Goodreads Staffers' Top Three Books of the Year

Posted by Cybil on December 17, 2018
This post is sponsored by Becoming: An Inspirational Memoir by Michelle Obama.


As we wrap up our 2018 Reading Challenge, we decided to ask our Goodreads coworkers a simple yet tough question: What were the top three books you read this year?

Oh, the angst we caused among our well-read colleagues as they whittled down their lists to just their top few books! But hopefully our picks will inspire additions to your Want to Read Shelf.

You'll notice that our reading habits run the gamut. But if you look carefully, you can see some office favorites emerge, including multiple picks of the true-crime page-turner I'll Be Gone in the Dark; Naomi Novik's fantasy retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, Spinning Silver; and Angie Thomas' bestselling young adult debut, The Hate U Give.

Now it's your turn! What are your top three books of the year? Share them with us in the comments!


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What are your three favorite books you read in 2018? Share them with us in the comments!

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message 1: by Debbie (last edited Dec 17, 2018 07:50AM) (new)

Debbie 1) A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
2) Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire, #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
3) Jubilee Trail by Gwen Bristow

It is sooo hard just picking three!!!!!!!


message 3: by Rehana (new)

Rehana Mahmood Some interesting choices, but it is definitely hard to pick just 3!
I'm going to go with:
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Stand by Stephen King
The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood


message 6: by Deb (new)

Deb Korch How does one become a Goodread's Expert. I think that's my dream job.


message 7: by Nicoletta (new)

Nicoletta The map of salt and stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates.


message 8: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine My top three favourite books that I read this year are:

Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by Kate Moore
That Time I Loved You, by Carriane Leung


message 9: by Char (new)

Char Mulligan-Micek A Gentleman in Moscow, Wher’d You Go Bernadette, Children of Blood and Bone


message 10: by Valerie (new)

Valerie An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, Scythe by Neal Shusterman and Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.


message 11: by Riina (new)

Riina Mets-Rava Their Eyes Were Watching God
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Tattooist of Auschwitz


message 13: by Kay (new)

Kay Kingdom of ash by Sarah J Mass, Arhenemies by Marisa Meyer, Queen of Air and Darkness by Clasandra Clare.


message 14: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Genuine question, who is a Goodreads Expert?


message 15: by SUBRATA (new)

SUBRATA DUTTA 1. The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray
2. The Fatherland by Robert Harris
3. The Holocaust: A New History by Laurence Rees


message 16: by Vy (new)

Vy Trần Perfume - Patrick Susskind
Memoir of a geisha - Arthur Golden
Con đường Hồi giáo - Nguyễn Phương Mai


message 18: by Mary (last edited Dec 17, 2018 09:12AM) (new)

Mary My top 3 read in 2018 were Us Against You by Fredrick Bachmann, Holy Ghost by John Sandford, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz


message 19: by Nicko (new)

Nicko (The Cover Hoarder) Mine were:

1. Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2) by Brandon Sanderson 2. Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2) by Scott Lynch 3. The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang


message 20: by Nicko (new)

Nicko (The Cover Hoarder) Debbie wrote: "It is sooo hard just picking three!!!!!!!"

Tell me about it, I left out Gemina, Guns of the Dawn and my reread of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban :(


message 21: by Tralyn (new)

Tralyn Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning


message 23: by Limax (last edited Dec 17, 2018 10:03AM) (new)

Limax Las puertas de la Casa de la Muerte (Malaz El libro de los caídos, #2) by Steven Erikson

Memorias del hielo (Malaz El libro de los caídos, #3) by Steven Erikson

La Casa de Cadenas (Malaz El libro de los caídos, #4) by Steven Erikson

Not necessarily in that order.


message 24: by Ann-Marie (last edited Dec 17, 2018 10:05AM) (new)

