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Harris County Public Library’s Book Hunters team of reading experts listed some of their favorite books of 2018. Holding some of these favorites are (top row, from left) Jennifer Schwartz, Anjela Martinez and Jennifer Hernandez and (bottom row, from left) Bryan Kratish and Marisa Schneider.
As we enter the new year, many readers reflect on their favorite books from the past year and share recommendations that reflect their reading taste.
Harris County Public Library’s Book Hunters team of reading experts recommends thousands of books to our customers with all different kinds of reading tastes each year, so we asked them to take a moment to list their absolute favorites of 2018.
Here are their top 5 in each category, for your reading pleasure! Drumroll, please.
Fiction for Adults
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
There, There: a Novel by Tommy Orange
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Nonfiction for Adults
God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Everything is Horrible and Wonderful: a Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss by Stephanie Wittels Wachs
Books for Teens
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
For Everyone by Jason Reynolds
Books for Children
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! by Ryan T. Higgins
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin
Giraffe Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith
Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat