Kaia's 2018 Book List


*Didn’t finish +Re-read ^Made me cry #For school


The bolded titles are my top reads of the year.

Many of these did not come out this year, but were new to me.

When you come across titles that made me cry, know that it was not always only because I was sad, but rather because I felt that exquisite, painful mix of joy and sadness and gratitude at being alive and at having such beautiful words in my life.


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles^

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing*

The Door by Magda Szabo^ (translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix)

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith+


A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry^^

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller+#

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald+#

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Himself+#

Father Comes Home From the Wars by Suzan-Lori Parks

Best American Short Stories 2012 edited by Tom Perotta*

Akata Witch* by Nnedi Okorafor

Light Years by James Salter


The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore^

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward^

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, Edited by Sun Yung Shin

Dear Martin by Nic Stone^

Am American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne+#

Bluets by Maggie Nelson+

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson+

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison^

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe+


The Silence of our Friends by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller+#

Nature Poem by Tommy Pico

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner^

Truevine by Beth Macy*

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie+*

In the Language of my Captors by Shane McCrae

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison+#


This Will be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (translated from the French by Tina Kover)

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai^^

Akira: Book 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo


Akira: Book 2 by Katsuhiro Otomo

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl*

Bone by Fae Myenne Ng

The Fire This Time Edited by Jesmyn Ward^


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer+

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodsen

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi+^

The Sharp Teeth of Love by Doris Betts*

One Day We’ll All be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


There There by Tommy Orange^

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling+

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling+

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling+^

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez^

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass+#


Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling+^

In the Other Room or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl+

Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds^

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling+^

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling+^

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi ^+#

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling+^


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald+#*

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo^

A manuscript by a friend from graduate school


The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne+#

The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang^

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Heavy by Kiese Laymon


more poetry more translations more women + poc

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