what i’ve been reading in 2018

Like I did last year, and the year before, I’ve tried to capture the essence of each of the books I read this year in as few words as possible.

  1. The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way (non-fiction, by Bill Bryson): how the English language developed, its future direction, and funny tidbits about swearing, spelling, and whatnot
  2. The Hate U Give (fiction, by Angie Thomas): at the age of 16, two of the protagonist’s best friends have been murdered, most recently in an unprovoked police shooting
  3. A Leg to Stand On (non-fiction, by Oliver Sacks): a neurologist injures his leg and experiences the feeling of limb loss and learning to walk again
  4. Kilmeny of the Orchard (fiction, by L.M. Montgomery): another charming story on Prince Edward Island
  5. The Member of the Wedding (fiction, by Carson McCullers): a peak into the mind of a girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager
  6. The Ecuador Reader (non-fiction, edited by Carlos de la Torre and Steve Striffler): a collection of essays about the history and culture of Ecuador
  7. Living Poor (non-fiction, by Moritz Thomsen): a forty-something Peace Corps volunteer lives in coastal Ecuador for several years in the 1960s, working on projects with the local villagers to alleviate their extreme poverty
  8. The Nest (fiction, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney): a dysfunctional family of selfish adult siblings copes with a sudden change to their financial prospects
  9. On Beauty (fiction, by Zadie Smith): conflict, romance, and friendship between various members of two families affects their college town community
  10. Notes from a Feminist Killjoy (non-fiction, by Erin Wunker): reflections on rape culture, friendship, motherhood, and how the “so-called joys of patriarchal culture” affect all of these things.
  11. My Heart and Other Black Holes (fiction, by Jasmine Warga): teenage suicide partners bond over their shared experiences with depression
  12. When You Reach Me (fiction, by Rebecca Stead): homage to A Wrinkle in Time involving a mysterious time traveler in New York City
  13. The Book Thief (fiction, by Markus Zusak): Death tells the story of small-town Germans, centered around one fascinatingly resilient girl, during World War II
  14. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman (non-fiction, by Lindy West): a truly laugh-out-loud funny take down of misogynists and fat shamers

Some books on deck for 2019 are A Place for Us: A Novel (by Fatima Farheen Mirza), Brown Girl Dreaming (by Jacqueline Woodson), and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry (by Fredrik Backman). Do you have any book recommendations?

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