Around the OverDrive offices we spend a lot of time talking about books. Our staff librarians are constantly producing exceptional curated lists in Marketplace, our social media channels are teeming with collections for readers to discover, and our Professional Book Nerds podcast dishes out weekly author interviews and book chats loaded with great reads both new and old. Beyond the books that we share for our partners and users to check out, we also spend basically every conversation around the proverbial water coolers breaking down books we’re currently obsessed with.

Given that books are all we ever bring up around our campus, it made sense to ask coworkers what was the best thing they read (or listened to) in 2018. These books vary by publishing date and genre but what they all share is how much we love them. Here is a sampling of the books we loved and the OverDrive team members who loved them.

You can see the full list here.

Ryan – Fra Keeler by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi


Meredith – One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Lauren – Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak


Andi – And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich 


Lauren (Not the same one, obviously) – The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman


Erin – The Call by Peadar O’Guilin


Jim – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill


Christina – You by Caroline Kepnes


Lateefah – Educated by Tara Westover


Max – Tranny by Laura Jane Grace & Dan Ozzi


Lauren (We have a lot of Lauren’s…) – The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton


Regis – Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon


Rachel – My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh


Adam (that’s me!) – A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza


Nick – Modern Lovers by Emma Straub


Sydney – Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi


Tiffany  – Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Nikki – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 


Emma – Lethal White by Robert Galbraith 


Annie – We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Maria (and SO MANY other people here) – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara