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Goodreads Choice Best Books of 2018

Looking for some good books? Here are the best books of 2018 in a variety of genres, as voted on by members of the online book community Goodreads

Still me
Still me
by Jojo Moyes

Best Fiction
 
The irrepressible Louisa Clark from Me Before You and After You arrives in New York to start a new life and a long-distance relationship with Ambulance Sam while working for the super-wealthy Gopniks, a job that introduces her to New York high society and a secretive man who reminds her of her own past.
The outsider
The outsider
by Stephen King
 
Best Mystery & Thriller

In the aftermath of a boy's brutal murder in Flint City, a local detective is forced to arrest a popular Little League coach who, in spite of an alibi, presents with open-and-shut evidence that is called into question when the suspect's true nature.
 
The great alone
The great alone
by Kristin Hannah

Best Historical Fiction
 
When her volatile, former POW father impulsively moves the family to mid-1970s Alaska to live off the land, young Leni and her mother are forced to confront the dangers of their lack of preparedness in the wake of a dangerous winter season. By the best-selling author of The Nightingale.
Circe : a novel
Circe : a novel
by Madeline Miller

Best Fantasy
 
A highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning The Song of Achilles follows the banished witch daughter of Titans as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
The kiss quotient
The kiss quotient
by Helen Hoang
 
Best Romance
 
A thirty-year-old woman with Asperger's makes sense of her life using math, but one thing she can't handle is dating and the intimacy she feels it requires. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. She hires the perfect male escort who teaches her that love is the best kind of logic.
Vengeful
Vengeful
by V. E. Schwab

Best Science Fiction
 
A conclusion to the story that began with Vicious finds Marcella Riggins targeting the city of Merit while manipulating Victor Vale and Eli Ever into a battle against one another. By the best-selling author of the Shades of Magic series.
Elevation
Elevation
by Stephen King

Best Horror
 
A timely, upbeat tale about the power of finding common ground, written by the award-winning author of Mr. Mercedes, traces the story of a man whose mysterious affliction unites a small community.
The last black unicorn
The last black unicorn
by Tiffany Haddish

Best Humor
 
The stand-up comedian and co-star of The Carmichael Show presents a humorous collection of autobiographical essays that reflect her disadvantaged youth as a foster child in South Central Los Angeles, her discovery of her talent for comedy and her struggles with gender, race and class boundaries in the entertainment industry.
I'll be gone in the dark : one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer
 
An account of the unsolved Golden State Killer case, written by the late author of the TrueCrimeDiary.com website and featuring an afterword by her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, traces the rapes and murders of dozens of victims and the author's determined efforts to help identify the killer and bring him to justice.
Educated : a memoir
Educated : a memoir
by Tara Westover

Best Memoir & Autobiography
 
Traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.
The good neighbor : the life and work of Fred Rogers
The good neighbor : the life and work of Fred Rogers
by Maxwell King

Best History & Biography
 
Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces Mr. Rogers’ personal, professional and artistic life through decades of work.
 
The rise and fall of the dinosaurs : a new history of a lost world
The rise and fall of the dinosaurs : a new history of a lost world
by Stephen Brusatte

Best Science & Technology
 
The "resident paleontologist" for BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs presents a narrative scientific history of the dinosaur eras that examines their origins, habitats, extinction and living legacy, chronicling nearly 200 million years of their evolution from small shadow dwellers through the emergences of prehistoric ancestors that became more than 10,000 modern bird species.
 
Cravings : Hungry for More Hungry for more
Cravings : Hungry for More Hungry for more
by Chrissy Teigen

Best Food & Cookbooks
 
A follow-up to Cravings is presented in the form of a culinary diary about the Sports Illustrated model's family life and features healthier, flavor-forward adaptations of recipes for such fare as pancakes, onion dip and banana bread.
Herding cats : a "Sarah's Scribbles" collection
Herding cats : a "Sarah's Scribbles" collection
by Sarah Andersen

Best Graphic Novels & Comics
 
In a humorous collection of comics, the author, an introvert, shares her experiences, which are at times weird, awkward and embarrassing, as she tries adulting on a daily basis.
The witch doesn't burn in this one
The witch doesn't burn in this one
by Amanda Lovelace

Best Poetry
 
A collection of evocative, relatable poems by the author of the princess saves herself in this one draws inspiration from the power, independence and resilience of the feminist witch archetype to encourage and embolden women to take control of their own stories.
Children of blood and bone
 
Best Debut Author

Coming of age in a land where her magi mother was killed by the zealous king's guards along with other former wielders of magic, Zélie embarks on a journey alongside her brother and a fugitive princess to restore her people's magical abilities.
Leah on the offbeat
Leah on the offbeat
by Becky Albertalli

Best Young Adult Fiction
 
With prom and graduation around the corner, senior Leah Burke struggles when her group of friends start fighting.
Kingdom of ash
Kingdom of ash
by Sarah J Maas
 
Best Young Adult Fantasy
 
A conclusion to the best-selling series that includes Crown of Midnight reveals the end of infamous assassin Aelin Galathynius' story in the aftermath of the shocking twist in Tower of Dawn.
The burning maze
The burning maze
by Rick Riordan
 
Best Children's & Middle Grade

The Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth as the ungifted human teenager Lester Papadopoulos, and his demigod friends must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor--and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles--somewhere in the American Southwest.
I am enough
I am enough
by Grace Byers
 
Best Picture Book

A lyrical ode to self-confidence and kindness for girls from every background, written by the activist star of Empire, touches on themes of diversity, respecting others and loving oneself.
The hate u give
The hate u give
by Angie Thomas
 
Best of the Best
 
Caught between her poor neighborhood and her fancy prep school, sixteen-year-old Starr Carter becomes the focus of intimidation and more after witnessing the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, by a police officer.
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