This 2018 Gift Guide: For the Bookworm or Audible Enthusiast has myriad recommendations based on what was popular for 2018 at a charming Southern bookstore and also in my personal library.
My first list~popular books sold in 2018 at The Bookshelf, was shared with me by the owner (and my niece by marriage:-), Annie Jones. I am in awe of what a fabulous job Annie has done in creating a bookstore that Southern Living calls “a hidden gem” and a place you must visit if you ever find yourself in Southern Georgia. Read the full article here.
Many thanks to Annie for sharing her list with me to share on Family Savvy. I hope you’ll visit her site, follow her here on instagram (her book reviews are FAB), and visit her lovely store if ever in the area. Hopefully Annie will continue to send me recommendations to pass along to my fellow book lovers:-)
2018 Popular Books: The Bookshelf, Thomasville, Georgia
- For the wannabe theologian: The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy, who mixes theology and memoir and pop culture in a poignant, authentic voice.
- For the memoir devotee: Tara Westover shares her family’s unbelievable true story in Educated, the book everyone’s been talking about this year. Tara didn’t go to school until she was 18, ultimately attending Cambridge University.
- For the avid reader: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich; this encyclopedia-esque collection looks good on a coffee table, but is a fabulous resource, too.
- For the book club member: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens; this debut novel was featured everywhere this fall — Reese Witherspoon just bought the movie rights! — and it’s sure to get your book club talking.
- For the politically-inclined: Steer clear of straight politics and instead gift a copy of The Coddling of the American Mind, which crosses party lines to discuss generational differences and how good intentions can go awry.
- For the millennial with 90’s nostalgia: Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss is a fun, thoughtful look at the books that shaped a generation (think Babysitters’ Club and The Face on the Milk Carton).
- For the classics enthusiast: Anne Boyd Rioux has done the impossible in Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters — she’s created a work of literary criticism people will actually enjoy reading.
- For the history buff: Georgia Hunter based her novel We Were the Lucky Ones on her family’s personal history during World War II, and the result is a page-turner you’ll never forget.
- For the home chef: Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Tuesday Nights is the perfect cookbook, filled with colorful photography and attainable, delicious recipes.
- For the fiction reader: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is deserving of every bit of praise it’s received; the novel is a complex, nuanced look at faith and family.
- For the little one: Preschoolers and their parents will appreciate the humor of Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans, a hilarious picture book with a sweet message.
- For the kid who’s outgrown Junie B: Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes (a real-life librarian) is a great title to share with your middle grade reader; the premise will prompt dinner table conversation in the best possible way.
2018 Book Picks from My Library
Here are my favorite books for 2018. Although I am not a fiction fan, I was enthralled by Lisa Patton’s novel Rush (linked to below) and enjoyed the 15 hours + audible version. The majority of my other choices are non-fiction geared toward spiritual or personal growth or self-improvement. Of course I threw in a few of my favorite cookbooks as well.
I hope you find something that you can enjoy or share with someone else. If something intrigues you, or if you have your own book recommendations, please share in the comments below the post. As always, I love hearing from readers. Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a joyful, blessed and savvy day!!!