2018 book update.
Around this time last year I touted my renewed interest in reading, rattling off a lengthy list of accomplishments in the process. I even revisited the topic around April, presenting another round of achievements. And then that all but dropped off.
I’m not really sure why I stopped reading so much this year. I have theories. Two of which hold weight: my schedule changed substantially plus my iPad died and an Amazon Fire 7 turned out to be a crap replacement. Because as my neatly organized Google document shows, my decline coincides with both of those things happening. I’m actually being sort of hard on myself. True, I did not read as much this year as last. But, I did manage to read like 42-ish books in total (it’s just that 21 of those were in the first four months of the year and rest from May until December). Oh well! As the saying goes, shit happens.
I ditched the Fire tablet pretty quickly after I got it, relying instead on physical books and occasionally, my phone. Not sure how I’ll proceed next year though I have to say it’s sort of nice turning real pages again. Anyway, here’s the full list of everything I read in 2018 with links to my favorites.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller
The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook
Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, The Sleep You're Missing, The Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making You Crazy by Julie Holland
The Art Forger: A Novel by B.A. Shapiro
No Stone Unturned: The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators by Steve Jackson
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two by JK Rowling
Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot
Brave by Rose McGowan
The Group: A Novel by Mary McCarthy
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
Flat Broke with Two Goats A Memoir by Jennifer McGaha
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
The Jersey Shore Thrill Killer by John E. O’Rourke
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Dragging Anchor by Keri Marinda Smith
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
The Summer That Made Us: A Novel by Robyn Carr
The Last Supper by Mandy Mikulencak
The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger
To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Night Moves by Jessica Hopper
Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’ Hollywood by Karina Longworth*
*Still in prog.
I already have another 22 books on my wish list so I guess I better shut up and read. But tell me, what was your favorite for 2018? Of all time?