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Top Ten Tuesday: Best books I’ve read in 2018 so far

(This is part of a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl)


This one is going to be very short and sweet because I’ve been in such an awful book slump this year, I’ve had to scrape myself through some of the books I’ve read so far. Things I would usually enjoy have been lackluster and dissatisfying (A Court of Frost and Starlight, Spiders in the Grove, Hero at the Fall, Children of Ambition etc.) but there have been a very small number of titles that have pulled through and made me enjoy reading again. These are those stories….


1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman, released November 2016.
I could not put this down. I absolutely loved it – from the concept to the characters to the plot. Everything. It was just so good and I cannot rave about it enough. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery – two teenagers must master the “art” of a taking a life and becoming part of the Scythedom.

2. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, released January 2018.
This book has been on my reading list for forever and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it. Anna Fox hasn’t left her house in 10 months and now spends most of her time spying on her neighbours, when one evening Anna witnesses something she shouldn’t. Can she uncover the truth? Can she trust herself? I found myself glued to this book, and just when you think this might be your standard-wannabe-Gone-Girl thriller the final 10% hits you square in the face.

3. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, released March 2015.
I’ve heard a lot said about this book since its publication in 2015 but never bothered to pick it up because non-fiction books about mental health aren’t my thing. I read to escape from my own mental health, not be reminded of it. And boy was I wrong. This book changed me. My mental health took a significant dip this year after I finally thought I’d “fixed” myself. It wasn’t until I stumbled across a quote from this book did I realise Haig was describing things that I had been feeling for months. This book made me feel seen. This made me feel understood. This book made me feel less alone. This book is accessible, moving, funny, and life-changing. If you find yourself struggling, this book is a must-read.

4. Pet Sematary by Stephen King, released November 1983.
I’ve been meaning to read a King novel for years and have only found myself dabbling in his short stories from time to time. That was until my boyfriend gifted me with this beaut of a book. When Louis Creed and his family move to the town of Ludlow, Maine, Creed begins to realise that all is not as it seems when he discovers the ancient Indian burial ground situated deep in the woods. King calls Pet Sematary his scariest book and I can understand why. Explaining such would give away too many spoilers so this is one you’ll definitely have to read and find out the answer for yourself.

What are the best books you’ve read so far this year?
Dying to read any of the above? Have any on your list that you think I’d be interested in? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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  • Reply Astilbe

    Pet Sematary was one of the first full-length, adult books I read that truly frightened me. What a story!

    This is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    10th July 2018 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Arwen @ I Love A Good Book

    I just got introduced to Neal Shusterman this year when I read Unwind (in fact it’s on my list for this week.) Scythe definitely sounds good. Reasons to Stay Alive sounds good too, it went onto my TBR.

    My TTT:

    10th July 2018 at 6:14 pm
    • Reply Jess

      I’ve seen a lot about Unwind and I’m definitely intrigued to read so I hope I get to at some point. I hope you read Scythe because it is a seriously amazing series

      13th August 2018 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Aj @ Read All The Things!

    Scythe is one of my favorites of the year, too. I read Pet Sematary as a teenager and loved it.

    12th July 2018 at 1:32 am
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