The 28 Most-Read New Books of 2018

Posted by Cybil on June 21, 2018
Summer Reading 2018

Summer Reading is sponsored by The Great American Read on PBS.

Read any good books lately? Apparently you have! We're halfway through the year (and halfway through the 2018 Reading Challenge), so it's about time to check in and see what new books the Goodreads community has completed.

For this list, we looked at which 2018 books the more than 2.8 million Reading Challenge participants have finished since January. You'll find the top 28 books below in order of popularity, starting with the Hitchcock-esque The Woman in the Window and ending with the romance From Lukov with Love. In between you'll find everything from true crime to fantasy, plus enough mystery and young adult fantasy to take you through the rest of your reading year.

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Did you read a book this year that you'd recommend to others? Well, what are you waiting for? Share it in the comments!

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message 1: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro I read Fire and Fury. Stylistically speaking, it was mediocre. The language was repetitive. For instance, Wolff used the term "bête noir" three different times.


message 2: by Anissa (new)

Anissa I've read The Woman in the Window & The Wife Between Us (admittedly, I'd read an arc of that in 2017). The Immortalists is the only other thing here that features on my TBR list. Even so, I'm confident that the remainder of my reading year will be full and just fine.


message 3: by Jenny Baker (new)

Jenny Baker I've only read eight of these and eight are on my TBR. I loved these:


The Woman in the Window
The Great Alone
The Cruel Prince
Leah on the Offbeat
Children of Blood and Bone
Everless



message 4: by Amber (new)

Amber I enjoyed My Best Friend's Exorcism , The Traitor Prince and more.

Here's the link to my Year in Review for 2018 if you guys want to check it out. I update it when I finish my reads so enjoy and add the books to your TBR if you want to check them out. It's a work in progress so I won't add a star rating until Dec 31st of this year but these are all the books I've read for my Reading for Pleasure challenge so far this year.

Amber's 2018 on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 5: by dpd (new)

dpd Katsuro wrote: "I read Fire and Fury. Stylistically speaking, it was mediocre. The language was repetitive. For instance, Wolff used the term "bête noir" three different times."

I read it too, and I think it’s one of the most important of all the books out now about the Trump administration and its rampant corruption. I can put up with a phrase being repeated three times in 356 pages when the information it contains is so important.


message 6: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Haven't read any of them yet, but 14 of them are on my TBR.


message 7: by Laura (new)

Laura Educated and An American Marriage are both worth reading. The Great Alone is beach reading.


message 8: by Jackie (new)

Jackie O'sullivan Is it OK to not actually fancy reading any single one of these?


message 9: by Peggy (new)

Peggy My favorite this summer was From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon. By far and away the best book I've read in years!


message 10: by The Reading (new)

The Reading Lumberjack I've already read Then She Was Gone, and I really enjoyed it. I just finished Educated and couldn't put it down! I finished it in less than 24 hours. Hard to read in parts, but so interesting. Now I can't quit reading articles about it.


message 11: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Mayer I recommend two books by Paulette Jiles: News of the World and Stormy Weather. She writes historical fiction set in Texas in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her writing is suspenseful, descriptive and poetic. These are two of the best books I've read in recent months.
-- Barbara Mayer


message 12: by Hasnamezied (new)

Hasnamezied I read The broken Girls which was good.


message 13: by Katie (new)

Katie Bassel WIFE BETWEEN US and I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK! Both terrific.


message 14: by Voto (new)

Voto Norwegian by Night, Derek. B. Miller. Much more than a mystery/thriller. Touches on many subjects; old age, family ties, European political issues, immigration, abuse.


message 15: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Katsuro wrote: "I read Fire and Fury. Stylistically speaking, it was mediocre. The language was repetitive. For instance, Wolff used the term "bête noir" three different times."

I agree with you 100%. I too read "Fire and Fury" and was utterly dissapointed. While I appreciate how much research went into the book, it was just overall poorly written. I really fail to understand how it got published. My guess is that the editor moved the publication date up due to high demand and ignored a huge part of the editing process altogether.


message 16: by Edouard (new)

Edouard Stenger The only one I read from these was 12 rules for life. It was absolute trash.

