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We Love These 2018 Goodreads Choice Award Winners

by | December 5
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Guys, the 2018 Goodreads Choice Award Winners are HERE and they are incredible! This year’s awards comprised 21 categories—including some of our faves like Mystery & Thriller, Romance, and Humor, PLUS a new category, Best of the Best! Y’all need to go to your Goodreads accounts right NOW and add all of these titles to your “want-to-read” shelf (yes, even the Best Picture Book Winner)!

But, if you’re overwhelmed by adding a whopping 21 new titles to your TBR, we’re here to whittle the list down a bit. Here are our 7 favorite titles of this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards!

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Best of the Best

The book and non-book worlds alike have been buzzing about The Hate U Give since last year, and with good reason! In this timely and oh-so-powerful book, teenage Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. The story tackles very real issues like police brutality, racial tensions, and the Black Lives Matter movement head-on.

A must read for teenagers and adults!

The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish

Best Humor

If you’ve been on our site, then you know the Get Lit squad freaking LOVES Tiffany Haddish and The Last Black Unicorn! We are so proud that her hysterical and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays won the award. If you have yet to pick up this book, we suggest you do so soon—and maybe grab a copy for a friend (#giftgiving)? Tiffany gets beyond real in her stories, and writes about growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, engaging in weird meetings with some of our favorite celebs, living out of her car, doing her first comedy show, and wayyyy more.

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Elevation

Elevation

by Stephen King

Best Horror

So, “horror” isn’t quite the right category for this book, but it’s by Stephen King, so we see why it got placed there. Elevation is actually a bit of a departure for King because—and prepare yourself—it’s kind of a warm and fuzzy story (well, as warm and fuzzy a story as a Stephen King tale can get!) about hope, community, and accepting that the differences between people are actually what make us stronger. If you’re looking for a quick read this holiday and/or generally love the King, this is the one you want to pick up!

The Outsider

The Outsider

by Stephen King

Best Mystery & Thriller

Speaking of Stephen King (lol)—have you read The Outsider? This one’s kind of the opposite of Elevation in that it is a gruesome, horrific, and mysterious tale in which you, the reader, are working with some of King’s best (and most flawed) detectives to figure out who the serial killer is.

The basic plot: An eleven-year-old boy’s body is found in a town park, and the main suspect is one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. Terry Maitland is the town’s Little League coach, an English teacher, and father of two girls. Nobody believes that he can be the one behind the crime, but if he didn’t do it, who did?

Bonus: HBO just announced they are making this a drama series!

Circe

Circe

by Madeline Miller

Best Fantasy

Another one of this year’s buzziest books, Circe, is a lyrical take on the sorceress from Greek mythology. Even though she’s a nymph and a daughter of the gods, Circe faces many of the same challenges that women have dealt with throughout history (like people being threatened by you, and getting banished for being different)—and you’ll quickly find that she’s a badass. If it’s been a while since you picked up a fantasy read, this is the one to start again with. Circe has unforgettable characters, crazy suspense, some serious family drama—and the most beautiful writing you will read in a while.

The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient

by Helen Hoang

Best Romance

You watched The Wedding Date? Drive Me Crazy? The Proposal? Just Go With It? Basically any rom-com with a “fake relationship” plotline?! Cause the rom-com lover—but also the data nerd—in me ate up The Kiss Quotient!

The rundown: Math geek Stella Lane lives in a world where numbers rule all, and basically nothing else makes sense. The result? Making it to your 30s with way less experience in the dating department than most people have by that age. Naturally, Stella decides the only way to move past her intimacy issues is to hire a professional to practice with (cause really, guys, THAT IS THE ONLY OPTION!). Enter: sexy (and we mean sexy) male escort Michael Phan, and read as their no-nonsense partnership turns into something more.

Cravings: Hungry for More

Cravings: Hungry for More

by Chrissy Teigen

Best Food & Cookbooks

Chrissy Teigen is a gem, and Cravings: Hungry for More makes me remember that food is not the enemy—it’s something to be treasured and enjoyed in all moments, whether you’re devouring a “guilty” pleasure or trying to have a healthy-ish snack. Chrissy offers up a ton of recipes to help you make on-the-fly meals; lighter, healthier fare; and food that will, well, cause a food coma (but in the best way!). In between all the food talk, Chrissy dishes about her personal life and adjusting to parenthood with John Legend!

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Shefali works on the Corporate Digital Marketing team at Simon & Schuster. Because her whole life is #reading, it’s hard for her to pick a favorite genre—anything with strong voice is amazing. She sometimes has unpopular opinions, loves Jane Austen, and finds snark, sassiness, and Oxford commas to be necessary parts of life. Follow her on Twitter at @ShefaliLohia or Instagram at @shefallsgracefully.