Celebrity Picks: Rachel Renée Russell’s Favorite Reads of 2018

Seira Wilson on December 24, 2018
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225RachelReneeRussell.jpgRachel Renée Russell's bestselling Dork Diaries series continues to be extremely popular with young readers who can't wait to see what Nikki Maxwell is up against next. Russell recently released lucky number thirteen, Tales from a Not-So-Happy Birthday, and this time Nikki is picturing a birthday party of epic proportion, only not everyone is on board with her plans...

So what has Russell been reading this year? See her picks and why she chose them below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites.

For even more recommendations, check out the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.

*Copyright/Photo credit: Suna Lee



Rachel Renée Russell' favorite books of 2018

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The Wisest One in the Room by Thomas Gilovich & Lee Ross

I was pleasantly surprised to find this contemporary book about wisdom, a trait I've always admired and secretly wished I had more of. This thoughtful self-help book explores wisdom and intelligence, the difference between them, and how to reach out to people around you, even those with different opinions and views. It offers advice on how to increase personal wisdom and provides strategies for how to use it to solve four very urgent real-world problems.


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Small Things by Mel Tregonning

This visually stunning book seamlessly combines the graphic novel and picture book formats. The main character of this beautiful, wordless story is a young boy who watches his daily worries and anxiety evolve into little creatures that follow him throughout his day gnawing at his very existence. The slightly dark theme is haunting, and the highly detailed artwork is immersive and thoughtful. All of these things work perfectly to create a compelling, fun and hopeful story.



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How To Trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell

I adore this book! For many years, little black girls NEVER got to see themselves doing fun, exciting and outrageous things like hanging out with the Tooth Fairy. Well, now they can. Children of all backgrounds will have a blast watching Kaylee and the Tooth Fairy battle each other (culminating in a messy food fight!), then join forces to become winners and best friends. These two girls are smart and spunky, and the colorful artwork of their adventures will pop right off the page. Who would have guessed that the Tooth Fairy is BFF material!


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