Books I Read in 2018

2018 has been a busy year, but a good year. I read 68 books, including 7 rereads. 9 books got 5 stars (including a new favorite, Davita’s Harp) and nothing got 1 star, though The Passage was close.

Rating the Books I Read

If you’re unfamiliar with the rating system, here’s how it works:

  • * I couldn’t finish reading it, I hated it so much
  • ** I finished the book, but I wish I had the hours back I spent on it
  • *** It was about as expected, glad I read it but I wouldn’t recommend it
  • **** I really enjoyed reading the book, and would definitely recommend it to others
  • **** I MUST OWN THIS NOW! ! I want to reread it over and over and over

Looking for past years? Here’s 20172016201520142013, and 2012.

Books I Read in 2018

Here’s the full list: the books I read in 2018.

  • Lives of Girls and Women, by Alice Munro***
  • Herzog, by Saul Bellow***
  • The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu****
  • Blues for Mister Charlie, by James Baldwin*****
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe**
  • Clariel, by Garth Nix*** (reread)
  • My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante****
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, by Kurt Vonnegut*****
  • Just Kids, by Patti Smith*****
  • Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green*****
  • The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy***
  • Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson****
  • Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke***
  • The Attack, by Yasmina Khadra**
  • Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson*** (this book has the distinction of being one of my favorites in spite of me recognizing it is not a very good book)
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky***
  • The Story of a New Name, by Elena Ferrante****
  • Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall****
  • Timeline, by Michael Crighton*** (reread – did not hold up)
  • Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, by Elena Ferrante****
  • I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov***
  • Running Man, by Charlie Engle***
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury***
  • The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov****
  • No Time To Spare, by Ursula K LeGuin***
  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See****
  • Beartown, by Fredrik Backman***
  • Abundance, by Sena Jeter Naslund***
  • Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory, by Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton***
  • The Member of the Wedding, by Carson McCullen***
  • Chocolate Wars: the 150 Year Rivalry Between the World’s Greatest Chocolate Makers, by Deborah Cadbury**
  • The Story of the Lost Child, by Elena Ferrante****
  • The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jemisin****
  • The Shadowed Sun, by N.K. Jemisin****
  • The Passage, by Justin Cronin**
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot****
  • Cane River, by Lalita Tademy***
  • The Magician’s Assistant, by Ann Patchett**
  • Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood***
  • A Darker Side of Magic, by V.E. Schwab***
  • The Paper Menagerie, by Ken Lio***
  • 11/22/63, by Stephen King***
  • A Gathering of Shadows, by V.E. Schwab****
  • A Conjuring of Light, by V.E. Schwab****
  • Edgedancer, by Brandon Sanderson****
  • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury***
  • The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt****
  • The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver****
  • House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton*****
  • Under a Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes**
  • An Invisible Thread, by Alex Tresniowski and Laura Schroff***
  • Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum***
  • The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater***
  • The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern***** (reread)
  • Davita’s Heart, by Chaim Potok*****
  • Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir, by Joel Grey****
  • Ahab’s Wife, or The Star Gazer, by Sena Jeter Naslund**
  • The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman***** (reread)
  • The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri***
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee***** (reread)
  • Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas*** 
  • The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson***
  • The Rice Mother, by Rani Manicka***
  • Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas***
  • Orange is the New Black, by Piper Kerman***
  • The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman **** (reread)
  • Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng***
  • This is a Book, by Demetri Martin***

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