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Here Are 24 Of Our Favorite Books We Read In 2018

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Page Turners is a BuzzFeed reading group that picks a theme each month, and invites people to choose any book that fits the theme and join in. Here are some of our members' favorite books they read for Page Turners in 2018.

Nikki Francois

1. Elevation by Stephen King

Scribner

"It’s just a beautiful little book. It’s much like his Bachman book, Thinner, but it’s so much more. I actually sobbed at the wonderful, perfect ending. It was so, so good."

—Christina Boulard, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $11.97+, Barnes & Noble for $11.97+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

2. Coyote Doggirl by Lisa Hanawalt

Drawn & Quarterly

"Graphic novels are the perfect thing to read in one sitting. Lisa Hanawalt's books keep you laughing and having hearts in your eyes no matter which book of hers you're reading. This book features a rugged female protagonist wondering through the wild west. The bond between Coyote Doggirl and her horse, Red, will keep you rooting for their friendship."

—Anita Crawford, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $15.20+, Barnes & Noble for $20.66+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

Nikki Francois

3. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Simon & Schuster

"I love this book! I actually read it all in one sitting since I was stuck in the airport. It's a quick read — but a super cute story about love, sisterhood, and finding yourself. It's hard not to love quirky Lara Jean and her relationship with her sisters. Plus, her younger sister, Kitty, is honestly the best character — she's a hilarious and sassy nine-year-old. This is the perfect YA read and I can't wait to finish the series!"

Nikki Francois

Get it from Amazon for $7.14+, Barnes & Noble for $7.64+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

4. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Balzer + Bray

"It's truly the best book I've read recently. I’d heard so many great things about it, but never got around to reading it. When I heard it was going to be adapted into a movie, I figured I’d give it a try. There are so many wonderful things about this book — I can’t even pick just one to rave about. But, I will say that this book made me love myself a million times more and appreciate all my quirks. Dumplin’ is a fun read and while it does get a little heavy at times, it cheers you right back up again."

—Lauren Garafano, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+, Barnes & Noble for $7.99+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

Nikki Francois

5. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Astrid Felicia Lim

"It tells a story about Julia, the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico. She lost her sister, whom people always thought as the perfect daughter, so now she's pressured by her parents to replace the position of her sister. But what can she do? She's not her sister — she wanted to see the world, go to college, and become a writer. At first, this book is a bit difficult for me because Julia is not a likable character, but she grows throughout the story. Her struggle is real and makes me understand the very complex life of an immigrant family and their effort to stick to tradition, while also chasing their American dreams."

—Astrid Felicia Lim, Facebook

Get it on Amazon for $12.59+, Barnes & Noble for $14.39+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

6. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Random House

"It's a sweet, piercingly romantic book about the romance between two teens. The twist? She's from Jamaica and her family is about to be deported. It's sad, funny, and very romantic — but it doesn't lose sight of the fact that this is also a story about a young woman who is about to lose the only home she's ever known and doesn't know what her life will look like when that happens."

—Amanda Cuda Swavy, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+, Barnes & Noble for $15.19+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

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7. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah

"It's absolutely one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. I’m a huge Trevor Noah fan and this book definitely didn't disappoint. It's absolutely hilarious even though he touches on some tougher subjects. It's super interesting, hilarious, and heartfelt. It's an incredible read and I would highly recommend!"

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Get it on Amazon for $4.78+, Barnes & Noble for $18.00+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

8. Hunger by Roxane Gay

Harper Perennial

"I relate to it so deeply. It helped me take steps to address my mental health and sort out some things about myself in a way I hadn’t thought of before. I also love the way it isn't a story about a before and after, but rather an ongoing journey. Her writing is astute, clear, and intelligent, without being inaccessible. As a bonus — I listened to it in audio form, which she reads herself, and her voice is so calm and soothing. I love everything about it!"

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Get it on Amazon for $13.18+, Barnes & Noble for $14.45+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

Nikki Francois

9. Warcross by Marie Lu

Penguin Young Readers Group

"This book's about a young hacker/bounty hunter whose accidental hack into the championship of the world's most popular virtual reality game draws her into adventure, mystery, and romance. The book raises some fascinating questions about our over-reliance on machines, the allure of virtual reality over reality, and the use of technology to keep the masses placated in the face of social and economic disparities. Plus, it features a butt-kicking heroine with rainbow-colored hair!"

—Amanda Cuda Swavy, Facebook

Get it on Amazon for $6.68+, Barnes & Noble for $10.38+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Random House

"This book follows a 16-year-old boy named Darrow living in a society where everyone’s class and job description is ruled by their “color,” Red being the lowest tier and Gold being the highest. Darrow, being a Red, is a helldiver (a miner of sorts) on Mars, but after his wife is hanged for treason, he joins a rebellion that hopes they will see the end of the Gold reign. The characters, setting, politics, and plot make it the absolute best sci-fi/dystopian series I’ve ever read."

—Paige Copper, Facebook

Get it on Amazon for $14.40+, Barnes & Noble for $15.12+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

Nikki Francois

11. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Square Fish

"It's a book I've been meaning to get to for years. It's an incredibly moving (and infuriating) portrait of sexual assault and the toll it takes on a young woman's life. Though it was written some time ago, it's still incredibly relevant — perhaps even more so today in light of the #metoo movement, and the increased spotlight on sexual violence."

—Amanda Cuda Swavy, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+, Barnes & Noble for $8.39+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

12. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Balzer + Bray

"I really appreciate reading about the issue from the perspective of a person of color. I love how it highlights all the different personalities of the people in Starr's neighborhood, and shows me a reality that's so different from my own. I love it, and I'm really excited for Angie Thomas' new book!"

