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Top 5 Books of 2018

Of the 51 books I read this year it was fairly easy to narrow down my favourites. These are books that I enjoyed immensely and have thought a lot about since finishing them.

Not all of these were published in 2018 but I read them during the year so am counting them towards my list. Also, not all of these got 5-star reviews from me – a sure sign I need to review my system!

Number 5

The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite

Buddy read with Sleepy Sam Reads. This is a stonker of a book! A twisty, turny, shock on shock book that I don’t think got the recognition it deserved last year.

Number 4

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw

Charlie offered me a copy of his book to review and I’m so glad he did. This is an alternative take on what Heaven is. If you enjoy Star Wars, Red Dwarf or The Hitchhikers Guide then you’ll love this story.

Number 3

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Recommended by Emma, and raved about by pretty much everyone who read it, Vox is the story of a dystopian America. Women have had all rights removed from them… including their right to speak more than 100 words a day. Vox is a truly terrifying tale of what happens when power goes mad.

Number 2

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Who didn’t hear about The Poppy War last year?! The surprising debut from R.F. Kuang that took the blogging world by storm. NOT my usual type of story but WHAT. A. Story. Kuang’s follow up is my much anticipated read for 2019.

Review of The Poppy War can be found here.

Number 1

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Released in November 2017 this is my top pick of 2018. This story broke me. It’s a bittersweet tale of one man and his cat. A short book that can easily be read in an afternoon but just remember the tissues =^..^=

Special Mention

In Servitude by Heleen Kist

This one deserves an extra special mention. In Servitude was part of Shalini’s Digital Reads Blog Tour last year and I was lucky enough to nab a spot on it. Heleen’s book is set in my hometown of Perth in Scotland and I just loved this book! I wish Heleen every success in the future. She deserves it!

So, that’s it! That’s 2018 done and dusted. The Goodreads challenge has been set for 2019 and I’m off to a good start hopefully!

Looking forward to reading about YOUR top picks of 2018!

Love’n’stuff

Jo @ Online Blanket Fort x

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