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BKLYN BookMatch: Our Favorite Books from 2018

BookMatch librarians have teamed up to share their 100 favorite reads of 2018, in every genre and age group. Happy browsing!

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Gavino, Kate, author, artist. |

A funny, heartfelt graphic novel for pre-teens to adults (especially Selena fans).

Monday's not coming

Jackson, Tiffany D., author. |

A gripping tale about a girl gone missing and a community that let it happen.

The Late Bloomers' Club : a novel

Miller, Louise (Chef), author. |

Sisters, a small town diner, a missing dog, baked goods, capable (and nice and handsome) men. :)

The library book

Orlean, Susan, author. |

If you are a fan of Orlean's "Orchid Thief" you will love this book.

Black women who dared

Moyer, Naomi M., 1977- author, illustrator. |

Comprehensive children's resource for information about Black, Indigenous and queer history. Beautiful illos!

Emergency contact

Choi, Mary H. K. |

This book captures the good kind of adolescent/young adult awkwardness you wish you could return to.

In pieces : a memoir

Field, Sally, author. |

This is not your typical celebrity memoir; it will haunt you with its authenticity and sly wit.

Halsey Street

Coster, Naima, author. |

When Penelope returns to Bed-Stuy from PA, everything is different. Except for her past...

And now we have everything : on motherhood before I was ready

O'Connell, Meaghan. |

An insightful, funny, occasionally scary account of childbirth and motherhood. Perfect for book clubs!

If Beale Street could talk : a novel

Baldwin, James, 1924-1987. |

Exceptionally well-written book about black life; now a movie!

Lone pilgrim : stories

Colwin, Laurie. |

Short stories about falling in love and cooking delicious meals. Every sentence is a dream.

Jagannath : stories

Tidbeck, Karin, 1977- author, translator. |

Weird tales with a Nordic bent that will leave readers dazed, disturbed and delightfully enchanted.

You'll miss me when I'm gone

Solomon, Rachel Lynn, author. |

A beautiful novel about family, illness and Judaism.

Standard deviation

Heiny, Katherine, author. |

Hilarious, sad and weird. Read this book to meet your new favorite character.

The friend

Nunez, Sigrid. |

A book about grief that will make you laugh. It won the 2018 National Book Award!

Fight or flight

Young, Samantha, author. |

A fun twist on two tropes: enemies-to-lovers and a chance airport meeting that leads to more!

Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood

Noah, Trevor, 1984- author. |

Funny, absurd stories about growing up in South Africa.

Spy of the first person

Shepard, Sam, 1943-2017, author. |

So clean and so true. No frills fiction at its stripped-down best. Sam Shepard, RIP.

Find colors

Shopsin, Tamara, author. |

Use BPL's Culture Pass and take this book to your favorite museum to find color in a new way! Brilliant!


Miles, David, author. |

It's Reading Rainbow in a book. This books shows how reading is liberating and powerful!

Making friends

Gudsnuk, Kristen, author, artist. |

Middle school drama compounded by magic and shojo antics.

Calling my name

Tamani, Liara, author. |

Coming of age and spirituality with lovely prose.

American sonnets for my past and future assassin

Hayes, Terrance, author. |

O to buy poetry impromptu, read it on the subway home and feel more hopeful about the last two years.

Call me by your name

Aciman, André, author. |

A sensual coming of age story about a young man who finds and loses love in the 1980s.

Devils unto dust

Berquist, Emma. |

All I needed to know about this one was "western with zombies."

The Belles

Clayton, Dhonielle, author. |

Absolutely stunning!

Bitter orange

Fuller, Claire, author. |

An abandoned (haunted?) estate, so many biscuits and bottles of wine, plus unreliability galore!

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Honeyman, Gail. |

Eleanor is a truly unforgettable character.

The poet X

Acevedo, Elizabeth, author. |

This incredible novel-in-verse hits you in the gut and inspires you to write your heart out too.

Brazen : rebel ladies who rocked the world

Bagieu, Pénélope. |

A beautifully illustrated, graphic novel-style anthology of badass women throughout history.

All out


Queer love stories FOR queer teens (and some queer adults). None of the tropes, all of the nuance.

Camino Island

Grisham, John, author. |

Art heist!


Coppo, Marianna, author, illustrator. |

A spunky, smartly illustrated shot of optimistic imagination.

One day in December : a novel

Silver, Josie, author. |

This book will make you believe in true love.

Binti : home

Okorafor, Nnedi. |

A marvelous tale quite unlike most of what's out there, told in a truly unique voice.


Lutes, Jason. |

Incredibly nuanced and precise look at the rise of fascism in Berlin.

People who eat darkness : the true story of a young woman who vanished from the streets of Tokyo and the evil that swallowed her up

Lloyd Parry, Richard. |

Excellent longform journalism that puts our justice system into perspective.

More than true : the wisdom of fairy tales

Bly, Robert, author. |

Sleight-of-hand fairy tales that say more than you realize, symbolically, with Bly analyzing charmingly.

La belle sauvage

Pullman, Philip, 1946- author. |

The long-awaited prequel to His Dark Materials does not disappoint.

Crawl space

Jacobs, Jesse, 1981- author, illustrator. |

A stellar short graphic novel with striking psychedelic art and a melancholy, moving story.

Black bird yellow sun

Light, Steve. |

Could this be the first board book to win a Caldecott? It's gorgeous!

How long 'til black future month?

Jemisin, N. K., author. |

This short story collection takes science fiction to a whole new level.

Bedtime for Batman

Dahl, Michael, author. |

Batman! Enjoyed how a young boy's bedtime routine parallels the Dark Knight's superhero mission.

Fake blood

Gardner, Whitney, author, illustrator. |

Teens! Vampires! Love interests! Mistaken identities! Hilarity! Clever visual gags!

The prince and the dressmaker

Wang, Jen, 1984- author, artist. |

Utterly charming story of acceptance.

Hurricane child

Callender, Kheryn, author. |

Root for Caroline in this luminous tale, as she navigates adolescence on a small Caribbean isle!

The darkness

Ragnar Jónasson, 1976- author. |

Never been to Iceland but this novel's chill and deep, shadowy layers make me feel like I have.

Strange the dreamer

Taylor, Laini. |

This book starts with a magical librarian, and somehow only gets more compelling from there.

Blood water paint

McCullough, Joy, author. |

An approachable verse novel about a talented and historically important female artist.