I always rather look forward to pulling together a post about my books of the year – I just love looking back through the year’s posts, remembering the pleasure every single book has given me. My Goodreads challenge tells me I’ve read 141 books this year – far more than in previous years, though fairly tame compared with some of my blogger friends – but when I add in the early reads and the ones that I couldn’t review for other reasons, it’s actually over 150. I know it’s something I say every year, but 2018 really has been an exceptional year for books – I gave 107 of the books I’ve read a thoroughly deserved five stars on both Amazon and Goodreads, and I really did want to include every single one of them.
Last year I wrestled my top favourites into a final list of 20 – this year, I’ve found the task totally impossible. So, I’m going to produce a list in two parts. Romance makes up a large part of my reading, and it always rather upsets me that so many of the books I’ve enjoyed within that genre fail to make the “cut” when I pare down my list – and I was particularly incensed that the whole genre has also been excluded from the lists from the Guardian and the BBC this year. Today, I have my first list of 18 (in 2018, the figure seemed appropriate!) drawn from across all my reading range (including, I’ll admit, a few that probably could have been on the romance list instead – forgive me for that, I have no energy left for reshuffling!).
Here’s my first 18… they’re not in any real order, and all links are to my reviews.
Do join me again tomorrow to discover the romance reads that delighted me this year…