As with prior years, in 2018 I kept track of all the books, games, movies, and shows I enjoyed throughout the year, and here are my favorites. Like with last year, I’m not ranking the books; those are listed alphabetically. The other mediums are ranked, but regardless of where these items fall on this list, I wholeheartedly recommend each item on here. Also as before, these are things I read/watched/played IN 2018, not necessarily things that were published in that year.



Eloisa Amezcua, From the Inside Quietly

Jaswinder Bolina, Phantom Camera

Traci Brimhall, Saudade

Jos Charles, Safe Space

Leila Chatti, Tunsiya/Amrikiya

Kelly Forsythe, Perennial

Meg Freitag, Edith

David Kirby, Get Up, Please

Carly Joy Miller, Ceremonial

Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Oceanic

Emilia Phillips, Empty Clip

Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey

Anthology: Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Eds. Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague, and Dean Rader)



Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, It Devours!

Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Sequoia Nagamatsu, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone

Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

Jessmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad


Graphic Novels

Clint McElroy, Carey Pietsch, and the McElroy brothers: The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins

Liz Suburbia, Sacred Heart



Hanif Abdurraqib, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Dave Cullen, Columbine

Louise Glück, American Originality

Peter Godfrey-Smith, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Chelsea Hodson, Tonight I’m Someone Else

Katy Tur, Unbelievable



  1. God of War
  2. Celeste
  3. Dead Cells
  4. The Last of Us
  5. Horizon Zero Dawn
  6. Pyre
  7. Nier: Automata
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  9. Florence
  10. The Stanley Parable



  1. Fargo (season 3)
  2. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (season 2)
  3. Better Call Saul (season 3)
  4. Bojack Horseman (season 5)
  5. The Good Place (season 2)
  6. Glow (season 2)
  7. Black Mirror (season 4)



  1. Eighth Grade
  2. Baby Driver
  3. Sorry to Bother You
  4. Lady Bird
  5. Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
  6. Coco
  7. Ready Player One
  8. A Quiet Place
  9. I, Tonya

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