Reflecting back on 2018, this seems to have been a year of distractions... mostly political. I often found it hard to concentrate on reading and that's reflected in my overall numbers. Still, I read some great books. These are my favorites of 2018 - obviously not all were published this year.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
My number one book of the year... and my book club loved it, too.
The Wife by Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer is at the top of her game here... this is a brilliant, well-written novel. I read it shortly before the movie was released, but still haven't seen the film.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
I read three novels by Meg Wolitzer this year. This, her most recent, is a character-driven story that's hard to put down. A read/listen combination for me, Rebecca Lowman's narration is perfection.
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
I loved the structure, writing, and the way this story slowly unfolded... easily a 5-star read!
The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman
One of a handful of 2018 releases I read, this 5-star book was reminiscent of The Big Chill.
Improvement by Joan Silber
These short stories are connected only tangentially, but form something unique and beautiful when woven together.
Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Much more contemporary than Pachinko, and a rollicking good story!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This is the book everyone seems to have read. I still find myself thinking about Eleanor.
by Nina Willner, narrated by Cassandra Campbell
My favorite nonfiction this year. Excellent on audio.
by Debby Irving, narrated by the author
An eye-opening book! I went on to read several other race-related titles.
by Kate Moore, narrated by Angela Brazil
A read/listen combination, this book has everything I love in nonfiction - science and medicine, a legal battle, human drama, and good writing, too!
I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays by Elinor Lipman
Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan
I'll be back with one more post of final stats and thoughts to wrap up 2018 and a look ahead to 2019. Happy New Year!