Books of 2018

I often get asked what I’m reading. So, I thought I’d write down my list of books that I read in 2018 and ask you what you’ve been reading.

This year, I really dove into Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror more than usual. There was also a quite a few classics, contemporary fiction, and some non-fiction. My favorites were To Kill a Mockingbird, Lincoln in the Bardo, Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy, The Sellout, and Fortune Smiles.

Below are the books I read in order (and includes Amazon links). Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them.

And if you have any recommendations for me to read next year, shout them out.

Daughter of My People by James Kilgo

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Old Man and the Boy by Robert Ruark

The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Modern Library Writer’s Workshop by Stephen Koch

On Writing by Stephen King

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Night by Elie Wiesel

Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington

The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Carrie by Stephen King

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C Foster

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

A Game of Thrones (Book One) by George R. R. Martin

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

World War Z by Max Brooks

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Fortune Smiles (Stories) by Adam Johnson

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Black Knight Chronicles by John G. Hartness

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin (currently reading)

This post was inspired by Jerry Dale, keyboardist for The Mavericks. Every year about this time, he posts the list of books he’s read throughout the year. I always enjoy going over his list to see if I’ve read any of the same books. I also usually add a few of his books to next year’s reading list. By the way, if you haven’t seen The Mavericks live, you’re really missing out.