2018 Notable Books According to the Papers

We here at Booklist always love a good year-end list. While we’re compiling our own best-of-the-year roundup, the Editors’ Choice list (to be announced online December 12 and published in our January issue), there has been a flood of wonderful notable lists from national newspapers.

The New York Times, for example, has compiled the staggering “100 Notable Books of 2018,” which is divided into categories such as Biography, Current Affairs, Poetry, Sports, Thrillers, and many others.

The Washington Post, on the other hand, curated 2018 “Best Book” lists for a variety of genres. Of particular note are the 50-title long notable Fiction and Nonfiction lists as well as the Best Books of the Year list. The 10 Best Books of the Year are highlighted below (and linked to Booklist reviews when available):

Good and Mad, by Rebecca Traister
The Library Book, by Susan Orlean
The Line Becomes a River, by Francisco Cantú
The Maze at Windermere, by Gregory Blake Smith
On Desperate Ground, by Hampton Sides
One Person, No Vote, by Carol Anderson
The Overstory, by Richard Powers
A Place for Us, by Fatima Farheen Mirza
There There, by Tommy Orange
Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan

Many more newspapers will display their notable lists, so be sure to check them all out at your local library or bookstore! And if you’d like to be among the very first to peep Booklist‘s 2018 Editors’ Choice list, subscribe to our exclusive e-newsletter, Read Alert, here.



About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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