Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s perfect for those of us who have both a love of books and a love of lists! This week’s topic is:

Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To


These four books were on my Autumn 2018 TBR but I didn’t have time to read them:

1. The Green Gauntlet by RF Delderfield
2. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
3. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
4. Confusion by Elizabeth Jane Howard

And here are two unread books from my Spring 2018 TBR list:

5. Munich by Robert Harris
6. Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay

A book that I didn’t get to from my 2018 20 Books of Summer list:

7. The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath

And a few that I’d planned to read for last year’s R.I.P. challenge:

8. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
9. A Gathering of Ghosts by Karen Maitland
10. The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude


You can expect to see me reading some, if not all, of these books in 2019 instead.

Have you read any of them? Are there any that I really need to read as soon as possible?

31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

    Great list! I haven’t read any of these, but Karen Maitland and Laura Purcell are both authors I want to check out.

    • Helen says:

      Laura Purcell will be a new author for me, but I have enjoyed some of Karen Maitland’s others and they are a great combination of history and the supernatural.

  2. whatcathyreadnext says:

    I treated myself to a signed edition of Transcription before Christmas as I’ve heard so many good things about it. Munich is on my Didn’t Get To list as well. I read A Gathering of Ghosts a few months back and really enjoyed it and I read The Wardrobe Mistress when it appeared on the shortlist for The Walter Scott Prize. It was very good too.

    • Helen says:

      I love both Kate Atkinson and Robert Harris, so I’m not sure why I still haven’t read Transcription or Munich! I’m pleased to hear you enjoyed A Gathering of Ghosts and The Wardrobe Mistress. 🙂

  3. Margaret says:

    The only one of these I’ve read is Munich, which I enjoyed. I’d like to read Transcription and a Gathering of Ghosts but haven’t got copies yet. I read all of Delderfield’s A Horseman Riding By books years ago – Id love to read them again, but no longer have them!

    • Helen says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed Munich. I usually love Robert Harris so I don’t know why I still haven’t read it! I hope you manage to find copies of Transcription and A Gathering of Ghosts soon.

  4. Calmgrove says:

    I have only read the Kate Atkinson (which I enjoyed) but you’ve a couple of authors there whom I’m hoping to read eventually, namely Guy Gavriel Kay and Karen Maitland. Eventually…

    • Helen says:

      I would highly recommend Guy Gavriel Kay, particularly Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan. Karen Maitland’s books are worth reading too – they’re an interesting mixture of history, folklore and the supernatural.

      • Calmgrove says:

        I always meant to read Company of Liars when it came out but I was in my last year of teaching and I never got round to it. Thanks for the suggestions for the GGK books—as it happens, I follow him on Twitter after he responded out of the blue to a recent tweet I made.

  5. Café Society says:

    I really enjoyed Transcription even though I thought it fell somewhere between her Brodie books and the more serious novels. I felt she hadn’t really made her mind up what sort of book she was writing.

    • Helen says:

      I have enjoyed both the Brodie books and the more serious ones, so I’ll be interested to see what I think of Transcription and how it fits between them.

  6. Judy Krueger says:

    Tough topic for me because thinking of all the books I don’t get to gives me a headache-:) I have not read any on your list but wish you well on getting to them.

  7. Carmen says:

    I have several books from last year that I will be reading this year. In fact, I don’t anticipate buying or requesting books released this year to review. The Silent Companions would be best read towards the Fall, and only at night. I hope you like it as much as I did.

    • Helen says:

      That sounds like a good plan and will help you catch up with your TBR. I’m looking forward to reading The Silent Companions. I’ll probably be tempted to read it soon rather than later in the year, but I will take your advice and read it at night. 🙂

  8. Karen K. says:

    I thought Transcription was brilliant, probably the book I’ve recommended most from my 2018 reads. I actually listened to the audiobook version which is brilliantly narrated by Fenella Woolgar. If you like audiobooks I highly recommend it.

    • Helen says:

      I obviously need to read Transcription soon as so many of you have enjoyed it! I don’t usually listen to audiobooks, but it’s good to know that you would recommend that narration if I do decide to try it. Thanks!

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