Best Books of 2018

Cat Sullivan
January 16, 2024

We asked our community to share their favorite books from the past year. With their help, we've curated the ultimate list of 2018 books to help you start off the new year right!

Our list includes personal development and empowerment focused reads, a special section for fan favorites (books with the most recommendations), and a long list of fictional novels.

One thing we loved the most was how the diversity of our community is represented across the diversity of the books that were chosen.

We can't wait to start reading some of these!

Nonfiction Fan Favorites

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Educated by Tara Westover

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Fiction Fan Favorites

The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah

Circe by Madeline Miller



The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

How to Be Famous by Caitlin Moran

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fin by Gail Honeyman

"Eleanor Oliphant is a juicy read about breaking out of your shell and facing down your demons. Reese Witherspoon recently picked it up to produce it into a movie, and you can see why. If you like Wild, you'll like this." - Bryan Miguel


Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Where Men Win Glory by John Krakauer

Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales

Leonardo da Vinci or Einstein by Walter Isaacson

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

stack of books

Personal Development - Self

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne

The Bullet Proof Diet by Dave Asprey

Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus

The Molecule of More by Daniel Z. Lieberman & Michael E. Long

Personal Development - Business

Simple Numbers by Greg Crabtree

I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

50 Ways to Get a Job: An Unconventional Guide to Finding Work on Your Terms by Dev Aujla

Hope you enjoy these reads!

Be sure to keep track of your favorite books throughout the upcoming year so you can contribute your recommendations for our 2019 list.

Cat Sullivan
Cat is the Senior Marketing Specialist at U30X. She's a Chicago native with a passion for fitness and travel. She enjoys short walks to the fridge and bad karaoke.


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