Book List 2018

In years past, I’ve used this space to make a list of all the books I’d hope to read in the coming year.  But I find it increasingly difficult to a) winnow down a list of books and decide on which particular ones I’ll be in the mood to read over the course of 365 days.  So I’m going to do things a little bit differently this year.

First, I already have a lengthy wishlist over at LibraryThing, so I’ll refer to that for print books to read instead of making a new list here.

Second, I have made a page with a running list of audiobooks to listen to.

On this page, I will include a list of books for my Around the World for a Good Book project, keep track of the Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge, and of course keep a list of all the books I’ve completed reading this year with links to reviews.

If there’s any book you see here that you think I should bump up the priority list or any other book you think I should read, let me know in the comments.  I’m always happy to read and discuss books!

While you’re here, check out my list of 100 favorite books of all time (as of 2009) or visit Library Thing to see every book I’ve ever read.

Around the World for a Good Book

My Around the World For A Good Book project continues. My hope is to read one novel in English translation from a different country each month this year.

  • AngolaA General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa
  • Bulgaria: The Physics of Sorrow by Georgi Gospodinov
  • China: The Garlic Ballads by Mo Yan
  • CubaSuper Extra Grande Paperback by Yoss
  • Djibouti: In the United States of Africa by Abdourahman A. Waberi
  • EgyptThe Zafarani Files by Gamal al-Ghitani
  • Finland : Year of the Hareby Arto Paasilinna
  • Guatemala: The President by Miguel Angel Asturias
  • Ghana:Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
  • HungaryThe Last Wolf & Herman by László Krasznahorkai
  • Israel: Moods by Yoel Hoffmann
  • Kuwait: The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi
  • Macedonia: A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska
  • Mauritius: Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi,
  • Morocco:The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • SenegalDoomi Golo by Boubacar Boris Diop
  • Switzerland: To the Back of Beyond by Peter Stamm
  • Syria: The Hedgehog by Zakaria Tamer

Read Harder Challenge 2018

A book published posthumously
A book of true crime
A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
A comic written and drawn by the same person
A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
A book about nature
A western
A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
A romance novel by or about a person of color
A children’s classic published before 1980
A celebrity memoir Papi: My Storyby David Ortiz with Michael Holley
An Oprah Book Club selection
A book of social science
A one-sitting book
The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
A book of genre fiction in translation
A book with a cover you hate
A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
An essay anthology
A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

Books Read in 2018

The books are rated on a scale from 1 to 5 stars with links to summary reviews. (A) is for audiobook.

Here’s a thumbnail of what the ratings mean:

  • 5 stars – all-time classic (I’m very stingy with these)
  • 4 stars – a particularly interesting, well-written, or important book
  • 3 stars – a good book from start to finish
  • 2 stars – not a good book on the whole but has some good parts
  • 1 star or less – basically a bad book with no redeeming values










October 1918

  • Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser – ****
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney (A)
  • Fire on the Prairie by Gary Rivlin


  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
  • Warchild by Andrew Cartmel
  • Return of the Living Dad by Kate  Orman
  • The Scarlet Empress by Paul Magrs
  • Greed and Glory by Sean Deveney
  • Unfreedom by Jared Ross Hardesty