2018 Reading Round-Up
by E.B. Bartels
Happy first day of 2019, everyone! You know what that means: time for my annual reading tally for the past year. So, as is tradition, here is the breakdown of what I read in 2018, my top 18 books that were published 2018, plus some of my reading resolutions for 2019.
WHAT I READ:
- I read 137 books, by 131 writers.
THE GENRE BREAKDOWN:
- Fiction: 19
- Nonfiction: 43
- Graphic novels/comics: 9
- Graphic memoirs/nonfiction: 7
- Poetry: 15
- Drama: 1
- Young adult/middle grade: 6
- Picture books: 37*
- Books that I had already previously read: 6**
*Most of these were for research. I swear.
**Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood, Black Mass by Dick Lehr & Gerard O’Neill, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
THE DEMOGRAPHIC BREAKDOWN:
- Books by women of color: 39
- Books by white women: 50
- Books by men of color: 14
- Books by white men: 26
- Books by non-binary people of color: 1
- Books by non-binary white people: 1
- Books by LGBTQ folks: ~26
THE REASON-FOR-READING BREAKDOWN:
- Books for research purposes: 30
- Books by Non-Fiction by Non-Men authors: 14
- Books for the Nobles English curriculum: 9
- Books for my true crime book club: 10
- Books for fun/other reasons/just for the hell of it: 74
E.B.’s TOP 18 BOOKS PUBLISHED in 2018:
I am really glad that I am doing this tradition of my top [xx] books published in 20[xx] because it means I get to add one more book to my list each year. HOWEVER: narrowing my list of books read this year down to only 18 was still brutal, so please appreciate the pain I went through to bring you this blog post. Now, without further ado, my top 18 books published in 2018, organized alphabetically by author’s last name.
- Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (October 23, 2018)
- How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee (April 17, 2018)
- All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (October 2, 2018)
- How To Sit by Tyrese Coleman (September 1, 2018)
- My Own Devices by Dessa (September 8, 2018)
- Freshwater by Awaeke Emezi (February 13, 2018)
- Movers and Shakers by Hope Ewing (October 9, 2018)
- Tango Lessons by Meghan Flaherty (June 19, 2018)
- This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins (January 30, 2018)
- Sick by Porochista Khakpour (June 5, 2018)
- If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim (August 7, 2018)
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (February 27, 2018)
- How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery (September 25, 2018)
- Open Mic Night in Moscow by Audrey Murray (July 24, 2018)
- The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (February 6, 2018)
- There There by Tommy Orange (June 5, 2018)
- Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister (October 2, 2018)
- My Dead Parents by Anya Yurchyshyn (March 27, 2018)
E.B.’s READING RESOLUTIONS for 2018:
- I want to continue reading more and more books by people of color, and my goal for 2019 is to read a majority books by people of color. (This year, of 137 books, 80 were by white people and 57 were by people of color.)
- I also want to keep reading more and more books by nonbinary people and LGBTQ folks. This year I read work by two nonbinary individuals and 20% of the authors I read were LGBTQ, which is okay, I guess, but could definitely be better.
- I want to make sure my true crime book club reads more diverse writers as well! (So many white people love to write about true crime.)
- Like last year, I need to keep paying attention to who is writing the books I am reading for research and diversify the voices I am quoting in my own writing.
- And, as always, I want to continue to remind myself that if I don’t love something I am reading… I don’t have to finish it!!!! This is a reminder for you, too!
Here’s to more amazing books in 2019!