The 50 Books of 2018

I set a goal to read 50 books in 2018. I honestly didn’t give this goal it’s due and even started it late, (sometime in mid January) thinking I’d just catch up. 😂😂😂😂 I made it to 40 books and I’m somewhat satisfied with that; however, I plan to actually accomplish this goal in 2019.

I’ve decided to publish the list of 40 in case someone needs a good book recommendation. Here it is:

  1. East of Eden- John Steinbeck. People claimed this book was “life changing”  and while I thought it was a good read, it was by no means life changing for me.
  2. Final Girls–  Riley Sager. A great example of the uber-popular thriller genre.
  3. Tell me three thingsJulie Buxbaum. Cute story line.
  4. The Other Wes MooreWes Moore. A great read that examines how environment can affect one’s life outcomes with a little butterfly effect thrown in.
  5. The IdenticalsElin Hildebrand. Wish it would have been summer when I read this one, but unfortunately, it was February.
  6. An American Marriage- Tayari Jones. This one drew me in from the 1st page. One of my absolute faves!
  7. Still Me- Jojo Moyes
  8. My Year with Eleanor-Noelle Hancock. Learned quite a bit about the extraordinary life of Eleanor Roosevelt.
  9. Surprise Me- Sophia Kinsella. Cute, easy read
  10. On the Rocks- Erin Duffy. My least favorite thus far.
  11. .The Great Alone-  Kristin Hannah. This book was set in Alaska and  I loved reading about this rugged, remote land. However,the book was just ok.
  12. .The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo- Taylor Jenkin Reid. Couldn’t put it down!
  13. .Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng. Everyone raved about this one but it was a disappointment for me.
  14. .Meet Clara Andrews- Lacey London. This book was such a boring and predictable  read, I’m honestly not even sure I can count it.
  15. .Let Your Mind Run- Deena Kastor/Michelle Hamilton. Read this just before my marathon and found some inspiring takeaways!
  16. .One breath- This is a book about the perils of free diving. Loved reading about a subject I knew nothing about.
  17. .Girl, wash your faceRachel Hollis. This one started out ok but got a little preachy for me.
  18. .What I know for sure- Oprah Winfrey. Lots of good advice!
  19. .The 5 love languages- Gary Chapman. I really enjoyed it! So interesting to discover your own love language, as well as your spouses.
  20. . The Fifth Letter- Nicola Moriarty
  21. . Paris For One and other storiesJojo Moyes
  22. .Eleanor Oliphant is completely fineGail Honeyman. A poignant and touching read.
  23. .Tiger Woods- Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian–  The rise and fall of the greatest golfer of all time. Captivating tale of parental love gone awry.
  24. .Crazy Rich Asians- Kevin Kwan Couldn’t put it down!
  25. .The Wonder- Emma Donaghue Great read under pressure as it was due back at the library.
  26. .To All The Boys I Loved Before- Jenny Han Quick, entertaining read.  
  27. .Ps. I Still Love You- Jenny Han
  28. .Always and Forever Lara Jean- Jenny Han
  29. . A Spark of Light -Jodi Picoult-  Thought provoking and a great read.  She’s my favorite so, of course, I loved it.
  30. .Bloodsworth-Tim Junkin Tie for Best book of the Year!!!

31. The Queen of Hearts- Kimmery Martin

32. The Hate You Give- Angie Thomas

33. All The Summer Girls- Meg Donohue

34. The Girl Who Smiled Beads- Clementine Wamariya At the age of six, the author and her sister fled the Rwandan massacre and traveled through seven African countries to the U.S. where they were granted refugee status. An incredibly heartbreaking inspiring read.

35. A Day in December- Josie Silver. My first read of Reese’s book club and it did not disappoint.

36. Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon. Sick teen + love story. Never fails for me.

37. The Invention of Wings- Sue Monk Kidd

38. We’re Gonna Need More Wine- Gabrielle Union.

39. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen. Now I know what all the Mr. Darcy hype is all about. Should’ve read this one years ago.

40. Just Mercy- Bryan Stevenson. Will make you rethink the death penalty and the penal system. The other Tie for Best Book of the Year!