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T5W – Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

This week’s topics for the Top 5 Wednesday series is: Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018.

I have read many excellent books this year. I had a few months when I didn’t feel like reading but despite of that, I have managed to read about 40 books.

Out of those, following five books really stood out for me:

  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (review)

educated

A powerful testament of how we can choose to stop being defined by our past. It is a thought provoking memoir that left me with a strong feeling of unease long after I finished reading it. I still think about it months after I finished reading this book. Its main theme is privilege – we don’t get to choose circumstances we are born into. It also explores belonging, shame, forgiveness as well as the ability to become an observer, rather than a victim of your past.

“You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them,” she says now. “You can miss a person every day, and still be glad that they are no longer in your life.” 

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (review)

eleanor

I enjoyed its witty writing, consistent pacing and all those wonderful characters. Eleanor is the main protagonist but there are many supporting personalities that I enjoyed reading about as well. They are really what this book is all about. They are vivid, charming and you just want to know a little bit more of them and have to keep on reading. It is not a fun or a light-hearted book as it deals with some serious issues, but I appreciated how it made me think as well as feel.

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.” 

  • Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe

What a lovely book. Circe tells a story of an eternal witch, who gets banished for her actions. It is a slow story full of beautiful and lyrical writing. I loved everything about it, especially the Greek mythology aspect and the feminist thoughts. My review will follow shortly.

“When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.”

  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (review)

norse mythology

It is a collection of stories that feel modern. They are fast paced and full of action and Gaiman’s sharp writing gives them a nice punch. There is also a lot of humour involved. I listened to this as an audiobook narrated by the author himself and highly recommend the audio version of this book.

“Because,” said Thor, “when something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki’s fault. It saves a lot of time.” 

  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (review)

big little lies

It is a wonderful story of a friendship of three women, their dealings with motherhood as well as having to come to terms with some dark demons from their pasts. I saw many shame related topics in this book. Moriarty deeply understands human behaviour and portrayed honest struggles of mothers and women in general.

“She’d swallowed it whole and pretended it meant nothing, and therefore it had come to mean everything.” 


Now over to you my friends. 🙂

Fancy sharing with me your favourite 2018 reads so far?

Can’t wait to see yours. 🙂

35 thoughts on “T5W – Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018”

  1. Lovely list! Educated has been recommended in so many bookstores over here. I think it sounds interesting, but I’ll have to be in the mood to get to it!

    I still haven’t read Circe and I have no clue why because I loved The Song of Achilles. Hopefully this year!

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    1. Thanks Justine. Educated is quite a disturbing read and waiting for the right mood is a great idea. I really hope you enjoy it when you read it and honestly am looking forward to hearing your thoughts of it afterwards.

      You see I’m the opposite, I still haven’t read The Song of Achilles but am really looking forward to reading it. 🙂 Hopefully this year as well. 🙂

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    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed Circe as well. Such a beautiful book. I am so looking forward to reading Songs of Achilles next as I am still yet to read it. 🙂 Happy reading. 📚😊

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  2. Four of the five I would certainly be interested in reading, but not the Neil Gaiman. I’m just not a fan of his. And Circe sounds intriguing, and I already have Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine on my wish list! 😀

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    1. I think you may enjoy Circe Alex, it’s a slow paced book but so poetic and if you like Greek mythology, you will cherish some of those references and side stories; but it’s entirely enjoyable without any prior Greek mythology knowledge as well! 🙂

      Fingers crossed you like Eleanor, would love to hear your thoughts if you do pick it up one day. 🙂

      And totally get Neil Gaiman, he is not everybody’s cup of tea. 🙂

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      1. Yeah, we don’t all enjoy the same authors, but it’s great when we find one’s we do, via reading other people’s reviews. And I know I’m going to read both these books, so watch out for the reviews at some point this year! 😉

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  3. I loved Eleanor Oliphant and Circe is definitely one of my top five. Others would definitely include The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Erotic Tales for Punjabi Widows, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Humans. I might wind up with a legitimate top 10 this year!

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    1. Evelyn definitely deserved at least a mention as that book is definitely up there amongst my top books of the year. I’ve heard great things about Erotic Tales for Punjabi Widows. I’m really glad you enjoyed them, I will look for this book too. And those other two sound also great! 🙂

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  4. Haha I feel like all your picks are so my style! Like, I have not read any of these besides Circe, but the subject matters (and ahem, the beautiful covers) already tell me that I’m going to love them when I read them. 🙂 Great list!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 And thanks again for bringing Madeline Miller to my attention. I absolutely get why you love her writing so much. Circe was such a beautifully written book. I am so looking forward to reading The Song of Achilles next. 🙂

      Ha ha, I feel the same everytime I read one of your reviews. 😀 And thank you. 💕

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  5. I wrote a post recently about my favorite books of 2018 and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was one the books I mentioned. I had a bit of trouble at the beginning because Eleanor was a bit irritating to me, but after reading the first few chapters I fell in love with the characters and the story. I loved the way it handdled the sensitive subjects that are addressed in the book and I was really surprised with the ‘reveal’ at the end.

    I have heard great things about Educated and Circe and I’m excited to read them. I’m glad to see you enjoyed both of them.

    Great post! 💗

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    1. You summarised this book’s reading experience so nicely. It took me a while to warm up towards Eleanor and I think the author did a fabulous job portraying her as this complex, not entirely likeable character that is willing to grow. And yes! That reveal at the end got me as well!

      I really hope you enjoy both Educated and Circe should you read them. I loved both of them.

      Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by. 💕 Happy reading. 😊📚

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    1. Thanks Kathy. ❤️ I nearly forgot as well! 🙈😊 This week is somehow flying by. 😊
      I’m hoping to get the Circe’s review out over the next few days, fingers crossed. 😊🍀

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  6. We definitely agree on Educated. I sadly couldn’t make my peace with Eleanor Oliphant 🙂 I loved Big Little lies as well, and I definitely need to get to Circe, but thinking maybe after Summer. And I need to read one Neil Geiman, I haven’t read any yet. Great post, happy reading Vera!

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    1. Eleanor is not a fun read and had I read it a few years ago, I would feel a bit differently about it I think… ❤️

      I really hope you enjoy Circe, it’s a slow read but very poetic and full of wonderful Greek mythology. The feminist undercurrent is also something I appreciated. And I really recommend the audio version of Norse mythology. Gaiman narrates it really well. 😍😊

      Happy reading 📚 Umut and thanks for stopping by. 💕

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  7. I read Hyperbole and a Half for the first time this year, and not only was it funny, but it really spoke to me. First They Killed My Father was a memoir about that Cambodian genocide that I listened to. While I didn’t “enjoy” it, it was powerful and memorable. There haven’t been a lot of books I absolutely loved in 2018, but many I really enjoyed WHILE reading.

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    1. Thank you for some reading inspiration. I appreciate powerful and memorable books, I tend to forget most stuff I read but always remember those books that made me think as well as feel certain way.

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  8. Popped over from Belgium reviewers post about you. I was not wowed by Elenor Oliphant.

    Interesting range of jobs. I want to be a health researcher. On my blog on Wednesday’s I write about careers and I’m open to guest posts on that day iLife you ever fancy writing something about careers.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 I love how everyone prefers slightly different books. Sorry Eleanor didn’t wow you though, it’s always a bit of a let down when the book doesn’t meet our expectations. 😦

      So cool to hear you are becoming a health researcher. It sounds like an utterly fascinating career. All the best with your journey.

      I’m more than happy to talk about my own work journey if that would be something you would like to feature. 🙂 Thanks for reaching out!

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