Cheryl's Favorite Read of 2018
Another great historical fiction by one of the best storytellers ever. Twists and turns, suspense and surprise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's mind-blowing how Miller fuses climate change, immigration, and current politics into one interconnected study.
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.
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.
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.
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.