19 Books I Read in 2018

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I’m in the middle of a few books right now, but they will go on next year’s list — Circe; Nine Perfect Strangers; 33 Artists in 3 Acts; and a few others.

This year I prioritized work and working out. I wish reading didn’t suffer, but it did. I should have spent less hours in the evening on Instagram and more time reading. I also listened to more podcasts this year when I would have been listening to books, so that also is why it feels like I didn’t read much this year.

Please tell me in the comments if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them! Also I’d love to know what books you have on your reading list this year.

I’m going to try to read all the books I already own before I purchase anymore actual books. I have a few digital books to finish and am working through listening to two books so I have enough to keep me busy for a while.

I like to be reading books in all forms — physical books mostly, but I’d rather read than not read and there are times where reading on my phone/iPad is just easier so I always like to have a digital book going. With painting murals and other things I do — walk the dog, clean, drive in traffic — I also like to listen to books. In some cases I’ll listen to a book and then want to read it a year later and it’s a totally different experience.

I divided the 19 books I finished in 2018 into three categories — Great Books; Good/Fine Books; and Books I Couldn’t Finish.

 

GREAT BOOKS

Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

Hunger, by Roxanne Gay — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

The Girl With Seven Names: Escape from North Korea, by Hyeonseo Lee — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

The Monuments Men, by Robert M Edsel — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

Thrive, by Arianna Huffington — Read my post about it here.

Small Fry, by Lisa Brennan-Jobs — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

 

GOOD/FINE BOOKS

An American Marriage: A Novel, by Tayari Jones — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, by Michelle McNamara — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

Today Will Be Different, by Maria Semple — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

Year of No Sugar: A Memoir, by Eve Schaub — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

 

BOOKS I COULDN’T FINISH

Moonglow: A Novel, by Michael Chabon — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir, by Haruki Murakami — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

Your Art Will Save Your Life, by Beth Pickens — Read my thoughts about it in this post.

 

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Don’t miss my previous years:

39 Books I Read in 2017

Top 10 Books of 2017

24 Books I Read in 2016

27 Books I Read in 2015

16 Books I Loved in 2014

 

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See all of my posts about books here, all of the book club posts here, all of my monthly book reviews here, and see my bookshelf here.