#Libfaves18 is a Twitter phenomenon in which librarians tweet out their favorite books published in 2018, one a day, for ten days, and someone compiles a list. Librarians love their lists, and in fact we already have a “Favorite of Favorites” list from LibraryReads, but librarians just love talking about books. And also, the year wasn’t over yet when the “Favorite of Favorites” list was published – there’s still more reading time in the year! (By that logic, we should wait till January to make our year-end lists – some of us do.) Another difference is that, to nominate books for Library Reads, you need to get galleys, read, and nominate them ahead of time; with Twitter, anyone can jump in.
Here are my #Libfaves2018:
- The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (adult fiction)
- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (young adult fiction/fantasy)
- The Witch Elm by Tana French (psychological mystery/suspense)
- We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins (picture book)
- Transcription by Kate Atkinson (adult fiction/historical/suspense)
- The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis (middle grade fiction/fantasy)
- I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell (memoir)
- Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love (picture book)
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll (young adult graphic novel)
- Call Them By Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit (nonfiction essays)
This list may look quite different from my list (coming soon-ish) of best books I’ve read this year, because many of those were published before this year. For example, I just finished listening to the audiobook of Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver, narrated by Jim Dale, and it was magical, but it’s from 2011 and therefore doesn’t qualify for #Libfaves18.
What are your favorite books that you read this year? Published in 2018 or not?
Updated 12/19/2018: The blog RA for All has a more thorough explanation of #Libfaves18, and past lists are hosted at EarlyWord.
2 thoughts on “#Libfaves18, or, Top Ten Books of 2018”
“less,” “orphan train” and “nightingale” were three favorites this year.
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