Reviews of the Day, 2018: Adult Books

Reviews of the Day, 2018: Adult Books

In a sense, every weekday is award day here at Booklist. Our Review of the Day highlights especially noteworthy titles by giving them the coveted front-and-center space on Booklist Online. We rotate adult, youth, and audio titles throughout the year, choosing each title, regardless of star status, to highlight the spotlight in the current issue of Booklist. Some Reviews of the Day are high-demand titles, while others are less-known gems we think deserve more visibility. In keeping with the season of year-end “best” lists, we have compiled ALL of the Reviews of the Day for 2018, starting in January and ending on December 12. Books and audiobooks are arranged alphabetically by title in their respective genres/subjects and linked to their Booklist reviews. We hope you’ll enjoy this look back at a vibrant year in reading.




The Age of LightAmerican HistoriesAsymmetryCensusChicagoClock DanceCome with MeConfessions of the FoxThe Dakota WintersDuchess by DesignEternal LifeFamiliar ThingsThe Female PersuasionGhostedThe Girl Who Never Read Noam ChomskyThe Great BelieversGun LoveHeHow to Be SafeIf You Leave MeKilling CommendatoreThe Lake on FireLove and RuinThe Mars RoomThe Mere WifeMilkmanMr. and Mrs. American PieThe Museum of Modern LoveOnce Upon a RiverOnly ChildThe Only StoryOrdinary PeopleThe Parking Lot AttendantThe PiscesPontiA Road to DamascusSelf-Portrait with BoySeveranceSmall CountryThat Time I Loved YouTo Keep the Sun AliveUseful Phrases for ImmigrantsThe Verdun AffairThe WaiterWarlightYou Think It, I’ll Say It


The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleApril in Paris, 1921Bone on BoneThe Crooked StaircaseDark Sacred NightDeath NoticeThe Death of Mrs. WestawayThe Feral DetectiveGive Me Your HandGreen SunJudgmentLet Me LieLondon RulesMacbethThe Man Who Came UptownThe MiddlemanMiss Kopp Just Won’t QuitOpen Your EyesThe Other WomanPieces of HerThe President Is MissingRust & StardustThis Is What HappenedTranscriptionUnto Us a Son Is GivenThe Witch Elm

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

Black Leopard, Red WolfDevil’s DayFire and BloodHow Long ‘til Black Future Month?The People’s Republic of EverythingRed MoonRewriteSpace OperaThe Stars Now Unclaimed



Arts/Cookery/Computer Science/Psychology/Science/Sports & Recreation/Technology

Atlas of a Lost WorldBasketballBorn to Be PosthumousBraveBroad BandChalkExtra HelpingIn PiecesLands of Lost BordersRage Becomes HerRoom to DreamShoot for the Moon

History/Journalism & Publishing/Social Sciences

Amity and ProsperityAutomating InequalityThe Death of TruthEverything Trump Touches DiesFascismFearThe Fifth RiskFire and FuryHigh-RisersIn ExtremisIt’s Even Worse Than You ThinkThe ListOne Person, No VoteThe Plot to Destroy DemocracyRussian RouletteRuth Bader GinsburgThe Soul of AmericaThe Sun Does ShineThese TruthsThe Trauma CleanerUnhingedWhat Truth Sounds Like


Bullets into BellsDirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and OutsidersGhost OfI Am, I Am, I AmKindest RegardsLook Alive Out ThereNew Poets of Native Nations



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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