2018 was a great year for books,and here at FFL, we reviewed some of our favorite political ones, including new books by the Bush twins, Fox News host Jedediah Bila, former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Second Daughter Charlotte Pence,and a former White House stenographer.

I write about books for FFL quite a bit, as you might have noticed. I also do a lot of reading on my own. In 2018, I read 165 books, ranging from middle grade novels to literary analysis and everything in between. Here are ten of the best books I read in 2018 and why you should read them too. 

Nonfiction

1) I’ll Be Gone in the Dark 

If you like true crime, you need to read this! It’s hauntingly written, absolutely gripping, and very timely, because the Golden State Killer has finally been caught!

2) Lincoln’s Last TrialTrue crime meets history and politics in Lincoln’s Last Trial, which explores the last murder trial Lincoln handled as a lawyer before entering politics and it’s a really interesting deep dive.

3) Sisters FirstI read this audiobook right before George HW Bush died, and that made it all the more special. The Bush twins talk about their life with candor and honesty. They also share some amazing anecdotes about their lives and their family.

4) Nabokov’s Favorite Word is MauveIf you like books and books about books, check out this book that combines literature and statistics and looks at habits in literature like pronouns, who is kissing who, cinnamon words, and the prevalence of a ghostwriter’s voice.

5) From the Corner of the OvalThis book is part politics, part gossip, all must-read intrigue. Beck Dorey-Stein worked as a stenographer under Obama and lived a very interesting life on the road with him. It’s a non-Obama-obsessed Obama memoir.

Fiction

1) Storied Life of AJ FikryBooks set in bookstores always draw me in and this was no exception. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry is moving and enticing and makes you wonder what you would do in his shoes.

2) An American MarriageAn Oprah book club pick, this is one of the best books I read this year. It’s about a new marriage rocked by a wrongful conviction and a woman’s desire to survive and thrive while torn between two paths.

3) DryThis is one of the most realistic dystopian novels I’ve ever read and perfect for people who love environmental fiction, teen angst, and a world you can recognize gone wrong.

4) Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan CrowMorrigan Crow is the next Harry Potter, and this book introduces her world to the world. Saved from imminent death, Morrigan Crow is off to Nevermoor to learn about her secret powers, live in a magical hotel, and maybe even save the world.

5) For Better and WorseFans of murder mysteries and thrillers will love this book about a husband and wife duo who always wondered if they could commit the perfect murder. They are now forced to revisit the idea when their son is in danger.

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member