If there was anything I did make a conscious effort to improve this year, it was how much time I set aside for reading. I didn’t set a number of books, I just kept a note of them.
All in all, I read forty three books. The odd number may annoy some but it is what it is. Next year, I would like to match or exceed forty three. I’ve already got eleven books on the way from indie authors (the ones I am yet to read, I will share at the end).
Here are the top ten books I read in twenty eighteen, in no particular order, with a brief reason why it made the top ten.
1. The English Patient by Michael Odaatje
because the images and words Odaatje used created a story so humanly beautiful.
2. How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
because I’m a sucker for love, loss and history.
3. Magpie In August by Kindra M. Austin
because it caught me completely off guard and broke my heart.
4. Mythos by Stephen Fry
because it’s wonderfully written, interesting and hilarious.
5. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
because it bridges the gulf between Agatha Christie and Luther.
6. Founding Fathers by Nicholas Gagnier
because of Samantha and how frighteningly real the story is.
7. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
because there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about how much the world lost when she passed away, too young.
8. Self – Help by Lorrie Moore
because her style of short story writing is inspiring and enviable.
9. The Custard Heart by Dorothy Parker
because she helped me understand what being a woman is really like.
10. No Matter The Wreckage by Sarah Kay
because she is the poet who helped me fall in love with spoken word and the stories on the tips of our tongues.
To read in twenty nineteen:
Nocturne’s Variations by John Biscello
Pinch the Lock by Candice Daquin
Constant Muses by Kindra M. Austin
Twelve by Kindra M. Austin
A Journal for Damned Lovers Vol 2 & 3 by S. K. Nicholas
Pantheon by Eric Syrdal
Six Red Seeds by Samantha Lucero
Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn
Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva
And plenty more on my To Read shelf!
Happy New Year and Happy Reading!