I reviewed the first half of 2018’s books earlier here. I’m not counting cookbooks, pattern books, and similar things here, although I read and reviewed some on Goodreads. Last year I read 32 books which was a new record, breaking the previous record of 27 books set in 2016.
This year I was in a huge reading rut. I barely cracked twenty books with a grand total of 22 books read in 2018. I think I will set next year’s goal at 30. I think I have a few good ones set aside to start 2019 off right!
My favorite: How to Be Safe by Tom McAllister
Five star winners: How to Be Safe by Tom McAllister; The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason by Chapo Trap House; Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders; A How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley
My least favorite: A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith
The longest: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah at 435 pages
The oldest: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson published in 1948
Here is the second half of the list in the order I read them. I’ve included reviews for some and ratings on a scale of 1 to 5 stars for all. I’m still co-running a book club at my library and attending a class for work that involves reading a book then meeting to discuss it and watch the film adaptation.
15. The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason by Chapo Trap House – Edelweiss – 5 stars
16. Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders – OverDrive audiobook – 4 stars
I wish Bernie had been the narrator for the whole time because I prefer him so much more than Mark Ruffalo. Bernie read the first half and then came back and finished up the end. I learned a lot I didn’t know as far as Bernie’s biography and details of the 2016 campaign. The book reinforces what we all already know – Bernie would have won.
17. The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane – OverDrive audiobook – 4 stars
I knew very little about Gucci Mane and now have very many Gucci Mane facts. He has led an interesting life. The narrator of the audiobook was great.
18. Florida by Lauren Groff – NetGalley – 4 stars
This is a book of short stories set in various parts of Florida. As most short story collections go, some were better than others, but none were bad and some were fantastic. I highly recommend it to all the short story lovers out there.
19. Strangers I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for The Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara – OverDrive/library book club – 4 stars
I chose this for my library’s book club. It was too dark and grisly for most of us. I’m glad I read it but I was definitely scared of my house at night.
20. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson – books to films book club – 4 stars
I should probably give this one five stars because I loved the characters so much. I missed them when the book was over. One of the only truly great novels I read this year.
21. A How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley – NetGalley – 5 stars
This book is pretty terrifying. It’s a wonderful primer on fascism in general with specific examples from history and today. It’s easy to understand and engage with because it doesn’t assume the reader has a wealth of political theory or history knowledge yet it’s still informative and interesting.
22. City of Thieves by David Benioff – 3 stars
I wasn’t really feeling this one. A little too much bros trying to make it with chicks for the siege of Leningrad for me.