Right now am reading Walter Mosley's last book, Down the river unto the sea. Loving it.


message 17: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan dpd wrote: "Katsuro wrote: "I read Fire and Fury. Stylistically speaking, it was mediocre. The language was repetitive. For instance, Wolff used the term "bête noir" three different times."

I read it too, and..."


Agree it's an important book. People gloss over what an extraordinary coup it was to be embedded hidden in plain sight in the WH for 6 months while Steve Bannon raved an expostulated. Wolff is an extremely good and perceptive writer.


message 18: by Susan (new)

Susan Just finished A Gentleman in Moscow...absolutely loved it. I'm hoping Towles other books are just as good as this one.


message 19: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Warlight is terrific by Michael Ondaatje


message 20: by Rachael (new)

Rachael What does a book's being among the most read signify? Popularity doesn't equal quality or even that a book is interesting.
What if they made a list of the most under appreciated but worth reading books of a given year?


message 21: by heidi (new)

heidi rachael, i agree. where the hell is danielle steele?!


message 22: by TraceyL (new)

TraceyL I read Circe and I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, very different books but both excellent. I'm surprised to see I actually read 2 trendy books this year. I usually stick with older stuff.


message 23: by Ann (new)

Ann My 5-star reads since January are Michelle Kuo's Reading with Patrick, Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and Ron Chernow's Grant.


message 24: by Erin Elizabeth (new)

Erin Elizabeth Caraval by Stephanie Garber was awesome! It definitely played with your head amd your heart. As far as the rest of these books...I need to catch up. 😂😂 I’ve read none of them!


message 25: by Alli (new)

Alli Jackie wrote: "Is it OK to not actually fancy reading any single one of these?"
Absolutely! Reading is a one size fits all passion, but not every book will suit you. Read what excites you, what brings you joy, and don't worry about whether the books you love fit onto one list or another.


message 26: by Naomi (new)

Naomi A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles - I noticed it above - I highly recommend it..... wonderful writing, humor, pathos, history, relationships. My favorite so far in 2018.


message 27: by Rhonda (new)

Rhonda Johnson Peggy wrote: "My favorite this summer was From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon. By far and away the best book I've read in years!"

Love that book too!! By far better than all of these listed!


message 28: by Mackey (new)

Mackey Jackie wrote: "Is it OK to not actually fancy reading any single one of these?"

YES! Only 1 or 2 sound interesting at all. I've decided to do my own thing this year and not read the "latest" that everyone else is reading. Life is too short to be an "also read."


message 29: by Samantha (new)

Samantha My favorite 2018 release is The Pisces by Melissa Broder.


message 30: by Jungle (new)

Jungle Djinn None of these apart from maybe the Tattooist of Auschwitz.


message 31: by Grüffeline (new)

Grüffeline I've only read two of these and I'm only interested in about two more? Ah well... *shrugs*


message 32: by Éowyn (new)

Éowyn Jackie wrote: "Is it OK to not actually fancy reading any single one of these?"
Of course! Me, I'm always suspicious of bestsellers - who wants to be the same as everyone else? :-)

Reading is supposed to be a pleasure, don't read books because you feel you 'have to'. Well, unless it's a bookclub choice! Then again, I've read some books I never would have chosen myself and some have been very thought provoking, although I very much hated Hemmingway's A Farewell to Arms.


message 33: by Sunny (new)

Sunny Shore Woman in the Window was good for a book that fits into the "Gone Girl" genre. In fact, better than good. Immortalists, An American Marriage, Educated all fantastic. Recommend all. I want to read the Jane Harper book - read the first, Broken Girls, Wife Between Us (tho it sounds trashy, something draws me to it!)


message 34: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Anissa wrote: "I've read The Woman in the Window & The Wife Between Us (admittedly, I'd read an arc of that in 2017). The Immortalists is the only other thing here that features on my TBR list. Even so, I'm confi..."

