Here’s the list of all the books I read in 2018. Not all of these books were published in 2018, though many of them are from the last few years. The majority are from English and American writers – I’m looking to expand my horizons this year. The oldest book on the list is probably George Gissing’s New Grub Street (1891) while the newest came out in the last months of 2018.

I’ll be looking at my favourites – and some of my more bizarre choices – in more detail so if you’ve read a book on the list and would like to discuss it or see an in-depth review from me, just let me know in the Facebook comments.

Literary Fiction

  1. Heft – Liz Moore
  2. Capital – John Lanchester
  3. We Are Called to Rise – Laura McBride
  4. The Power- Naomi Alderman
  5. The Driver’s Seat- Muriel Spark
  6. Reality, Reality- Jackie Kay
  7. Love & Fame- Susie Boyt
  8. A Far Cry from Kensington- Muriel Spark
  9. Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse- Patrick Hamilton
  10. Heather, the Totality- Matthew Weiner
  11. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie- Muriel Spark
  12. Sugar Money- Jane Harris
  13. Not Working- Lisa Owens
  14. All That Man Is- David Szalay
  15. The Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick
  16. The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes- Ruth Hogan
  17. King of the Badgers- Philip Hensher
  18. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street- Natasha Pulley
  19. The Girls- Emma Cline
  20. The Hours Before Dawn- Celia Fremlin
  21. A Week in December- Sebastian Faulks
  22. Stoner- John Williams
  23. Pretty Is- Maggie Mitchell
  24. Their Eyes Were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston
  25. The Invisible life of Euridice Gusmao- Martha Batalha
  26. Home- Amanda Berriman
  27. Reservoir 13- Jon McGregor
  28. Conversations with Friends- Sally Rooney
  29. New Grub Street- George Gissing
  30. The Leavers- Lisa Ko
  31. The Party- Elizabeth Day
  32. Adult Onset- Anne-Marie McDonald
  33. Hope- A Tragedy- Shalom Auslander
  34. How I Lose You- Kate McNaughton
  35. Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng
  36. Almost Love- Louise O’Neill
  37. Ordinary People- Diana Evans
  38. Pages for Her- Sylvia Brownrigg
  39. Different Class – Joanne Harris
  40. Home Fires- Elizabeth Day
  41. The Awkward Age- Francesca Segal
  42. How do you Like Me Now? -Holly Bourne
  43. One More Chance- Lucy Ayrton
  44. The London Train- Tessa Hadley
  45. Tin Man- Sarah Winman
  46. Clock Dance- Anne Tyler
  47. Standard Deviation- Katherine Heiny
  48. Less- Andrew Sean Greer
  49. The Innocents- Francesca Segal
  50. The Goldfinch- Donna Tartt
  51. Frida- Barbara Mujica
  52. Property- Lionel Shriver
  53. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing- Eimear McBride
  54. Lullaby – Leila Slimani
  55. My Name is Leon- Kit de Waal
  56. The Fair Fight- Anna Freeman
  57. Fives and Twenty-fives – Michael Pitre
  58. Girls in White Dresses- Jennifer Close
  59. Sweet Caress- William Boyd
  60. Mr Lynch’s Holiday- Catherine O’Flynn
  61. Rules of Seeing- Joe Heap
  62. Mr Oliver’s Object of Desire- VG Lee
  63. Sweet Home- Wendy Erskine
  64. The Patron Saint of Liars- Ann Patchett
  65. The Two Hotel Francforts- David Leavitt
  66. The Lido- Libby Page
  67. Peaches for Monsieur le Cure- Joanne Harris
  68. Transcription- Kate Atkinson
  69. The Uninvited Guests- Sadie Jones
  70. Everything I Never Told You- Celeste Ng
  71. The Lessons- Naomi Alderman
  72. Lara- Bernardine Evaristo
  73. Noonday- Pat Barker
  74. The Vacationers- Emma Straub
  75. Widow Basquiat- Jennifer Clement
  76. Only Child- Rhiannon Navin
  77. The Reservoir Tapes- Jon McGregor
  78. The Immortalists- Chloe Benjamin
  79. All the Good Things- Clare Fisher
  80. Birdcage Walk- Helen Dunmore

