Books Read 2018

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As you may remember, I (Layne) have a goal of reading 52 books a year. I’ve been attempting this since I graduated university, but it isn’t as easy to find time to read in adult life and most years I would only read around 38 books. It’s not like when I was a kid when I easily read more like 100++ books a year. Back then, I would fall asleep every single night reading. I would read when I woke up, in the car, with a headache. I basically lived in my stories. No bills or errands or drama. THOSE WERE THE DAYS.

ANYWAY. In the last few years, I’ve prioritized reading in a different way and keep hitting my goal of reading one book a week. I’m not gonna lie – I’m even a little proud I met the goal this year with the insanity of grad school, work, and getting a baby. It was the trifecta of time-sucking mania. Nevertheless, I persevered and squeaked in with 54 reads for the year. I’ve rated my top reads with four and five stars accordingly.


  1. Terror in the Mind of God – Mark Juergensmeyer
  2. Prophets of Postcapitalism – Paul Mason
  3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson ****
  4. Maybe in Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss *****
  6. We Were All Drowning – Layne James *****
  7. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel ****
  8. Rules of Civility – Amor Towles
  9. Turtles All the Way Down – John Green ****
  10. Deregulating Desire – Ryan Patrick Murphy
  11. Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
  12. Witch Craze – Lyndal Roper
  13. Rise of the Robots – Martin Ford
  14. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  15. Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
  16. Remember Us  – Lindsay Blake and Layne James ***********
  17. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing – Daniel H. Pink
  18. We Were All Drowning – Layne James
  19. The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne 
  20. An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
  21. The Paris Wife – Paula McClain
  22. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  23. Remember Us – Lindsay Blake and Layne James ************
  24. Beartown – Fredrik Backman ***** (My FAVE read of the year!) 
  25. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows – Balli Kaur Jaswal
  26. Zero Waste Life – Bea Johnson
  27. Remember Us – Lindsay Blake and Layne James *********** 
  28. Sometimes I Lie – Alice Sweeney
  29. The Life We Bury – Allen Eskens
  30. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman ***** 
  31. The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn
  32. Love and Ruin – Paula McClain ****
  33. Whiskey and Ribbons – Leesa Cross-Smith ****
  34. Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly
  35. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer *****
  36. Something Like Happy – Eva Woods
  37. Everything Happens for a Reason – Kate Bowler
  38. The Hiding Place – Corrie ten Boom ****
  39. A Home for Unwanted Girls – Joanna Goodman
  40. Babywise – Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam ****
  41. Educated – Tara Westover *****
  42. The Alice Network – Kate Quinn
  43. Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela *****
  44. The Incendiaries – R.O.Kwon ****
  45. Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
  46. Women in the Castle – Jessica Shattuck
  47. Be Frank With Me – Julia Claiborne Johnson *****
  48. Healthy Sleep, Happy Baby – Dr. Marc Weissbluth
  49. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
  50. Faith – Jennifer Haigh
  51. Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis ****
  52. Bossypants – Tina Fey ****
  53. Column of Fire – Ken Follett
  54. The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han


So there you have it. Anything I should put on my 2019 TO READ list?

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