How can it already be 2018? It seems like we were just writing our book list for 2017 and suddenly it’s a whole year later. I’ve been looking over the “Best of 2017” lists for the past few days, and while there are a couple on this list that are a little older, these are the top 10 books to read in 2018!
As the winner of the Goodreads best fiction book of the year, this had to be on the list. It’s the story of a small town in Ohio where everything is perfect – that is, until Mia Warren and her daughter move in and eventually enter a stand-off that will divide the town and have devastating consequences.
If you’ve read any of Backman’s books before, you may know him for his charming characters and touching storylines. Beartown is much different from his other novels, but possibly his best one yet. This book tells the tale of a small, hockey-obsessed town and the lengths to which the people in it will go to cover up the truth and insure the futures of their children and their town.
As a lover of short stories, I’m excited to read this one – a collection of nine short stories exploring the range of human emotions. From a school janitor, to the relationships between siblings, to a mother moving away from her daughter, these intimate tales are bound to be eye-opening.
Maybe you’ve read The Girl on the Train or maybe you haven’t, but either way, Paula Hawkins’ latest thriller is a must-read. Jules’ sister has just died, supposedly due to suicide, leaving behind a teenage daughter. But Jules knows that Nel wouldn’t have jumped, and she’s terrified to be back in the place she thought she had escaped.
Every book list needs one or two good historical fiction novels, and this is one of the best of the past year. The story begins in 1939 when Rill Foss and her four siblings are ripped from their home and placed in an orphanage, where Rill must fight to keep them all together. If you loved The Nightingale, this should be a high priority to check out!
Our young adult fiction pick of the year – John Green, of course! It’s been a while since he’s put out a new book, and we can’t wait to read this one. Sixteen-year-old Aza and her friend Daisy set out to solve the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Picket. Aza is trying to do it all, but her struggles with anxiety affect her in ways she can’t always control.
In this story, Eleanor lives a life of isolation, spending her weekends with frozen pizza and chatting with her mom on the phone. One day, though, she and the IT guy from her office help save Sammy, an older man who has fallen, and the three become fast friends. Will Eleanor learn to start letting people into her life again?
This one is kind of a historical fiction read mixed with a little bit of the supernatural. The Civil War has just started, and Abraham Lincoln’s young son, Willie, has just passed away. In his grief, Lincoln is swept away into a strange purgatory, complete with ghosts and a struggle for Willie’s soul.
Here’s another thriller for your beach reading. Lo, a travel writer, has been given an assignment aboard a luxury cruise ship. However, as the weather turns bad, she thinks she sees a woman being thrown overboard, though no one else has seen it and all the passengers are accounted for. Has something gone wrong, and could she be next?
A funny, light read to carry around in your purse, Standard Deviation is about Graham, a man married to his second wife, who is the complete opposite of his first. In a turn of events, though, his first wife Elspeth reenters his life, and he’s left wondering if he made the right decision after all.
Which book are you most excited to read in the new year? Let us know what we should add to the list!