• Sophia Blackwell

200 Books in 2018: The List

Updated: Aug 18

Here’s the list of all the books I read in 2018. Not all of these books were published in 2018, though many of them are from the last few years. The majority are from English and American writers – I’m looking to expand my horizons this year. The oldest book on the list is probably George Gissing’s New Grub Street (1891) while the newest came out in the last months of 2018.



I’ll be looking at my favourites – and some of my more bizarre choices – in more detail so if you’ve read a book on the list and would like to discuss it or see an in-depth review from me, just let me know in the Facebook comments.



Literary Fiction


  1. Heft – Liz Moore

  2. Capital – John Lanchester

  3. We Are Called to Rise – Laura McBride

  4. The Power- Naomi Alderman

  5. The Driver’s Seat- Muriel Spark

  6. Reality, Reality- Jackie Kay

  7. Love & Fame- Susie Boyt

  8. A Far Cry from Kensington- Muriel Spark

  9. Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse- Patrick Hamilton

  10. Heather, the Totality- Matthew Weiner

  11. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie- Muriel Spark

  12. Sugar Money- Jane Harris

  13. Not Working- Lisa Owens

  14. All That Man Is- David Szalay

  15. The Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick

  16. The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes- Ruth Hogan

  17. King of the Badgers- Philip Hensher

  18. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street- Natasha Pulley

  19. The Girls- Emma Cline

  20. The Hours Before Dawn- Celia Fremlin

  21. A Week in December- Sebastian Faulks

  22. Stoner- John Williams

  23. Pretty Is- Maggie Mitchell

  24. Their Eyes Were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston

  25. The Invisible life of Euridice Gusmao- Martha Batalha

  26. Home- Amanda Berriman

  27. Reservoir 13- Jon McGregor

  28. Conversations with Friends- Sally Rooney

  29. New Grub Street- George Gissing

  30. The Leavers- Lisa Ko

  31. The Party- Elizabeth Day

  32. Adult Onset- Anne-Marie McDonald

  33. Hope- A Tragedy- Shalom Auslander

  34. How I Lose You- Kate McNaughton

  35. Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng

  36. Almost Love- Louise O’Neill

  37. Ordinary People- Diana Evans

  38. Pages for Her- Sylvia Brownrigg

  39. Different Class – Joanne Harris

  40. Home Fires- Elizabeth Day

  41. The Awkward Age- Francesca Segal

  42. How do you Like Me Now? -Holly Bourne

  43. One More Chance- Lucy Ayrton

  44. The London Train- Tessa Hadley

  45. Tin Man- Sarah Winman

  46. Clock Dance- Anne Tyler

  47. Standard Deviation- Katherine Heiny

  48. Less- Andrew Sean Greer

  49. The Innocents- Francesca Segal

  50. The Goldfinch- Donna Tartt

  51. Frida- Barbara Mujica

  52. Property- Lionel Shriver

  53. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing- Eimear McBride

  54. Lullaby – Leila Slimani

  55. My Name is Leon- Kit de Waal

  56. The Fair Fight- Anna Freeman

  57. Fives and Twenty-fives – Michael Pitre

  58. Girls in White Dresses- Jennifer Close

  59. Sweet Caress- William Boyd

  60. Mr Lynch’s Holiday- Catherine O’Flynn

  61. Rules of Seeing- Joe Heap

  62. Mr Oliver’s Object of Desire- VG Lee

  63. Sweet Home- Wendy Erskine

  64. The Patron Saint of Liars- Ann Patchett

  65. The Two Hotel Francforts- David Leavitt

  66. The Lido- Libby Page

  67. Peaches for Monsieur le Cure- Joanne Harris

  68. Transcription- Kate Atkinson

  69. The Uninvited Guests- Sadie Jones

  70. Everything I Never Told You- Celeste Ng

  71. The Lessons- Naomi Alderman

  72. Lara- Bernardine Evaristo

  73. Noonday- Pat Barker

  74. The Vacationers- Emma Straub

  75. Widow Basquiat- Jennifer Clement

  76. Only Child- Rhiannon Navin

  77. The Reservoir Tapes- Jon McGregor

  78. The Immortalists- Chloe Benjamin

  79. All the Good Things- Clare Fisher

  80. Birdcage Walk- Helen Dunmore


Mainstream Fiction


  1. What the Lady Wants – Hester Browne

  2. The Honeymoon Hotel- Hester Browne

  3. The Party- Robyn Harding

  4. Faking Friends- Jane Fallon

  5. The Endless Beach- Jenny Colgan

  6. Sweet Pea- CJ Skuse

  7. Big Little Lies- Liane Moriarty

  8. Surprise Me- Sophie Kinsella

  9. The Marriage Pact- Michelle Richmond

  10. Relight my Fire- Joanna Bolouri

  11. Before We Say Goodbye- Madeleine Reiss

  12. Those Other Women- Nicola Moriarty

  13. What Fresh Hell- Lucy Vine

  14. A Bad Bride’s Tale- Polly Williams

  15. Goodbye Ruby Tuesday- Donna Hay

