2018 Favorite Reads

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Favorite Reads of 2018


After another year of wonderful books, these are some of the best titles we read in 2018. Find more of our recommendations here.


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ISBN: 9780316176668
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 23rd, 2019

Cheryl's Favorite Read of 2018

Another great historical fiction by one of the best storytellers ever. Twists and turns, suspense and surprise.

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ISBN: 9781558619395
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Published: Amethyst Editions - September 13th, 2016

Gaby's Favorite Read of 2018

The world is ending but my queer heart is singing! ♥ It's the end times in LA and San Francisco, where Michelle Tea takes us through trials of love and self-destruction with such dreamy reflections and humor. A fictional "Michelle" struggles with relationships, drugs, and writing her book, but in the face of inescapable apocalypse you'll find gritty tenderness and a new lust for life.

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ISBN: 9781632866585
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 6th, 2018

Harmony's Favorite Read of 2018

Abandon Me is about sex, stories, and the seams between people that tie us together and then unravel, leaving us raw with need. With her brutal honesty and brilliance, Febos is a heartbreaker of a writer. Read it and revel in the breaking.

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ISBN: 9780143110255
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Published: Penguin Books - February 5th, 2019

Kate S.'s Favorite Read of 2018

Feel Free is the best book I've read this year. Topics range from television and films such as Get Out, Anomolisa, and Key and Peele, to social media, dance, writing, and books. Zadie Smith's way with words had me interested in any and everything. It was a pleasure to be enveloped in such an exquisitely entertaining mind. Smith is a true book lover and had me giddy with literary love from beginning to end.

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ISBN: 9780743298087
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - July 2nd, 2019

Kate R.'s Favorite Read of 2018

Absolutely wonderful, spellbinding novel! My pick of the year. By the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Thirteenth Tale, it follows the mysterious events along the River Thames set off by a small girl who comes to life hours after drowning. Filled with fascinating characters, the novel is powerful and absolutely delicious.

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The Real Lolita: A Lost Girl, an Unthinkable Crime, and a Scandalous Masterpiece Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062661937
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Published: Ecco - September 10th, 2019

Katrina's Favorite Read of 2018

The 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner was the little-known inspiration for Vladimir Nabokov's notorious novel, Lolita. The famous work of fiction and the real-life tragedy are fraught with hidden similarities, some of which Nabokov himself went to great lengths to disguise. This book is a necessary companion to the literary classic, both of which serve to tell the unforgettable story of a young victim whose voice was silenced.

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Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (City Lights Open Media) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872867154
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Published: City Lights Books - September 12th, 2017

It's mind-blowing how Miller fuses climate change, immigration, and current politics into one interconnected study.

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ISBN: 9780316030571
Availability: Backordered
Published: Orbit - July 28th, 2008

Melissa's Favorite Read of 2018

Special Circumstances agent Cheradenine Zakalwe is being sought out from hiding for one last job in the Culture's unending quest to influence the galaxy to their own ends.

Alternating timelines describe his idyllic childhood life on his home world, and the present-day race to find him and salvage the situation in a star system on the brink of chaos.

Zakalwe's clout with a prominent member of Voerenhutz society may be the only way to avert disaster without exposing the Culture's interference.

Both threads lead towards the same focal point: an event that emerges hazily and piecemeal from recollection as the defining moment in his life, the disaster that led him to leave everything behind and strike out into the unknown.

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ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

Morgan's Favorite Read of 2018

This is a beautiful, stirring epic, about an immortal goddess who, in the thousands of years of her existence, faces many heartbreaks, triumps, and very dull days, too. Reading the adventures of gods, monsters, and mortals— and learning the who's-who of the heavenly realm— was a blast. But what I truly loved about this novel was Circe's development from naïve river nymph to self-possessed witch of Aiaia.

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ISBN: 9780735235939
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Published: Penguin Canada - August 28th, 2018

Parke's Favorite Read of 2018

This compact memoir is excellent. It's so uplifting and empowering to see the author, a queer person of color, face the toxic masculinity and bigotry ever-present in our era and thrive despite it. This book brought me a lot of hope in a grim year, and for that, Vivek Shraya has a reader for life in me.

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By Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780393356281
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 9th, 2018

Rikki's Favorite Read of 2018

A lighthearted but respectful exploration of some of the ways we deal with our dead. Coming from a perspective of cultural health and ecological conservation, you'll walk away with as many questions as answers.