Our 2018 Best Books of the Year

How many hours over the past year did Shelf Awareness staffers spend reading? And then arguing about our picks? It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it! Enjoy our picks for the Best Books of 2018 below.

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (Simon & Schuster)
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (Grove)
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (Graywolf Press)
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove)
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao (Flatiron)
The Mars Room by Rachel Kishner (Scribner)
My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley (Flatiron)
There There by Tommy Orange (Knopf)
Your Duck Is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg (Ecco)

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (Catapult)
Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution by Ben Fountain (Ecco)
Educated by Tara Westover (Random House)
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh (Scribner)
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee (Mariner Books)
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison (Little, Brown)
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen (Simon & Schuster)
Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation by Robert W. Fieseler (Liveright)
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Seal Press)

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