  16. Perfect Match- Zoe May

  17. Inside the O’Briens- Lisa Genova

  18. A Wedding at Christmas- Chrissie Manby

  19. The Way Back To Us- Kay Langdale

  20. Under Your Skin- Sabine Durrant

  21. Don’t Tell The Groom- Anna Bell

  22. Keep You Safe- Melissa Hill

  23. Friend Request- Laura Marshall

  24. The Accident- Dawn Goodwin

  25. Small Great Things- Jodi Picoult

  26. You Me Everything- Catherine Isaac

  27. Trying- Emily Phillips

  28. The Rest of Me- Katie Marsh

  29. 11.22.63- Stephen King

  30. The Queen of Wishful Thinking- Milly Johnson

  31. Oh my God, What a Complete Aisling- Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

  32. Once in a Lifetime- Chrissie Manby

  33. Why Mummy Swears- Gill Sims

  34. Plain Truth- Jodi Picoult

  35. The Cows- Dawn O’Porter

  36. Brother in the Land- Robert Swindells

  37. The Woman he loved Before- Dorothy Koomson

  38. Charlotte Street- Danny Wallace

  39. The Man I think I Know- Mike Gayle

  40. Lost for Words- Stephanie Butland

  41. Watching You- Lisa Jewell

  42. Bad Twins- Rebecca Chance

  43. The Other Us- Fiona Harper

  44. The Perfectly Imperfect Woman- Milly Johnson

  45. The Wives- Lauren Weisberger

  46. When You Were Older- Catherine Ryan Hyde

  47. All We Ever Wanted- Emily Giffin

  48. If I Stay- Gayle Forman

  49. On the Island- Tracey Garvis Graves

  50. Living the Dream- Lauren Berry

  51. One Day in December- Josie Silver

  52. Is This Love?- Tina Reilly

  53. My Lurid Past- Lauren Henderson

  54. How Hard Can It Be? – Allison Pearson

  55. The Importance of Being Aisling- Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

  56. I Invited Her In- Adele Parks

  57. The Old You- Louise Voss

  58. Kiss Carlo- Adriana Trigiani

  59. An Unnatural Vice- KJ Charles

  60. The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp- Sarra Manning

  61. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?- Claudia Carroll

  62. The Confusion of Karen Carpenter- Jonathan Harvey

  63. The Lives we Touch- Eva Woods

  64. The Christmas Surprise- Jenny Colgan

  65. Girl on the Run- Jane Costello

  66. Island Christmas- Jenny Colgan

  67. Clean- Juno Dawson

  68. To Have and to Hold- Helen Chandler

  69. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman

  70. Three Wishes- Liane Moriarty


Non-Fiction/Poetry


  1. I Was Told There’d Be Cake- Sloane Crosley

  2. The Song of Lunch- Christopher Reid

  3. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober- Catherine Gray

  4. How You Might Know Me- Sabrina Mahfouz

  5. The Sober Diaries- Clare Pooley

  6. Philomena- Martin Sixsmith

  7. Micromastery- Robert Twigger

  8. The Trip to Echo Spring- Olivia Laing

  9. Fire on All Sides- James Rhodes

  10. Shame- Jasvinder Sanghera

  11. An Angel at my Table- Janet Frame

  12. What Goes Around- Emily Chappell

  13. Cities Are Good For You – Leo Hollis

  14. Educated- Tara Westover

  15. Bettyville- George Hodgman

  16. Dummy- Matt Coyne

  17. Anne Frank – the Biography- Melissa Muller

  18. Gone- Min Kym

  19. Once Upon a Time in the East- Xiaolu Guo

  20. Leap In- Alexandra Heminsley

  21. The Art of Not Falling Apart- Christina Patterson

  22. My Lovely Wife- Mark Lukach

  23. Small Pieces- Joanne Limburg

  24. Not that Kind of Love- Clare and Greg Wise

  25. Public Confessions of a Middle Aged Woman- Sue Townsend

  26. Spectacles- Sue Perkins

  27. The Year of Living Danishly- Helen Russell

  28. Look we have coming to Dover!- Daljit Nagra

  29. The Lives of the Muses- Francine Prose

  30. Logical Family- Armistead Maupin

  31. The Love-Charm of Bombs- Lara Feigel

  32. Mindful Drinking – Rosamund Dean

  33. Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate- Susan Calman

  34. Wild- Cheryl Strayed

  35. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage- Ann Patchett

  36. The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion- Kei Miller

  37. Wild Nights- Kim Addonizio

  38. Hillbilly Elegy- JD Vance

  39. Changing my Mind: Essays- Zadie Smith

  40. Am I Ugly?- Michelle Elman

  41. Cuckoo in the Nest- Nat Luurtsema

  42. Pamper Me to Hell and Back- Hera Lindsay Bird

  43. Bad Blood- Lorna Sage

  44. The Book of Forgotten Authors- Christopher Fowler

  45. Theft by Finding- David Sedaris

  46. Lush- Gabrielle Fernie

  47. A Moment of Grace- Patrick Dillon

  48. Late Fragments- Kate Gross

  49. The Lonely City- Olivia Laing

  50. Lit: A Memoir- Mary Karr

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