2018 Reading Roundup

Even though I’m ludicrously behind on my book reviews, I did want to call out my year in reading, and shout out some of my favorite titles read last year, so here goes!

–Marissa

Number of books read in 2018: 128 titles
Number of books read in 2017 (for comparison): 131 titles
Average of books read per month: 11 books
Average of books read per week: 2.5 books
Daily average: 1 book read every 2.9 days
Percent of fiction read: 73%
Percent of nonfiction read: 27%
Number of YA books read: 5
Number of books read on the Kindle: 80

And now, for the best books of the year (in my humble opinion, of course!), in author alphabetical order… my benchmark is always… “did this book stick with me? Do I still remember the characters or plot? Did I think about it after I closed the cover?”…
Ausiello, Michael. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies. NF.
Carreyrou, John. Bad Blood. NF, K.
Genova, Lisa. Every Note Played. F, K.
Grann, David. The White Darkness. NF, K.
Jonasson, Ragnar. The Darkness. F.
Kurson, Robert. Rocket Men. NF.
Lee, Edward. Buttermilk Graffiti. NF.
Mecham, Jesse. You Need a Budget. NF.
Owens, Delia. Where the Crawdads Sing. F.

What were your favorite reads this year that I should add to my TBR list?

And as for the Book Riot “Read Harder” challenge… I did pretty darn well! I only feel short in a couple of places, and this definitely pushed me to try some other lit I normally wouldn’t have. Yay challenges!

  1. A book published posthumously (I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara)
  2. A book of true crime (I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara)
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
  4. A comic written and drawn by the same person (Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess)
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) (I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon)
  6. A book about nature (The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams)
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color (Bingo Love by Tee Franklin)
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature (Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys)
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color (Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai)
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980 (Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak)
  12. A celebrity memoir (We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union)
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection (An American Marriage by Tayari Jones)
  14. A book of social science (The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking)
  15. A one-sitting book (Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson)
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han)
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image (Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess)
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation (The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani)
  20. A book with a cover you hate (Tangerine by Christine Mangan)
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author (Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan)
  22. An essay anthology
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 (The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein)
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished) (Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward)
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