The Books of 2018

So many books, so little time—part 12.

My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the 12th year we’ve done this.

My favorite books of 2018 were probably Half a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; The Glitch by Elizabeth Cohen; A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles; Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin; and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (soon to be a series with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, which will be awesome).

Anyway, I’d love to hear about other people’s favorite books this year.

2018 Book List
title author first name
author last name
Persuading Austen Brigid Coady
The Mephisto Club Tess Gerritson
The Last Mrs. Parrish Liv Contantine
Girl on a Swing Bella Roccaforte
Fitness Junkie Lucy
Sykes and Jo Piazza
Ready Player One Ernest Cline
The Immortalists Chloe Benjamin
Silver Linings Debbie Macomber
Revenge Wears Prada Lauren Weisberger
Something in Between Melissa de la Cruz
Flirting with Felicity Gerri Russell
Love Muffin and Chai Latte Anya Wylde
Turtles All the Way Down John Green
Uncommon Type Tom Hanks
Coma Girl Stephanie Bond
Class Mom Laurie Gelman
Modern Lovers Emma Straub
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance Ruth Emmie Lang
The Cinderella Murder Mary Higgins Clark
The Rules Do Not Apply Ariel Levy
Mrs. Caitlin Macy
Montana Debbie Macomber
Most Wanted Lisa Scottoline
Infinite Home Kathleen Alcott
Half a Yellow Sun Chimamanda
Ngozi Adichie
The Alice Network Kate Quinn
Still Me JoJo Moyes
The Light We Lost Jill Santopolo
What Remains of Me Alison Gaylin
How to Eat a Cupcake Meg Donohoe
Sometimes I Lie Alice Feeney
Sheltering Rain JoJo Moyes
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Arundhati Roy
My Life in Middlemarch Rebecca Mead
This is Your Life Harriet Chance! Jonathan Evison
Into the Beautiful North Luis Alberto Urrea
Wrecked Elle Casey
Lone Wolf Jodi Picoult
The Coincidence Makers Yoav Blum
Suddenly Barbara Delinsky
The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder Caroline Fraser
Before I Fall Lauren Oliver
Sugar Daddy Lisa Kleypass
Summer Hideaway Susan Wiggs
The Favorite Sister Jessica Knoll
Surprise Me Sophie Kinsella
Summer Secrets Jane Green
The Gatekeepers Jen Lancaster
You Think It, I’ll Say It Curtis Sittenfeld
Matchmaking for Beginners Maddie Dawson
Swim Back to Me Ann Packer
How to Survive Your Sisters Ellie Campbell
A Dangerous Game Heather Graham
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl Mona Awad
The Glitch Elisabeth Cohen
Beach Town Mary Kay Andrews
Behold the Dreamers Imbolo Mbue
Hungry Heart Jennifer Weiner
Party Girls Die in Pearls Plum Sykes
I See London Sarah Mlynowski
Bond Girl Erin Duffy
Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng
Baked with love Izzy Bayliss
The Girl I Was Before Izzy Bayliss
Never Change Elizabeth Berg
Not That I Could Tell Jessica Strawser
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed John Ronson
A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
The Little Shop of Happy Ever After Jenny Colgan
Then She Was Gone Lisa Jewell
The Portable Veblen Elizabeth McKenzie
The Woman in the Window A.J. Finn
Dare Me Megan Abbott
Confessions of a Queen Bee Crista McHugh
Almost Sisters Joshilyn Jackson
Young Jane Young Gabrielle Zevin
The Scrapbook of Frankie Post Caroline Preston
Let Me Lie Clare Mackintosh
The Girls Emma Cline
The Intermission Elyssa Friedland
London is the Best City in America Laura Dave
Nine Perfect Strangers Liane Moriarty
Maine J. Courtney Sullivan
Friendship: A Novel Emily Gould
Maybe in Another Life Taylor Jenkins Reid
Fanny Bower Puts Herself Out There Julia Ariss
Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties Camile Pagan
Give Me Your Hand Megan Abbott
The Bookshop of Yesterdays Amy Meyerson
All We Ever Wanted Emily Giffin
Ghosted Rosie Walsh

The Books of 2015

Fates and Furies coverSo many books, so little time—part nine.

