Top Ten Read Books from RGC 2018

Our 2018 survey results are in! And along with our readers’ favorite books of the year, we have a list of the top ten most-read books specifically from Reading Group Choices 2018.

Has your group read all of these terrific books yet?


1. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy is one of our book group favorites for 2018

 

A passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

 

 

 


2. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone is one of our book group favorites for 2018

 

““There are many great things about this book…It will thrill her fans with its combination of Greek tragedy, Romeo and Juliet-like coming of age story and domestic potboiler. She recreates in magical detail the lives of Alaska’s homesteaders…and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force.”—Kirkus (starred review)

 

 

 

 


3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead one of our book group favorites for 2018.

 

Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. This is the gripping tale of one woman’s will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.

 

 

 

 


4. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is one of our book group favorites for 2018

 

“Tayari Jones is a bard of the modern South, a writer whose skill at weaving stories is matched only by her compassion for her characters. While An American Marriage confronts thorny issues around race and the criminal justice system it is, at heart, a love story. It’s also a meditation on the creation of art, the meaning of family and the conflict between duty and desire.”—The Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

 


5. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Killers of The Flower Moon by David Grann is one of our book group favorites for 2018

 

At the end of the 19th century, the Osage Indians were driven onto a presumed worthless expanse of land in northeastern Oklahoma. But their territory turned out to be atop one of the largest oil deposits in the United States; by the 1920s, the members of Osage Nation had become the wealthiest people per capita in the world. And then the Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances.

 

 

 

 


6. Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore is one of our book group favorites for 2018

 

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive – until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

 

 

 


7. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is is one of our book group favorites for 2018

 

“As many interviews as I did with Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Foundation and as many devastating testimonies as I heard, I could not stop reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz—an extraordinary story of love so fierce it sustained people enduring the unimaginable. Read it, share it, remember it.” —Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us

 

 

 

 


8. The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve is one of our book group favorites for 2018

 

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot’s Wife: an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event–based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine’s history.

 

 

 

 

 


9. Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict is one of our book group favorites for 2018

 

Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She’s not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. Serving as a lady’s maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn’t have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for. And that may be more valuable to her than all the Carnegies’ money.

 

 

 


10. Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan (TIE)

Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan is one of our book group favorites for 2018

 

Nora and Theresa Flynn are twenty-one and seventeen when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister; she’s shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn’t sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan—a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand.

 

 

 


10. Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris (TIE)

Sold On A Monday by Kristina McMorris is a 2018 most-read book for discussion

 

2 CHILDREN FOR SALE

The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs, and broken dreams. For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.

 

 

 


Curious about what fiction, nonfiction, and YA books were most-read this past year too?

Check out our lists below to see the most-read books in each genre!

 

Most-Read Fiction of 2018

The Great Alone is one of our book group favorites for 2018The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead one of our book group favorites for 2018.An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is one of our book group favorites for 2018The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is is one of our book group favorites for 2018Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict is one of our book group favorites for 2018Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan is one of our book group favorites for 2018 Sold On A MondayMiss Kopp Just Won't Quit

 

 

If The Creek Don't RiseThe House of Unexpected Sisters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. The Great Alone

2. The Underground Railroad

3. An American Marriage

4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz

5. The Stars Are Fire

6. Carnegie’s Maid

7. Saints for All Occasions and Sold on a Monday – TIE

8. Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit

9. If the Creek Don’t Rise

10. The House of Unexpected Sisters

 

Most-Read Nonfiction of 2018

Hillbilly Elegy is one of our book group favorites for 2018 Killers of The Flower Moon by David Grann is one of our book group favorites for 2018Radium Girls - Paperback

The Stranger In The Woods

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Rust and Stardust

The Best of Us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Hillbilly Elegy

2. Killers of the Flower Moon

3. The Radium Girls

4. Fly Girls

5. The Stranger in the Woods

6. Prairie Fires

7. Rust and Stardust

8. The Best of Us

9. I Found My Tribe

10. Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful

 

Most-Read YA of 2018

One of our recommended books for January 2019 is I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Dear Evan Hansen

Geekerella

A Room Away From The WolvesCloud and Wallfish

 

 

 

 

 

1. The Poet X

2. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

3. Dear Evan Hansen

4. The Astonishing Color of After

5. Love, Hate, and Other Filters

6. Geekerella

7. Ghost Boys

8. A Room Away from the Wolves

9. Cloud and Wallfish

10. The Wonderling