Best Books of 2018

Readers have voted. Goodreads announced the winners of its annual Goodreads Choice Awards—the only major book awards chosen by readers. This year, more than 5 million votes decided which books were the best. Check out the picks—and maybe even find some holiday gifts!


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Fiction: Still Me

Goodreads winner Still Me

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Author: Jojo Moyes

Goodreads synopsis: Jojo Moyes wins the Best Fiction award for her third book in the Me Before You series (the first book was adapted into a tearjerker of a movie). Here heroine Louisa Clark ventures to New York City to start a new life. This is the British author’s first Goodreads Choice Award.

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Check out nominees for all categories, plus vote count at Goodreads Best Books of 2018.

 

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Mystery/Thriller: The Outsider

Goodreads winner The Outsider

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Author: Stephen King 

Goodreads synopsis: Stephen King is no stranger to the Goodreads Choice Awards. And although fans may know him best as a horror novelist, this is his third win in the Goodreads Choice Awards Mystery & Thriller category (he also earned wins here for End of Watch in 2016 and Mr. Mercedes in 2014). This year he beat out the debut The Woman in the Window to take the title.

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Historical Fiction: The Great Alone

Goodreads Historical Fiction The Great Alone

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Author: Kristin Hannah 

Goodreads synopsis: Kristin Hannah wins the Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction, a category she also took in 2015 for The Nightingale. This family drama set in the wilderness of Alaska in 1974 captured readers' hearts with its portrayal of crisis and survival amid an unforgiving landscape.

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Fantasy: Circe

Goodreads Fantasy Circe

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Author: Madeline Miller 

Goodreads synopsis: Sing, o Muse, of the triumph of Circe. Madeline Miller’s reimagining of The Odyssey is less concerned with mortal men, focusing instead on a strange woman, one possessed with power and the blood of the gods. This is the first Goodreads Choice Award for Miller, a high school teacher of Latin and Greek, who made her publishing debut in 2011 with The Song of Achilles, a spin on another of Homer’s epic poems, The Iliad.

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Best of the Best: The Hate U Give

Goodreads Best of the Best The Hate U Give

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Author: Angie Thomas

Goodreads synopsis: Fresh off her double Goodreads Choice Award win last year (and a critically acclaimed adaptation this year), Angie Thomas returns to claim the victory in our special tenth anniversary Best of the Best category, which had readers pick an ultimate favorite from 170 past winners. Her powerful debut, The Hate U Give, follows a 16-year-old who finds her voice after her unarmed childhood best friend is fatally shot by the police.

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Romance: The Kiss Quotient

Goodreads Romance The Kiss Quotient

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Author: Helen Hoang

Goodreads synopsis: The numbers are in. This year readers fell in love with Stella Lane, the unforgettable heroine from Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient. More comfortable with data than with dating, Stella turns to escort-turned-teacher Michael Phan to learn all the ways of modern romance. This is Hoang’s first book, first nomination, and first win in the Goodreads Choice Awards, beating Colleen Hoover’s All Your Perfects and E.L. James’ Darker.

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Science Fiction: Vengeful

Good Reads SciFi Vengeful

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Author: V.E. Schwab

Goodreads synopsis: Over the last decade, V.E. Schwab has earned seven nominations across four different categories. The beloved writer (who also publishes children's and young adult books as Victoria Schwab) now takes home her first win with Vengeful. The second book in her Villains series continues the dark saga of would-be superheroes transfixed by dangerous experiments and the advantages of "post-death" life.

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Horror: Elevation

Goodreads Horror Elevation

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Author: Stephen King

Goodreads synopsis: The Master of Horror strikes again. Up against books about vampires, haunted houses, and Satan himself, Stephen King’s eerie tale of a small town with big troubles beat back the competition. The bestselling storyteller might need to buy a bigger award shelf: He now has eight Goodreads Choice Awards, including Best Mystery & Thriller this year with The Outsider.

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Humor: The Last Black Unicorn

Goodreads Humor The Last Black Unicorn

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Author: Tiffany Haddish

Goodreads synopsis: Is there anything Tiffany Haddish can't do? In 2018 alone, she headlined comedy festivals across the country, starred in four major Hollywood movies, and acted in a TBS television show. Now she can add award-winning author to her already impressive résumé with her Best Humor win for The Last Black Unicorn—a collection of hilarious essays that recounts her rags-to-riches tale from South Central to Tinseltown.

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Nonfiction: I'll Be Gone in the Dark

Goodreads Nonfiction I'll Be Gone in the Dark

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Author: Michelle McNamara with foreward by Gillian Flynn, and afterword by Patton Oswalt

Goodreads synopsis: Published posthumously, I'll Be Gone in the Dark is Michelle McNamara's nonfiction account of her journey to unmask The Golden State Killer—a serial killer who wreaked havoc in California in the 1970s and '80s. This book is meticulously researched, as McNamara spent years putting together the pieces of this tragic, true-crime puzzle that ultimately eluded her grasp. The silver lining? Her book created renewed interest in the case that may have helped lead to an arrest.

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Memoir: Educated

Goodreads Memoir Educated

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Author: Tara Westover

Goodreads synopsis: Tara Westover struck gold with her first book and first Goodreads Choice Award win for Educated. The memoir has spent more than half a year on The New York Times' bestsellers list and was heralded by Barack Obama as a "remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind."

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Food & Cookbooks: Cravings: Hungry for More

Goodreads Food Cravings Hungry for More

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Authors: Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussman

Goodreads synopsis: Another year, another win for Chrissy Teigen, who takes home her second Goodreads Choice Award in the Food & Cookbooks category for Cravings: Hungry for More. Teigen was awarded the same title two years ago, for the first book in the series, simply titled Cravings. This follow-up cookbook is chock full of tried-and-true recipes, as well as a few unexpected takes on modern classics (Pad Thai Carbonara, anyone?).

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Graphic Novel: Herding Cats

Goodreads Graphic Novel Herding Cats

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Author: Sarah Andersen

Goodreads synopsis: For the third consecutive year, Sarah Andersen is the Goodreads Choice Award winner for Best Graphic Novels & Comics. Herding Cats, the latest installment in her witty and relatable Sarah Scribbles series, catches up with the world-famous cartoonist as she figures out her own definition of adulthood, tackling scary deadlines, beating back piles of junk-food wrappers, and lovingly corralling an ever-growing horde of pets.

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Young Adult Fiction: Leah on the Offbeat

Goodreads YA Fiction Leah on the Offbeat

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Author: Becky Albertalli 

Goodreads synopsis: Welcome back to the halls of Creekwood High, where first-love angst and senior-year drama take center stage. This year, the spotlight shines on the rad drummer girl from Becky Albertalli’s Leah on the Offbeat. In 2015, Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was also nominated for Best Young Adult Fiction. It’s only fitting that Simon’s best friend, Leah, receives a standing ovation.

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Young Adult Fantasy: Kingdom of Ash

Goodreads YA Fantasy Kingdom of Ash

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads synopsis: Keeping her crown in Best YA Fantasy is four-time Goodreads Choice Award winner Sarah J. Maas. Her reign began in 2015 with Queen of Shadows and continues today with Kingdom of Ash. The latter is the epic finale of her Throne of Glass series, which follows the adventures of the deadly assassin Celaena Sardothien. While Celaena’s journey has ended, Maas plans to return to Erilea next year with The World of Throne of Glass compendium.

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