The Best Books I Read in 2018

I’ve read 47 books so far this year, and I’m hoping to make it to 50 before the clock strikes midnight on the 31st. I love sharing my favourite books on here, and I’ve been pretty good at consistently sharing book reviews throughout the year. I get asked for book recommendations a lot, and I always enjoy chatting about them, so I figured that it would be nice to round up the year with a look at the best books I read in 2018.

Let me know if any of your favourites are on the list, or if there are any you’d recommend reading in 2019! I’m an avid Goodreads fan, so you can add me as a friend on Goodreads to keep up with my progress and see my best books of the year. I think I’m going to aim for 50 books in 2019, seeing as I’ve just about managed that this year!

A pile of books sitting on a bed, featuring Vox by Christina Dalcher, Sleep by C.L. Taylor and He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly, topped with a Kindle Paperwhite

Dark of Night Trilogy by CS Duffy 

I feel like I’ve been raving about Claire’s books every time I’ve shared any book related posts, but the first trilogy from her Darkness series has been one of my favourite reads of 2018 and the books highly deserve a mention in my best books of 2018.

Set in Glasgow, the Dark of Night series follows Ruari, who has just summoned up the courage to confess his love to Lorna when she is found dead in the hills (that I can see from my bedroom window). It’s a race against time to find who did this to Lorna, but Ruari soon realises that he’s fighting a losing battle and he’s contending with a twisted serial killer.

I thought that I knew exactly what was happening when I started reading and was ready to predict the ending, when suddenly everything I thought I knew for certain was flipped on its head in the space of a few pages. Dark of Night is jam-packed full of uncertainty, and you never really know who or what to trust. All of Claire’s books will keep you guessing throughout, and if you’re anything like me you’ll struggle to put them down.

Book four has just been released and is sitting waiting on my Kindle at the moment, with book five due out in January. I can’t wait to dive back into Ruari’s world again!

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 

I’d been meaning to pick up Crazy Rich Asians for the longest time, but when I realised it was one of the free Kindle downloads with Amazon Prime I knew I couldn’t wait any longer. With the film released earlier this year, I’d seen a lot of hype about the trilogy, and now that I’ve read it I understand why.

Nick Young and Rachel Chu are spending the summer in Singapore with Nick’s family, but Nick has failed to mention some pretty important details about his family – like the fact he’s one of Singapore’s most eligible bachelors and his family is amongst the richest in the country. What Rachel expected to be a relaxing vacation and an introduction to her boyfriend’s family soon turns into a dramatic explosion of scheming relatives and family tensions.

This book has everything. It has drama, gossip, fashion, humour, food, romance – the lot. It is absolutely fascinating and I could not put it down, finishing it in one sitting on the train back from London. It’s an absolute rollercoaster from start to finish and it’s easily my favourite book of the year. The first book, Crazy Rich Asians, is definitely the best of the trilogy, but China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems were also great reads.

A pile of books sitting on a bed, featuring Vox by Christina Dalcher, Sleep by C.L. Taylor and He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly, topped with a Kindle Paperwhite

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly 

Ohhhh my god this book is intense. Kit and Laura witnessed an attack after a total eclipse fifteen years ago that changed their lives forever. Laura knows that she made the right decision, but she doesn’t realise just how much their lives will be tangled up in the situation from then on.

It’s important to note that this book features sexual assault, so it might not be the best read for everybody. It’s terrifying and absolutely enthralling, with so many twists and turns that leave you unsure who to trust. Secrets are spilled, and this book will keep you guessing at every corner before tensions burst. It’s a really clever read, with a twist that I found genuinely shocking.

Sleep by C.L. Taylor 

Okay, so Sleep isn’t actually due out until March 2019, but my mum received an advance review copy through C.L. Taylor’s book club and I couldn’t wait to talk about it. I always love C.L. Taylor’s books (although her YA debut left a lot to be desired), with Sleep being no different. In fact, I’d say it’s my favourite of hers!

After a terrifying accident, Anna takes a job on a remote Scottish island, but her attempts to escape soon leave her in a deadly situation. Seven guests descend on the hotel she works at, each with a secret.

When you’ve read a lot of thrillers, and know an author’s work quite well, it becomes all too easy to guess what lies ahead in a book. Taylor’s newest book, however, proved me wrong throughout. I stayed up reading this because I just had to know what was happening.

The remote setting was perfect, making for a gripping, atmospheric read. Again, the ending took me by surprise, and just as you think you know what’s happening and who to trust, you’ll realise you couldn’t have been more wrong.

Vox by Christina Dalcher 

Dystopian fiction is by far one of my favourite genres, but I’ve found so many recent releases to be plain disappointing. Even classics like The Handmaid’s Tale left me with more questions than answers (so I was delighted to hear about the upcoming sequel), but Vox ticked all of my boxes.

Think of it as the perfect lovechild of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power, set in a world where women are only allowed to speak just one hundred words a day. Jean is determined to reclaim her voice and create a better world for her daughter, but she has a long way to go before that can happen.

Vox is disturbing in the best way. It was infuriating, thought-provoking and full of suspense. It’s an incredibly gripping read with perfect pacing and a satisfying end. I loved it, so so so so much. It’s a must read, and without a doubt deserving of a place on my best books list for 2018.

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus 

loved this. It’s definitely one of the lightest reads in my best books list, but it’s not to be missed. One of Us is Lying is described as being The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, and I’d say that’s an accurate description. Five near-enough strangers walk into detention together, but only four make it out alive. 

This had me hooked from the off and is full of twists throughout. This is the first young adult book I’ve enjoyed this much in a really long time, but it’s easily one of my favourite reads of the year. It’s overly dramatic, but in the best way, and it will totally suck you in.

In a Dark, Dark, Wood by Ruth Ware 

Ruth Ware is another author whose work I have loved in 2018, having read all four of her current novels throughout 2018. They’re all great in their own ways, but In a Dark, Dark, Wood has to be my favourite.

Nora hadn’t seen Clare for ten years, and out of the blue, an invitation arrives for her hen do – which is when things start to go very wrong. What happens next will suck you in and take you on an electrifying rollercoaster of suspense and confusion. This is the epitome of a thriller. It’s really fast-paced, to the point that I finished it in a night.

Honourable mentions have to go to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Playing Big by Tara Mohr and You by Caroline Kepnes which were also great reads that I’d highly recommend picking up in 2019.

Here’s to another year of great books! See you in 2019 x