This year was the first in which I’ve regularly read for pleasure, and I’ve come across so many amazing new books and writers, from Susan Orlean to Danez Smith.
In 2018 I read 202 books, more than what I read over all four years of undergrad.
Graduating from college rekindled my love of reading. Not having assigned reading, or deadlines, motivated me to read far more than what I otherwise would have. Throughout college I found it hard to adapt to the rigid structure of academia, and I rarely read for pleasure or even finished books for my classes. I’m just a much more efficient reader when I’m following my own schedule.
Expanding my reading habits beyond print books also helped me finish a lot more books. This year I started listening to books on audio, and I began reading e-books regularly. Because of both formats, I’ve been able to check out so many great books on the go, whether I’m commuting to work, exercising, or taking long walks.
Joining Goodreads and WordPress has introduced me to so many amazing new authors as well. I discovered many of my favorite 2018 reads through GR and WP, and both websites have helped me compile a wide-ranging TBR list for 2019. More than that, though, I’ve enjoyed getting to know the book blogging community; it’s been interesting following others’ thoughts on books, and I’m looking forward to blogging more next year.
My reading tastes this year have been all over the place, though I did read a lot of excellent poetry collections and memoirs. Next year I’m planning on organizing my reading habits around monthly themes, as well as participating in reading challenges, which I’ll post more about later.
I started this year with Bernadette Mayer’s Midwinter Day and ended it with Qiu Miaojing’s Notes of a Crocodile. Between those two books, both of which I can’t recommend highly enough, I’ve come across so many new favorite writers, from imaginative poets such as Tommy Pico and Rita Dove to lucid essayists such as Annie Dillard and Alexander Chee. Getting back into reading this year has been amazing, and I’m excited to discover even more great writers in 2019.
A list of my favorite books from the year can be found below!
Memoir: Roxane Gay’s Hunger
Biography: Lillian Faderman’s Harvey Milk
Nonfiction: Susan Orlean’s The Library Book