My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the ninth year we’ve done this.

My favorite books of 2015 were probably The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (which incidentally, won the Pulitzer Prize), Girl on a Train, by Paula Hawkins, and Fates and Furiesby Lauren Groff—all of which are widely-praised fiction, so nothing too original in my suggestions for this year, unfortunately. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but I did really enjoy Quiet (about introverts) by Susan Cain and I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai.

Anyway, I’d love to hear about other people’s favorite books this year.

2015 Book List
title author first author last
Amber Beach Elizabeth Lowell
Pegasus Danielle Steel
A Grown Up Kind of Pretty Joshilyn Jackson
Love Anthony Lisa Genova
Shopaholic to the Stars Sophie Kinsella
Small Victories Anne Lamott
The Quality of Life Report Megham Daum
The Best of Us Sarah Pekkanen
Delicious Ruth Reichel
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda: 60 Endings, 2 Happily Ever Afters Tara Lee Reed
The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
The Heiresses Sara Shepherd
Yes Please Amy Poehler
Sweet Salt Air Barbara Delinsky
Then Came You Jennifer Weiner
The Last Anniversary Liane Moriarty
The Last Letter From Your Lover JoJo Moyes
14 Peter Cline
Night Road Kristin Hannah
Flight Behavior Barbara Kingsolver
Lift Kelly Corrigan
Family Ties Danielle Steel
Lock and Key Sarah Dessen
Littlebee Chris Cleave
The American Heiress Daisy Goodwin
Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty
Spring Fever Mary Kay Andrews
Julie and Romeo: A Novel Jeanne Ray
Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty Diane Keaton
The Rosie Effect Graeme Simsion
Laura Rider’s Masterpiece Jane Hamilton
Glitter and Glue Kelly Corrigan
Dirty Daddy Bob Sagat
A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki
The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
Funny Girl Nick Hornby
The Precious One Marisa de los Santos
Wife 22 Melanie Gideon
Summer Island Kristin Hannah
Jane and the Genius of Place Stephanie Barron
Marry Kiss Kill Anne Flett-Giordano
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls David Sedaris
Single, Carefree, Mellow Katherine Heiny
The Summer Hideaway Susan Wiggs
Along for the Ride Sarah Dessen
Scandal in Spring Lisa Kleypass
Me Without You JoJo Moyes
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much Allison Hoover Bartlett
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
Mine Till Midnight Lisa Kleypass
Pretty Much Screwed Jenna McCarthy
From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess Meg Cabot
You Won’t Remember This Kate Blackwell
The Nightingale Kristin Hannah
Finding Audrey Sophie Kinsella
The Beginning of Everything Robyn Schneider
The Vacationers Emma Straub
The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins
This I Believe Various
Life’s a Beach Claire Cook
Blueprints Barbara Delinsky
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote
Then Again Diane Keaton
Friends Like Us Lauren Fox
Circle of Wives Alice La Plante
China Rich Girlfriend Kevin Kwan
Smart Blondes Sonia Koso
A Fine Romance Candice Bergen
Mermaid Out of Water Randy Gross
Quiet Susan Cain
A Wonder Story: Pluto R.J. Palacio
The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story R.J. Palacio
A Window Opens Elisabeth Egan
Luckiest Girl Alive Jessica Knoll
Red Summer Fran Davis
I Am Malala Malala Yousafzai
After You JoJo Moyes
Arcadia Lauren Groff
The Woman I Wanted to Be Diane Van Furstenberg
Crystal Walter Dean Meyers
We Were Liars E. Lockhart
Being Committed Anna Maxted
Dietland Sarai Walker
Cross My Heart Carly Phillips
My Fair Lazy Jen Lancaster
Movie Star A Novel by Lizzie Pepper Hilary Liftin
Everybody Rise Stephanie Clifford
Fates and Furies Lauren Groff
The Bee Cottage Story Frances Schultz
Killing Monica Candace Bushnell
Modern Romance Aziz Ansari
Ladies Night Mary Kay Andrews
Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? Lisa & Francesca Serratella Scottoline