Best Reads of 2018
This is it: 2018 is winding down and it’s time to reveal who were the best of the best. It’s funny, because as difficult as Notable Reads are to single out, the best reads list always seems to magically sort itself out and this year was no exception.
Don’t forget, these are the best books I’ve read in 2018 (fiction and non-fiction), but they weren’t necessarily published this year. Because readers always need new suggestions, no matter what year it is and that books are timeless. They’re not like video games: newer doesn’t always mean better.
So, without further ado…
For overstepping taboos, limits and sometimes good taste in order to make the imaginary reign supreme.
For playing an engrossing cat-and-mouse game with crime fiction’s most enduring stereotypes and a character nuanced enough to challenge its most tired clichés.
For its powerful, unflinching and tragic portrayal of mental health issues, which illustrates the empathic power of fiction to its fullest.
For its vivid and detailed portrait of forgotten, roadside america and all the muted horrors that live alongside its small towns.
For rethinking the antihero, breaking sacred boundaries in serial killer fiction and finally ushering the genre into the 21st century.
For redemocratizing thinking by making is sexy, funny and… welp, kind of simple again.
For rehumanizing the South and capturing its quiet magic when stripped of partisan politics.
For its ferocious and Coen’esque lampooning of the moral brutality of North American suburbs.
For dealing in nuance and precision, rather than going for powerful emotional peaks and ushering contemporary issues into detective fiction.
For its bold challenge to “conventional wisdom” and daring to question the value of things we wholeheartedly accept to be good. A truly mind-expanding read.