I usually do one of these around July time, but I thought I would get on the bandwagon early. I know there is usually 10 but I have only read 25 books this year, so you are stuck with a Top 5 of 2018 so far instead. It’s been a busy six months of the year and this year only looks to get busier and busier. So maybe my aim of reading 80 books this year is a tad ambitious, but who knows I might pull it out of the bag. Well on with the show I suppose, here are my Top 5 of 2018 so far.And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Published by Riverhead Books on 21st May 2013
Genres: Historical Fiction
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So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one...Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Abdullah, Pari - as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named - is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand. Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.
First on my top 5 of 2018 so far is And The Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini for me never writes a bad book, I always love how rich his characters and the scenery they are placed in. This story for me was written so well, with so much detail and complex storyline I was so impressed. I think this book and all of his books hold special places in my heart and on my shelves. If you haven’t picked up one of his books, I highly recommend them, each are very different but hold the same greatness in them.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Series: Hercule Poirot, #4
Published by HarperCollins on 2nd April 2002
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Roger Ackroyd was a man who knew too much.
He knew the woman he loved had poisoned her first husband. He knew someone was blackmailing her ― and now he knew she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.
Soon the evening post would let him know who the mystery blackmailer was. But Ackroyd was dead before he'd finished reading it ― stabbed through the neck where he sat in his study...
Second on my list would have to be The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I had heard such great things about this book, it being touted as the only book you need to read of the Poirot series. It definitely lived up and surpassed any of my expectations. I think this was the first Poirot novel that the ending actually shocked me to the core. I couldn’t believe I had missed it and I definitely think that that is a sign of a great crime novel. The ending of this book is why it has ended up on my top 5 of 2018 so far list.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle #1
Published by Penguin Group DAW on 27th April 2007
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Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
This was actually a book that I had put on my 2018 Books I Must Read and I loved the depth that this book went into, both with the characters and the storyline and plot. I loved the mythology that wound its way all the way through this novel and the world that had been created. I loved the premise and how well written this book was. I would definitely recommend this book, if you’re a big fan of fantasy and looking for something new to read! One of my all time favourites and I cannot wait to jump into the sequel.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Published by Redhook on 21st October 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
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No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.
As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’
This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a book that surprised me. I don’t know quite what I was expecting but this book delivered on all accounts, I LOVED reading about the different lives and the way that Harry dealt with different situations and the isolation that comes with some of them. It was a really interesting book, and one that I will definitely be reading again. Definitely a welcomed addition to my top 5 of 2018 so far. I do have another Claire North book on my shelves, so I’m excited to get into that.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on 4th June 2007
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What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived?
And the last book to make the top 5 of 2018 so far list would have to be Murder on the Orient Express, I loved how this book really flipped the tables for me. You don’t feel how you would think you were going to feel when it comes out who has been murdered and why. That twist alone is what earnt this book it’s place on this list. It is definitely one of my favourite Poirot book, and one of my favourites of the year! I’m looking forward to carrying on listening to the Poirot books as soon as my schedule calms down a little.
What have been some of your highlights of the year so far? Have any books stood out so far? Let me know in the comments I’m always looking out for new books to read!
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