We asked our 91 reviewers which ONE was their favorite book released in 2018. Perhaps one of their recommendations is something you’ve also read this year or something you might enjoy. Most of them said that’s like asking a parent to choose their favorite child.

What was YOUR favorite book this year?





Young Adult/Children’s





Sarah Smarsh

Chosen by: Shannon Carriger


Chainbreaker (Timekeeper)

Tara Sim

Chosen by: Elizabeth Konkel



The Elegance of the Hedgehog 

Muriel Barberry (Author), Alison Anderson (Translator)

Chosen by: Bailey Tulloch



The Word is Murder 

Anthony Horowitz  

Chosen by: Susan Miller



If They Come for Us 

Fatimah Asghar 

Chosen by: Daniel Casey



The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974 to 2018

Mary Mackey

Chosen by: Julia McMichael




Susanna Kearsley

Chosen by: Axie Barclay



Island of the Mad: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

Laurie R. King

Chosen by: J. Aislynn d’Merricksson



Melmoth: A Novel

Sarah Perry

Chosen by: Emily Behnke




Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For 

Michele Rigby Assad

Chosen by: Jennifer Padgett



Ribbons Among the Rajahs: A History of British Women in India Before the Raj 

Patrick Wheeler

Chosen by: Jane Manaster



Pale Horse Rider: William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America 

Mark Jacobson

Chosen by: Philip Zozarro



Mass Shootings in America: Understanding the Debates, Causes, and Responses 

Jaclyn Schildkraut (Editor), Frank DeAngelis (Foreword)

Chosen by: Muhammed Hassanali



Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House 

Michael Wolff

 Chosen by: Kevin Winter



Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse

Andrea Di Robilant

Chosen by: Ryder Miller



Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One

Anita Lo

Chosen by: George Erdosh



Penelope Bagieu

Chosen by: Danielle McManus



Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

Jose Antonio Vargas

Chosen by: Mandy Nevius



Love and Death in the Sunshine State: The Story of a Crime

Cutter Wood

Chosen by: Joseph Arellano




Michelle Obama

Chosen by: Melissa Lockaby



Young Adult/Children’s


We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

Ryan T. Higgins

Chosen by: Rosi Hollinbeck



Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Series Book 2)

Jessica Townsend

Chosen by: Briana Wagner