2018 Compilation List: Books


A list of all 85 books I read in 2018. Didn’t read as many as I usually do, thanks to a heavy work schedule and writing a book, but still not too bad.

Recommended reading denoted with an asterisk “*”.

Also check out my Best of Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2018 list on Tor.com.


* Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (Southern Reach #1)

* The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith

Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

The Black Ice by Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch #2)

* Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Dark Star Trilogy #1)

* A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney (Untitled series #1)

* Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

* Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova (Brooklyn Brujas #2)

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

* Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Legacy of Orïsha #1)

* Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman (Lady Helen #3)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #1)

* Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Dread Nation #1)

* For A Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig (For a Muse of Fire #1)

* Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood #1)

Head On by John Scalzi (Lock In #2)

* How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

* Hulllmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

* Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier (Tower of Winds #1)

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (Montague Siblings #2)

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

* Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Mirage #1)

* The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember (The Seafarer’s Kiss #2)

The Raptor and the Wren by Chuck Wendig (Miriam Black #5)

A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #1)

* Space Unicorn Blues by T.J. Berry

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (The Celestial Trilogy #1)

* Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez (Sweet Black Waves #1)

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (Craft Sequence #1)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)

* Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (The Sixth World #1)

Treason of Hawks by Lila Bowen (The Shadow #4)

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (Villains #2)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Villains #1)

* What If It’s Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (Winternight Trilogy #3)

* Witchmark by C.L. Polk (Kingston Cycle #1)


Novellas and Novelettes

* All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #1)

The Armored Saint by Myke Cole (The Sacred Throne #1)

* Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #2)

* The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

* The Barrow Will Send What It May by Margaret Killjoy (Danielle Cain #2)

Binti: Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

* The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

* The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang (Tensorate #2)

* The Descent of Monsters by JY Yang (Tensorate #3)

* Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

* Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #4)

Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen

* Gods, Monsters, and Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson

* Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw (Persons Non Grata #1)

* In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #4)

* The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander

* Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

* The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang (Tensorate #1)

* River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (River of Teeth #1)

* Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #4)

A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis

The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford



* Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in the Postwar United States and Mexico by Deborah Cohen

The Conflict Between the California Indian and White Civilization by Sherburne F. Cook

* A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California’s Indians by the Spanish Missions by Elias Castillo

* Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom by Mireya Loza

General Vallejo and the Advent of the Americas by Alan Rosenus

Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement by Lori A. Flores

Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan González

* Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America by Mae M. Ngai

* Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

* The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara

* Merchants of Labor: The Mexican Bracero Story by Ernesto Galarza

Mexicans in the Making of America by Neil Foley

The Population of the California Indians, 1769-1970 by Sherburne F. Cook

* Santos, duraznos y vino / Saints, Peaches and Wine by Sandra L. Nichols

They Saved the Crops: Labor, Landscape, and the Struggle over Industrial Farming in Bracero-Era California by Don Mitchell

* This Land Was Mexican Once: Histories of Resistance from Northern California by Linda Heidenreich

* The Tracks North: The Railroad Bracero Program of World War II by Barbara A. Driscoll


Books In Progress

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Life Debt by Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath #2)

Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott (Roads of Heaven #1)

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