it’s always hard to pick the best books you’ve read until it isn’t. they jump out at you.
2018 was a difficult year for obvious and less obvious reasons: the news cycle continued anxiety-provoking, and there were personal losses in my life that i won’t go into because they’re difficult–death and loss and the inevitable life changes involved. i tried to continue reading throughout and, although my numbers are lower, i’m pleased with the variety and depth of my list. i tried.
and, folks, i made it through 2018.
- Did You Ever Have a Family? by Bill Clegg (F) novel
- The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman (F) novel
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (F) novel
- How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee (NF) essays
- Brother by David Chariandry (F) novel
- Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh (F) novel
- Outline by Rachel Cusk (F) novel
- The Fact of a Body by Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich (NF + true crime mix)
- True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (F) novel
- Less by Andrew Sean Greer (F) novel