My Top 10 Reads of 2018

As ever, this has been a difficult choice as most of my reads this year have been ‘top’ reads. I had many 5* reads during the last year but this list is from those 5* that I felt had something extra special, whether it be a beautifully written story or character or a knock you around the head plot twist. I could have included many more but then this list would be endless.

In no particular order – (if you’d like to read my review, please click on the book title in the header):

The Confession by Jo Spain

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

The Old You by Louise Voss

Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys

Do No Harm by Lucy V Hay

The After Wife by Cass Hunter

The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech

The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul

And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

As is always the case there are always so many books that I have been sent and those I buy that I really want to read but just can’t find the time to fit in. My Goodreads Reading Challenge this year was woeful – 75 books completed. Yes. Just 75! For a book blogger that is quite bad. In my defence, this year has been a bit rubbish, recurring health issues have messed with my reading and reviewing and trying to keep up with blog tour and review obligations has at times been quite stressful. I’m hoping that 2019 will be better. I won’t be cutting out blog tours completely – there will always be an author or book that I simply can’t resist but I will be cutting back on review tours to leave more free choice reading time.

I’d like to thank the publishers and authors who continue to send me their books for review. I’m sorry if I haven’t been able to get to yours yet but it is still waiting on the bookshelf or Kindle and it will have its turn.

Thank you to everyone who supports my blog – whether by reading my posts, or sharing them.

Finally, a very happy New Year and with all best wishes to everyone for 2019.



  1. 31st December 2018 / 2:29 pm

    Ooooo some of these will be on my list when I type it later! Fab list! X

    • Karen
      31st December 2018 / 3:16 pm

      Thank you Kaisha. Will be interested to see which ones we match on. x

  2. 31st December 2018 / 3:48 pm

    75 is still really good reading!!! If i didn’t start blogging I would never have read that many in a year!

    • Karen
      31st December 2018 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks Zoe. I’ve kept a spreadsheet over the last 10 years of all the books I read each month. Looking back, I used to read a lot more before I started blogging and could easily get through 10+ books each month. Now I seem to be lucky to read half that amount!

  3. 31st December 2018 / 11:26 pm

    Ooo – The Confession was on my top list too!

    • Karen
      1st January 2019 / 12:26 am

      Yay, it was a great book, wasn’t it!

  4. 2nd January 2019 / 1:03 am

    I’ve only read Fatal Inheritance, which I thoroughly enjoyed too, but I’ve seen Once Upon A River appear on so many year end posts I really must add it to my wishlist! 75 is good! It’s quality that counts, not quantity… 😉

    Happy New Year – I hope 2019 turns out good for you! 🍾

    • Karen
      3rd January 2019 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you – yes it may only have been 75 reads but the quality was great. You must add Once Upon a River – its marvellous. Happy New Year to you too x

  5. 5th January 2019 / 3:28 am

    Ohhhhh dear. I haven’t read any of these….. YET.

    • Karen
      5th January 2019 / 11:52 am

      I’ve been looking at other’s best of lists and thinking the same thing Lynne! We will get to them – one day!

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