2018 Reading Recap

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 · ShakiestNerd
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I did not read as much in 2018 as the prior year, coming in at 55 books versus 64 in 2017. My base goal is to read 50 books per year, so I'm still happy about that.

One difference is that I listened to a lot more podcasts during the year. So, I think that accounts somewhat for the lower number.

Here are some of the highlights from the past year the I highly recommend.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Sarah J. Maas - A coworker recommended the Throne of Glass fantasy series. I have read up through book 5 - Empire of Storms. My feeling when reading them was that although the author had the big picture of the series in mind, she did have to write in a few course corrections along the journey to make the stories work. That does make for a few twists.

Taylor Anderson - Destroyermen series. World War II ship goes through a vortex into an alternate earth. They are engaging stories and the attention to detail on military and weapons is really good.

Paolo Bacigalupi - The Windup Girl, wow, very original and unexpected.

Blake Crouch - I really enjoyed Dark Matter.

Crime and Mystery

Sue Grafton - I continue to add Kinsey Millhone mysteries and I am up through M is for Malice. I only recently found out that Sue Grafton passed away in December of 2017.

Tony Hillerman - Continuing to read the Leaphorn and Chee novels. They are good and the details on Navajo culture really put meat on the stories.

History and Biography

Joseph Bruchac - Jim Thorpe, Original All-American

Margot Lee Shetterly - Hidden Figures - I expected this to be more of a novelization because I'd seen the ads for the movie. Turns out, it is a well researched and documented, biographical account.
Still fascinating.


Daphne du Maurier - Rebecca was on my list for classics and I was able to finally read it. John Steinbeck - The Pearl is sort of a parable of a pearl diver that finds an exquisite pearl.