Books I Read In 2018

Every year I say I’m going to keep track of all the books I’ve read, and every year I fail. I think I might finally have stumbled across a reliable way of doing it, but I only worked it out at the beginning of December so that’s not very helpful. However, here is a list of the books I’ve read this year and recorded somewhere; it’s probably missing 20-50 more which I read but didn’t review / make notes about / remember.

Where there are reviews, I’ve linked to these in the titles; and I’ve added notes to some of them too.

  1.  The Girl Before by JP Delaney: 2018 started out promisingly in terms of novels; the first one I read made my favourite novels this year list.

  2. Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister
  3. I Saw A Man by Owen Shears, which opens with a version of one of my favourite poems:

  4. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
  5. The Secret Place by Tana French
  6. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  7. Colour by Abigail Ahern
  8. The Colour Scheme Bible by Anna Starmer
  9. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
  10. In The Mood For Colour by Hans Blomquist
  11. It’s Always The Husband by Michelle Campbell
  12. The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold, which was interesting because I didn’t like it as such, but I found it darkly hilarious in places and I ended up recommending it to a couple of people.
  13. Elmet by Fiona Mozley, one of the Books of the Year on pretty much every prize list, but I hated it.

  14. Edge of Darkness by Karen Rose
  15. Whisky Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer
  16. The Gift by Lewis Hyde
  17. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
  18. Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman (excellent. Read it.)

  19. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was another one that hit a lot of prize lists (and won some of them too), but I really didn’t think it was all that great.
  20. How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
  21. Ink by Alice Broadway, which made it onto my favourite novels of 2018 list.
  22. Hegel Bulletin #76
  23. The Passage by Justin Cronin, another top novel of 2018.
  24. Poems for Life selected by Laura Barber
  25. The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  26. Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan, which made my 2018 favourites list.

  27. Tubing by K.C. McKeagney, a book I asked the publishers not to send me, but they did anyway, and predictably I hated it.
  28. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, which is as good as everyone says it is.
  29. Born to Be the Boss: How Six Entrepreneurs Made It Big in Hong Kong by Janet E. Middlemiss
  30. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  31. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, which I have read before but it’s worth a re-read from time to time.
  32. Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
  33. Blood Harvest by Sharon Bolton
  34. The Map and the Clock, edited by Carol Ann Duffy & Gillian Clance
  35. Cast Iron by Peter May
  36. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
  37. Sirens by Joseph Knox
  38. Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims
  39. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
  40. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, an exceptionally masterful novel which was my second-favourite book I read this year.

  41. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent, which was my favourite book of the year this year.

    Then she thinks, but if I go back up the stairs, there will be a whole tract of myself I will have to keep half lit by remembering, and I will never come to peace with it, but if I go in there now and I do just the best that I can, that is a story I can tell myself, however it ends.

  42. Mobile Forensics – Advanced Investigative Strategies by Oleg Afonin & Vladimir Katalov
  43. Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
  44. The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong, another 2018 favourite.
  45. Concluding Unscientific Postscript by Søren Kierkegaard, for (I think) the third time.
  46. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  47. The Changeling’s Fortune by K.C. Lannon
  48. The Renegade Son by K.C. Lannon
  49. Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah, I think possibly the only book that’s made me let out a little involuntary squeal at the end when the twist was revealed. Also on my 2018 faves list.

  50. Die Last by Tony Parsons
  51. Hegel Bulletin #77
  52. The Fear by C.L. Taylor
  53. The Lost by Mari Hannah
  54. Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard, for about the fifth time.
  55. Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan
  56. The Other Half Lives by Sophie Hannah
  57. Consider the Ravens by Karen Fredette & Paul Fredette
  58. Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (yes, the Netflix series is based on a novel).
  59. Cloud 9 by Alex Campbell
  60. The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork
  61. Paper Towns by John Green
    I hadn’t realised that one of my favourite quotes comes from this book:

    She loved mysteries so much that she became one.

