De Anda: Goodreads ranks most popular books of 2018

Melanie De Anda

I’ve lost count of how many books I’ve had to keep up with throughout 2018, and it’s not over yet. Already more than 200 books have been voted “Most Popular Published Books in 2018” according to Goodreads.

One of them has been one of my personal anticipated reads for almost two years: “Queen of Air and Darkness” by Cassandra Clare. The book isn’t set to be published until Dec. 4, 2018, and it already has taken 26th place out of the 200 Best Published.

Keep in mind these statistics come from users who use Goodreads. Even so, the 25 million reported users who use Goodreads as a form of bookish social media, it’s still surprising unpublished books would make the list before even being released. Then again, Cassandra Clare is a bestselling author, so it makes sense for fans of hers to assume ahead of time the book will be great.

A total of five other books follow the same example as Clare’s unreleased book. Five books which have yet to be published in these last months of 2018 are being voted as some of the most popular published, or in this case, unpublished books of 2018.

Some of these titles come from a variety of different genres. From the young adult and contemporary genre comes “What If It’s Us” by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera along with “Bridge of Clay” by Markus Zusak. From the mystery and thriller genre: “The Witch Elm” by Tana French. These books weren’t expected to be released until Oct. 9, yet they’re considered one of the most popular published months before their release date.

Then, we have “Every Breath” by Nicholas Sparks from the romance genre, expected to be coming out Oct. 16, following “Kingdom of Ash” by Sarah J Maas for the fantasy genre, with a planned release date of Oct. 23.

It’s obvious these statistics may be a bit biased due to the fact unpublished books made the list, but the people have spoken and have set their hearts on these books as some of the best in 2018.

When it comes to getting the best ratings on the list, “Magic Triumphs” by Ilona Andrews takes the lead with a 4.63 average rating, followed by “Obsidio” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff at a 4.59 average rating.

One book I read a couple months back which also happened to make the list was “To Kill a Kingdom” by Alexandra Christo, which I absolutely loved. All I have to say about that book is if you want a dark, less accurate version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” this is it.

I’m sure some of you readers out there could name plenty of other books which deserved to be on this list if they’re not on there already, just remember this list is based off votes from Goodreads users, not about how many copies sold.

With a little over two and a half months left of the year, there is still a possibility the list might shift according to votes. So, if you have a favorite book from this year which you believe belongs on this list, make sure to throw in your vote on Goodreads.