October 2023 MassBook List

This month the challenge is “A Bestseller from the year you turned 18.” Since there are so many years that this could be I’ve chosen 7 books from different years when someone could have turned 18.

If you’re looking for the year you turned 18 and that year’s not on this list. Check out this New York Times number one books list, or Publisher’s Weekly Lists of Bestselling Novels.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller

Patroclus, an awkward young prince, follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate. (2021)

Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson

Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson

A biography about Steve Jobs, an American business magnate, inventor, and investor who was the co-founder of Apple. (2011)

1st To Die by James Patterson

1st to Die
by James Patterson

The first book in the Women’s Murder Club series about four friends who pool their skills together to crack San Francisco’s toughest murder cases. (2001)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

by Diana Gabaldon

Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier. (1991)

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

by Carl Sagan

A book about things like the history and mutual development of science and civilization, the nature of the Universe, human and robotic space exploration, the inner workings of the cell and the DNA that controls it, and the dangers and future implications of nuclear war. (1981)

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist
by William P. Blatty

About the demonic possession of eleven-year-old Regan MacNeil, the daughter of a famous actress, and the two priests who attempt to exorcise the demon. (1971)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape. (1961)