By Lauren Antkowiak

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read more, which is perfect considering that January is National Book Month, and the third full week in January is National Book Week. Here are some of the top books of 2018 and some of the most anticipated books coming out in 2019!

2018 was a huge year for literature and it’s not too late to catch up. Many of the most popular books came from the world of politics and entertainment. The current White House administration has produced several books that were the talk of the town including Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House and Bod Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House. Former First Lady Michelle Obama ended the year on a high note with her memoir Becoming, which became the best-selling book of 2018.

For those looking to take a break from politics, there are plenty to choose from. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise is always a fan favorite and this year readers were treated to a new addition, the screenplay for the film Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald. Other books that have been adapted into popular films include Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give and Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians. Theaters won’t be the only place to watch great film adaptations. Netflix released Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. All these books, and many more, made 2018 a momentous year for reading.

2019 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for literature. Angie Thomas’ next book On the Come Up is highly anticipated after her debut novel was a smash hit and adapted for the screen. Blake Crouch, well known for his Wayward Pines series and 2018’s Dark Matter, returns in 2019 with Recursion, which is being adapted into a film and TV series by Shonda Rimes at Netflix. Some other highlights include The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald, The Suspect by Fiona Barton, Merchants of Truth by Jill Abramson, and Era of Ignition by Amber Tamblyn. There are several others that readers are excited about, with more to come as most books being released next year aren’t even announced yet. Stay tuned to see what 2019 has in store!

Let us know what some of your favorite books from 2018 are, and what you are looking forward to reading in 2019!

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