Let’s start with the semi bad news: I did not finish my major reading goal for 2018. Am I disappointed in myself you might ask: the answer is, of course not! My year was still chalk full of great books and my usual accomplishment of reading 52 or more books a year held up. I can use the reading goals of this year and move them into the brand new year, huzzah! The highlight of this year was being introduced to the works of my new favorite author Barbara Kingsolver, and seeing Elizabeth Gilbert speak in Miami with the same wonderful girls that helped me write the post about The Signature of All Things.
For 2019 I will continue to not write about every single book I read. Only the ones that really pump me up will be heard from. Make sure your takeaway from the statement isn’t that other books I read aren’t as worthy to write about or read, or even that I didn’t love them just as much. The biggest thing I want to add to my 2019 blog posts are posts not only about specific books but also about libraries, and words, and my experiences with reading.
Here are the books I recommend from 2018 (in no particular order.) NF will stand for non-fiction.
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah NF
- Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom NF
- Goddess of Vengence by Jackie Colins
- Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
- Don’t Call Me Princess by Peggy Orenstein NF
- All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
- Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
- The Wonder Of Birds by Jim Robbins NF
- The whole Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan
- The Tsar Of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote NF
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- American Ulysses by Ronald C. White Jr. NF
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson
- The Radium Girls by Kate Moore NF
- The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley
- They Eat Puppies by Christopher Buckley
- Molokai’i by Alan Brennert NF
- Daily Rituals by Mason Currey NF
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg NF
- Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
Happy 2019! May you find a book that pushes you to your limit.