2018: The 11th Annual Year in Books

It feels anti-climactic to post the books of the year after being able to post the books of the decade at the beginning of 2018. But, decades consist of years. We’re into the second decade of book tracking. Here’s to many more!

This year I read 58 books, which is quite close to last year’s total of 62, and more than my annual average (52). Other vital reading stats:

  •  Page count: 22,154, based on what LibraryThing lists. I am sure I didn’t exactly read this many pages, once you count appendices and notes, but it’s the best number I have.
  • Library use: 19 library books (mostly ebooks), 2 borrowed from friends. This year I read more books that I owned. I can’t say if this is because I was working on the backlog or buying more books. We may never know.
  • Female/male authors: 49 by female authors, 9 by male authors. When it’s right, it’s right.
  • Digital and analog: 40 digital, 18 paper.
  • Fiction and non-fiction: 39 fiction, 19 nonfiction.
  • Books in other languages: 4 books in Spanish. I really meant to read more Spanish books this year. I started out strong, but I got bogged down later in the year with exhaustion. I’ve since been diagnosed with sleep apnea and obtained a cpap. I’m hoping next year it will be easier to focus.
  • Favorites: This question always stumps be a little because I love everything I read. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty was a definite favorite, so was Cat Valente’s Space Opera. I enjoyed Kate Elliot’s women-focused stories in the Jaran series and Spiritwalker Trilogy (which I’m still reading). All the books I got from Powell’s Indiespensible were stunning and made me reflect. This includes Red Clocks, There There, and The Mars Room. As for non-fiction, I think the books that have most stayed with me are Prairie Fires, which I did not expect to like that much, but the history involved was fascinating, and Bodies Out of Bounds. Rage Becomes Her and Text Me When You Get Home both distilled a mood around being a woman and getting along in this world.

And now for the list!

Date FinishedTitleAuthor
1/6The City of BrassS. A. Chakraborty
1/10Provenance Ann Leckie
1/18The Girl in the TowerKatherine Arden
1/24Ghost TalkersMary Robinette Kowal
1/29The Ruin of AngelesMax Gladstone
2/4Freedom Is a Constant Struggle Angela Davis
2/7The Will to BattleAda Palmer
2/8Caramba!Nina Marie Martinez
2/8The Jewel and Her LapidaryFran Wilde
2/11CrosstalkConnie Willis
2/15How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River CollectiveKeeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
2/25The Unwomanly Face of WarSvetlana Alexievich
3/1Como agua para chocolateLaura Esquivel
3/4A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
3/7Red Clocks Leni Zumas
3/8EverfairNisi Shawl
3/13The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and FlavorMark Schatzker
3/17Karen MemoryElizabeth Bear
4/6HildNicola Griffith
4/13Republic of ThievesScott Lynch
4/18Space OperaCatherynne Valente
4/24Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American CityMatthew Desmond
5/4La Maravillosa Historia de EspañolFrancisco Moreno Fernández
5/4The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe Kij Johnson
5/9Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just FineMichele Lent Hirsch
5/17JaranKate Elliott
5/20US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty Lance Selfa
5/31Doing Harm: the Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and SickMaya Dusenbery
6/1An Earthly CrownKate Elliott
6/7His Conquering SwordKate Elliott
6/7Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape CultureRoxane Gay
6/8Learning Together: Children and Adults in a School CommunityBarbara Rogoff, Carolyn Goodman Turkanis, Leslee Bartlett
6/21The Law of Becoming Kate Elliott
6/29Prarie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls WilderCaroline Fraser
7/6There ThereTommy Orange
7/12Tierra de BrumasCristina López Barrio
7/18The Calculating Stars Mary Robinette Kowal
7/22The Invisible Library Genevieve Cogman
7/29The Masked CityGenevieve Cogman
8/5The Mere WifeMaria Dahvana Headley
8/15The Burning PageGenevieve Cogman
9/16The Fated SkyMary Robinette Kowal
9/16Bodies Out of Bounds: Fatness and TransgressionJana Evans Braziel, Kathleen LeBesco
9/24A Study in HonorClaire O’Dell
9/30The PowerNaomi Alderman
10/10The Lost plotGenevieve Cogman
10/16The View From Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten AmericaSarah Kendzior
10/26BorneJeff Vandermeer
10/26[Un]framing the “Bad Woman”: Sor Juana, Malinche, Coyolxauhqui, and Other Rebels with a CauseAlicia Gaspar de Alba
10/31Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap FashionElizabeth Cline
11/7The BeesLaline Paul
11/12The All New Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the DebateGeorge Lakoff
11/20Rage Becomes HerSoraya Chemaly
11/30Trail of Lightning Rebecca Roanhorse
12/15Text Me When You Get Home Kayleen Schaeffer
12/24Cold MagicKate Elliott
12/27The Mars Room: A NovelRachel Kushner
12/29Cold FireKate Elliott