- Best fiction book read: ooooooh, a tie between Red Clocks by Leni Zumas and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- Best non-fiction book read: The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston
- Best song: "100 Years" from Florence + the Machine's album High as Hope
- Best quote: nothing new here and not even new to me this year, but felt poignant and relevant:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and how at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt
- Best writing advice: from John Steinbeck: "Just set one day's work in front of the last day's work. That's the way it comes out. And that's the only way it does."
- Best animal news: Justify winning the 2018 Triple Crown