2018 books | carrie jesse

Number of books read: 51

I didn’t have a reading goal in mind when I started keeping track of books in 2018. And when I realized I had read 51 books in the last days of December, I could’ve rushed through one final book to make the yearly total equal 52. But “Read one book a week.” was never my goal.

I wanted to read more. Mission accomplished.

Number of audiobooks: 14

I started 2018 thinking audiobooks “didn’t count as reading.” It felt like I was somehow cheating. But after reading this article by pyschologist, Daniel Willingham, I’m over that.

“Comparing audio books to cheating is like meeting a friend at Disneyland and saying, “You took a bus here? I drove myself, you big cheater.” The point is getting to and enjoying the destination. The point is not how you traveled.”

Number of authors: 47

Before looking back at this year’s list of books, I didn’t remember any repeat authors. Turns out there were a few – Fredrick Backman, Marie Kondo, Jen Sincero, and Mindy Kaling.

Number of books gave up on: 4

I track the books I want to read in Trello and all the books that I have read in Goodreads. The Trello TBR lists (yes, there is more than one list) grow and shrink daily, and knowing that I have plenty of books waiting to be read makes me realize that if I’m not into a book, then I’m better off letting it go.

This year, I created a “Gave Up On” shelf in Goodreads. Tracking the books I’ve given up on puts the abandoned titles in a place where they won’t be lost forever. It might’ve been the wrong time/place for a particular book the first time around.

2018 Books

Here are the books I read in 2018.

January

1. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? (Mastromonaco, Alyssa)
2. Show Your Work! (Kleon, Austin)
3. The Handmaid’s Tale (Atwood, Margaret)
4. Hyperbole and a Half (Brosh, Allie)

February

5. We Are Never Meeting In Real Life (Irby, Samantha)
6. Everybody Writes (Handley, Ann)

March

7. Presence (Cuddy, Amy)
8. My Life in France (Child, Julia)
9. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Honeyman, Gail)
10. The Nightingale (Hannah, Kristin)

April

11. Ready Player One (Cline, Ernest)
12. Yes Please (Poehler, Amy)
13. Hunger (Gay, Roxane)
14. Bossypants (Fey, Tina)
15. The Versions of Us (Barnett, Laura)
16. Maybe in Another Life (Reid, Taylor Jenkins)
17. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Kondo, Marie)
18. Spark Joy (Kondo, Marie)

May

19. The Pursuit of Perfect (Ben-Shahar, Tal)
20. Ego Is the Enemy (Holiday, Ryan)
21. Beartown (Backman, Fredrik)

June

22. We’re Going to Need More Wine (Union, Gabrielle)
23. Desert Solitaire (Abbey, Edward)
24. Why Not Me? (Kaling, Mindy)
25. Year of Yes (Rhimes, Shonda)
26. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Kaling, Mindy)

July

27. Talking as Fast as I Can (Graham, Lauren)
28. The Like Switch (Schafer, Jack)
29. Big Magic (Gilbert, Elizabeth)
30. Hiding in the Bathroom (Aarons-Mele, Morra)
31. A Man Called Ove (Backman, Fredrik)

August

32. The Power of Habit (Duhigg, Charles)
33. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Murakami, Haruki)

September

34. The Last Mrs. Parrish (Constantine, Liv)

October

35. Girl, Wash Your Face (Hollis, Rachel)
36. Radical Acceptance (Brach, Tara)
37. The Push (Caldwell, Tommy)
38. The Art of Racing in the Rain (Stein, Garth)

November

39. Grit (Duckworth, Angela)
40. Poser (Dederer, Claire)
41. You Are a Badass (Sincero, Jen)
42. The Happiness Advantage (Achor, Shawn)
43. Big Little Lies (Moriarty, Liane)
44. 29 Gifts (Walker, Cami)
45. The Chemistry of Calm (Emmons, Henry)

December

46. Happiness for Beginners (Center, Katherine)
47. The Woman in the Window (Finn, A.J.)
48. The Creative Habit (Tharp, Twyla)
49. Uncommon Type (Hanks, Tom)
50. You Are a Badass Every Day (Sincero, Jen)
51. The Princess Diarist (Fisher, Carrie)

2019

2019 Reading List