Another year has flown by. My decision at the end of last year to withdraw from participation in blog tours was absolutely the right choice for me but has meant I now feel somewhat removed from the wider book blogging community. Thankfully, by and large, publishers have not been deterred and I continue to receive many fabulous books to review. I have also made more of an effort to attend literary events. London remains an expensive trek but plenty of authors have travelled west and I have enjoyed meeting them in Bristol, Bath and Marlborough. To those bloggers who continue to support my writing by sharing posts on their social media channels – thank you.
From around 160 books read this year I have selected 15 as my books of 2018. To be included here the title had to be given a firm 5* on my first assessment, and to remain with me in the months after reading. It is an eclectic list, obviously reflecting my personal tastes. My book of the year though is one that I happily recommend everyone read.
Click on the title below to read my review. Click on the cover to learn more or purchase.
Sunny and the Ghosts by Alison Moore, published by Salt
Under the Rock: The Poetry of a Place by Benjamin Myers, published by Elliot & Thompson
Francis Plug: Writer in Residence by Paul Ewen, published by Galley Beggar Press
Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers by Ryan O’Neill, published by Lightning Books
Deliciously disturbing fiction
The Weaning by Hannah Vincent, published by Salt
Challenging but worth it fiction
Three Dreams in the Key of G by Marc Nash, published by Dead Ink
Damn good reads
My book of the year
Little by Edward Carey, published by Gallic Books
If tempted to buy any of these titles do please consider visiting your local independent bookshop – you may also order from many of them online. Alternatively, small publishers in particular benefit from direct sales from their websites, thereby enabling the publication of more great books.