The Year in Books — 2018

Well, here it is, my year in reading material. As ever, it’s fun to look through the list and remember the season and circumstance of each reading. As in previous years, with a few exceptions, I mostly only read things I know I will likely enjoy on some level, so this whole list is largely a recommendation in itself, but my favorites are starred and my top five novels and top five nonfiction titles are in bold, with a bonus graphic novel thrown in.

You can read a bit more about some of these books in old posts here and here. Hit me up with questions if you want to hear about any others.

Happy New Year!

2018 Reading List in Chronological Order:

*The Book of Dust, by Philip Pullman (F)
Flight, by Sherman Alexie (F)
*On Immunity, by Eula Biss (NF)
My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent (F)
Lyra’s Oxford, by Philip Pullman (F)
Once Upon a Time Up North, by Philip Pullman (F)
Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit (E)
*Guidebook to Relative Strangers, by Camille Dungy (E)
*The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin (E)
*Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudine Rankin (P)
Artemis, by Andy Weir (F)
*We Were Eight Years in Power, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (E)
*Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders (F)
*They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, by Hanif Abdurraqib (E)
*The Home Place, by J. Drew Lanham (M)
*Future Home of the Living God, by Louise Erdrich (F)
*Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid (F)
*Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (M)
*Oceanic, by Aimee Nezhukumathil (P)
Congratulations, by the Way, by George Saunders (NF)
*An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones (F)
*We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, by Samantha Irby (E)
*Heart Berries, by Terese Mailhot (M)
*Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett (F)
*Don’t Call Us Dead, by Danez Smith (P)
*Altas, by Katrina Vandenberg (P)
*Preistdaddy, by Patricia Lockwood, (M)
*State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett (F)
*The Power, by Naomi Alderman (F)
Exploded View, by Dustin Parsons (E)
*Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller (F)
Sum, by David Eagleman (F)
*Calling a Wolf a Wolf, by Kaveh Akbar (P)
Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler (F)
The Traveling Feast, by Rick Bass (E)
*Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson (F)
*Calypso, by David Sedaris (E)
*Circe, by Madeline Miller (F)
Rules Do Not Apply, by Ariel Levy (M)
*Four Reincarnations, by Max Ritvo (P)
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, by David Sedaris (F)
*My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George (F)
Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, by Ada Calhoun (E)
*Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee (F)
This World, by Teddy Macker (P)
The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson (NF)
A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness (F)
The Seas, by Samantha Hunt (F)
*Elfquest: Final Quest Volumes 1-4, by Wendy and Richard Pini (GN)
A Gift from the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindberg (E)
Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain (M)
Earth Again, by Chris Dombrowski (P)
*One-Sentance Journal, by Chris La Tray (E/P)
*There, There, by Tommy Orange (F)
Keys to the Jail, by Keetje Kuipers (P)
*Watership Down, by Richard Adams (F)
*The Mountains and the Fathers, by Joe Wilkins (M)
*Letters from Max, by Max Ritvo and Sarah Ruhl (L)
Axe Handles, by Gary Snyder (P)
*Driven, by Melissa Stephenson (M)
The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (F)
*How to be a Good Creature, by Sy Montgomery (E)
*If They Come for Us, by Fatimah Asghar (P)
*Saga, volumes 1-9, by Brian Vaughn and Fiona Staples (GN)
Flood Song, by Sherwin Bitsui (P)
Coyote America, by Dan Flores (NF)
*An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green (F)
*The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas (F)
*The Incendiaries, by R.O. Kwon (F)
*Soul of an Octopus, by Sy Montgomery (NF)
*Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje (F)
*Girl in the Tower, by Katherine Arden (F)
Heartburn, by Nora Ephron (F)
*The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner (F)
*The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai (F)
The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander (F)
The Final Voicemails, by Max Ritvo (P)
*Taking Turns, by MK Czerweic (GN)
*Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer (NF)