—Liz Boccolini, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $11.57+, Barnes & Noble for $14.07+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

Nikki Francois

13. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Atria Books

"Quick, easy, and entertaining — everything you want in a romance novel/beach read. Definitely one of her better books! It's heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once."

—Lily Doyle, Facebook

Get it on Amazon for $11.00+, Barnes & Noble for $13.20+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

14. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

HarperCollins

"Have you ever read a book that kept you smiling, laughing, and made you so ridiculously happy? The Hating Game does that. I adore the sizzling chemistry, sharp dialogue, witty banter, and charming leads. Pretty much every scene is gold. This book left me feeling all warm and fluffy and I didn't really want Lucy and Josh's story to end. Can’t wait to see how the movie turns out!"

—Cherlynn Ng, Facebook

Get it on Amazon for $10.19+, Barnes & Noble for $12.23+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

Nikki

15. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Anchor

"This book is so descriptive and detailed. The author really paints a vivid picture of the food, the clothes, the houses, and Singapore itself. I felt like I could see it all and it made me want to get my broke self on a plane!"

—Lucía Mateo, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $12.00+, Barnes & Noble for $12.80+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

16. A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Blink/Katie Sullivan Kelley

"It’s a story based on the daughter of King Midas who has to go on an adventure to save her father’s cursed gold. This book's rooted in Greek mythology and could make anyone want to travel to Greece. From the Greek-inspired setting to the high seas adventure, this book could make anyone want to set out on an adventure of their own! In fact, the book traveled with me to Greece this fall, where I was able to get a photo of A Touch of Gold with one of the famous blue domes in Santorini."

—Katie Sullivan Kelley, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $17.17+, Barnes & Noble for $9.99+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

Nikki Francois

17. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

HarperCollins

"The concept is absolutely horrifying — you get a call around midnight and it reveals you're going to die within 24 hours. Those who get the call are called 'deckers'. Mateo gets the call and decides to go on the 'Last Friend' app — an app that allows deckers to connect with other deckers or people who want to help deckers on their last day. Mateo matches with Rufus and together they become each other's last friends.

I thoroughly enjoy this book — it's terrifying, but incredibly captivating. And it's all wrapped up in a cute YA love story."

Nikki Francois

Get it from Amazon for $8.79+, Barnes & Noble for $8.79+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

18. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

"It's the story of a Mexican family who come to America hoping to get help for their daughter, who has a traumatic brain injury. It's also a story about friendship and young love. The family moves into an apartment complex with many other Spanish-speaking people and mixed in with the main story there are glimpses of these other characters. They are all so interesting, and I wanted to know more about them as well as the main characters. The ending felt very abrupt to me, but with any book I enjoy reading, I never really want it to end. I need to know what happens next!"

—Melissa Allen Detamore, Facebook

Get it on Amazon for $11.96+, Barnes & Noble for $13.50+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

Nikki Francois

19. My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Rebecca Wiens

"Friendships can change suddenly and dramatically in high school. Often this is fueled by hormones, but for best friends Abby and Gretchen the wedge that is driven between them is....the devil? This is a book written for those of us who grew up on Stephen King horror movies and The Babysitter's Club. It's a treat to read. Spooky, funny, and pulse-pounding — this thriller will keep you hooked until it’s chilling conclusion. Also, this is one of the best book covers I’ve seen in years."

—Rebecca Wiens, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $10.19, Barnes & Noble for $13.49, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

20. You by Caroline Kepnes

Atria/Emily Bestler Books

"Without a doubt, it's the most unsettling thing I’ve ever read. Mainly because it shows how accessible we make our lives online. It makes me think twice about the information I put on social media, or even give a stranger my name."

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Get it on Amazon for $12.80+, Barnes & Noble for $8.98+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

Nikki Francois

21. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

HarperTeen

"When I finished this book, I hugged it to my chest as a few tears slipped out. That's how much I loved this book. The writing is incredible — there are so many passages and lines that I wanted to write down because they are so beautiful and relatable. The three siblings of this book are now some of my favorite characters of all time — each is so well developed and real, and their relationship with each other unfolds beautifully. If not already obvious, I really, really love this book. Cannot recommend enough."

—Abbey Benzine, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $13.83+, Barnes & Noble for $9.99+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

22. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

HarperCollins Publishers

"It’s about the Plumb family siblings and their shared inheritance, 'the nest.' When the oldest sibling gets into a car accident and must pay off a waitress to remain out of the tabloids, the siblings become anxious over their share of the nest. It’s a darkly humorous dysfunctional family tale with one of the best endings I’ve read in recent years."

—Grace Blea, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $9.53+, Barnes & Noble for $7.98+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

Nikki Francois

23. The Gift by Cecilia Ahern

HarperCollins Publishers

"It’s a beautifully written book that reminds you to be present in your life with your family and friends. It's great if you like the film It’s A Wonderful Life. I read the whole thing in one sitting!"

—Rachel Elizabeth Turner, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $10.00+, Barnes & Noble for $11.99+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

24. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

HarperCollins Publishers

"I think out of everything that I have read this year, this book definitely takes the cake. It's unlike anything I have ever read. I fell in love with the writing style immediately and the pace of the story is just perfect. It made me smile, it made me cry, it shredded my heart into tiny pieces and stomped on it and it was all worth it. I would do it all over again."

—S Dey, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $11.55+, Barnes & Noble for $13.59+, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

It's the end of 2018, and we're looking back on the year. Check out even more Best of 2018 content here!

Page Turners is our book group where you get to suggest and choose your own books each month. Join the Facebook group to get in on the discussion, or tell us what you're reading in the comments below!

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