ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: FICTION

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children's – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We'll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library's top fiction books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.


  • Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  • The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
  • Evening In Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
  • White Houses by Amy Bloom
  • Halsey Street by Naima Coster
  • French Exit by Patrick deWitt
  • Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  • Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
  • Melmoth by Sarah Perry
  • Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

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