What I Read in 2018

The other day, my local library system posted a list of its most popular books for 2018 and it got me thinking. How much reading (or listening) did I even do this year? I found myself doing more podcast and music listening on my commute and fell out of the habit of reading before bed. I was doing lots of consumption of books in the early part of the year but that fizzled out in the summer.

Total: 12 non-fiction books, 7 fiction (4 of which were re-reads)

Non-Fiction

  • Theft by Finding (David Sedaris)
  • Hamilton (Lin Manuel-Miranda)
  • Bellevue (David Oshinsky)
  • Flat Broke With Two Goats (Jennifer McGaha)
  • The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell (W. Kamau Bell)
  • The Four Tendencies (Gretchen Rubin)
  • Yes, My Accent is Real (Kunal Nayyar)
  • Surely, You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman (Richard Feynman)
  • Better Than Before (Gretchen Rubin)
  • Happier at Home (Gretchen Rubin)
  • Educated (Tara Westover)
  • Calypso (David Sedaris)

Fiction

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (JK Rowling)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (JK Rowling)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (JK Rowling)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling)
  • Lost Stars (Claudia Gray)
  • A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Alexandra Bracken)
  • Burn for Me (Ilona Andrews)

What books did you read this year? Did you discover any books I should check out? What are your reading/listening goals for 2019?

Recent Reads

Despite the lack of finished book posts, I have been reading books here and there the last few months.

  • Matched series by Ally Condie (Amazon link): One of my beloved dystopian future YA series. Premise is that you are matched with someone else in the Society (ominous name, no?) at age 15 then are expected to marry them. Your Match is determined by a fancy computer. When Cassia receives words she’s never heard from her dying grandfather, she starts to figure out that, perhaps, the Society isn’t as grand as it appear. There’s even a long triangle which is written decently enough to not be annoying to an adult reader. Keeps you on the edge of your seat well enough for awhile, but those knowledgeable of the genre can see the end coming before the third book starts.
  • The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc (Amazon link): Hot, steamy summer in small town Louisiana in the mid-60s. Should Sissy give up her marriage and family to pursue Parker, her high school boyfriend who just came back into town? Sissy manipulates everyone around her constantly, but does she wind up on top or crushed in the end? This isn’t exactly high literature but it’s amusing enough, especially for the $3 I paid for it in the sale bin at Barnes and Noble.
  • Ready Player One (Amazon link): Yep, dystopian future again. In this one, most people live their lives inside the Oasis, a next-generation virtual reality. When the creator of the Oasis dies and leaves a series of riddles which lead to winning his fortune, everyone starts searching for it. Five years later, not one of the three stages has been solved. But that’s about to change. I really enjoyed this book, especially all of the references to 80s culture.

Old. New. Borrowed. True. #3

Old

Squirms is still crawling all over everything. I’m still working on that sweater (though I may take a break from it soon here).

New

I got the new iPhone 6 (the small one, with more storage and the gold color); it’s so much faster than my poor old iPhone 4 that will be traded in sometime soon. I’m finally starting to admit that fall is here. The leaves are just starting to turn on some trees, it’s cool in the morning, and we got instructed by daycare to ensure we send her in warm clothes (of which she has rather few, I realized, when I went to pull them out).

Borrowed

Someone had a book review on their blog for the Outlander series and I decided to try it out. It’s a bit of a silly premise (woman from the 1940s walks into a Stonehenge-like rock formation and winds up in 1740s Scotland) but I’m really enjoying it. The story is well-paced with action and humor. I’m only about halfway through so it’ll be a bit until I post a formal review.

True

I’m horrible at keeping in touch with people once they move away, which happens all the time in an area as transient as DC. This week I saw both Matt’s cousin, Alison, and our very good friends, Ben and Melissa, which really made me realize how little I actually keep them up to date on what’s going on with us. I need to learn to write more, call more, email more. It doesn’t have to be long, just a note or call or say “hey, I miss you.”

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And here’s a silly selfie of Squirms and I from the new phone…still blurry because neither of us can sit still