What better book recommendation than that coming from a professional book reviewer?

We asked our 91 reviewers which ONE was their favorite book released in 2018. Perhaps one of their recommendations is something you’ve also read this year or something you might






Young Adult/Children’s





Sarah Smarsh

Chosen by: Shannon Carriger

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Chainbreaker (Timekeeper)

Tara Sim

Chosen by: Elizabeth Konkel

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris

Chosen by: Bailey Tulloch

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The Word is Murder 

Anthony Horowitz  

Chosen by: Susan Miller

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If They Come for Us 

Fatimah Asghar 

Chosen by: Daniel Casey

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The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974 to 2018

Mary Mackey

Chosen by: Julia McMichael

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Susanna Kearsley

Chosen by: Axie Barclay

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Island of the Mad: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

Laurie R. King

Chosen by: J. Aislynn d’Merricksson

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Melmoth: A Novel

Sarah Perry

Chosen by: Emily Behnke

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Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For 

Michele Rigby Assad

Chosen by: Jennifer Padgett

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The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story

Christie Watson

Chosen by: Jane Manaster

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Pale Horse Rider: William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America 

Mark Jacobson

Chosen by: Philip Zozarro

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Mass Shootings in America: Understanding the Debates, Causes, and Responses 

Jaclyn Schildkraut (Editor), Frank DeAngelis (Foreword)

Chosen by: Muhammed Hassanali

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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House 

Michael Wolff

 Chosen by: Kevin Winter

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Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse

Andrea Di Robilant

Chosen by: Ryder Miller

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Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One

Anita Lo

Chosen by: George Erdosh

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Penelope Bagieu

Chosen by: Danielle McManus

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Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

Jose Antonio Vargas

Chosen by: Mandy Nevius

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Love and Death in the Sunshine State: The Story of a Crime

Cutter Wood

Chosen by: Joseph Arellano

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Michelle Obama

Chosen by: Melissa Lockaby

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Young Adult/Children’s


We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

Ryan T. Higgins

Chosen by: Rosi Hollinbeck

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Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Series Book 2)

Jessica Townsend

Chosen by: Briana Wagner

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