Reading Recap

It’s been a whiiiiiile since I did one of these posts. I know I did many many many of them when I first started the blog, but then they tapered off as I decided to write about other things.

Let’s get started!

I read 33 books in 2018. Ready for a rapid fire list? Let’s go!

  1. East of Eden John Steinbeck
  2. A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounters with North America Sam White
  3. The Big Burn Timothy Egan
  4. Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations Garson O’Toole
  5. Dust Bowl Donald Worster
  6. I, Coriander Sally Gardner
  7. Feminism is for Everybody Bell Hooks
  8. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Frans de Waal
  9. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
  10. Modern Romance Aziz Ansari
  11. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  12. The Malthusian Moment Thomas Robertson
  13. One Renegade Cell Robert A. Weinberg
  14. The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
  15. The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
  16. The Radium Girls Kate Moore
  17. Hillbilly Elegy J. D. Vance
  18. Good Omens Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  19. The Castle Franz Kafka
  20. Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn
  21. Fire and Fury Michael Wolfe
  22. I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain Will Walton
  23. Missing Microbes Martin Blaser
  24. Bandwidth Eliot Peper
  25. Columbine Dave Cullen
  26. The Girls Emma Cline
  27. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls David Sedaris
  28. The Blood of Emmett Till Timothy Tyson
  29. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J. K. Rowling
  30. The Sun and Her Flowers Rupi Kaur
  31. Educated Tara Westover
  32. It’s Kind of a Funny Story Ned Vizzini
  33. 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!

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