I honestly never planned to write this post. In fact, I never even planned to read 18 books in 2018. As with most hobbies in life, when you love something you tend to do a lot of it. So here I am just a few weeks out from 2018 being done and I’ve already read 18 books!
I have always been a reader. I’m not a fast reader, but I read A LOT and I’m usually reading a couple books at once oftentimes on a variety of subjects. I tend to reach for fiction novels and memoirs but I don’t discount anything. If it’s intriguing or something I want to learn about, I’m reading it.
To be honest, I haven’t talked much about reading and just books in general here on THM but I have dabbled in it over the years. I used to be a part of a digital book club that I would share about on the blog once a month (anyone remember that?!). I even started the THM Book Club but after a few rounds and a lot of no-shows I decided it maybe wasn’t the best idea and/or maybe wasn’t the right time. So instead I thought I’d drop in and share some of the books I loved this year. If they can inspire you to read more or dive into a good book for the first time in a while, I’m happy! So with that here are 18 books I read in 2018.
1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This was actually the first book I read this year although technically I finished it on January 1st. It tells the story of a young woman from Nigeria who moves to America and her experience as an African woman navigating African American society….and so much more. Such a good read!
2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
If you’re looking for a gripping fiction book with mystery but not quite Gillian Flynn terror (I’m looking at you Gone Girl…) this book is for you. Read it in a couple of days and honestly couldn’t put it down.
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This should be on everybody’s reading list. It’s a YA novel but it applies to adults and teens alike. It tells the story of Starr Carter who witnesses her friend murdered by a police officer for no reason. It’s obviously poignant to our times and as a White American gave me a perspective I don’t see.
4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
An easy and light read but not total chick-lit. The name pretty much tells you the premise of the book, though the story does not disappoint and takes many unexpected turns.
5. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Finished this recently and it was a great fiction novel about how 4 siblings lives can take 4 totally different directions. As one of four, I can relate to this but it was also just a solid story that was easy to follow along.
6. Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman
I’ll be honest, not my favorite book. Some people loved it, but I found it slowwwwww. I was relieved when it was done. I’m told I might like the movie though so I’m adding it to my watchlist.
7. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
This is the third of the Crazy Rich Asians series. I technically started it in 2017 but finished it in January so it counts! If you want a REALLY easy read which requires little to no brain capacity, this series is for you.
8. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Probably my favorite book of the year. I love a good memoir and this one was hard to put down. It is the story of Tara who grew up in a mormon survivalist family in Idaho. It is gripping, moving, heartbreaking and full of redemption. Highly recommend!
9. Season of the Witch by David Talbot
It’s hard to categorize this book as 100% historically accurate but it also isn’t quite historical fiction. It tells the story of San Francisco from the early 1960s through the early 1980s and the figures who shaped it. If you live in the Bay Area and want to learn more about it, this one is for you.
10. Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark by Paul Clark Newell Jr.
I’ll be honest, I bought this on a whim late one night in Minnesota. I had just finished another book and was looking for something to read when this popped up on my Amazon recommended list. It was actually quite fascinating. It tells the story of Huguette Clark, the heiress of a mining fortune and the story of her life over the past 100 years.
11. What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan
The only book I read this year that is not on kindle because my friend Kait Hurley sent it to me. I couldn’t put it down and read it in two days. For anyone who struggled in college and lives with perfectionism, this book is a must-read!
12. I’ll be There For You by Kelsey Miller
This is Kelsey Miller’s latest book and a total departure from her previous one. I LOVED it. It tells the story of everyone’s favorite 90s show, Friends, and the cultural implications of it. If you’re a friends-lover, or even if you aren’t this is a great read.
13. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
I actually re-read this book this year. I read it a few years ago but thought it would be a good refresher and a great book to kickoff the THM Book Club (RIP) so I read it again. It’s always a great kick in the butt if you’ve been telling yourself all kinds of stories that no longer serve you.
14. The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
THM book club #2…and maybe the book that killed it lol. This is a great read if you’re looking to help hone in on your interests and prioritize how to spend your time. I’ll be honest, I didn’t find all the advice in it to be practical in reality but I did learn a thing or two from the authors.
15. The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer
Another re-read. I turn to this book whenever I need it and I needed it a lot this year. If you’re looking for a book that aligning and helps you to disassociate from your thoughts in a positive way, this book is for you.
16. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
We technically had to read this for yoga teacher training and while I’m not sure it would have made it onto my list before, I’m so happy it is now. TBH I don’t know how it would be reading this without the guidance of a yoga instructor, but each sutra definitely leaves you with plenty of thoughts and sage wisdom whether you’re a practicing yogi or not. We also had to read The Living Gita but figured I wouldn’t take up two of the books from my list with YTT mandatory reading 😉
17. Chakra Healing: A Beginners Guide by Margarita Alcantara
This book was not my initial choice when it came to learning more about chakras but the book recommended to me wasn’t available on kindle so I ended up with this one. It did feel somewhat repetitive at times, but when it comes to learning more about chakras and the holistic ways to support them (yoga, essential oils, meditation etc..) this is a great intro guide.
18. Medical Medium by Anthony William
I’ll be honest, I avoided this book for a long time because the skeptic in me just didn’t want to give in to the trend. For reference: Medical Medium is about Anthony William, a medium who channels the word of god when it comes to western medicine. Is it as over the top as it seems? Yes. I don’t feel it should be taken at face value, nor do I think celery juice is the answer to all of your problems BUT I did find it interesting and thought the same of the information on herbal supplements was useful. I incorporated some of his suggestions when I got shingles…I still took my antivirals but it certainly didn’t hurt to have a few extra supplements for support.
I’ll be honest, I did read a few other random books about everything from essential oils to tarot, but I figured 18 would be a good (and lucky!) number to end at. Definitely let me know if you enjoy learning about what I’m reading and if that’s something I should continue to incorporate into The Healthy Maven next year.
What was your favorite book this year? Feel free to drop recommendations below for what I should read in 2019!
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DenisaMarch 2, 2023 at 2:56 pm
I know this post is from 2016 but it doesn’t matter, the books are all that matter, thanks for sharing your picks.
Lizzie74June 20, 2021 at 8:38 pm
Would love more posts like this – always looking for book ideas and I enjoy hearing what people I respect (like you) have discovered.
Fritz CheryDecember 10, 2018 at 3:56 pm
I read about 5 or 6 books this year. Next year I’m going to try to read about 10 books if life doesn’t get to hectic lol. If I can give you a book recommendation then I strongly recommend checking out Scary Close by Donald Miller. Probably the best book that I read all year.
CaraDecember 6, 2018 at 9:17 am
Loved hearing about what you read this year! I’ve added a few to my Books to Read list. While I LOVE reading, I’m slow at it and often come up with the excuse that I don’t have time but this post has inspired me to set a reading goal for myself in the new year. 🙂 Keep up the awesome work.
Sumon_khanDecember 3, 2018 at 12:42 am
I love reading your posts every day. Thank you very much for the fun that you read.
MicaelaNovember 29, 2018 at 10:35 pm
Thank you so much for this list Davida! I am in need of a new book to read and now I have lots of options! I just ordered Educated: A Memoir. Saw it listed in the NYT best books too so figured that was a good sign.
Question – do you love your kindle? I have not been able to break away from paper books – I’m so old fashioned! But I get so sick of screens I just can’t imagine reading on a screen in bed. I suppose you get used to it, right and it’s obviously better for the environment.
LizNovember 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm
My favorite book of the year was probably Song of Hartgrove Hall, a wonderful historical fiction book about love, loss and healing. Close second is probably an Irish memoir called Hearts Invisible Furies. If the similarities of our reading lists are a good indication, you’d like both!
Courtney Rae JonesNovember 28, 2018 at 11:35 am
Love this round up of books! I’m always looking for new books to read and can’t wait to check some of these out! Looks like we have similar taste in books too! I loved Americanah too 🙂
Phoebe @ Feed Me PhoebeNovember 27, 2018 at 9:36 pm
My mom just sent me educated and now I’m even more excited to crack the spine! My favorites of the year: conversations with friends and history of wolves. Couldn’t put either down. Xoxo
Karl KennedyNovember 27, 2018 at 11:27 am
Great list! Actually the “Call Me by Your Name” movie was pretty good too.
PipNovember 26, 2018 at 3:09 pm
What good timing – I just finished some epic reads and am looking for some new ones to get me going again!
Two books that I’ve absolutely LOVED recently at ‘To Shake the Sleeping Self’ by Jedidiah Jenkins, all about his cycle trip through Latin America and so much more. And Jodie Picoult’s ‘Small Great Things’ which is so incredibly moving. Well worth checking out!
Kaitlyn McQuinNovember 26, 2018 at 2:53 pm
I’m so happy to have come across this list!! I added a few to my Amazon shopping cart for both myself and friends/family for holiday gifts. Thanks for sharing it! I read several books this year too, some self-help and career-driven for actors, as well as a novel my friend actually just finished. It inspired me to finally start writing my own novel.