Best Books 2018 – Fiction

Looking for novel inspiration this Christmas holiday?

Here are the favourite fiction choices of our students and staff. All the books were read during 2018.

Circe by Madeline Miller
After the Fire by Will Hill
The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson
Brave New World by H. G. Wells
Othello by William Shakespeare
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Milkman by Anna Burns
Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis
Small Great Things – Jodie Picoult
Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) by Cassandra Clare
Small great things / Handle with care by Jodi Picoult
Slapstick or Lonesome No More – Kurt Vonnegut
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Invasion: A Military Action Thriller by D C Alden
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Martian by Andy Weir
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Food of Love by Anthony Capella
Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Cherub series by Robert Muchamore
W S Graham Selected Poems
The Territory by Sarah Govett
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
My sister’s keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
Carrie by Stephen King
No hero for the Kaiser – Rudolf Frank
A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee
Stoner by John Williams
Dead Man’s Blues by Ray Celestin
All the light you cannot see by Anthony Doerr
Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
 Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut



‘Reading Times’ Christmas 2018

Reading Times 2018

It’s arrived the annual treat from Helen Smith, Librarian at Eckington School.  Every year she works hard to create her guide to all the festive TV viewing based on books. I’m particularly looking forward to the BBC adaptation of ‘The Long Song’ by Andrea Levy. You can view a trailer here

Helen explains more about her guide:

Behind many good films, there’s often a great book.
This guide to films that are based on books on TV this
Christmas gives a glimpse of the breadth of the human
imagination in the stories that we tell: stories that
comfort and inform us, that entertain and thrill us, that
keep us on the edge of our seats or up late into the night
as we read just one more page… stories that make us
think about ourselves and others, and most often, about
our place in our friendships, our families and society itself.

Your librarians are the real superheroes –
making sure that you are surrounded by stories that can
transport you to new worlds and different times, make
you laugh out loud, scare you silly or even make you cry
(if that’s what you want). Why not go along to your
library and borrow a book for the holidays?
If you’re not sure what to pick, just ask
your librarian for help.

Happy viewing – and reading!

Mrs Smith
Librarian, Eckington School



‘Best Books of 2018’ Survey

Librarians love a good list – especially when it relates to books! The plethora of ‘Best Book’ lists published in the newspapers at the end of the year give us inspiration for Christmas presents and library stock.(see the bottom of this post for some of them). We surveyed our school community to see what staff and students considered their favourite reads of 2018. To keep this as broad as possible we didn’t restrict it to books published in 2018, just books read this year. More responses are coming in so more interesting reading suggestions will be added to this list.

Having read all but one (I’m currently reading ‘Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller so haven’t got on to ‘Circe’ yet) I think it’s a great list already: fiction covering – a YA dystopian trilogy, a gripping realistic thriller with teen protagonists and a re-imagining of a classical story. There is so much to be fascinated by and learn from the 3 factual titles – Trevor Noah entertains whilst telling us so much about apartheid South Africa, Tara Westover bravely shows us her resilience and strength with a remarkable memoir about her extraordinary childhood and Hans Rosling will make you question everything about the way you see the world.

So far the top 3 fiction titles are:

Top 3 non-fiction titles are:

Here’s what one of our staff wrote about ‘Circe’

Circe is the long awaited follow up novel from Madeline “Song of Achilles” Miller.  It was a bit more of a slow burn than its predecessor, but ultimately well worth sticking with; it’s a story about growing up, growing old and learning what it takes to become truly human.

Y9 student Poppy voted for ‘After the Fire’ and wrote:

After the Fire was from a perspective that I have never heard before so I found it completely intriguing. It also revealed lot about human nature and obeying orders. 

You can read a longer review of this gripping novel here

Books of the Year 2018 – lists from a range of newspapers and websites: