The end of the year is upon us, and so are all the best-of–the-year book lists. Here at Bookshare, we constantly talk about what we’re reading, and we’d love to share some of our favorites with you.
Holiday Stories for Kids
‘Tis the season to enjoy the December holidays with this collection of 28 heartwarming books for kids ages 3-12 to keep them reading during winter break.
- Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller – Squirrel wants to make a New Year’s resolution… as soon as she figures out what a resolution is. Ages 4-8.
- The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser – The Vanderbeeker family couldn’t imagine living anywhere other than 141st Street, so when their landlord won’t renew their lease, they’ll do anything to stay. Ages 7-10.
- Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy – Joel is a middle school magician who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere in 1971 Los Angeles. Hopefully the eight nights of Hanukkah will turn his luck around. Ages 10-14.
Best Books of 2018 – Young Adult
Young Adult literature tells diverse and unique stories for teens ages 12-18. This collection of 25 YA favorites will keep them entertained throughout winter break.
- Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi – Penny and Sam don’t have a meet cute: he’s passed out in the street and she finds him. Soon their awkward run-in blossoms into a vibrant text relationship, but will they be able to take their relationship off-screen?
- Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson – Stevie Bell joins the prestigious Ellingham Academy with one goal: solve the mystery of the founder’s missing wife and daughter. However, the past collides with the present as the killer returns to terrorize Ellingham Academy once again.
- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – Krell aliens have cornered the human race, and the humans’ only defense is their fleet of elite space pilots. Spensa dreams of becoming a pilot, but her father’s past makes it nearly impossible, until she finds an ancient ship with a personality.
Best Books of 2018 – Staff Picks
The Bookshare staff shares 25 of the best books they read this year including these favorites:
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – this book follows three generations of a family starting with the Korean-Japanese War and continuing through and beyond World War II. If you like historical fiction and family sagas, this one is a winner! – Guillian, Collection Development
- Bad Blood by John Carreyrou – The story of Theranos, the blood-testing startup based in Palo Alto, California, reads like a detective story that uncovers scientific and medical fraud. For an inside look into the rise and fall of founder Elizabeth Holmes and the dark side of Silicon Valley, look no further. – Paul, Operations
- Without Getting Killed or Caught by Tamara Saviano – Guy Clark was a legendary singer and songwriter and a major influence on two generations of songwriters. Written by Clark’s former publicist and producer, and part memoir, part biography, this book tells a new story about an unforgettable man. – Matt, Texas Outreach Coordinator
- Beartown by Frederik Backman – this book is an enthralling and devastating look at community relationships, small town values, and the actions that can tear those communities apart or unite them. The themes of morality and loyalty are accessible while challenging, and the story about a broken girl putting herself back together is both tragic and empowering. – Amanda, Communities
What was your favorite book of 2018?
The Bookshare staff wishes you a warm and happy holiday season filled with good cheer and plenty of good books.