Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about the ten best books we’ve read so far this year. It’s always good to do this halfway into the year, since I’ll end up using this list to develop my “best of” lists at the end of the year.
These aren’t books that were published in 2018, just ones I’ve read. I had trouble comparing very different genres, so I’ve broken out my favorites by category:
I wanted to include a few books of short stories, but I was over ten, and that’s next week’s topic so I’ll include them then.
- Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
- Happiness by Aminatta Forna
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Fantasy and Science Fiction:
- Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly
- After Atlas by Emma Newman
- The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
That’s 11, actually. But I just finished Eleanor Oliphant and wanted to throw it in.
Just Mercy is also one of my top reads for this year by far. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to read it but so glad I finally did. Great list!
I agree about waiting too long to read it! I’m so glad I did – now I recommend it to everyone.
I thought Sing, Unburied, Sing was fantastic too 😊 Great list!
My TTT: https://lifewithallthebooks.com/2018/07/10/top-ten-tuesday-best-books-ive-read-in-2018-so-far/
Thanks, I found Sing, Unburied really haunting and I liked that it was both realistic and had supernatural elements. There was a lot in this book.
I haven’t read any of these, but I’d like to check out the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.
Arden’s trilogy (so far) is really fantastic. A lot of fantasy novels seem pretty similar to me, but her characters and depiction of Russian history and culture really stand out. And the second book was just as good as the first.
You’ve reminded me of a few I have wanted to read! I read Killers of the Flower Moon and thought it was excellent. But what a shameful period of American history. Thanks for sharing your list!
Thanks for visiting! I agree that it’s a shameful period of American history – and sadly we have quite a few of those. I wasn’t prepared to feel so devastated by the end of this book.
Eleanor Oliphant, Home Fire, and An American Marriage are on my TBR list. I’m looking forward to reading them!
I liked Elinor Oliphant too, and The Girl in the Tower. Of course you know how I feel about Just Mercy.
Yes, Home Fire was excellent! And I just bought my copy of Girl in the Tower because I need to have the book to keep and lend to friends.
“Home Fire” was one of my top reads so far of this year, too. Engrossing while I was reading it and left me thinking about it long afterward.
YES The Girl In The Tower! I’m so bummed Winter of the Witch got bumped to a winter release because I want it NOW!