Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

I have been fortunate to be blessed, although in lower numbers, with some quality reading thus far this year. Here are ten books I have enjoyed the most:

  1. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier – A gripping, gothic suspense, which had me time-travelling back to the wild, dangerous Cornwall of the 1300s.
  2. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi – An eye-opening look at Islam and an inspiring tale of finding the peace in Jesus.
  3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë – A beautifully written classic, with engaging characters, that cleverly explores the societal troubles, strifes and wrongs of the time.
  4. God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew – An inspiring and thrilling tale of one man’s truly awesome faith and mission, which also made for a wonderful discussion point at my book club meeting.
  5. Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver – A collection of great new and traditional recipes for all the family with a super food twist.
  6. Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir – A powerful tale of a courageous woman, that completely immersed me into tumultuous Tudor England.
  7. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory – Another brilliantly written and researched piece of historical fiction, which, while it lacked the romance and magic I loved from The White Queen, it did grip me from beginning to end!
  8. The Hairy Dieters (5) Go Veggie by Si King & Dave Myers – A great collection of vegetarian recipes. I look forward to trying them.
  9. Queen of Hearts, Volume 3: War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes –  A fitting and very satisfying ending to this clever and refreshing re-imagining of Wonderland.
  10. A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King – Another nostalgic and thrilling mystery. I look forward to reading more from this series.

Have you read any of my choices? What have been your favourite books so far this year? Also, please link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.


20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

    1. Hello Lauren, thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂 Hopefully we will both be able to indulge in more of Gregory’s wonderful brand of historical fiction soon! 😀

  1. So glad to see The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and The House on the Strand on your list! I loved the former and can’t wait to read the latter. Hope the rest of your reading year is just as excellent, Jessica!

    1. FranL, I am pleased to hear you enjoyed three of the books on my list and I really look forward to checking out your page-to-screen list, as I love a good adaptation. 🙂

  2. I’m pleased to see both The House on the Strand and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall on your list as I loved those two books! I enjoyed the Laurie R. King book too and really need to read the next book in that series soon.

    1. Helen, making this list reminded me I really need to continue King’s Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and no excuse either as I have the next seven books ready and waiting to go!

  3. I’ve only read one on this list (The Red Queen), but two others are in my TBR pile. I have a feeling I’ll get to Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus far sooner than the Bronte book (which has been on my shelf for decades). 😉

    1. Kelly, I hope you enjoy Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus as much as I did, but I also highly recommend that you dust down your copy of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall too!

  4. Interesting meme and great list! I read (and loved) Katherine of Aragon: the True Queen quite some time ago and I just finished reading the next book on that series, the one on Anne Boleyn, and liked it as much, or perhaps more. I think that Alison Weir made a superb work turning Anne into a very human and even likeable character while keeping true to her historical reality.

    Also, I’ll have to go and check that one by JO. Your description sounds rather good 🙂

    1. Thank you Irene – I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed my list so much. Also I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed Weir’s second book about Anne Boleyn so much, as I have it on my summer TBR and I am really looking forward to it. 🙂

    1. Karen, I love Si & Dave’s ‘Hairy Dieter’ cookbooks 😀 I am not particularly looking to lose weight, but I just love how down-to-earth and healthy their recipes are.

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