Reading – a year in review, 2018

2018 was a good year for reading. I discovered new authors whose work I enjoyed: Aleksandar Hemon, Sarah Meehan Sirk, Simon Armitage, and Rachel Kushner. I continued my affection for authors with whom I had already been acquainted: Don DeLillo, Jenny Erpenbeck, John McGahern, Rachel Cusk, Sarach Selecky, and Lisa Moore. I also wrote short reviews of each book I read this past year and posted them on LibraryThing. I’m already looking forward to another great year of reading ahead.

Stats from my 2018 reading list:

  • 40 were borrowed from our public library
  • 21 have Canadian authors
  • 25 were chosen due to personal recommendations from friends
  • 7 are by authors who appear more than once on the 2018 list
  • 0 were being reread
  • 0 was read aloud by my wife and me
  • 18 are non-fiction
  • 0 are ebooks

Books read in 2018 (86):

  • MacAskill, William. Doing Good Better

  • Chast, Raz. Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York
  • Bausch, Robert. In The Fall They Come Back: a novel
  • 
Alderman, Naomi. The Power

  • Baker, Dani. Santa’s Last Muffin
  • 
Coetzee, J.M. Late Essays: 2006-2017

  • Proulx, Joanne. We All Love The Beautiful Girls
  • Anglin, Emily. The Third Person: stories

  • Mayr, Suzette. Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall

  • Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven

  • Smith, Ali. Winter: a novel

  • Hemon, Aleksandar. The Question of Bruno: stories

  • Winters, Michelle. I am a Truck
  • Humphreys, Helen. The Evening Chorus
  • Kaufman, Andrew. Small Claims

  • Flood, Cynthia. What Can You Do
  • Barnes, Julian. The Noise of Time
  • Chabon, Michael. Summerland
  • Sirk, Sarah Meehan. The Dead Husband Project: stories
  • Howe, Murray. Nine Lessons I Learned From My Father
  • Hardcastle, Kevin (compiler), O’connell, Grace (compiler), Tsabari, Ayelet (compiler). The Journey Prize Stories 29
  • Johnson, Denis. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: stories
  • DeLillo, Don. Zero K
  • Evans, Danielle. Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self: stories
  • Updike, John. The Complete Henry Bech: Bech: A Book, Bech is Back, Bech at Bay, His Oeuvre
  • Boast, Will. Daphne: a novel
  • Smith, Zadie. Feel Free: essays
  • Armitage, Simon. Kid
  • Erpenbeck, Jenny. Go, Went, Gone
  • Egan, Jennifer. Manhattan Beach
  • Link, Kelly. Magic For Beginners: stories
  • Groff, Lauren. Fates and Furies: a novel
  • McGahern, John. The Collected Stories
  • Moore, Kate. The Radium Girls
  • Barnes, Julian. The Only Story: a novel
  • Tomine, Adrian. Killing and Dying: stories
  • Cusk, Rachel. Kudos
  • Rovelli, Carlo. The Order of Time
  • Miller, Madeline. Circe
  • Han Kang. The Vegetarian
  • Greer, Andrew Sean. Less
  • Johnson, Denis. Nobody Move
  • Despentes, Virginie. Vernon Subutex 1
  • Hamid, Mohsin. Exit West
  • Ginzburg, Natalia. The Little Virtues
  • Bernstein, Gabrielle. Judgment Detox
  • Moody, Rick. Demonology: stories
  • Hill, Nathan. The Nix
  • Cather, Willa. The Troll Garden
  • Pennac, Daniel. Cabot-Caboche
  • Groff, Lauren. Florida
  • Erpenbeck, Jenny. The Book of Words
  • Somer, Bradley. Fishbowl
  • Barclay, Linwood. Broken Promise
  • Selecky, Sarah. Radiant Shimmering Light
  • Miller, Tom. The Philosopher’s Flight
  • Drnaso, Nick. Sabrina
  • Kushner, Rachel. The Mars Room
  • Yoshimoto, Banana. Moshi Moshi
  • Chang, Jade. The Wangs vs. The World
  • Nussbaum, Martha C. The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at our Political Crisis
  • Honeyman, Gail. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
  • Ryan, Donal. From a Low and Quiet Sea
  • Armitage, Simon. The Unaccompanied
  • Galchen, Rivka. American Innovations: stories
  • Ondaatje, Michael. Warlight
  • Lemire, Jeff. Roughneck
  • DeWitt, Patrick. French Exit
  • Moore, Lisa. Something for Everyone: stories
  • Edugyan, Esi. Washington Black: a novel
  • Tasumi, Yoshihiro. A Drifting Life
  • Powers, Richard. The Overstory: a novel
  • Wohlleben, Peter. The Hidden Life of Trees
  • Berlin, Lucia. A Manual For Cleaning Women: selected stories
  • Robinson, Eden. Son of a Trickster
  • Bujold, Lois McMaster. The Curse of Chalion
  • Rovelli, Carlo. Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity
  • Rakoff, David. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: a novel
  • Li, Yiyun. Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to Your in Your Life
  • Bala, Sharon (compiler), Clare, Kerry (compiler), Peterson, Zoey Leigh (compiler). The Journey Prize Stories 30
  • Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. Abandon the Old in Tokyo
  • Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. The Push Man and other stories
  • Kakutani, Michiko. The Death of Truth: notes on falsehood in the age of Trump
  • Johnson, Charles. The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling
  • Moore, Lisa. Flannery
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