[BEST OF: 2018] Most beloved books of 2018 ft. @OneworldNews @BelgraviaB @QuercusBooks @OtherPress @MantleBooks and more

First of all, Happy New Year. I want to thank you all for visiting and commenting on Breathing Through Pages in 2018 and making me want to continue blogging and sharing book love with you. I want to thank all of the publicists and publishers as well for being so kind with sending books this way! Seriously, thank you for making my little corner of the internet a joyous one.


Now, before I begin with sharing which books I liked last year I just want to note that none of these books are rated from ‘1 to 10’ or ‘worst to best’ etc. I just felt like doing a post reminding you, the readers, as well as me of the books I enjoyed a lot in 2018. With each book I will be posting a short comment on it as well as a Goodreads link so you can add it//them to your TBR pile.

BEST OF 2018

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne published 14th December 2017 by Black Swan.

I read this book earlier in January of 2018 and absolutely loved it. This was my first Boyne novel and it was filled with such interesting characters and I couldn’t look away from it. I was totally immersed in it.

Read my review of it. 

The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien, translated by Adriana Hunter published 4th January 2018 by Oneworld Publications.

I love reading memoirs and this book was so good! The horrific childhood of Maude Julien was so, well, horrific to read but also very fascinating and interesting. If you’re someone who loves reading memoirs this is the one you must pick up!

Read my review of it.

Educated by Tara Westover published 20th February 2018 by Random House.

Another fantastic memoir I highly recommend you pick up! Westover writes so well and her upbringing is something you’ll find so interesting. It’s one of those books that stay with you and make you think about them long after you’ve read them.

Read my review of it.

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara published 1st February 2018 by Oneworld Publications

This book is very special to me – from the moment I saw it I fell in love with that cover and when I read it I just got lost in the NYC ball scene and the lives of many LGBTQ+ characters. Such a fantastic debut! It’s the one I’ll never stop shouting about because I want everyone to read it.

Read my review of it.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin published 4th January 2018 by Tinder Press.

If you’re someone who’s active on social media and ‘the book world’ there’s a high possibility you’ve heard of this one. A family saga following four siblings who go to a fortune-teller to find out their death dates. I mean, come on. Read it.

Read my review of it.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara published 1st March 2018 by Faber&Faber.

Amazing true-crime novel. Worth every hype it got and praise it still gets. A must read.

Read my review of it.

VOX by Christina Dalcher published 23rd August 2018 by HQ.

This is a debut dystopian novel from Dalcher which I found to be pretty great and entertaining. I especially loved the use of the author’s profession in the book.

Read my review of it.

Kill For Me by Tom Wood published 26th July 2018 by Sphere.

This book came at the right time for me and I devoured it. Kill For Me is so entertaining and fast-paced you just can’t look away from it! Definite recommendation for thriller lovers.

Read my review of it.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton published 20th September 2018 by Mantle.

It’s Kate Morton. Although not one of her best it’s still worth reading..

Read my review of it.

The Incurable Romantic and Other Unsettling Revelations by Frank Tallis published 6th June 2018 by Little, Brown UK.

I loved reading Tallis’ stories about love and obsessive love. If you love psychology books I recommend you pick it up because it’s so interesting as well as fascinating!

Read my review of it.

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman published 11th September 2018 by Ecco.

I’ve read mixed reviews on this one but my personal experience of it was very enjoyable. I loved this book. Yes, it did read like a long thesis on Nabokov but I still loved it. True crime lovers – it’s a good one!

Read my review of it.

True or Poo? by Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti published 18th October 2018 by Quercus Books.

A lovely short book that contains many interesting facts about animals and many animal things. It also has some fantastic illustrations!

Read my review of it.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker published 30th August 2018 by Hamish Hamilton.

My experience with this book was positive and I just love stories like this. A must read.

Read my review of it.

The Syndicate by Guy Bolton published 20th September 2018 by Oneworld Publications.

Noir crime book, I was sold. I loved reading this one. Bolton is the one to watch.

Read my review of it.

Little by Edward Carey published 4th October 2018 by Aardvark Bureau.

The illustrations inside done by the author are fantastic. The story inside is such a memorable one. I just love this book so much! It’s in my heart.

Read my review of it.

The Parting Gift by Evan Fallenberg published 4th September 2018 by Other Press (NY).

Such a fantastic one! It reminded me of Gone Girl in a way. Read it, yes!

Read my review of it.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton published 1st October 2018 by Bloomsbury UK.

Believe the hype. I found it to be a very interesting book and very original. Definite recommendation.

Read my review of it.

A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley published 1st November 2018 by Quercus Books.

An important work of literature. I teared up a few times reading it. I cannot wait to read more of Melvin Kelley in the future. Read it.

Read my review of it.

The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup publishing on 10th January 2019 by Michael Joseph.

This one is not out yet but since I read it last year I’ve decided to add it here. It’s a debut from the producer of The Killing. I found it to be an awesome thriller book.

Read my review of it.


Thanks for reading this blog post. Do you agree with my picks? Would you add any of them to your TBR? Let me know below in the comments.

[BEST OF] My favourite and most memorable books of 2017

I have been seeing a lot of posts from other book bloggers on Best books of 2017 and I liked the idea of showcasing my favourite and most memorable reads of this year because I have read a lot of pretty great books which I think deserve a shoutout! With every book I mention I will be writing a brief comment (my thoughts, impressions) on it. Let’s begin:


The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

I remember reading The Girl with a Clock for a Heart in the beginning of January and what made me do this was The Kind Worth Killing by the same author which was absolutely brilliant. I rather enjoyed this novel by Swanson and would definitely recommend his works to anyone who loves psychological thrillers!

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Gather the Daughters still remains one of my top 5 books of all time. I loved reading this book during the summer. It felt really magical and it made the book much more real in my head. Even though the story is very dark it still keeps you intrigued and makes you miss it after you’ve read it. There’s no doubt that Jennie Melamed is an author to follow! I still think about this book from time to time.

Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

Now onto the book that ruined me and scarred me. Call Me By Your Name is a wonderful and terrible book which I adored and hated reading. CMBYN is so amazing and the way the author makes you care for his characters amazes me. This book left me feeling depressed for two weeks but I still loved it and would love to re-read it in the future! Definitely recommend this one!

The Baltimore Boys by Joël Dicker

I actually own Dicker’s first book and plan on reading it after reading this one. The Baltimore Boys is so wonderful and it’s beautifully written that I have no words! It made me happy and it made me feel sad and that’s the power it holds. I still remember the story inside this book and I’m sure I will for a long time. Read it!

Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan

I remember buying this book many years ago for just an euro and what made me read this book was the release of her newest one called Based on a True Story. I wanted to read her first book and then get to this one and I am so glad I did! Nothing Holds Back the Night is so good: from the story to the writing! De Vigan has such a talent for sentences and I especially loved that the story revolved around her bipolar mother. I highly recommend it!

Final Girls by Riley Sager

I will always remember this book as my first ever ARC! I remember seeing everyone reading and loving this book and I was no exception. Finals Girls is a great thriller with great twists that keep you reading on and wanting to find out more. After reading this book I watched every Halloween movie and enjoyed watching them all. This kind of story is so intriguing and scary!


My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Even though I did not adore this book it still left a mark on me. My Absolute Darling is a book you will definitely remember for a while because of its unusual story. I have encountered one of the most evil characters in this book which says something: the author did a great job at writing the story. If the blurb intrigues you I would say give it a go and read it!

On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen

As someone who suffers from anxiety this book gave me a lot of insight into it as well as scientific research which was fascinating to read. To anyone who suffers from anxiety I would suggest this book because while it shows the author’s own experience with it, it also provides the reader with a lot of interesting scientific studies and information.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng. What is there to be said? Go, run, read it!

The Reminders by Val Emmich

This book was such a lovely surprise. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. It’s such a heart-warming story between someone who wants to remember and someone who can’t forget.

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

My interest in mental health books began two-three years ago so when I saw this book I had to read it. Merkin shows us an insight into her struggle with depression and how it affected her life. It’s a very interesting book!

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes

Hayes’ memoir is truly wonderful. The story of him and Oliver Sacks is so touching and I loved reading it as well as the photographs the author included. I still remember parts of the book I enjoyed the most.

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Ragdoll was my second ARC I got approved for and I remember the exact date. January 20th. I was so happy to have gotten a chance to read it because it was pretty great. Definite recommendation for detective/thriller lovers!

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

This is the memoir which out of all of them I can say I remember vividly. The storytelling, the story, Lesnevich’s experience with combined with the killing of a boy. A very good book for any memoir or true crime lovers out there.

Down for the Count by Martin Holmén

Down for the Count was the first historical fiction/crime book that I’ve read that has a bisexual character. It was so good! Definitely recommend!!

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

De Vigan’s writing is superb and the story is very complex and keeps you wanting more after each page.

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

This is might be my final book of 2017 and it’s actually pretty good. I would describe it as claustrophobic because of its setting. It’s truly scary at times and looking back at it a book that will haunt me for a while.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The story behind the book is very interesting even though I had some issues with it. I love dark tales and this was exactly that.

*By clicking on the book’s  header you can view my review of it.

Happy New Year!