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DAILY VIEWS: The best books you missed in 2018


Catch up on some of the best books you may have missed in 2018.

Last year at Friendsgiving, I shared the sad statistic that the average American reads only one book a year. To my surprise, out of the nine adults in attendance, two hadn’t even read one book in 2018.

One guest, a woman in her sixties, piped up that she’d proudly read eight books that year. (What I didn’t say was that I’d already read eight that month. Just don’t ask me about my laundry, the latest, greatest television show, or what I do on Friday and Saturday nights.)

No matter your reading preference, aim to read more books in 2019. It’s guaranteed to make you smarter, a better conversationalist, improve your health, and lesson anxiety. Read as many books this year as pounds you’ve vow to lose, dates you promised to go on, and dollars you planned to save.

While I primarily read romance, I pepper in some literary fiction, true crime, and the occasional thriller. These 10 books are the ones that left the most lasting impressions on me last year, listed in order of publication.

Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi

Henry Holt and Co., March 6

An epic young adult fantasy novel that takes on themes of contemporary politics and injustice.

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo

Harper Teen, March 6

A powerful spoken-word, coming of age novel told in verse.

Transcend/Epoch Duet, by Jewel E. Ann

Jewel E. Ann, March 25

A romance-thriller about true love and past lives.

The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner

Scribner, May 1

A saga of youth, California, and incarceration.

The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang

Berkley, June 5

A quirky, fun romance with Asian protagonists and a heroine with autism.

Providence, by Caroline Kepnes

Lenny, June 19

A dark and thrilling New England contemporary Frankenstein.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh

Penguin Press, July 10

Like Eat, Love, Pray, except with drugs and for millennials

Suit, by BB Easton

Art by Easton, Oct. 18

A memoir of love, growing up, and learning to love yourself.

Let There Be Light, by AM Johnson

AM Johnson Books, Nov. 16

A tender and romantic M/M coming out and coming of age novel.

Verity, by Colleen Hoover

Hoover Ink, Inc Dec. 7

A creep-fest — and proof that Hoover can write anything.

A few other books that rocked my world this year and I’d feel sad not to mention are: “Future Home of the Living God” by Louise Erdrich, “My Absolute Darling” by Gabriel Talent, “My Oxford Year” by Julia Whelan, “Tampa” by Alissa Nutting, “How Not to Fall” by Emily Foster, “Binary Star” by Sarah Gerard, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” by Michelle McNamera, “Bring Down the Stars Duet” by Emma Scott, and “Everyday History” by Alice Archer.

Mara White is a contributing writer to the New York Daily News, where she covers hot topics, breaking news and intriguing authors in the romance and erotica genres. She is the author of the best-selling "Heightsbound" series, a contemporary erotic tale set against the gentrification and culture clash in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood. She also co-authors both romance and erotica novels with author K. Larsen. White is a graduate of Columbia University and holds a BA in Spanish Literature as well as an MFA in Fiction Writing from The New School.

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