13 thoughts on “FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2018

    1. george Post author

      Prashant, I consider GIVE ME YOUR HAND Megan Abbott’s best book so far. BAD BLOOD is chilling…and true! I can’t wait to see Jennifer Laurence in the movie version!

  1. Michael Padgett

    My favorite books from this year were two story collections, “You Think It, I’ll Say It” by Curtis Sittenfeld and “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden” by the late, great Denis Johnson. The novel I enjoyed most was a pulp novel from 1960 by Richard Deming called “Kiss and Kill”. This came to my attention from a write-up in James Reasoner’s blog Rough Edges. The book is an absolute killer. I’d read a couple of things by Deming years ago that gave no indication that he had a book like this in him.

  2. Jeff Meyerson

    I need to go back and pull out my favorites of the year. I did read Megan’s book, and also the Denis Johnson collection. Some of my favorites were non-fiction.

    1. george Post author

      Jeff, I thought BAD BLOOD was terrific! The same with Megan’s novel. Loved CIRCE! THE SHAKESPEARE REQUIREMENT was the funniest book I read in 2018. Wonderful artwork abounds in THE LIFE & LEGEND OF WALLACE WOOD, VOLUME 2. And I’m about to read the sequel to THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER.

  3. Steve Oerkfitz

    Not in any particular order. Limited myself to books published in 2018.
    Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
    November Road by Lou Berney
    Robicheaux by James Lee Burke
    Green Sun by Kurt Anderson
    The Wife by Alafair Burke
    Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr
    The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
    Bearskin by James McLaughlin
    Middleman by Olen Steinhauer
    The Line That Holds Up by David Joy
    Informal History of the Hugos by Jo Walton
    The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos
    Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
    Nighttown by Timothy Hallinan

    1. george Post author

      Steve, that’s an impressive list! I really liked Jo Walton’s INFORMAL HISTORY OF THE HUGOs and almost included it on my list. I have Philip Kerr’s GREEKS BEARIN GIFTS on my READ REAL SOON stack right on top of Michael Connelly’s DARK SACRED NIGHT. So many books, so little time…


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