My Top 20 Favourite Reads of 2018

What an absolutely amazing year for books it has been! 

Just like last year, I thought splitting things up between series and stand-alones would help narrow down the list but nope. A Top 10 was never going to happen here. Despite the fact that my reading mojo was up and down like a bloody yo-yo all year, I still managed to read 250 books. Sure, that’s 50 less than last year but do I care? Clue : no, I don’t πŸ˜‰

In no particular order, except for the Top 5, here we go!

Phoebe Locke – The Tall Man [my review]
Louise Voss – The Old You [my review]
Linwood Barclay – A Noise Downstairs [my review]
Mark Edwards – The Retreat [my review]

Ane Riel – Resin [no review]
Joanna Cannon – Three Things About Elsie [no review]
Gillian McAllister – No Further Questions [my review]
Shari Lapena – An Unwanted Guest [my review]

Lesley Kara – The Rumour [review to follow]
Karin Slaughter – Pieces of Her [my review]
SJI Holliday – The Lingering [my review]
Elly Griffiths – The Stranger Diaries [review to follow]

Gill Paul – The Lost Daughter [my review]
Louise Beech – The Lion Tamer Who Lost [my review]
Rachel Rhys – Fatal Inheritance [my review]

Top 5

5. C.J. Tudor – The Chalk Man [my review]
4. Ruth Ware – The Death of Mrs Westaway [my review]
3. Liz Nugent – Skin Deep [my review]
2. Elizabeth Haynes – The Murder of Harriet Monckton [my review]

My favourite book of the year is …

I don’t think this comes as a huge surprise. When I read this back in February, I said it would take something insanely special to knock this off the top spot. Skin Deep and Harriet Monckton came awfully close but in the end, “Agatha Christie on crack” won out. [my review]

A massive thank you to all the authors, publishers and Netgalley for making 2018 so spectacular! And to you, my fellow bloggers and readers, huge thanks for the support, for visiting and for commenting! ❀️

  50 comments for “My Top 20 Favourite Reads of 2018

  1. December 18, 2018 at 11:32 am

    We have a lot of similar favourite reads this year 😊 I read the seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle just a couple of weeks ago and loved it!

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  2. December 18, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Superb choices. Lovely post too x

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  3. December 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Great list, Seven Deaths is my number one as well. I still have a few on your top list to read and I can’t wait to start! I’ll definitely read Stranger Diaries and The Chalk Man as soon as possible!

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      I didn’t know you hadn’t yet read The Chalk Man. She has a new one coming in February so best hurry πŸ˜‚

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      • December 21, 2018 at 6:40 pm

        No first I was keeping it for a treat and then there were obligatory reads, but it’s the first one on my own readlist now. I know but I don’t know if I want to read her new one.. someone (don’t know who but one of our close blog friends) read it and said it had some supernatural stuff in it and the first novel was better so I’m not sure…

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  4. December 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Fabulous post Eva. I need to read your No 1 though…it’s popping up everywhere!

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      I had a feeling it would as it’s just so different from everything else that was out there this past year.

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  5. Rae Reads
    December 18, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Fab post! Sill have to read Seven Deaths it’s on my TBR pile. Must find the time… xx

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      Yes, it’s quite long. Not one to squeeze in real quick πŸ˜‚


  6. December 18, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Yay for Agatha Christie on crack!!!

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      πŸ˜‚ Still can’t think of a better way to describe it!


  7. Karen
    December 18, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Great choices – I still need to read your number 1 !

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  8. December 18, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Such great choices, it seems like you had a great year in reading! I wholeheartedly agree on Seven Deaths, that book is simply amazing.

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      It’s been a phenomenal year! And 2019 looks like it’s going to be just as awesome!


  9. December 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Amazing list!
    I think Chalk Man and Retreat will make my top 10 faves too πŸ™‚

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  10. December 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve got to read that Evelyn Hardcastle book!! I’m reading so many great reviews on it.
    Thanks for sharing your fabulous list. 😊

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  11. December 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Great list there – needless to say there are some I have still waiting in my TBR πŸ˜†I’ll catch one of these days…or possibly not!

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Sure you will! Although, I’m doing a “some of my most anticipated books of 2019” next week, so maybe not πŸ˜‚

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      • December 21, 2018 at 2:08 pm

        Oh well, that’s ok. I can anticipate with the best of them! 🀣

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  12. December 18, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    So many of these are on my shelf to read! This is a great list, Eva.

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  13. December 18, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Terrific list!! You truly had a fantastic year!

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      I really did! I can’t wait for next year! It looks set to be just as awesome!


  14. December 18, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    I have only read two of the books on your list. … severe case of book envy. . . Frantically adding the others πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸŽ…πŸ“šπŸ’•

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      πŸ˜‚ Glad I can help keeping your TBR fully stocked!


  15. Jo
    December 18, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    What a great list! Evelyn Hardcastle is my book of the year, too πŸ™‚

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  16. December 18, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Apart from Three Things About Elsie, I haven’t read any of the books on your list (although several are in my TBR pile) but they all look like great choices. I’m still pondering my own list of favourite books of the year…

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      It’s so hard to narrow it down! I “cheat” by splitting things up between series and stand-alones and still ended up with 40 books. Crazy!

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  17. December 18, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Brilliant top 20,i have read quite a few, have a few on my tbr and will be adding the rest to my wish list ❀️

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  18. December 18, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I still need to read Seven deaths! I know these books 🀣

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      With your schedule, I predict Seven Deaths won’t make it to the top of your TBR in a good long while yet πŸ˜‚

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  19. December 19, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Phew! I thought for a bit I wasn’t going to have read any of them, but Elly Griffiths, Ruth Ware and Rachel Rhys showed up near the end! Great list – I still haven’t got around to your Agatha Christie on crack but I did put it on my wishlist back when you reviewed it so one day… πŸ˜€

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      I wouldn’t have judged you. Or maybe just a little bit πŸ˜‰ But you redeemed yourself in the end and I’m super glad you added Seven Deaths to your wishlist. I hope you get to read it soon, although it’s quite long.

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  20. L Lostinacoulee
    December 19, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Great list!! Thanks for sharing

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  21. December 19, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Love reading everyone’s lists to see what we might have in common. We share three – Elsie, Lion Tamer and Fatal Inheritance. I have a few from your list still to read and hoping to get to The Stranger Diaries next.

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    • December 21, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      Me too! I’m picking up some wonderful ideas to add to my own TBR.


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