Annual Roundup: My books of 2018

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.



Recipe for being a Woman by Hermione Cameron, published by Ampersand Publishing
Lou Ham: Racing Anthropocene Statements by Paul Hawkins, published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe

Children’s fiction

Sunny and the Ghosts by Alison Moore, published by Salt

Non Fiction

Under the Rock: The Poetry of a Place by Benjamin Myers, published by Elliot & Thompson

Humorous fiction


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



Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth, published by One (Pushkin Press)
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak, published by Doubleday

Damn good reads


Sight by Jessie Greengrass, published by John Murray
Murmur by Will Eaves, published by CB Editions


El Hacho by Luis Carrasco, published by époque press
Milkman by Anna Burns, published by Faber & Faber

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.

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6 comments on “Annual Roundup: My books of 2018

  1. Under the Rock and Little are still waiting to be read here…

  2. Haven’t read many of these but Milkman is on my book group list for next year.

  3. I so want to read Writer in Residence – it sounds excellent. Great list!

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