Tuesday, 1 January 2019

My Year in Books: 2018

I'd say it's been a pretty good reading year. I read a lot of "light" books because there were many times when that was all I could manage. Some of them I really enjoyed, some of them not so much, and it kind of showed what a lot of chick lit and thriller writers think they can get away with. Anyway, I'm still gonna continue to read these sorts of books, but now I know what I like and what I don't.

I decided not to set an actual reading target, but I'm pretty proud of myself for managing 61! This is to say nothing of the many books I started and eventually gave up on because I just couldn't get into them or found them excruciating to read (Call Me By Your Name and Fates & Furies being respective examples). I simply have too many on my to-read list, so if I'm truly not feeling it, I will not continue. My threshold depends on the book, though; sometimes I am curious how things turn out even if my first impressions are negative, so I'll keep reading. That mostly accounts for the low ratings you see here.

By the way, does anyone else find it harder to give up on e-books than print books? I think it's because if I don't like a print book I can just fob it off on someone else, but with e-books I sort of feel it's my duty to give it a good go, seeing as I paid money for it and it's no use to anyone apart from me.

As always, links lead to my Goodreads review/comment. My bookshelf and Kindle are both literally and figuratively groaning with the weight of books I've yet to read. Hyped for 2019! Maybe more non-fiction? As always, you can keep up with what I'm reading here.

1. Paul Scraton - Ghosts on the Shore: Travels Along Germany's Baltic Coast (4/5)
2. Maude Veilleux - Prague (3/5)
3. Kate Tempest - The Bricks That Built the Houses (4/5)
4. Han Kang - The Vegetarian (3/5)
5. Kerry Hudson - Thirst (4/5)
6. Guillaume Morissette - The Original Face (3/5)
7. Alex Manley - We Are All Just Animals and Plants (4/5)
8. Simone Lappert - Wurfschatten (3/5)
9. Elif Shafak - Three Daughters of Eve (2/5)
11. Colm Toíbín - Brooklyn (3/5)
12. Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - The Wife Between Us (1/5)
13. Maggie Nelson - Bluets (4/5)
14. Kelly Quindlen - Her Name in the Sky (4/5)
15. Jhumpa Lahiri - The Lowland (3/5)
16. Jonathan Dimbleby - Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and Its People (3/5)
17. Cason Sharpe - Our Lady of Perpetual Realness and Other Stories (3/5)
18. Vea Kaiser - Makarionissi oder die Insel der Seligen (4/5)
19. A. Light Zachary - The End, By Anna (4/5)
20. Marianne Jungmaier - Sommernomaden (1/5)
21. Elif Batuman - The Idiot (3/5)
22. Patti Smith - Devotion (3/5)
23. Sally Rooney - Conversations with Friends (4/5)
24. Roxanne Bouchard - We Were the Salt of the Sea (2/5)
25. Eley Williams - Attrib. and Other Stories (2/5)
26. A.M. Homes - May We Be Forgiven (4/5)
27. Thomas Harding - The House by the Lake: A Story of Germany (4/5)
28. Rosemary Harris - Summers of the Wild Rose (2/5)
29. Jana Seelig - Minusgefühle: Mein Leben zwischen Hell und Dunkel (4/5)
30. Marian Keyes - The Break (2/5)
31. Ruby Tandoh - Eat Up!: Food, Appetite, and Eating What You Want (4/5)
32. Chloe Caldwell - Women (4/5)
33. Rosie Walsh - The Man Who Didn't Call (2/5)
34. Melissa Broder - The Pisces (4/5)
35. Timothy Snyder - On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (5/5)
36. Mascha Kaléko - Sei klug und halte dich an Wunder (4/5)
37. Rachel Kelly - Black Rainbow: How Words Healed Me — My Journey Through Depression (3/5)
38. Hera Lindsay Bird - Hera Lindsay Bird (3/5)
39. Greg Hickey - The Friar's Lantern (3/5)
40. Julia Jarman - Peace Weavers (3/5) (re-read)
41. Angie Thomas - The Hate U Give (4/5)
42. Ashleigh Young - Can You Tolerate This? (3/5)
43. Geneviève Pettersen - La Déesse des mouches à feu (2/5)
44. Sigal Samuel - The Mystics of Mile End (3/5)
45. Cat Clarke - Girlhood (4/5)
46. Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (3/5)
47. Helen Hoang - The Kiss Quotient (3/5)
48. Olivia Laing - Crudo (2/5)
49. Maggy van Eijk - Remember This When You're Sad: A Book for Mad, Sad and Glad Days (From Someone Who's Right There) (3/5)
50. Durga Chew-Bose - Too Much and Not the Mood (4/5)
51. John Darnielle - 33⅓: Black Sabbath's 'Master of Reality' (4/5)
52. Kim Cooper - 33⅓: Neutral Milk Hotel's 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea' (3/5)
53. Nora Ephron - Heartburn (2/5)
54. Jessica J. Lee - Turning: Lessons from Swimming Berlin's Lakes (3/5)
55. Deniz Utlu - Die Ungehaltenen (2/5)
56. Mark Oliver Everett - Things the Grandchildren Should Know (4/5) (re-read)
57. Ayisha Malik - Sofia Khan is Not Obliged (2/5)
58. Curtis Sittenfeld - American Wife (4/5)
59. Jane Gardam - A Long Way from Verona (3/5)
60. Sarah Stovell - Exquisite (4/5)
61. Malachy Tallack - 60 Degrees North: Around the World in Search of Home (3/5)