I just read The Immortalists a few weeks ago - it has some unsuspecting plot twists and I loved it! Hope you do too!


message 35: by Jes littleoleme (new)

Jes littleoleme ERIN wrote: "Caraval by Stephanie Garber was awesome! It definitely played with your head amd your heart. As far as the rest of these books...I need to catch up. 😂😂 I’ve read none of them!"

YES! I agree, totally awesome. I loved Caraval and can't wait to see how (and when) the next book turns out. Definitely one of my flavors of choice. Smiles!


message 36: by Jes littleoleme (new)

Jes littleoleme I am currently reading Starless by Jacqueline Carrey. Loving it so much that I almost called in sick for work.


message 37: by Marji (last edited Jun 22, 2018 06:33AM) (new)

Marji I have read 18 books on my 30 book challenge so far this year, only one of which is on this list. By far my favorite has been The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn. One of the best historical fiction books I’ve ever read.


message 38: by Joyce (new)

Joyce Coco Read The Great Alone, my favorite so far this summer and The Woman in the Window, both of which I enjoyed very much.


message 39: by Sunny (new)

Sunny Shore Loved The Alice Network


message 40: by Anissa (new)

Anissa Elizabeth wrote: "Anissa wrote: "I've read The Woman in the Window & The Wife Between Us (admittedly, I'd read an arc of that in 2017). The Immortalists is the only other thing here that features on my TBR list. Eve...
I just read The Immortalists a few weeks ago - it has some unsuspecting plot twists and I loved it! Hope you do too!"


Excellent! Glad to hear it & thanks for the nod on the plot twists. It's always good when those come off well so I'm looking forward to it. :)


message 41: by Mary (new)

Mary Barbara wrote: "I recommend two books by Paulette Jiles: News of the World and Stormy Weather. She writes historical fiction set in Texas in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her writing is suspenseful, descriptive ..."

I loved News of the World and really looking forward to whenever I can find Stormy Weather at the library!


message 42: by Joanne (new)

Joanne My favourite book this year is: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Very well written and a historical eye opener.
joanne


message 43: by whatsapp (new)

whatsapp Status Read 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos .Awesome book but Peterson portrays or at least I felt him in the role of prophet or Guru which is a miss for me.


message 44: by Andi (new)

Andi Rosin From this list I read: Woman in the Window, The Wife Between Us,
The Broken Girls (mostly because I live in Vermont and the book took place in Vermont), and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

I also read, From Sand and Ash, and agree with those who posted they loved the book, as I did as well.

For those who are interested in reading a very atmospheric, Gothic thriller I highly recommend Ruth Ware's, The Death of Mrs. Westaway.

I also highly recommend, Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. It has more twists than a windy road through the mountains.

I am currently reading, the thriller, "Lying in Wait" by Liz Nugent.

It is well written and very different from most thrillers I have read.

I read mostly historical fiction, esp. that dealing with WWII, or the Jacobite uprisings, or the Cathars and can recommend several books for those who are interested.

Lately I have also began to read thrillers and thus far, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and Behind her Eyes are my favorites.


message 45: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Bissell I haven't read any books on this list. However, I have read 4 fantastic books over the past few months. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Halprin, Varina by Charles Frazier, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. These are some of the best books I have ever read.


message 46: by Kristine (new)

Kristine Bauers I just finished an awesome one, Moira Ashe-Enemy Within by Brendon Bertram, I highly recommend this one, bad-a$$ female lead, rich plot, great character development and it was a quick read, perfect for a summer trip! I found it here, http://brendonbertram.com


message 47: by Vera (new)

Vera (Estante da Vera) Instead of a book, I can't recommend two authors enough: Celeste Ng and Charlie Donlea. They both introduced me to new experiences in reading and I can't praise them enough.


All Cops Are Bastards Jordan Peterson. Goddamn. Someone save me from the twits who have taken over my society.


message 49: by Jenny (new)

Jenny I read She'll be Gone in the Dark. And that's it.


message 50: by Reader453 (new)

Reader453 Force of Nature & The Lost Man - Jane Harper are on my TBR list.


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