Ann-Marie Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders by George Saunders
Melmoth by Sarah Perry by Sarah Perry
Voyage to Alpha Centauri by Michael D. O'Brien by Michael D, O´Brien


message 25: by Mary Dearest (new)

Mary Dearest 1. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
2. Bless me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
3. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore


message 26: by Scott (new)


message 27: by Hannahrose (new)

Hannahrose Kingdom of Ash
Children of Blood and Bone
The Book Thief


message 28: by Venkat (new)

Venkat The Heartfulness Way
Circe
Becoming


message 29: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Mccrank And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, Us Against You by Fredrik Backman and Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.


message 30: by Marcia (new)

Marcia So hard to narrow down to just 3!!! But I guess the ones that stick with me the most are

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
Woman Enters Left by Jessica Brockmole
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamine Alire Saenz


message 31: by Emily, Community Manager (new)

Emily Andrea wrote: "Genuine question, who is a Goodreads Expert?"

Goodreads Experts is the name of our customer support team! We have Experts based in the USA, South Africa, and Costa Rica who help our members around the world every day.


message 32: by Bethany (new)

Bethany Kingdom of Ash- Sarah J Mass
Only Human- Sylvain Neuvel
The Loose Ends List- Carrie Firestone


message 33: by Berna (new)

Berna Labourdette How can I be a "Goodreads expert"? sounds great! XD


message 34: by Emily, Community Manager (new)

Emily Berna wrote: "How can I be a "Goodreads expert"? sounds great! XD"

You can find all of our open positions on the Jobs page!


message 35: by Berna (new)

Berna Labourdette Thanks! but, sadly, I live too far.
Perhaps an honorary title would be interesting for all those who participate a lot ;)


message 36: by Mary (new)

Mary Top three read in 2018
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The Last Hours by Minette Walters
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
I could list more, many more.


message 37: by Caroline (last edited Dec 17, 2018 11:43AM) (new)

Caroline Hard to pick just 3 but my favourites I've read this year are:

7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh
Defender by G. X. Todd

I would have picked Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel but I haven't read it yet. It's on the ever increasing TBR pile.


message 39: by Anissa (new)

Anissa 1. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
2. Places in the Darkness by Christopher Brookmyre
3. Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Top three feels so limiting. I want to shout my top 10 from the rooftops.


message 40: by Margot (new)

Margot Het negende schrift van MayaWonder
Het labyrint der geesten

Three great books! Better than my other 5 star novels after reading 80 books this year!


message 41: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Anthony Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton, Flames by Robbie Arnott, The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton


message 42: by Amber (new)

Amber 1. My Best Friend's Exorcism
2. The Kiss Quotient
3. Last Day In Hell

Those are a few of my favorite reads of 2018 which is apart of my 2018 on Goodreads review. If you want to see my review go here and def check out the reads I read and hope you enjoy them:

I'm still working on my December reads for it so hope to add my star rating and stuff at the end of the month though.


Its been an awesome year for reading for pleasure! ^_^

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 43: by Betty (new)

Betty Next Year in Havana

Where the Crawdads Sing

Before We Were Yours


message 44: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth I think this is my favorite post every year!
1. Educated Educated by Tara Westover
2. The Alice Network The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
3. Matchmaking for Beginners Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson


message 45: by Lisha (new)

Lisha I like looking at the eclectic lists. What a fun post. Thanks for sharing them.

Here are my favorites from this year.
Eduated by Tara Westover
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles


message 47: by Kriste (last edited Dec 17, 2018 01:43PM) (new)

Kriste Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Heart's Invisible Furies The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Silva Rerum IV Silva Rerum IV by Kristina Sabaliauskaitė


message 48: by Adela (new)

Adela Kucar Midnight's Children
Sing Unburied Sing
Florida


message 49: by Kimberley (new)

Kimberley A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Hate U Give
The Elegance of the Hedgehog


message 50: by Melissa (new)

Melissa MacKenzie The Alice Network
The Killers of the Flower Moon
The Devil and the White City


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