books i read in 2018.


One of my goals last year was to read 12 books. Not a lofty reading goal, but I was (and still am) trying to not overestimate how much time I actually have to get stuff done. (Anyone else do this? Think you have all this time so you overcommit and then get overwhelmed and do nothing? Yeah, me, too.) But then I (finally) got a library card – yay for not buying books I’ll likely only read once! – and I actually read much more than I expected. Here’s a look at the 29 books I read in 2018.

1 – Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

While not as good as The Handmaid’s Tale, you can’t go wrong with anything by Atwood. Can’t wait for the Tale’s sequel (and for the three season of the hulu hit)! 

2 – The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs 

I found this book after reading When Breath Becomes Air (my favorite book ever). Such a beautiful memoir (she also wrote the wonderful NYT piece When a Couch is More Than a Couch). 

3 – Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The story of three women during WWII and how their lives are intertwined. I really enjoyed this page-turner.

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