We had a glorious taste of summer in the UK over the past week- everything seems so much more accomplish-able in this light and I feel inspired! For today’s post, although a little late, I bring to you the list of the top five books on my TBR shelf I wish I had read in 2018. There are various reasons why I haven’t got to them yet, which I’ve explained a bit more below, but I hope to get to them very, very soon!
1. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
It was originally recommended by a friend, but it is also a book that was all over bookstagram last year. When I read the blurb I was immediately drawn to it. A plot that is a mix of the Groundhog Day and a classic murder mystery, what’s not to like?
One of the reasons why I’ve put off reading it, and at the same time wishing that I had already, is the hype around it. I will definitely get around to it this year, and cross my fingers I like it as much as everyone else.
Blurb: She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. The only way to break this cycle is to identify Evelyn’s killer. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is desperate to stop him ever escaping Blackheath.
2. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Talking about a book that caused a storm! It is the blurb that got me straight away; a contemporary book that centers on the heart of the alleged police brutality and senseless killings. I cannot wait to read this, and truly regret I haven’t already.
Blurb: Starr Carter’s world is shattered when she is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unharmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
3. Mary Queen of Scots – John Guy (previously published as My Heart is My Own)
Your girl over here loves a historical novel. I wasn’t interested in history when I was in school so it’s a little odd I love to read about it now, but honestly I am obsessed at the moment. Now that I’ve seen the film (and loved it) I wish I read the book first.
Blurb: Who was the real Mary Queen of Scots? The most enigmatic ruler in British history lived a life of incredible drama and turmoil: crowned Queen of Scotland at nine months old, and Queen of France at sixteen years, she grew up in the crosshairs of Europe’s political battles to become Queen Elizabeth’s arch rival.
This book tells the story of the fraught and tangled relationship between these two women of incredible charisma and power – a relationship that began with both seeking a political settlement, but which led them down a path of danger, from which only one could emerge victorious.
4. Our House – Louise Candlish
I love the cover, and this was one of the reasons why I picked it up in the first place. I haven’t researched the book much, but the synopsis sounds eerie, and as the plot is set in my current city, I wish I had made time to read it when it came out.
Blurb: On a bright Friday morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought on Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it’s your house. and you didn’t sell it.
5. The Temp – Michelle Frances
I originally picked this one up because of the blurb. It sort of reminded me of the Beyonce’s movie Obsessed (loosely) and I am a sucker for a stalker/obsession type movies and books (cue: You and The Girl Before). The enormous list of books I have not yet picked up to read meant that I did not have a chance to get to this one straight away and it just got buried as I religiously broke the book buying ban every single month.
Blurb: Carrie is a successful TV producer in a high pressure job. She’s talented, liked, and well-respected. She and her husband, Adrian, an award-winning screenwriter, decided years before that they didn’t want children. But now, just as they’re both at the pinnacle of their careers, she has discovered she is pregnant, and is shocked to find that she wants to keep the baby. But in a competitive industry where time off is seen as a sign of weakness, Carrie looks on the prospect of maternity leave with trepidation.
Enter Emma, the temp, who is everything she could wish for as her cover: smart, willing and charming. Carrie fears that Emma is maneuvering her way into Carrie’s life, causing turmoil in both her marriage and her work as she does so. The problem is everyone else adores her..
Increasingly isolated from Adrian and her colleagues, Carrie begins to believe Emma has an agenda. Does Emma want her job? Or is she after even more?
There are actually way more than those five books on the shelf and I wish I was able to get to them all right this second, but as a slow reader I will be playing catch up for a while! Plus we’re in 2019 now and there are SO MANY new exciting books coming out! How am I ever going to get to them all?!
What are the five books you wish you had read in 2018? Have you been able to finish any of the above? Let me know in the comments which one was your favourite?