Best Books of 2018

The best books published during 2018.

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1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
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2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
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3.72 avg rating — 162,791 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 116,909 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 156,635 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 39,823 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 30,400 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 67,891 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 125,831 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 62,621 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 82,669 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 6,090 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 118,628 ratings
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message 1: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis The system found and removed 5 duplicates.


message 2: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis The system found and removed 8 duplicates.


message 3: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Removed from #27 for pub date, Beneath a Scarlet Sky:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 4: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Fellow librarians: there are some titles I'd like to vote for that are showing up here as not published this year. I should know this but I don't. As an example: This I Know, by Eldonna Edwards. I click on the title, go to the page where it's listed and it shows up as having been published in April. If the date on the page was incorrect (and if I was damn sure of myself) I could probably change it, but what do I do if it's got the correct pub date, but I cannot vote for it? Thanks for any help.


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I know there is a way to get books added to this page when initially the list will not let you vote for them but I can not remember how. I want to add Creative Quest by Questlove that came out in April.


message 6: by Lisa (new)

Lisa also Voice Lessons for Parents by Wendy Mogel


message 7: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Also North by Scott Jurek


message 8: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Lisa wrote: "Also North by Scott Jurek"

You are the only one that will add these titles (or not). Go to the top of the list and click the tab that says "Add books to this list". You'll be offered the choice of using your drop down menu of books read to click on and add, or if you don't want to go through a lot of titles to get there, you can choose a particular shelf, or you can type the name of the book into the window on the right; assuming these books are somewhere in your goodreads collection, they should show up and you can click the link to add them to the list.


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Donna wrote: "Lisa wrote: "Also North by Scott Jurek"

You are the only one that will add these titles (or not). Go to the top of the list and click the tab that says "Add books to this list". You'll be offered ..."


I posted the comments because even though they were published this year it will not let me add them because it says they were not.


message 10: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Want to also mention that Sh*tShow by Charlie LeDuff was published this year but it will not let me add.


message 11: by Donna (last edited Jun 29, 2018 04:49PM) (new)

Donna Davis The system found and removed 6 duplicates.


message 12: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Michael wrote: "Hi-

I just wanted to let you know that my most recent novel, Inland Intrigue, is available on Amazon. It is a literary novel about a college student interning on a congressional race. I think you ..."


Using this thread to hawk your book is a violation of Goodreads policy, and a waste of librarians' time. I have flagged your comment. You may want to pull it down before it gets seen by the administrators.


message 13: by Debra (last edited Jul 28, 2018 01:50PM) (new)

Debra Johnson I've been on GR for a few years but I've never participated in Listopia. This year I read a book by a new author that has really stuck with me. I loved it. It was published this year in March by a new author. But, when I tried to add it here it keeps saying it was NOT published this year. I would appreciate any help on this. Maybe this isn't the right place? Maybe you can only add books that are published in paperback?
Here is the book and author if someone who knows better how this works cares to check it out and explain to me how this works.
Wreckless Engagement by K. Marie


message 14: by Greg (new)

Greg Debra wrote: "I've been on GR for a few years but I've never participated in Listopia. This year I read a book by a new author that has really stuck with me. I loved it. It was published this year in March by a ..."

No matter what, I've never figured out how to add a valid book, so I don't bother anymore.


message 15: by Debra (new)

Debra Johnson Greg wrote: "Debra wrote: "I've been on GR for a few years but I've never participated in Listopia. This year I read a book by a new author that has really stuck with me. I loved it. It was published this year ..."

Thank you Greg.
I don't know how these things work, but maybe I'll make a new list of my own. Lmbo
Lets see....what should I call it? Oh, I know! Listopia List That Don't Work! Or 'The Ambiguous List on Listopia'.
Feel free to give me your ideas of the perfect Listopia list name that helps clarify your frustrations, etc.
I may just make it! I am that aggravated!!


message 16: by Donna (last edited Jul 28, 2018 08:37PM) (new)

Donna Davis The system found and removed 8 duplicates.

Winter of the Witch, removed from page 3, 2019 copyright:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 17: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis The system found and removed 3 duplicates.


ⒶH-ℳℰⒾ ♔♚♛Queen Of The Fat Cats♛♚♔ I need to vote for Dark Harmony Dark Harmony (The Bargainer, #3) by Laura Thalassa but there's a bug. Could you please fix it?


message 19: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis The system found and removed 2 duplicates.


message 20: by Greg (new)

Greg Another list I fell for. I read what is now rated the third best of the year: "Woman in the Window". It's Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" but with a woman suffering from agorophobia instead of a man in a wheel chair. I know there is nothing new under the sun, but plot point by plot point it's the SAME story. At least Hitchcock provided us with the Glorious Grace Kelly in Vogue cover fashions! Come on, readers, get real.


message 21: by Greg (new)

Greg Debra wrote: "Greg wrote: "Debra wrote: "I've been on GR for a few years but I've never participated in Listopia. This year I read a book by a new author that has really stuck with me. I loved it. It was publish..."

