Blog

Books of 2018

I read 84 books this year! Holy shit! That is more books than I have ever read in any previous year. Goodreads says that amounts to 25,596 pages and that sounds like a lot of pages. I attribute this mostly to the Toronto Public Library and its excellent and extensive ebook library, because I read 68 of those 84 books in the last seven months of 2018 after moving back to Toronto. Support your local public library, y’all. Also, I got a job in an office where after work I go home and don’t continue working forever, so that helps. Plus, I’m not running three other side projects at the same time. Aren’t you proud of me?

Here are some numbers and arbitrary lists.

At least one female author: 53 (67%)
At least one POC author: 27 (32% – better than before but need to do better)
Nonfiction: 22 (26%)
Young adult: 15 (18%)
Mystery: 7 (8%)
Science fiction & fantasy: 14 (17% – this is much lower than usual)
Essays: 9 (10%)
CanCon: 7 (8%)
Gave up: 3

Top 3 non-fiction:
Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufekci (review)
The Information by James Gleick
The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu

Top 3 fiction:
The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

Most fun: Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
Best popcorn read: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou (review)
Most beautiful language: The Devourers by Indra Das
Most useful: The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman
Most heartbreaking: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Most surprising ending: The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey
Worst read: Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaƫlle Giordano (review)
Most disappointing: The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge (review)

Honorary mentions: In 2018 I decided to stop being intimidated by poetry so I subscribed to the excellent Pome TinyLetter and also read three books of poetry. They were all really great:

Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing
Bluets by Maggie Nelson
Rouge by Adrian de Leon

That’s it. It’s December 31st but I am halfway through *counts* 4 books right now, so…see you back here in a year.

Standard