Mainstream Fiction

  1. What the Lady Wants – Hester Browne
  2. The Honeymoon Hotel- Hester Browne
  3. The Party- Robyn Harding
  4. Faking Friends- Jane Fallon
  5. The Endless Beach- Jenny Colgan
  6. Sweet Pea- CJ Skuse
  7. Big Little Lies- Liane Moriarty
  8. Surprise Me- Sophie Kinsella
  9. The Marriage Pact- Michelle Richmond
  10. Relight my Fire- Joanna Bolouri
  11. Before We Say Goodbye- Madeleine Reiss
  12. Those Other Women- Nicola Moriarty
  13. What Fresh Hell- Lucy Vine
  14. A Bad Bride’s Tale- Polly Williams
  15. Goodbye Ruby Tuesday- Donna Hay
  16. Perfect Match- Zoe May
  17. Inside the O’Briens- Lisa Genova
  18. A Wedding at Christmas- Chrissie Manby
  19. The Way Back To Us- Kay Langdale
  20. Under Your Skin- Sabine Durrant
  21. Don’t Tell The Groom- Anna Bell
  22. Keep You Safe- Melissa Hill
  23. Friend Request- Laura Marshall
  24. The Accident- Dawn Goodwin
  25. Small Great Things- Jodi Picoult
  26. You Me Everything- Catherine Isaac
  27. Trying- Emily Phillips
  28. The Rest of Me- Katie Marsh
  29. 11.22.63- Stephen King
  30. The Queen of Wishful Thinking- Milly Johnson
  31. Oh my God, What a Complete Aisling- Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
  32. Once in a Lifetime- Chrissie Manby
  33. Why Mummy Swears- Gill Sims
  34. Plain Truth- Jodi Picoult
  35. The Cows- Dawn O’Porter
  36. Brother in the Land- Robert Swindells
  37. The Woman he loved Before- Dorothy Koomson
  38. Charlotte Street- Danny Wallace
  39. The Man I think I Know- Mike Gayle
  40. Lost for Words- Stephanie Butland
  41. Watching You- Lisa Jewell
  42. Bad Twins- Rebecca Chance
  43. The Other Us- Fiona Harper
  44. The Perfectly Imperfect Woman- Milly Johnson
  45. The Wives- Lauren Weisberger
  46. When You Were Older- Catherine Ryan Hyde
  47. All We Ever Wanted- Emily Giffin
  48. If I Stay- Gayle Forman
  49. On the Island- Tracey Garvis Graves
  50. Living the Dream- Lauren Berry
  51. One Day in December- Josie Silver
  52. Is This Love?- Tina Reilly
  53. My Lurid Past- Lauren Henderson
  54. How Hard Can It Be? – Allison Pearson
  55. The Importance of Being Aisling- Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
  56. I Invited Her In- Adele Parks
  57. The Old You- Louise Voss
  58. Kiss Carlo- Adriana Trigiani
  59. An Unnatural Vice- KJ Charles
  60. The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp- Sarra Manning
  61. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?- Claudia Carroll
  62. The Confusion of Karen Carpenter- Jonathan Harvey
  63. The Lives we Touch- Eva Woods
  64. The Christmas Surprise- Jenny Colgan
  65. Girl on the Run- Jane Costello
  66. Island Christmas- Jenny Colgan
  67. Clean- Juno Dawson
  68. To Have and to Hold- Helen Chandler
  69. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
  70. Three Wishes- Liane Moriarty


  1. I Was Told There’d Be Cake- Sloane Crosley
  2. The Song of Lunch- Christopher Reid
  3. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober- Catherine Gray
  4. How You Might Know Me- Sabrina Mahfouz
  5. The Sober Diaries- Clare Pooley
  6. Philomena- Martin Sixsmith
  7. Micromastery- Robert Twigger
  8. The Trip to Echo Spring- Olivia Laing
  9. Fire on All Sides- James Rhodes
  10. Shame- Jasvinder Sanghera
  11. An Angel at my Table- Janet Frame
  12. What Goes Around- Emily Chappell
  13. Cities Are Good For You – Leo Hollis
  14. Educated- Tara Westover
  15. Bettyville- George Hodgman
  16. Dummy- Matt Coyne
  17. Anne Frank – the Biography- Melissa Muller
  18. Gone- Min Kym
  19. Once Upon a Time in the East- Xiaolu Guo
  20. Leap In- Alexandra Heminsley
  21. The Art of Not Falling Apart- Christina Patterson
  22. My Lovely Wife- Mark Lukach
  23. Small Pieces- Joanne Limburg
  24. Not that Kind of Love- Clare and Greg Wise
  25. Public Confessions of a Middle Aged Woman- Sue Townsend
  26. Spectacles- Sue Perkins
  27. The Year of Living Danishly- Helen Russell
  28. Look we have coming to Dover!- Daljit Nagra
  29. The Lives of the Muses- Francine Prose
  30. Logical Family- Armistead Maupin
  31. The Love-Charm of Bombs- Lara Feigel
  32. Mindful Drinking – Rosamund Dean
  33. Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate- Susan Calman
  34. Wild- Cheryl Strayed
  35. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage- Ann Patchett
  36. The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion- Kei Miller
  37. Wild Nights- Kim Addonizio
  38. Hillbilly Elegy- JD Vance
  39. Changing my Mind: Essays- Zadie Smith
  40. Am I Ugly?- Michelle Elman
  41. Cuckoo in the Nest- Nat Luurtsema
  42. Pamper Me to Hell and Back- Hera Lindsay Bird
  43. Bad Blood- Lorna Sage
  44. The Book of Forgotten Authors- Christopher Fowler
  45. Theft by Finding- David Sedaris
  46. Lush- Gabrielle Fernie
  47. A Moment of Grace- Patrick Dillon
  48. Late Fragments- Kate Gross
  49. The Lonely City- Olivia Laing
  50. Lit: A Memoir- Mary Karr

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