T5W: Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This week’s topic is Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018.

If we’re talking about favorites, 2018 has been mostly disappointing. I found many new books I really liked, but by this time last year I had found many books I loved. This doesn’t mean, of course, that I haven’t found any.

#5: The Tea Master and the Detective


This is one of the best novellas I’ve ever read, and I’m glad I gave it a chance – I almost didn’t because this is a Sherlock Holmes retelling and I know nothing about Sherlock Holmes. I can’t wait to read more about the Xuya universe, it’s Vietnamese space opera, and I can say that even if you don’t know anything about Sherlock Holmes, “SH retelling in space in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a spaceship” is a really good premise. I loved our Holmes, Long Chau, and I hope we’ll see more of her in future novellas.

#4: Witchmark

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I predicted this would be a five star read, and I was right – and it was both better and more complex than I expected.
This novel is set in a steampunk-like version of Edwardian England, it’s a murder mystery, but it reads like a sweet m/m paranormal romance, and it also talks about PTSD and class privilege.
It’s difficult to find a book that is so many things at the same time and manages to be an easy read that neglects none of those aspects. It was very predictable at times, just like a romance book, but I didn’t care because the romance was lovely.

#3: Space Opera


This is the most over-the-top book I’ve ever read and I usually hate comedy, but this worked for me because the writing was gorgeous, the plot was weird and I loved that, and there was a serious message somewhere between the nonsense. (That sounds negative, but it’s not. I love nonsense.)
Anyway, this is about Eurovision in space and it manages to be even weirder than the premise.

#2: Ancillary Justice


The main character of this story is what’s left of an AI of a spaceship, and she’s basically possessing a human body. The villain is the lord of an evil space empire, and she achieved ubiquity by dividing herself in many bodies scattered around said empire. For a story about an evil space empire that deals with themes of injustice and privilege, it’s surprisingly light and fun, which I really liked. And sometimes it’s also painful, we all love pain.
Anyway, it has the best, most imaginative worldbuilding I’ve read in a long while. I didn’t like the sequels exactly as much but they were wonderful too.

#1: Revenant Gun


The third book in my favorite series is also my favorite book of the year so far, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up being my favorite book of the year.
I have so many conflicting feelings about every character because they’re all horrible and I love all of them? My mass murder magic math friends. Even the ones that have literally no redeemable qualities but manage to steal every scene.
Anyway there’s nothing I love as much as stories that manage to go dark and still be fun, dark stories that never become dragged-out despair. It’s a difficult balance and this series is that for me.

Almost all of these are set in space, and in 2016 I thought I hated sci-fi.
Have you ever completely changed your opinion of a genre?

8 thoughts on “T5W: Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

    1. I didn’t read a sci-fi book I actually liked until The Stars Are Legion. For some reason, all books set in space I read before were YA sci-fi romances and that subgenre isn’t for me, but I just needed to find my kind of sci-fi! That’s why I’m very hesitant to say I don’t like a whole genre now.
      And I hope you like the rest of the series!

      [All the warnings for book #1 still apply, but I’d add references to genocide, incest, and Hexarch Nirai Kujen, who is basically a walking warning because he’s that disgusting and there’s a lot of him in Revenant Gun]


  1. This looks like such a great list! I’m interested in most things with Asian inspiration so I’m very curious about The Tea Master and the Detective. I loved Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, and would love to finally read Space Opera, too!

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    1. I loved Deathless too! It may be my favorite book by Valente, but I’ve loved all her novels I read (I’ve read three, the third is Radiance, which for me was as weird as Space Opera without being comedy).
      I hope you like Tea Master and Space Opera!

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  2. Decisamente! Leggo molti più classici di quanto ne leggevo prima. Un po’ perché lo stile di scrittura era troppo difficile per la mia età, li ho lasciati perdere, ma adesso ho intenzione di leggerne quanti più posso!

    Di sci-fi non sono un’esperta, più che altro perché avrò letto sì e no tre libri, quindi mi tocca recuperare anche quelli 😂

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    1. Non penso di aver letto un classico (credo? dipende da cosa si intende per classico, forse) nell’ultimo anno, quindi direi che è un genere che tendo ancora ad ignorare – ma non so, magari potrei trovare qualcosa che mi piace anche lì. Non me ne è mai piaciuto uno perché li leggevo solo quando obbligata, e non è la stessa cosa…


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