Presenting Book Marks Best Reviewed Books of 2018
Let the Critics Help You Pick That Last-Minute Gift (Bonus Award-Winner Content)
Our beloved fellow books site—Book Marks—spends most of December asking itself a lot of questions:
Of the thousands of books published this year, which one received more rave reviews than any other?
Who wrote the most interesting reviews of the last 12 months?
What about the most scathing pans?
What novels took home the Pulitzer and the National Book Award?
What should we get Lit Hub for Christmas?
You’ll find answers to these burning questions (and many more) below, as we recap Book Marks’ month-long look back at the best of 2018.
Featuring Denis Johnson, Ottessa Moshfegh, Rachel Kushner, and Tommy Orange.
Featuring Zadie Smith, Frederick Douglass, Alexander Chee, and Leslie Jamison.
Featuring Frederick Douglass, Babe Ruth, Leslie Jamison, and Kiese Laymon.
Featuring Friday Black, Red Clocks, Gnomon, and Spinning Silver.
Featuring Zadie Smith, Alexander Chee, Lorrie Moore, and David Sedaris.
Featuring Denis Johnson, Lucia Berlin, Jamel Brinkley, and William Trevor.
Featuring Nick Drnaso, Yvan Alagbé, Tillie Walden, and Liana Finck.
Featuring Dorthe Nors, Edouard Louis, Ismail Kadare, and Karl Ove Knausgaard.
featuring Tana French, Megan Abbot, Philip Kerr, and Michelle McNamara.
Featuring Tracy K. Smith, Terrance Hayes, Max Ritvo, and Ada Limón.
“It’s physically impossible to dunk on a novel that is already dunking on itself so hard.”
The books that took home the year’s biggest literary prizes.
Patricia Lockwood on Lucia Berlin’s stories, Hanif Abdurraqib on Kiese Laymon’s memoir, Charles Finch on the end of Knausgaard’s struggle, and more.