Archive for November 29th, 2018

Best Books 2018 and Staff Favorites

Forget decorations and presents – the reason December can be so much fun is because of the “Best of” lists that come out this time of year. It’s always fun to find out if you’ve read/watched/listened to the books/movies/music that are celebrated for the year. And, if you haven’t read/watched/listened to the “bests” you can compile a list of things you want to read/watch/listen to!

Of course, everyone has a different list, which adds a bit of challenge to the whole venture. Here’s a list of lists that you might want to glance through for an idea for your next good read:

Publisher’s Weekly

New York Times



Powell’s Book Store

Chicago Review of Books

New York Public Library


And, in case you want a few local recommendations, here’s what some of our staff enjoyed reading this year:

Favorite Books Published in 2018

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton (Jennifer)

Artificial Condition – Martha Wells (Jason)

Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World – Mackenzi Lee (Jordan)

Christmas Cake Murder – Joanne Fluke (Kathleen)

The Clockmaker’s Daughter – Kate Morton (Susan)

The Dark Between Stars: Poems – Atticus (Sarah)

The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah (Amy)

Markswoman – Rati Mehrotra (Jessica)

Scourged – Kevin Hearne (Erica)

Sea Prayer – Khaled Hosseini (Amt)

Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson (Erica)

The Word is Murder – Anthony Horowitz (Susan)

The Winter Soldier – Daniel Mason (Jennifer)

Favorite Older Books

Attachments – Rainbow Rowell (Susan)

Cinnamon Roll Murder – Joanne Fluke (Kathleen)

The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons, and Growing Up Strange – Mark Barrowcliffe (Jordan)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman (Susan)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot (Jessica)

The Mountain Between Us – Charles Martin (Amy)

Off Armageddon Reef – David Weber (Jason)

Origin – Dan Brown (Amy)

Out of My Mind – Sharon Draper (Erica)

Patient Zero – Jonathan Maberry (Erica)

Savage Country – Robert Olmstead (Jennifer)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han (Sarah)