It’s impossible to write the definitive list of “best books” of the year, especially when you’re trying to include the full range of genres, from young adult and fantasy, to fictional drama, true crime and biographies. But that won’t stop us from trying! Here are some of what many readers and reviewers consider some of the best books of 2018.
- “Educated” by Tara Westover
This stirring memoir chronicles a survivalist’s upbringing before eventually earning a PhD.
- “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah
This page-turner follows a damaged Vietnam vet who moves his family to the wilds of Alaska.
- “The Feather Thief” by Kirk Wallace Johnson
This clever, informative box mixes natural history and crime.
- “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn
An agoraphobic woman with a tricky past possibly witnesses a murder.
- “Girls Burn Brighter” by Shobha Rao
Two very different young Indian women try to find each other again.
- “The Electric Woman” by Tessa Fontaine
After her mother dies, a woman joins a touring sideshow and gives a behind-the-scenes peek at carnival life.
- “Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)” by Tomi Adeyemi
Non-stop action mixes in injustice, discrimination and a struggle for change.
- “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin
Four siblings have a fortune teller predict the dates of their deaths and question fate and the value of longevity.
- “There There” by Tommy Orange
A unique cast of characters in Oakland, California.
- “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” by Michelle McNamara
Unmask the Golden State Killer.
- “You Think It, I’ll Say It” by Curtis Sittenfeld
A collection of 10 stories focuses on class, relationships and gender roles.
- “The Overstory” by Richard Powers
Nine strangers stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.
- “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje
In the decade after World War II, two teenagers’ lives are shaped by their unwitting involvement.
- “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan
A personal story involving research into how LSD and psilocybin provide relief for depression, addiction and anxiety.
- “Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain
In 1937, a journalist travels to Madrid to report on the Spanish Civil War and falls in love with Ernest Hemingway.
- “God Save Texas” by Lawrence Wright
Explore the history, culture and politics of Texas.
- “Dopesick” by Beth Macy
This book chronicles America’s opioid crisis and the pharmaceutical companies th fueling it.
- “Sweet Little Lies” by Caz Frear
A policewoman realizes her father may be involved in a murder.
- “Severance” by Ling Ma
In this apocalyptic satire, a plague overtakes New York City and survivors must rebuild society.
- “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
When the star quarterback turns up dead, all fingers point to Marsh Girl.
- “Boom Town” by Sam Anderson
Learn more about “one of the great weirdo cities of the world.”
- “The Air You Breathe” by Frances de Pontes Peebles
A love of music and a shared dream tests the close bond between two competitive women.
- “Cherry” by Nico Walker
A former vet with PTSD and addition succumb to life of crime with his wife.