I was scrolling through Instagram the other day on my book/study account that I had recently made (linked here) and saw a post of someone showing off their top 5 books of 2018 and it inspired me to do a blog post on my top 5 books I read in 2018.
The first one that I will mention being my favourite from the year, but the other 4 are in no particular order. My top book was Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. In the book, a young girl called Audrey is very interested in forensic science, involving cutting up actual dead bodies to look at them, even though her father disapproves of her getting involved. However, during this time, women are being killed in the streets by Jack the Ripper, and Audrey takes it upon herself to stop him. It’s a really exciting book, and as someone who is actually interested in learning about Jack the Ripper (and the theories behind who he actually was), this was an interesting take on the real-life murderer. I enjoyed that Audrey was sort of going against what was typical of a woman in the Victorian era too. Just overall it was a brilliant book and well written and I’m looking forward to getting and reading the other books in the series.
The next book I enjoyed was Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray. This is a book about Princess Leia, who we all know from Star Wars. She is around 16 in this book and it is about her proving herself to Alderaan that she is able to be the next monarch, as Alderaan requires that the Prince/Princess who would be the heir to the throne proves themselves worthy. She learns a lot on her adventure & I really loved reading a book about a young Leia, and I think this would work well as a film, if they decided to do a young Leia prequel film.
Next up is Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen. This book is about a young Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. She meeds a mysterious man who happens to be a spy and joins him on a mission to help stop an evil scientist who has invented a bomb that could destroy so much of Europe. As her mother was an actress, she believes she can do it and has to endure so much to help the spy on his task. This was really well written & interesting. I again find books to do with the holocaust era interesting, but also sad. I’ve read a lot of fiction and some non-fiction on the holocaust and they’re all so emotional and heartbreaking and this book did also have some emotional areas but was also quite full of action.
As a change, I read a non-fiction book called Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. This is a real story about a small ginger cat called Dewey who was adopted by a library in America I think around 20-30 years ago and became known world-wide. It’s such a sweet book about a very well loved cat, mixed in with info and context about the authors life and how Dewey touched the lives of so many people in his long life. I recommend this book if you’re a cat lover like me.
And finally, the last book in my top 5 is Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland, who is known on YouTube as ‘Sprinkle of Glitter’. This book is about Robin Wilde and her daughter Lyla. Robin has been a single mum for pretty much all of Lyla’s life and is looking for someone to share her life with. She’s a makeup artist and loves her daughter & helpful aunt & best friend, and it’s basically a story about Robin’s life when she’s in a particular dark spot of loneliness but is trying to change that. It’s so sweet and definitely reminds me somewhat of Louise & her eldest daughter Darcy. The book is honest and enjoyable, but with some dark moments. I thoroughly enjoyed it and even ended up getting a signed copy of her second book and loved that too. Book 3 is currently being written & I’m really excited for it.
What were your top 5 books of 2018? I’d love to know!