Best Of December 2018 (Plus Winter and Christmas Kids Books)

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

This week, Jenn and María Cristina discuss Revolution SundayHere Comes Jack Frost, Once Upon a RiverA Loud Winter’s Nap, and more great books.

This episode was sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Riddance; or, The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children by Shelley Jackson, and Third Love.

Subscribe to All the Books! using RSS or iTunes and never miss a beat book.

Sign up for the weekly New Books! newsletter for even more new book news.


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (video read aloud)

Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara

Revolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra, translated by Achy Obejas

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak

Hex Vet: Witches in Training by Sam Davies (Dec 18)

Little Santa by Jon Agee

Santa Duck by David Milgrim

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

A Loud Winter’s Nap by Katy Hudson

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (tw: domestic violence, suicide, harm to children)


Guidebook to Relative Strangers by Camille T. Dungy (Persist Instagram Book Club!)


The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

Hong Kong Noir (Akashic Noir Series) by Jason Y. Ng and Susan Blumberg-Kason

North of Dawn: A Novel by Nuruddin Farah

Strange Days by Constantine J. Singer

Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza

The Songbird by Marcia Willett

King of the Road by R. S. Belcher

Milkman by Anna Burns

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

At the End of the Century: The stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices) by Cassandra Clare

Once a King (Clash of Kingdoms) by Erin Summerill

Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky

Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump by Martha Brockenbrough

How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning by George Lakey

The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

The Mansion: A Novel by Ezekiel Boone

The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath by Garrett Peck

King of the Dinosaur Hunters: The Life of John Bell Hatcher and the Discoveries that Shaped Paleontology by Lowell Dingus

The Deadly Deep: The Definitive History of Submarine Warfare by Iain Ballantyne

Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers during World War II by John Strausbaugh

For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon by Laurie R. King (editor), Leslie S. Klinger (editor)

Murder at the Mill: A Mystery (The Iris Grey Mysteries) by M. B. Shaw

The Man Who Would Be Sherlock: The Real-Life Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle by Christopher Sandford

Theater of the World: The Maps that Made History by Thomas Reinertsen Berg