2018 was a year of exploring new genres and discovering new and first-time published authors. The year wasn’t all success when it comes to books and you can read about my worst reads of 2018 here. Fear not though, this post is about the best five reads of 2018 and gosh there were some amazing books.
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker was such a great and suspenseful novel. It is a prequel to Bram Stoker’s original novel Dracula and chronicles the life of a young Bram and his family. Perceptions of reality become blurred and the end of the novel will have you wondering if vampires are real. I thoroughly enjoyed this page-turner and also getting to relive some good old fashioned vampire fiction. If you want to see a full review, check out my post here.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh was read at the end of 2018 so it just made its way into my ‘best’ category by a hair. Saying that though, this book deserves all the hype in my opinion and even though this was a late comer for me in 2018 it was still outstanding. Moshfegh’s writing brings you along a drug induced sloppy and sleepy journey where you hate the main character and still wish to see them succeed. Her book is bittersweet and grapples with the question of what happens when we do not face our fears and our emotions. I will have a full review of this novel coming up soon so stay tuned.
Bleaker House is a book about writing. It is about chasing your dreams and realising just how unprepared you are for them. I have read Nell Stevens book three times and I rarely re-read books. There is something about this novel that speaks to me on a personal level and plays with my hopes and dreams of writing. It is bleak and bland, yet the writing is extremely calming and witty. I have listened to this as an audiobook and read it in book form. Either way, if you are a writer, reader, and/or a dreamer, this is an amazing book.
This novel won best of memoir/autobiography in the Goodreads Best Books of 2018 awards for a very good reason. Tara Westover’s first book, a memoir, talks about her life on the fringes of society and growing up in an extremely volatile and strange household. The recounts of her life mixed in with the real and raw emotions of coming to terms with her experiences is what makes this memoir truly amazing. I wrote a more detailed review of the book along with a discussion about mental health and parent/child relationships here.
If you want to feel terrified, intrigued, scared, and hopeful then I’ll Be Gone In the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer is a true crime novel for you. This book follows the cases attributed to the Golden State killer and actually led to the case being re-opened. It proffers ethical questions about DNA banks and how the police and law can get access to your medical/DNA records. It is suspenseful and scary as well as offering insights into how far policing practices have come. This book was suspenseful to the end and it is amazing to think that the author changed this from an unsolved cold case to red-hot. If you want to see my thoughts on the ethics of DNA use and privacy surrounding this novel, check out my post here.
So there you have it readers! 2018 was a year of memoirs and autobiographies for me. I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of amazing and wonderful authors and I honestly struggled to limit this post to just my top five books because there were so many.
What books did you love in 2018? Do any of my top five spike your interests? As always, share the reading love.
I’d agree with 4/5 and that’s only because I haven’t read Dracul yet. Memoir has fast become my favourite genre of book – only because there are so many sub-genres within it! You should read Trace by Rachael Brown, I think I enjoyed that more than I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.
Thanks for the book recommendation (Trace), I will put it on my TBR.