I meant to read fifty books this year but I only made it to forty-six whole ones. I don’t finish books I don’t enjoy, and except for one by a dead author that I had to read for work, I enjoyed every single one on this list in varying degrees enough to not throw across the room. (Just kidding I would never throw a book except that I have thrown a book and I will throw a book again if one makes me mad enough.)
Back to my 2018 reading, listed here in the order in which I read them. Check out all the cool memoirs. Spent, I’m Just Happy to Be Here, The Year of Yes, The Thorn Necklace, and One Bright Morning I’ll Fly Away are particularly worthwhile.
Survivor Cafe by Elizabeth Rosner is an important piece of in-depth scholarship about the legacy of trauma that is mixed with heart-wrenching memoir and you should read it if you haven’t.
Short story collections The New Order, Florida and You May See a Stranger are especially rewarding.
Erika Mailman is always fantastic for historical fiction.
David Joy, Gabino Iglesias, Sarah Nicole Lemon, and Claudia Dey are authors I will be following forever with great anticipation.
I’m already rereading Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey, trying to figure out how she did that.
There is mostly a lot of disturbing horror/thriller action on my 2018 book list so watch out if you are perusing my list for recommendations. Child Finder, White Tears, Hex, My Absolute Darling, The Visitors, Any Man and Coyote Songs will mess you up if you aren’t used to that kind of thing. Ellen Datlow’s annual round up of the best horror shorts of the year will also send you straight to the nervous hospital unless you know what you’re getting into.
(If you haven’t read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward yet and you live in the United States of America, it’s time to read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.)
I mean to read fifty books in 2019. I have two tips that I followed in 2018 that I will continue to practice in order to reach my goal in the new year.
Tip #1: I will only read what I feel like reading.
Tip #2: Monday, also known as Reading Monday, is for reading only. If Reading Monday stretches into Reading Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, then that’s the way it oughta be don’t @ me.
My 2018 reading:
Survivor Café by Elizabeth Rosner
One Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away by Alice Anderson
The Visitors by Catherine Burns
History of Wolves by Emily Fredlund
The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McCracken
The Perfect Nanny by Leilani Silmani
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Spent by Antonia Crane
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tenant
I’m Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering by Janelle Hanchett
We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
Winter’s Bone by Daniel Worded
Faithful by Alice Hoffman
A Thorn Necklace by Francesca Lia Block
Arcadia by Lauren Groff
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Dirt Done Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon
White Tears by Hari Kunzru
Witch’s Trinity by Erika Mailman
Round Midnight by Laura McBride
Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen
The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The New Testament by Jericho Brown
Any Man by Amber Tamblyn
Dark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn
Florida by Lauren Groff
Best Horror Stories of the Year Vol. 8 edited by Ellen Datlow
True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness by Christine Lahti
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
Zero Saints by Gabino Iglesias
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Line that Held Us by David Joy
Hearbreaker by Claudia Rey
The Murderer’s Maid by Erika Mailman
You May See a Stranger by Paula Whyman
The Seas by Samantha Hunt
Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias
Don’t Skip Out On Me by Willy Vlautin
The New Order by Karen Bender