First of all, to goodreads in general, these list should NEVER have "Best" in the title. "Favorites" is fine. But for anyone to say something is the best of the year, well, they have to have read everything! Or at least a little of all genres published. Or have read at least 100 books of any given year. Any list could be titled, "Another Pointless List Which Within a Year Will Include 99% of Every Book Ever Published Except the Great Ones I've read." Just watch, eventually Hunger Games and Twilight will be on top of this list.


message 22: by Greg (last edited Aug 10, 2018 01:43PM) (new)

Greg Oh, and anything Hanna writes wins awards at the end of the year on goodreads. She could publish say, 'Charlottesville Virginia's Nazis and How I Love Them and Hope Hitler is Resurrected" and people would love it, give it five stars, and write reviews before it was ever even published. It's like that follow-up to Twilight that was never, ever even finished or published, it was the same story from from the guy vampire's point of view. It has 125,000 ratings. BUT IT WAS NEVER PUBLISHED!!! Okay, so why do I bother? It's fun, like watching "I love Lucy" reruns. Silly, silly, fun.


message 23: by Greg (new)

Greg Debra wrote: "I've been on GR for a few years but I've never participated in Listopia. This year I read a book by a new author that has really stuck with me. I loved it. It was published this year in March by a ..."

Call it "Twilight 4 vs. Hunger Games 8: We're Back with Harry Potter" and I bet you could add it anywhere, anytime, and it would be at the top of the list in a week with a hundred thousand five star ratings.


message 24: by Debra (new)

Debra Johnson Greg wrote: "Debra wrote: "Greg wrote: "Debra wrote: "I've been on GR for a few years but I've never participated in Listopia. This year I read a book by a new author that has really stuck with me. I loved it. ..."

Just finished reading all your comments.
You are killing me!
Now my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard.
And, apparently I am the odd one out.
The book I wanted to list I read back in March. I actually had read over 100 books when I decided to do this.

Either way, you are funny.


message 25: by Greg (last edited Aug 25, 2018 07:36AM) (new)

Greg Debra wrote: "Greg wrote: "Debra wrote: "Greg wrote: "Debra wrote: "I've been on GR for a few years but I've never participated in Listopia. This year I read a book by a new author that has really stuck with me...."

I mean no harm, I know all lists are completely subjective, and I also know that I read very little contemporary literature. That said, I have read 5 of the top 200!!! To three of them I gave a huge 2 star rating, to one of them I gave a 3-star rating (James Lee Burke's Roubicheaux) and to the book at #3 (which will win Best Mystery) , I gave a 1-star rating because it is 99% Cornell Woolrich's 1942 novella, "Rear Window", but not as good. Hannah will win Best Novel, of course. And, actually, I sorta liked "Nightengale" but was so frustrated she never broke into song with "Climb Every Mountain". Oh, and King will win best horror. And the book with the hottest, semi-naked guy will win best romance. Whatever gal comedian who is the most famous will win Best Humor. Yes, I can predict the future, but alas, not lottery numbers.


message 26: by Greg (new)

Greg Someone actually published another book by B.A Paris? Good grief.


message 27: by Constantine (new)

Constantine Snap is listed twice. I think on page 2 and page 6


message 28: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Constantine wrote: "Snap is listed twice. I think on page 2 and page 6"
Good eyes. The system found and removed 10 duplicates.


message 29: by Debra (new)

Debra Johnson Greg wrote: "Debra wrote: "Greg wrote: "Debra wrote: "Greg wrote: "Debra wrote: "I've been on GR for a few years but I've never participated in Listopia. This year I read a book by a new author that has really ..."

Roflmbo.
You are funny, but there is a lot of truth in humor.
I would love for the book I put up to come in somewhere that it gets the notice I think it deserves. It is an adult contemporary romance with a bit of suspense, crime and intrigue. Oh, and a dash of humor. From the books you listed that you read this year it doesn't sound like something you would read. But, if you feel the urge, please do so. I was really impressed by this writer. And it is her very first book! Ever!! You can easily tell through her writing that she takes this craft seriously.


message 30: by Constantine (new)

Constantine Added and voted for the fantastic new favorite "Normal People" by Sally Rooney


message 31: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis The system found and removed 9 duplicates.


message 32: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Greg wrote: "Oh, and anything Hanna writes wins awards at the end of the year on goodreads. She could publish say, 'Charlottesville Virginia's Nazis and How I Love Them and Hope Hitler is Resurrected" and peopl..."

*snerk!*


message 33: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis The system found and removed 20 duplicates.


message 34: by Tucker (new)

Tucker  (TuckerTheReader) Force of Nature wqs published in 2017 😊


message 35: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Tucker wrote: "Force of Nature wqs published in 2017 😊"

I'd be happy to remove it if you tell me where it is. Which page?


message 36: by Tucker (last edited Jan 22, 2019 06:33AM) (new)

Tucker  (TuckerTheReader) Donna wrote: "Tucker wrote: "Force of Nature wqs published in 2017 😊"

I'd be happy to remove it if you tell me where it is. Which page?"


Page 1 #42


message 37: by Donna (last edited Jan 22, 2019 07:32PM) (new)

Donna Davis Tucker wrote: "Donna wrote: "Tucker wrote: "Force of Nature wqs published in 2017 😊"

I'd be happy to remove it if you tell me where it is. Which page?"

Page 1 #42"


And it's gone. Removed for pub date: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

The system also found and removed 23 duplicates.


message 38: by Kevin (new)

Kevin The Iron Season by Helene Wecker, currently sitting at 1185, hasn't been released yet.


message 39: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Kevin wrote: "The Iron Season by Helene Wecker, currently sitting at 1185, hasn't been released yet."

Done.


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