Top 5 Books of 2018 (So far!)

I have been terribly inactive this past week due to the resurgence of a Sims addiction I can’t seem to keep under control and my latest obsession with The Eye of the World, the first Wheel of Time novel. I had meant to write a post for A Little But a Lot’s ‘Six for Sunday’ prompt Favourite Books this Year So Far but I was 4 generations deep into my Sims’ dynasty and couldn’t tear myself away long enough to do any writing. So I’ve altered this prompt down to 5 books and I’m releasing it 6 days late. Better late than never, right?

Now the tricky part. I’ve read 11 books so far this year and other than an isolated instance, I’ve enjoyed them all very much. I definitely get trapped in the mindset that every book I finish is ‘the best book I’ve ever read’ immediately after completion, so it’s fun to reflect on them all weeks or months after the fact. So here are the 5 books that I consider to be the best of my 2018 reads (so far!).

5. Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff (2016)

Read my review from March. 

Though it lost some points for its slow start, Lovecraft Country deserves so much praise for it’s cast of badass, no-nonsense female characters. The story follows an extended family of black Americans during the 1950s as they battle rampant racism alongside an almost lesser evil of a Lovecraftian cult. Written in an episodic format, the book is filled with a fascinating cast of characters who all stand up to their own inner demons while living in a world where they are targeted with constant emotional and physical abuse everywhere they go.

 

4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011)

Read my review from April. 

I’m still surprised that I actually enjoyed this book as much as I did. Despite the lack of character development and plot depth, Ready Player One was an absolute blast to read and an exciting throwback to so many bits and pieces of my childhood, some I had completely forgotten about. As I discussed in my review it’s flawed in ways that would normally make me hate a book, but I gave it a pass in return for a fluffy and enjoyable page-turner that gripped my attention throughout. I’m looking forward to checking out the movie adaption soon.

 

3. The Haunted Moustache by David Bramwell (2016)

Read my review from February.

Bramwell’s The Haunted Moustache is one of the strangest books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It details the years when the author first moved to Brighton in southeast England and the unusual group of people he befriended and loved. The book’s scrapbook-like layout and occasionally questionable truths paint a unique and unforgettable picture of one of my favourite places in the country. As it isn’t a long book, The Haunted Moustache is a perfect companion for the train ride from London down to the rocky beaches of Brighton.

 

2. Gef! The Strange Tale of an Extra-Special Talking Mongoose by Christopher Josiffe (2017)

Read my review from February. 

Dear old Gef, my favourite creepy cryptid. I had been dying to get my hands on a copy of Josiffe’s analysis of the mongoose that ‘haunted’ a small farm on the Isle of Man since it’s release last year. I was nothing short of amazed by the obscure historical information that Josiffe was able to dig up about this more obscure member of the British ghostly canon. I learned a lot reading this book, not only about Gef but also about the Isle of Man and other similar creatures in various geographic folklores. A very colourful, creepy, and hilarious read.

And the winner of 2018 (so far!) is…..

 

1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (2000)

Read my review from March. 

Could it really have been anything else? Danielewski’s bizarre and mind-warping tome has left me searching for answers in the depths of the internet over a month after I finished reading it. Forget 2018, this is easily one of my favourite books of all time. After I had finished reading it I knew that I would never read anything else like it ever again, and the thought left me simultaneously sad and excited to read it again in a couple years for a new perspective. Maybe I’ll eventually be able to detangle the surrealist web Danielewski weaves throughout this monumental and outstanding narrative.

As you can see, 2018 has been a really exciting year of reading for me so far. I can’t wait to see what my ‘Top 5 of 2018’ looks like in a couple of months! How is your 2018 reading going so far? Have you found any new favourites? Let me know in the comments!

10 thoughts on “Top 5 Books of 2018 (So far!)

  1. JJ ☕️🐇 (@darkmaterialss) says:

    I had much less success with RPO: where you gave the development and plot flaws a pass, I just couldn’t get over them 😂 I’m really happy to see another glowing review for House of Leaves though! It’s been on my TBR for ages. I need to quit dragging my feet and read it already 🙂

    • Ashley says:

      I totally understand about Ready Player One! I get why people either love it or hate it and I’m so shocked to be on the ‘love’ side. I’ll never understand why I am haha 😛. House of Leaves certainly leaves a very positive lasting impression, it’s well worth the read through! 🙂 Once you get started it’s really hard to stop.

    • Ashley says:

      Sims 3 is definitely the best Sims! I’m playing 4 at the moment but it’ll never be as good as 3. Sims is one of those games I don’t play for 6 months and then binge for a week straight haha. Never gets old!! 😋

      • Norrie says:

        My last sims binge was around the end of 2016 i think…
        Tried sims 4, but i dunno… the time is running super fast and it just annoyed me. In sims 3 i had that mod to make the time realistic, but last time i played 4, this was not available yet, so i kinda just gave up on it…

  2. thebibliophagist90 says:

    I too have a problem getting addicted to sims. I have sims 4, but stopped played long ago because I’ll play for hours and not even notice!!

    Side note…these books sound really good!

    • Ashley says:

      It’s so bad, it could be 5pm when i start playing and the next time I look at the clock its 2am. I also don’t play very often because I know it’s too addicting haha. But when I do my weekend magically vanishes!

      They’re all fantastic! I can’t recommend each of them enough! 🙂

  3. InkBlottings says:

    Now you’ve made me want to load up the Sims and start playing again! I just might – it’s been a while since I’ve actually committed myself to playing. All these books sound really good! I completely understand what you mean about thinking a book ‘is the best book you’ve read’ until the next book comes along.

    I really enjoyed ‘Ready Player One’ too and I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s portrayed in the film. It’s such an interesting world and definitely creates interesting vibes.

    I have heard so many good things about ‘House Of Leaves’ but I keep putting off going to buy it and reading it for some reason. I think I’m somewhat apprehensive of it not living up to the hype that it has, though I’m sure that, when I do finally read it, I’ll end up kicking myself for not getting to it sooner.

    I also just wanted to let you know that I recently tagged you in the ‘book blogger insider tag’ that I posted on my blog. I’m not at all sure how to do user mentions in posts/comments yet (I think my account may be playing up) so I’m not sure if you got the mention notification, but I just wanted to let you know if you didn’t! If you’d like to check out the post, please feel free to do so and let me know what you think! http://inkblottings.com/book-blogger-insider-tag/

    No pressure! If you don’t want to do the tag, that’s completely fine, but I just thought I’d let you know if you weren’t aware 🙂 Thank you!!

    • Ashley says:

      Glad to hear you also enjoyed Ready Player One! It’s a bit of guilty pleasure, but I can’t help but scream about how much I loved it. I promise you that House of Leaves lives up to the hype. I was so sceptical as well, especially since its a more experimental novel, but it’s seriously incredible. It took me a while to take the plunge and I really was kicking myself for not reading it sooner. It’s now one of my favourite books! Thank you so much for the tag 🙂 I missed seeing that you had tagged me in it, so I’ll do this soon. It looks like fun and I love your answers!

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