Reading List 2018

Last January, I vowed to read one new-to-me book a month as one of my New Years Resolutions.  I definitely ended up reading more than 12 new books last year, but only a few were from the list I wrote out in January.

My reading list changes depending on the mood I’m in, so not all the books I wanted to read last January made the cut by the end of the year.  But, if anyone has read any of those books I posted last year and thinks I should I roll some over on to this year’s list, let me know!

Although I didn’t read all the books I initially set out to read, I did read a ton of excellent ones.  In fact, 2017 was a bit of a year for me in terms of book-buying; it was no-holds-barred book-buying extravaganza most months and to be honest we’ve run out of room on the bookshelves in the house and have started using the window sills (and paying forward books I know I won’t re-read).

I think I’m trying to make up for lost time – when my kids were little, I barely ever had a chance, or the mental capacity, to read books that were anything other than fluffy brain vacations. 

Now, though, I can read all day on a Sunday and it’s not neglectful parenting cause the kids are big enough to generally take care of themselves.  It’s lovely.

Here’s (most of) what I read in 2017*:

Good Omens, Names for the Sea, A Woman’s Work, All the Light We Cannot See, The Descent of Man, Girls & Sex, The Handmaid’s Tale, Cooked, Night, 1984, Timeline, Unabrow, We Should All Be Feminists, Curmudgucation, A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century, Hillbilly Elegy, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, Witch.

It was a good year for reading.

I’ve got a list of books for 2018 that is slightly different from last year’s list; I’m different after another trip around the sun, thus the books on my list are as well. 

On New Year’s Day I read The Giver by Lois Lowry, which I loved.  Such a thoughtful, thought-inducing book.  More Lois Lowry books are on my list, as well as a few titles by Reinhold Niebuhr, Rod Chernow (Hamilton, obviously, because I am obsessed with the musical, and also Grant, who I find a really intriguing character in history), and some core history books that I feel I skimmed through the first time I read them in high school (if I even read them at all), like the Federalist Papers and Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

I try to balance my heavy works with slightly lighter ones, so I also have a few less history-laden titles on the list, including Planting Dandelions by one of my favorite writer/bloggers, Crazy Rich Asians on the recommendation of a friend, and both Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West and Who Thought This Was a Good Idea by Alyssa Mastromonaco because I always need more stories from strong women in my life.

And last, when I’m stressed or in a funk, poetry is my recent go-to pick-me-up.  I want to get some e.e. cummings and Walt Whitman books of poetry to have around to flip through when I need to get out of my own head because they’re my faves right now.

What are you reading? What do you recommend?

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3 thoughts on “Reading List 2018

  1. Mish

    The Culture Map by Erin Meyer is what i’m reading now. I attended a management workshop on managing global teams and this book was mentioned. It is easy to read, and makes an amazing impact. Little things that you dong realize. . . My manager is from France, for example, and he tries to teach me by telling the story behind why the process is in place and coaches me through a long story to pull out the steps. As an american i would like the end destination and would then like the steps (or to create the steps) to get there. The story around it just mucks it up in my brain. But when i try to explain something to him, he keeps stopping me for more details (which to me are meaningless).

    This book has made such an impact that I will be developing a workshop for the Global Business Organization of my company. 🙂

  2. Jane

    I am reading Follow You Home by Mark Edwards. I have no idea why I grabbed it at the library other than an intriguing cover-because yes I Do judge a book by it’s cover. It is a thriller mystery type and so far I recommend it.

  3. Karin Wallace

    I read The Giver before the movie came out – and Anna read the series (4 books). I’m waiting for a library ebook of What Alice Forgot but I have a couple books in my queue already – Cold by Becky Durfee, The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan (reading with Michael), and the newest Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum novel. These are all really light but the other book I’m reading is Accounting 101, which I must say is a bit dry…


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