Books I Read In 2018

I went into 2018 with the goal of reading 12 books - at least one a month. In August, I wrote a post about my history with reading and how I spent this year learning to fall in love with reading again. So far, I have hit my goal and still have one book left to finish in 2018: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s already incredible, so add it to your list ASAP.

Here’s a list and some brief reviews of the books I read in 2018:

“Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green: 3.5/5 stars. I was hesitant when my friend suggested we read this for our (short-lived) book club, because I loved Green’s books in high school but did realize some problems with them afterwards, like the romanticization of destructive behavior. However, I enjoyed “Turtles.” It was a good story and portrayed mental illness well. Some of the plot points got lost along the way, but it was a good read and I’m glad I read it.

“You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain” by Phoebe Robinson: 4/5 stars. This is a fun, pop culture reference-filled book from an awesome comedienne. Phoebe Robinson always makes me crack up and her writing is just as good as her stand-up and podcasts. I’m not sure how someone could not enjoy Robinson’s debut book.

“A Day In The Life of Marlon Bundo” by Jill Twiss: 5/5 stars. This book is so cute and lovely. It’s great for kids to see happy LGBTQ+ stories. Even though the book started as a joke from John Oliver’s show, I think it’s still a great example for kids and a quality story.

“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell: 5/5 stars. I talked about this in a previous post, but to quickly reiterate, this book is super fun and relatable. I sped through it, probably because it reminded me of the books I loved in middle/early high school: fun, youthful, simple and not taking itself too seriously.

“I’ll Be Gone In The Dark” by Michelle McNamara: 5/5 stars. This book is truly remarkable, and without it’s author, it’s possible that the Golden State Killer would never have been caught. If only she had been alive to see his arrest. McNamara proves that good writing is an art with this book, and it’s a shame we won’t able to read more books by her. (Slightly more about this book in this post)

“Miss Subways” by David Duchovny: 4/5 stars. This novel was a pleasant surprise. Since it was written by an actor (and actor I like, but still, celeb books are hit or miss), I was sort of expecting it to be a vanity project, but it was very well-written and hard to put down. I attended a book reading with Duchovny for this book and his insight into how he wrote the book and approached it definitely showed. He is a former student of literature, so I think his writing is bit better informed and therefore elevated when compared to your average celeb author. Now I’m excited to read his previous books!

“The Stranger Beside Me” by Ann Rule: 5/5 stars. This is such an incredible book with a rare insight. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s the story of serial killer Ted Bundy, told by a crime reporter who worked alongside him at a crisis hotline while he was first starting down a dark path. I’m impressed by how carefully Ann Rule cultivated her relationship with Ted Bundy and how badass she was in general. No matter if you’re a major true crime junkie or a newbie to the genre, this book is a must-read.

“Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes: 5/5 stars. I wrote a full blog post about this book, so trust me, it’s great. It’s especially inspiring for an introvert like me.

“Dead Girls” by Alice Bolin: 5/5 stars. I love Bolin’s voice - her words bite in a refreshing way and she can be pretty sarcastic at time, especially when talking about misogyny. This book is a really awesome and macabre collection of essays. Bolin also makes a great point about how death is intertwined into Los Angeles - she picks up on a lot of things that I’ve noticed about society.

“Sunburn” by Laura Lippman: 3.5/5 stars. This book is a good beach read - something lowkey and amusing to read, as well as easy to digest. I used to read a lot of these kinds of books, but they were mostly by men (like James Patterson, who is great), so it was nice to read a thriller like this from a woman.

“Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay” by Phoebe Robinson: 4/5 stars. This one is just as good as her first book. It’s interesting to see how Robinson’s perspective and life has changed since her first book, because she’s definitely gotten a bit more famous and more mature. She is still incredibly down to earth and feisty, so the spark that made me love her first book is still there.

“The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur: 3/5 stars. This book is beautiful, but I liked Kaur’s first one a little more. The style of poetry does get a bit tired for me after I while, so I read this one in chunks.

Let me know in the comments which books you read this year! Also, add me on Goodreads if you want - It’s where I keep tracking on my reading throughout the year.