2018 Reading List

I’ve always loved reading. I used to spend all of my birthday and Christmas money on Nancy Drew books at Borders. Nowadays, I mostly read on my Kindle using the Overdrive app, “checking out” ebooks from my library in Round Rock. Sometimes I have to wait weeks (or months) to read a popular book or new release, and they don’t have all books available in an ebook format, but Overdrive has saved me so much money that I really can’t complain.

As I’ve been spending less time on social media, I’ve had more time to read. I set a goal to read 50 books this year. I think I could probably do more; if I have time to browse the internet and time to watch TV, I have time to read. I’ll probably make 2019’s goal to read 75 books.

The last couple of years, I’ve also tried to vary what I read. It’s easy for me to get into a rut and keep reading the same kind of books one after the other (AKA “chick lit” books that suck you in with their drama and then a week after you’ve finished the book, you’ve already forgotten the main character’s name), but I’m trying to read more classics, memoirs, and books that I hope will leave me with a lasting message, theme or lesson.

Here’s the list of books I’ve read so far this year (I think I’m going to reach my goal!). I’ve put an asterisk by books I loved.

  1.  Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott *
  2. Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach
  3. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
  4. Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
  5. I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
  6. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  7. Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
  8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  9. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
  10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty *
  11. Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
  12. If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey
  13. The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney *
  14. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel *
  15. Salt Houses by Hala Alyan *****!!!
  16. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston *
  17.  Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman
  18. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter *
  19. Quiet by Susan Cain *
  20. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
  21. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  22. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  23. Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha
  24. Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin *
  25. Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
  26. Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
  27. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  28. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie *
  29. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume *
  30. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison *
  31. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  32. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng *
  33. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
  34. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors *

What are you reading? I’m always looking for recommendations.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Patti Wendlandt says:

    Emily, I LOVE this! Good for you. I’ve been reading a lot more lately too, and it is so refreshing. I’m saving your list! A few I have read recently that I liked are Peace Like a River by Leif Enger; All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer (really liked!); Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeht Prentiss (loved!); The Guenrsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer; No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin and all of Marilyn Robinson’s books (Gilead, Home, Lila). I love biographies, so I’m also reading Hamilton (for the second time). I’m so glad you’re giving yourself the gift of reading! I hope you have a great time at your grandmother’s birthday. What a blessing to get you all together at the same time!

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you, Mrs. Wendlandt! I read All the Light We Cannot See a few years ago and it was AMAZING! I also just watched The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix and had in mind I should read the book. Have you seen the movie? I’m going to add your other recommendations to my list 🙂 We are looking forward to this weekend!

  2. Jill Douglas says:

    What are the astericks for? With 4 astericks, does that mean that Salt Houses is just about the best thing you’ve ever read in your life? Or did that mean something else entirely? I’m in the middle of Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation. Have you read it already? It’s knocking my socks off!

    1. Emily says:

      I got a little carried away because, yes, I really loved that book! Probably not the best thing I’ve ever read in my life, though 😉 I haven’t read New Seeds of Contemplation! Just The Seven Storey Mountain and a couple of others. I’m adding that to my list!

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