When I set out to write this post, I was determined to pick my top 5 books of the year.  However, I found it impossible to whittle down the list. This is why I always dread the question, “What’s your favorite book?”  I can’t pick one from 2018, never mind of all time!

This year I found myself listening to more audiobooks than in previous years.  I find that audiobooks can really bring a book alive (and they make drives and chores go by a lot quicker).  I listened The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo a slam poet who narrates her own book making it a truly engrossing experience.  You can find most of these titles available on CD or online as a downloadable audiobook!

You can check these titles out at Kirkwood Public Library or online through OverDrive!

Circe by Madeline Miller

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Calypso by David Sedaris

Lethal White by J.K. Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith)

I’m looking forward to a slew of new books in 2019!  Next year I’m challenging myself to read more classics from the Great American Reads list, nonfiction, and more new “Own Voice” titles.

Which titles were your favorite this year?  Leave them in the comments!

Emma DeLooze-Klein is the Director of Adult & Community Services at the Kirkwood Public Library. She moved to St. Louis in 2012 and has since enjoyed exploring and photographing area attractions. You can find gothic mysteries, historical fiction, as well as a spread of other genres in her constantly growing to-be-read pile.