I read a lot in 2018 (more than any other year since I started tracking my books in 2014), and I surprised myself by really enjoying a lot of the books I read. I know quantity does not always equal quality (and admittedly, I could have gone without some of the books I read this year), but I discovered some of my favorite authors and wrote a lot about how much I loved them. Some of my favorite books of 2018 include:
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
- The Witch Elm by Tana French
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- All The President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin
- The Trespasser by Tana French
- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I also really enjoyed reading the débuts of two bloggers I’ve been following for quite some time, M.L. Rio’s If We Were Villains (@dukeofbookingham on Tumblr) and C.G. Drews’ A Thousand Perfect Notes (paperfury.com).
I made good on my goal to read more books (81 books this year, as opposed to only 46 last year), and to read more mysteries specifically. In fact, I discovered a lot of favorites in the genre–Tana French, M.L. Rio, and Donna Tartt being just a few–but I want to read more than classics for school and mysteries for fun next year. Goals for 2019 include:
- reading more authors/protagonists of color (I’ve noticed a conspicuous lack of authors of color on my reading list, despite being a person of color myself)
- reading more books by men and non-binary authors (the majority of the writers I read are always women, so I’d like to increase the number of non-women authors I’m reading)
- basically, the majority of my reads seem to be written by authors of a single demographic, so I want to read more stuff that’s not written by white women in 2019
Books & Bark is not and probably will never be a photography blog, but I restarted my bookstagram this year and have been really enjoying it. While it does feel weird sometimes to stop to take pictures of books in random places (and it’s always awkward explaining why 3/4 of my camera roll is book photos), it’s such a great community and such a great motivator to keep reading (even though I do have to resist the urge to read the “popular” books that seem to be circulating on bookstagram at any given time). Also, taking photographs of books is much more enjoyable than it looks.
I spent an unusual amount of time watching TV this year as well. I finally got bored of rewatching the same few shows over and over again on Netflix, and branched out into ’90s sitcoms and a few modern-day television shows as well! Here were some of my favorite new finds this year:
- Friends surprised me by living up to its reputation, although it was very feel-good compared to the rest of the new shows I watched this year
- Frasier was wittier than I expected and I really enjoyed a mainstream sitcom about two West Coast nerds, however flawed and snooty they may be
- The Good Place seems to be popular this year, and it’s quite a good show. Moral dilemmas abound! My only issue is that the episodes are too short
- I quite enjoyed the moral dilemmas of season 1 of How To Get Away With Murder. Season 2 and on seem far too dramatic for me, though
- I surprised myself again by enjoying Barry, a morally-gray comedy about a hit man (played by former SNL cast member Bill Hader) who decides to leave that life behind and become an actor. I think I just liked antiheroes and imperfect characters in 2018?
As always, I really enjoyed writing some of the posts I published this year! Most specifically, some of my favorites were (in no particular order):
- Molly’s Game // I Want More Molly Blooms
- Knowing New York
- Book Review // The Witch Elm
- One-Sentence Reviews // Summer 2018
- Reasons to Visit “The Anti-Museum”
And with that,
How is it already 2019?!