Let’s get started!
I read 33 books in 2018. Ready for a rapid fire list? Let’s go!
- East of Eden John Steinbeck
- A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounters with North America Sam White
- The Big Burn Timothy Egan
- Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations Garson O’Toole
- Dust Bowl Donald Worster
- I, Coriander Sally Gardner
- Feminism is for Everybody Bell Hooks
- Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Frans de Waal
- Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
- Modern Romance Aziz Ansari
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil DeGrasse Tyson
- The Malthusian Moment Thomas Robertson
- One Renegade Cell Robert A. Weinberg
- The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
- The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
- The Radium Girls Kate Moore
- Hillbilly Elegy J. D. Vance
- Good Omens Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
- The Castle Franz Kafka
- Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn
- Fire and Fury Michael Wolfe
- I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain Will Walton
- Missing Microbes Martin Blaser
- Bandwidth Eliot Peper
- Columbine Dave Cullen
- The Girls Emma Cline
- Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls David Sedaris
- The Blood of Emmett Till Timothy Tyson
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J. K. Rowling
- The Sun and Her Flowers Rupi Kaur
- Educated Tara Westover
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story Ned Vizzini
- The Princess Saves Herself in This One Amanda Lovelace
Phew okay that’s a lot. Some of them I read so fast I don’t even remember reading them.
My favorite(s) from 2018: The Fountainhead; I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain; East of Eden; Educated; Hillbilly Elegy
Books I hated with a burning passion: Bandwidth, Hemingway Didn’t Say That, The Castle
I didn’t include any of the textbooks or scholarly architectural novels I read for class in the above list. I did include texts from my environmental history course, but only because I thoroughly enjoyed reading them and didn’t consider them “textbooks”. If I included all my school books, I would have hit 40. A whopping total!
While I read a lot of print books, I also enjoy audiobooks for when I’m traveling. My favorite audiobook from 2018 was Good Omens. It sounded like I was watching a movie rather than a book. As soon as I finished I picked up my dad’s paper copy of the book and read it again in one day flat. And then I made him read it. And then I recommended it to all my friends. I got a little starstruck…but it’s coming to Amazon as a tv series and I couldn’t be happier!
I haven’t read as many books in 2019…The year is almost halfway over but I’m only at 6 books, with 4 more that I’m currently reading. Oops! Hopefully summer will catch me all back up to where I want to be and I’ll have another nice long post for you all come 2020!