  62. Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne, which was all the superlatives (and another favourite).
  63. Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
  64. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

    Those last few were my plane journey books on one of my flights to the US.
  65. The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III, which might be the weirdest thing I’ve ever read.
  66. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  67. The Witching-Other by Peter Hamilton Giles, which was the most disappointing book I read this year.
  68. Coastliners by Joanne Harris
  69. I Love Dick by Chris Kraus, which is emphatically not the feminist novel of the decade everyone’s touting it to be.
  70. SQLite Forensics by Paul Sanderson
  71. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris: incredibly creepy, and another favourite even though I almost didn’t like it.
  72. The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green
  73. Contesting the Sacred by Eade & Sallnow
  74. Silent Voices by Anne Cleeves
  75. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  76. Summer Secrets by Jane Green, which I think I might have read before.
  77. Glass Houses by Louise Penny
  78. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  79. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  80. Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
  81. Think Twice by Sarah Mlynowski
  82. He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly, which made it onto my novels of the year list.
  83. Look For Me by Lisa Gardner
  84. Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington
  85. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  86. The Island by M A Bennett
  87. Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner
  88. Carol by Patricia Highsmith
  89. The Mum Who’d Had Enough by Fiona Gibson
  90. These Bones Will Rise Again by Panashe Chigumadzi
  91. Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt
  92. Everywhere and Gone: The Diaries of Joanna Stannard, edited by Angela Stannard
  93. The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
  94. It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal
  95. The Helicopter Heist by Jonas Bonnier
  96. All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth
  97. Silence Is My Mother Tongue by Sulaiman Addonia

  98. Executing Windows Command Line Applications by Chet Hosmer, Joshua Bartolomie & Rosanne Pelli
  99. The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge
  100. You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance
  101. The Lost Man by Jane Harper
  102. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  103. Animal by Sara Pascoe
  104. A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button
  105. The Accident by Chris Pavone
  106. A Man Called Øve by Fredrik Backman
  107. Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen
  108. Eat Up! by Ruby Tandoh

  109. The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson
  110. One More Chance by Lucy Ayrton
  111. Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas
  112. We Are Young by Cat Clarke
  113. The Murder of Harriet Kohn by Karin Fossum
  114. The Orphan Choir by Sophie Hannah
  115. The Carrier by Sophie Hannah
  116. The Drowned Boy by Karin Fossum
  117. The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lipton
  118. The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah
  119. A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris
  120. Everything You Told Me by Lucy Dawson
  121. The House of Birds by Morgan McCarthy, which was very good and I read it super slowly because I didn’t want it to end.
  122. The Cook by Wayne Macauley, which was excellent and would have made it onto my top novels of 2018 list if I’d read it in time.
  123. How to Run Your Home without Help by Kay Smallshaw

  124. Absolute Proof by Peter James
  125. The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer
  126. Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott, which I’d read before but was happy to read again.
  127. 17th Suspect by James Patterson
  128. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  129. The House Book from Marks & Spencer
  130. Voodoo in New Orleans by Robert Tallant
  131. Secrets of Voodoo by Milo Rigaud
  132. Human Leopards by Kenneth Beatty
  133. The Ethics of Authenticity by Charles Taylor
  134. Waking Up by Sam Harris
  135. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life by Émile Durkheim
  136. The Ritual Process by Victor Turner
  137. Shrines and Pilgrimage in the Modern World, edited by Peter Jan Margry
  138. Image and Pilgrimage in Christian Culture by Victor Turner & Edith Turner
  139. Managing Sacred Sites by Myra Shackley
  140. Cut by Hibo Wardere
  141. The Collected Poems of Robert Frost
  142. Terror by Dan Simmons

Those were the ones I remembered to write down, anyway. At least another twenty, probably more than that, will have slipped in and out of my mind as quickly as I could read them. So let’s say conservatively that the total hovers somewhere around 150. Not an awful number, but if I’d spent less time vegging out and watching Netflix it could have been much higher. So that’s the plan for next year; and anyway I’ll have more things to read and less time for Netflixing, so it should all work out.

Whilst beating myself up about not reading enough books I must also remember that I wrote two papers this year (and read a lot of papers in preparation), and started writing two books, and planned the entirety of a third book, so perhaps all isn’t lost in literary news.


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