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Best Books of 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018
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Don't miss our Best Books episode on the Completely Booked Podcast!

Here are the books published in 2018 that you checked out most this year.

Top Fiction Books of 2018

 

We're surprised that James Patterson and Janet Evanovich weren't among our top five most checked-out authors this year! Stephen King came in at fourth place this year.

Cover of The Fallen by David BaldacciAbout the top fiction title of 2018, David Baldacci's The FallenAmos Decker is a former professional football player turned police detective after a violent helmet-to-helmet collision on the field ends his football career forever. It also leaves him with an improbable side effect—he can never forget anything. 

In this fourth installment of the Amos Decker adventures, Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex’s sister and her family. Decker has only been there a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene. Now Decker, with his unique memory skill, may be the only one who can crack this bizarre case. However, he learns that his memory may not be as reliable as he once believed.

While it may benefit readers to dig into books 1-3 of the Amos Decker series before cracking The Fallen in order to observe the development of the characters, it's not a necessity. Either way, you can find the first three installments of this series—Memory ManThe Last Mile and The Fix—in our catalog as well.

 

Top Nonfiction Books of 2018

 

Our customers really hopped on the keto diet and slow cooker trains this year! We're pleased to see that so many of you are taking advantage of the expansive cookbook selection in our catalog.

Cover of Keto slow cooker and one-pot mealsAbout the top nonfiction title of 2018, Keto Slow Cooker and One-Pot Meals: 100 Simple and Delicious Low-Carb, Paleo and Primal Recipes for Weight Loss and Better Health by Martina Slajerovaa ketogentic diet is a low-carb, moderate-protein and moderate-fat diet. It allows your body to continue making healthy hormones and absorbing fat-soluble vitamins while remaining in fat-burning mode. According to Slajerova's cookbook, this diet creates a negative fat flux, helps you lose fat, and keeps your hormones in check so you don’t experience

spikes and crashes in insulin and hunger.

Not only will this cookbook give you scrumptious recipes, but it will also provide the low-down on the science behind the keto diet, as well as tips on how to get started. 

Looking for other ketogentic cookbooks? Browse more in our catalog!

 

Top Young Adult Books of 2018

 

It's great to see teens devouring tons of books this year, from sturdy hardcovers to fun graphic novels!

Cover of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiAbout the top young adult title of 2018, Children of Blood and Bone: This book is 24-year-old Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi's debut novel. Adeyemi signed a deal to make this book a film before the book was even released! In this book, Adeyemi creates an incredible fantasy world that's a combination of Black Panther and Harry Potter. Children of Blood and Bone is the first installment in a trilogy, and the next books are due out for publication in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Children's Books of 2018

 

Turns out LEGOs and Barbies aren't just for playtime—they make for a great storytime, too!

Cover of Coast Guard to the RescueAbout the top children's title of 2018, Coast Guard to the RescueThe weatherman predicts a beautiful, sunny day in LEGO City, so everyone heads to the beach. The weather is perfect for surfing or scuba diving—even the coast guard crew is enjoying some fun in the sun. But when dark storm clouds roll in over the ocean, it's up to the coast guard to spring into action and save the day!

 

 

 

 

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