Many 2018 book releases have made their way into the hearts of their readers but a few of the most popular reads of the year have also gotten recognition from some of the biggest book prizes in the industry. These are our top seven prize-winning books that we can’t get enough of in 2018.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
When Arthur Less receives an invitation to his ex’s wedding, he decides to create a busy itinerary in order to delay the decision on whether or not to go. With a failing career and a big birthday approaching, Less embarks on a journey of self-discovery in this Pulitzer Prize winner.
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
The 2018 winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, Bluebird, Bluebird tells the story of Darren Matthews, a cop who fled his hometown as soon as he could. But now, Darren is back home, trying to solve two murders to bring his community peace, and also to save himself.
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
This 2018 Edgar Award-winning debut novel tells the riveting tale of 11-year-old Polly McClusky whose father takes her from the school yard one day. Fresh out of prison, Nate has kidnapped his own daughter in order to protect her. Enemies have already murdered his ex-wife, Polly’s mom, and he fears for his daughter’s life. He will do what he can to protect her, but will their wayward life keep them living in fear or can they find a way to live honestly?
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
Winner of the Man Booker International Prize, Flights is a story about unique characters and their chilling experiences with the world. From a woman out to poison her high school sweetheart to children who disappear during a vacation, this book is filled with interesting stories you won’t find anywhere else.
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Winning the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction, Home Fire is an inspirational story about immigration, family and sacrifice. Isma is finally able to take a job in America, but she can’t stop worrying about her siblings, who she raised. When her brother disappears, and Isma meets a new man, worst fears are confirmed as two families become intertwined.
Improvement by Joan Silber
Joan Silber’s 2017 release was recently awarded the Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction and has also won the National Book Critics Circle Award this year. Reyna and Boyd have an interesting relationship that leads to a scheme that will cause trouble for both. When Reyna decides to get out of the situation in order to protect herself and her child, there will be major consequences.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Having won multiple awards over the past year, Jason Reynold’s phenomenal YA novel has touched the lives of many since its release. At only 15, Will knows that when one man’s life is taken, someone must take action and get revenge. But as Will departs on his mission to kill the person who shot his brother, he encounters characters determined to change his mind on an elevator ride he will never forget.