I read 80 books in 2018. Some were great, some terrible, but most were actually good. I have compiled a list of my 5 favorites.
- The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin: This one is my top pick for the year. I had the privilege to meet the author at a Jodi Picoult event in October. The story asks the question, do you have control over your future, or is it predetermined? I feel pretty confident that we will be seeing more books from this Wisconsin author in the future.
- Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur: Three generations of women tell their story in rural Vermont. The story begins when Vale returns to her home after Tropical Storm Irene to search for her mother.
- My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh: A woman who decides to spend a year sleeping in 2000. Actually a very sad story about a woman who needs to escape her depression.
- The Boy At The Door by Alex Dahl: This book from Norway tells the story of a mysterious boy who turns up in a small Norway town and the woman who takes him in. I love books from Scandinavia, they have an eeriness to them that I don’t find in American books.
- Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer: This one is just for fun. Imagine Barack Obama and Joe Biden as super sleuths in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area. I laughed a lot and felt an odd comfort reading about them as a team again.