Best Books of 2018

At the end of every year, media outlets release their Best Books of the year list. However, there are so many lists! And they have such different opinions! How do we know what TRULY were the best books of the year? Have no fear, the library has done the work for you! We've gone through best-of lists from the likes of Publisher's Weekly, GoodReads, Library Journal, NPR, Amazon, The New Yorker, BookRiot, and the New York Times Book Review to discover which books made it onto the most lists. And the winners are...

there-there.jpgThe lists were a little bit all over the place this year, but There There by Tommy Orange was the clear winner for fiction, making it onto six Best Of lists, as well as being longlisted for the National Book Award. It's the story of 12 unforgettable characters, urban Native Americans living in Oakland, who converge and collide on one fateful day. As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow - some generous, some fearful, some violent - momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything.




educated.jpgOn the nonfiction end, Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover dominated, included on an impressive seven lists. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Explore the full lists below!

Best Fiction of 2018


Best Nonfiction of 2018



 
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