What I Read in 2018 - Shawna Seed

What I Read in 2018

I’m a big fan of the Goodreads Reading Challenge, which helps me keep track of every book I read.

My stated goal this year was 48 books. I sandbagged a little. I actually strive for a book a week. And I made it – plus two.

My 2018 list includes some favorite authors (Kate Atkinson, Harry Dolan, Michael Connelly, Elizabeth George) and some new discoveries (Beatriz Williams, Attica Locke).

I read memoirs from Sarah Smarsh and Sharon Harrigan that really spoke to me. Ijeoma Oluo made me smarter. (I hope). Madeline Miller reminded me (again) why I loved eighth-grade Latin class so much.

Here’s my year in books:

The Ex, Alafair Burke

Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff

Two Kinds of Truth, Michael Connelly

The Short Drop, Matthew FitzSimmons

Grant, Ron Chernow

Grant cover

The Man in the Crooked Hat, Harry Dolan

The Ninth Hour, Alice McDermott

How to be Safe, Tom McAllister

I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara

Let Me Lie, Clare Mackintosh

So You Want to Talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race cover

The Punishment She Deserves, Elizabeth George

Playing with Dynamite: A Memoir, Sharon Harrigan

Limelight, Amy Poeppel

Too Close to Breathe, Olivia Kiernan

Bluebird, Bluebird, Attica Locke

Bluebird, Bluebird cover

Paper Ghosts, Julia Heaberlin

Under the Harrow, Flynn Berry

Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race and Justice Lost and Found, Gilbert King

The Shadow Killer, Arnaldur Indridason

Circe, Madeline Miller

Circe cover

Not a Sound, Heather Gudenkauf

The Removes, Tatjana Soli

Something in the Water, Catherine Steadman

The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn

Waking Lions, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Waking Lions cover

Borderlands, Brian McGilloway

A Boy in Winter, Rachel Seiffert

The Coroner’s Daughter, Andrew Hughes

Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger

A Rising Man, Abir Mukherjee

A Rising Man cover

A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn, James Donovan

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Joanna Cannon

Two Girls Down, Louisa Luna

By the Time You Read This, Giles Blunt

The Book of Speculation, Erika Swyler

The Map of Salt and Stars, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Map of Salt and Stars cover

On Turpentine Lane, Elinor Lipman

Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton

Jar of Hearts, Jennifer Hillier

The Girls at 17 Swann Street, Yada Zgheib

Transcription, Kate Atkinson

IQ, Joe Ide

IQ cover

The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery, Bill James

The Witch Elm, Tana French

The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, Jake Tapper

City of the Lost, Kelley Armstrong

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, Sarah Smarsh

A Darkness Absolute, Kelley Armstrong

Heartland cover

Past Tense, Lee Child

Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly

Liars’ Paradox, Taylor Stevens

The Summer Wives, Beatriz Williams


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