2018 Staff Favorites

Coming up at OMP!  

Mon. 6/17 at SHIRLINGTON LIBRARY: Author Alice Faye Duncan discusses OPAL LEE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FREE--the true story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth

2018 was a year filled with amazing books! Listed below are some of our absolute favorites. The first category are each of our picks for the book we loved the most this year, and below that, we've got our best books divided up by category. Click the title to see more about the book.



Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Rosie)

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Winner of the National Book Award!) (Rebecca)

The Hunger by Alma Katsu (Lelia)

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Anna)

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Trish)

I'll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara (Eileen)

Check, Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (Amanda)

The Lost Words by Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris (Eileen O.)

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman (Sally)

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Jill)


And now for our broader picks by category...



Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles (Lelia)

Circe by Madeline Miller (Lelia)

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton (Anna)

Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce (Sally)

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel (Sally)

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Lelia)

The Hunger by Alma Katsu (Lelia & Eileen)

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman (Sally)

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Lelia)

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (Sally)

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (Eileen)

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis (Sally)

Melmoth by Sarah Perry (Rebecca)

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Jill)

Tin Man by Sarah Winman (Rebecca)

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (Amanda & Rebecca)

Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht (Rebecca)

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean (Rebecca)



American by Day by Derek B. Miller (Eileen)

The Dante Chamber by Matthew Pearl (Eileen)

London Rules by Mick Herron (Eileen)

The Midnight Witness by Sara Blaedel (Eileen)

Shell Game by Sara Paretsky (Eileen)

This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero (Lelia)



The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by the McElroys (Amanda)

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (Rosie)

Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne (Amanda)

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente (Rosie)

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Rosie, Anna, & Rebecca)

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (Anna)

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (Rosie)
                 (Book 1: Vicious)



Calypso by David Sedaris (Eileen)

Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me and You by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Amanda & Sally)

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (Eileen)

I’ve Got This Round by Mamrie Hart (Rebecca)

Old in Art School by Nell Painter (Sally)

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson (Eileen)

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss (Amanda)

Red Truck Bakery Cookbook: Gold Standard Recipes from America's Favorite Rural Bakery by Brian Noyes (Amanda)

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins (Rebecca)



The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (Rosie)

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (Amanda, Rosie, & Rebecca)

Check, Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (Rebecca & Amanda)

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Anna)

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White (Rosie)

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Rosie)

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon (Anna)

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Trish)

The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth (Anna & Amanda)

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Lelia & Rebecca)

Pulp by Robin Talley (Lelia)

The Resolutions by Mia García (Lelia)

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian (Anna)

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Anna)                       

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Amanda)   

Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon (Rebecca & Amanda)              

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo (Amanda)

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (Amanda & Rosie)



City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (Rosie & Amanda)

Elementals: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman (Amanda)

Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner (Amanda)

Love, Sugar, Magic by Anna Meriano (Anna)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (Trish)

Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Anna)




Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex (Amanda & Rebecca)

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales (Rebecca)

Franklin & Luna Go to the Moon by Jen Campbell & Katie Harnett (Rebecca)

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Rebecca)

Margaret and the Moon : How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins & Lucy Knisley (Amanda)