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Top 10 Tuesday 10th July

on July 10, 2018

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday, originally created and hosted by The Broke & The Bookish and now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is one of my favourites.

Top 10 Books Read So Far In 2018

  1. Eleanor Elephant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I absolutely loved this book. I really adored Eleanor’s voice and her negotiating of the world around her and her struggles to come to an understanding of what had occurred in her life. The friendship she builds is very sweet and this book is just beautiful and heartbreaking and amazing. Can’t wait to read another book by Gail Honeyman.

2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I’d heard a lot about this in the couple of months before its release and so I added it to the wishlist and for me, it lived up to its expectations. The second half of this book was incredible and the ending….. left me so desperate for the second book!

3. Graevale by Lynette Noni. I love this series more and more with each book. This is the most recent instalment and there’s just one more to go – dying to see how it all ends.

4. The Diary Of A Bookseller by Shaun Bythell. I just really liked this. It’s kind of like my dream job and the notes Bythell keeps are so funny. He’s very sarcastic, which probably isn’t to everyone’s taste but I really enjoyed his observations about his job running a 2nd hand bookstore and his notes on his quirky regular customers.

5. The Break by Katherena Vermette. This was a really powerful story set in Canada during the grip of winter. I love books set in remote locations, the more so the better. Alaska, eastern Russia, northern Scandinavia, bring it on. It’s even better if the winters are long and savage. But I was surprised just how much I enjoyed this story of the politics of the Metis community (half native indigenous Canadian) and the police. Super gritty, very real.

6. Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton. The third and final book in the Rebel of the Sands series and it was everything I was hoping for (even though it deliberately ripped my heart out like three times and made me freak out).

7. The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland. Hands down my favourite book this year – beautiful story, even more beautiful writing, the sort of book that sticks with you forever. Look how beautiful that cover is! This is like a love letter to Australian native flora.

8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer & Annie Barrows. I know, this book came out forever ago and I only just read it this year when I received a copy of this movie tie-in edition just before the movie was released in Australia. I read it in a couple of hours and I absolutely adored it. It’s such a beautiful book. All those characters…. My heart broke for so many of them. The day after reading this I went to see the movie with my husband (sobbed through it) and it did it justice.

9. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Loved this! Such a fun romance that contained a character on the spectrum, diverse characters and I really liked the  attention paid to consent as well. It was funny and sweet and quite different to lots of other romances I’ve read. Looking forward to the next romance from Helen Hoang.

10. The Nowhere Child by Christian White. I just read this last month and it’s already on the way to being huge. It won an award last year for an unpublished manuscript and it’s such a polished and intriguing story! I was hooked from the first page and I’ve literally been recommending this one to everyone I know!

So there’s my 10….but I probably have a few I should give honourable mentions to: Cake At Midnight by Jessie L. Star, The Three Of Us by Kim Lock, The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth, Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer, Five Years From Now by Paige Toon, On The Right Track by Penelope Janu, The Art Of Friendship by Lisa Ireland and Staying by Jessie Cole.

It’s been a good reading year so far……and today will be a good opportunity to find some books to make the second half just as good, if not better!


33 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 10th July

  1. I had a very similar response to Guernsey that you had. I read it last year and really liked it a lot. I didn’t expect the epistolary style to be that appealing to me. But it was. I didn’t know about the movie. Was it good?

  2. Kelly W says:

    The Cruel Prince is on my list this week too! I don’t know if I’d call it a cliffhanger but there’s definitely a suspenseful ending there and I’m so curious to see what will happen next, I don’t know what way the story will go…

  3. ChrissiReads says:

    Wow! It looks like you’ve read some amazing books this year! 🙂 A couple on here I may just have to add to my TBR!

  4. bevbaird says:

    So many great books – some already on my TBR. Loved the Guernsey book as well.

  5. Greg says:

    The cruel Prince seems to be showing up on a lot of lists so far, and I can see why from the reviews I’ve seen. I’m definitely going to get that one!

    The break sounds great!

    • The Break was amazing, quite different to what I was expecting but very powerful. I found the politics of the community really interesting.

      Hope you get a chance to get sucked into The Cruel Prince.

  6. Alwyn Hamiltons books made my list too! I still haven’t red Hero at the Fall yet, I’ve heard mixed reviews!

    My TTT:

  7. The Kiss Quotient was cute. I would like to read The Cruel Prince at some point. There’s been a lot of good books out this year so far!

  8. I was actually kind of disappointed by Hero At The Fall! Glad to see you liked it though 🙂
    My TTT:

    • Despite the fact that I loved it, I can see why some people didn’t like it as much as I did. The first part felt long/slow and I know the author really manipulated the reader in parts as well. But just the overall world and events really worked for me.

      • I get that! It wasn’t so much that I felt manipulated, it was the slow thing that did it for me-plus at the time I was reading it, I had a lot of assignments due at Uni, so maybe wasn’t the best time for a 500 odd page novel!

  9. Diary of a Bookseller and The Kiss Quotient are both on my TBR! Glad to hear you enjoyed them.

    This is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  10. I haven’t rad any of the books mentioned in your post!

    I selected the freebie topic and chose the top ten book festivals I’d love to attend here in the USA. Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week:

  11. Kyra Morris says:

    AHH I can’t wait to read The Cruel Prince!! I loved The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, so I’m hoping to love TCP just as much!

    My TTT post!

  12. So many intriguing titles on here! I definitely need to check these out.

  13. Your top 2 are on a lot of lists today. That probably means that I should read them.

  14. Mara says:

    I’m currently reading Eleanor Oliphant but I still added it to my top ten books because I already love it so much! Can’t wait to see how it ends😊

  15. Kaila says:

    Cruel Prince made my list, too! Great picks, I see some I’m going to have to look into 🙂

  16. Mai says:

    Glad to hear you liked The Kiss Quotient! I got in for free on Kindle the other day, can’t wait to read it!

  17. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was sort of on my radar before, but after seeing the trailer for the movie, I feel like it moved up a couple of hundred spots on my TBR list. It sounds amazing! The Diary of a Bookseller sounds intriguing, too. Thanks for sharing your recommendations!

    My TTT: Bookgirl Secrets

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