The Mermaid and mrs hancock

4.The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (2018)

This is a historical romp set in the 1700s and tells the story of a high end courtesan and a merchant who comes in possession of a mermaid. Atmospheric and told in a wonderfully, languid and descriptive prose, this ambitious debut is a visual and literary treat.

Check review.

The toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

5.The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale (2018)

Toys, magic, love. This book is perfect for those who loved The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Set in a toyshop where toys come to life, the novel delves on darker themes such as war, sibling rivalry and home.

Check review.

A place for us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

6.A Place for us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (2018)

One of the most hyped debuts of 2018 and the first by the new imprint by Sarah Jessica Parker for Hogarth, this is a reader’s delight. A slow burning, emotional family drama that makes us fear if the silliest of our actions might have tragic consequences.

Check review.

7.Creative Struggle by Gavin Aung Than (2018)

If you are a creative, be it for a hobby or to earn a living, you will love this book. With beautifully illustrated snippets from the lives of famous personalities, this book is very inspiring that you will revisit it many times when in slumps.

Check review.

amulet by kazu kibuishi

8.Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi (2008- )

Amulet is a comic series that will keep you up late at night. The plot is suspenseful, world building elaborate, pacing perfect and the art splendid. The series is not completed yet. But all the seven books so far deserve a five star each. It is that good.

the encyclopedia of early earth

9.The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (2013)

Stunning! I loved this as much as I loved Isabel’s second novel, One Hundred Nights of Hero, which I thought was a must read. The book is filled with stories centered on the Bible, Greek myths and Scandinavian myths set in an original new world. Coincidentally One Hundred Nights of Hero was on my Favourites of 2017 list and I think Isabel Greenberg is a storyteller to watch out for.

Nimona by Noelle stevenson

10.Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (2015)

A graphic debut novel from Noelle Stevenson about a young shapeshifter who aspires to be the sidekick of the famous villain, Lord Blackheart. Their adventures will leave you laughing so much until your tummy aches and eye fill up with tears.

Ritz and Escoffier by Luke Barr

11.Ritz and Escoffier: The Chef and the Hotelier by Luke Barr (2018)

This book is a riot of glitz, glam and luxury. While I knew Ritz because of the chain of hotels, the book introduced me to the chef, Escoffier, who was instrumental in the rise of Ritz as a hotelier. Complete with scandals, cameo appearances by literary and political figures, descriptions of luxury in good old times and generous passages on food, this book is a delight.

Check review.

The Immortalists by Chloe benjamin

12.The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (2018)

The Immortalists tells the story of four siblings who are victims to a prophecy of they hear as a child. The book is a serious read about life, death, misunderstanding and the insatiable urge to live life on one’s terms.

Check review.

A general theory of oblivion

13.A general theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualosa (2015)

This is a book like no other. We follow Ludo who shuts herself in her house for 30 years while the history of Angola unfolds over the time period. A brilliant fragmented narrative with shifting timelines and many tragicomic consequences for the characters. This underrated novel has a cinematic quality and finesse in writing and I’d highly recommend the book.

florida by Lauren Groff

14.Florida by Lauren Groff (2018)

Lauren Groff is a genius when it comes to words. This short story collection set in Florida talks about loneliness, grief, vulnerability of humans, rage, contentment and time. Very atmospheric and so good that you would want to underline the whole book.

rainbirds by clarissa goenawan

15.Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan (2018)

Rainbirds is another noteworthy debut of 2018. Slow, atmospheric and deeply reminiscent of a Murakami vibe, this is the story of loss, grief and a yearning to find answers.

Check review.

The girl who smiled beads

16.The Girl who smiled Beads by Clementine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil (2018)

This memoir recalls the horrific situation of refugees who tried to escape the Rwandan genocide. It is a story of survival, loss and war amidst the struggle to stay alive. It also talks of how nothing ever goes back to normal even after a family reunion as being on the run changes everyone.

If you enjoyed this list, you might love What I Learnt by Challenging myself to Read 30 books in 30 days‘ which was an incredible reading month of mostly 4 star and 5 star reads. If you would like to add more books to your TBR, this list of Favourite books of 2017 might come handy.

Worried about reading tips? Read my personal reading schedule here and also check out reading tips and schedules of five voracious readers on social media.

Let's discuss

Have you read any of these or are they on your TBR? What were your favourite reads of this year?

This Post Has 47 Comments
        1. Haha. Just noticed I knew about it already and the posts appear in my Reader. I think I got the wordpress link when I clicked on your picture that day and that made me confused. thanks again x

    1. I hope you will love Ritz And Escoffier. It is a very entertaining read. I wanted there to be more depth in the characters but when I finished reading I realized I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t mine that at all.

  1. Why don’t I know some of these? What! Gah! Great list though. I need to do this at the end of the year because I don’t have enough good reads to post right now

  2. Such a fantastic list Resh. there are so many books on this list that I want to read. I have only read When I Hit You from this list but hope to read more 🙂 Those Graphic Novels looks really interesting 🙂

  3. I read Nimona earlier this year and I agree with you – it’s fantastic! It’s not the type of book I usually pick up, and I’m really glad I did!

    I’ve seen The Toymakers here and thee over the blogosphere for the last few days and I just broke down and added it to my TBR. The cover is so fantastic, how could I not. <3

    1. Both Circe and The Toymakers are quite slow. Circe is better is terms of storytelling while Toymakers is better in terms of choice of words and language in the story. I loved Circe more but also, the language is Tge Toymakers is definitely superior to Circe. I haven’t read Pisces. It didn’t seem like a book that I would enjoy.

  4. I love the photo 🙂 as always! And yes, I totally love the mid-year tags. Didn’t get to do one myself because I was very busy this month, but I’m enjoying reading everyone else’s. I really want to read Eleanor Oliphant cause I read so many great reviews!

    1. There is never a good or bad time. I think last year I did mine in July or Aug because I was busy. Lol

      I hope you will love Eleanor Oliphant. She is a wonderful character. Later on when I read the negative reviews, I got to know about many technical errors in the book. But when I was reading, I totally loved it.

  5. Wonderful list, thank you so much for sharing! <3 I haven't read Circe, but heard amazing things about this book from fellow bloggers. I also really want to read Nimona, it sounds really great 😀 I hope you'll have more amazing reads this year 😀

    1. Yes! Circe is getting some amazing reviews and it deserves all the praise. I do not know much about Greek mythology and still loved the book. It is well written and gives a nice perspective to Circe rather than the one given in epics where she is branded a seductress and witch

  6. What interesting books – I have heard of perhaps half of them. I’m not that good at reading new books, except the ones I get through NetGalley, but it looks like there’s some wildly diverse and fascinating stuff out there, which is always good, of course!

  7. Many of these are already on my TBR, so I am happy to see them on this list!

    I read Song of Achilles last month and LOVED it! Madeline Miller was actually on her book tour for Circe here in Ohio this week, but I was not able to attend because it was the same night I was hosting a surprise baby shower 🙁 I was devastated I missed it.

  8. Amulet and Nimona are two comics that I so need to check out sooner rather than later. I’ve only seen praise for them! Also really curious about Circe. The author’s writing style has received so much love from readers! Awesome list you got here! 😀

    1. I’d say get Amulet and Nimona ASAP. When I read them I was so angry with myself that I waited for so long. Nimona is hilariously wicked and Amulet is just amazing be it the plot or art. I hope you will love them both

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