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The Best of 2018 So Far

The Best of 2018 So Far

We are officially halfway through 2018 and I’m feeling #hashtagblessed with all of the thought-provoking and creative book releases so far. Below are my top three 2018 books across genres. What are some of your favorites?

 

 

 

 

Fiction

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Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Regan Barnhill

An eerie and esoteric collection of short stories by the Newbery-winning author Kelly Barnhill

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Red Clocks: A Novel by Leni Zumas

A speculative novel set in a not-to-distant future where women’s health care is significantly restricted. The novel follows five women in Oregon whose paths intersect as they try overcome barriers and make decisions about their bodies. This book will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale and the Power.

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Four young siblings visit a fortune teller, who prophesies the date of their death. The novel spans over the course of the next fifty years as each child tries to make sense of their fate.

Non-Fiction

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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Canning Brown

A memoir about growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle class white America.

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Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxanne Gay

A collection of essays edited by Roxanne Gay about the intersection of femininity and violence, and the experience of navigating male dominated spaces as a woman.

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Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by By Kayleen Schaefer

An anthropological and sociological study of female friendship, and its impact on family life and women’s lived experiences.

Young Adult

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This is one of the most anticipated Young Adult novels of the year and for good reason! It’s a complete page turner with a creative plot and incisive social commentary. Set in the imaginary land of Orisha, the novel follows young Zelie as she embarks on a quest to restore magic to her land and usurp Orisha’s oppressive government.

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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Zombie hunters in the Reconstruction era. Need I say more?

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The Hazel Wood: A Novel by Melissa Albert

Seventeen year old Alice is on the run with her mother, until her mother gets mysteriously kidnapped. Alice must enter into the dangerous Hazel Wood to get her back.

Middle Grade

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Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

A funny graphic novel about a young girl who goes to “Russian Summer Camp.”

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The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

Natalie enters her school’s egg drop competition in the hope of earning enough money to help her sick mother.

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You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

Charlotte and Ben befriend each other on a Scrabble app and support each other through their respective family trials.

Picture Books

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They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

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I Am a Warrior Goddess by Jennifer Adams

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You're Safe With Me by Chitra Soundar

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