21 Best Books of 2018 to Buy for the Bookworm in Your Life

If you need holiday gift ideas for the big readers in your life, you’re in luck—because some absolutely incredible books came out in 2018. So many, in fact, that curating a list of the definitive best is an impossible task.

We scoured a year’s worth of reviews and best-of lists, polled our staff, and reached out to voracious readers and writers for their top picks to compile this selection of 2018 titles that are groundbreaking, or paradigm shifting, or so exceptionally written that everyone is talking about them. Through fiction and nonfiction prose, these books look at life through a kaleidoscope of experience, tackling often difficult issues that helped define 2018—for better or for worse (or maybe a little of both).

Books are one of those gifts that keeps on giving, since they offer you the chance to talk about the work and pass it on to others. Plus, purchasing a writer’s book is an amazing way to support authors whose work you love and whose voices deserve to be heard. And if you read something you love, finding a minute to review it online or recommend it to a friend can truly help amplify an author’s reach.

To help you get started, here are 21 books published this year that would make great holiday gifts.

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