2018 Books

I set a goal to read 24 books in a year, and I didn’t quite make it there, although I was very close—20 completed books—and 4 unfinished ones, marked with an asterisk (*) in the lists below.


  1. The End of Night* Bogard ♥ nature ♥ darkness ♥ philosophy
  2. The Joy of X* Strogatz ♥ mathematics ♥ nature ♥ joy of learning
  3. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Feynman ♥ physics ♥ memoir ♥ joy of learning
  4. What Do You Care What Other People Think? Feynman ♥ physics ♥ memoir ♥ joy of learning
  5. The Order of Time Rovelli ♥ physics ♥ time ♥ critical thinking
  6. The Technological Singularity Shanahan ♥ technology ♥ futurism ♥ critical thinking
  7. Life 3.0 Tegmark ♥ biology ♥ futurism ♥ critical thinking
  8. The Selfish Gene Dawkins ♥ biology ♥ genetics ♥ critical thinking
  9. How to End the Autism Epidemic Handley ♥ counterargument ♥ critical thinking ♥ Big Pharma
  10. Lost Connections* Hari ♥ psychology ♥ depression ♥ Big Pharma
  11. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind Lakhiani ♥ psychology ♥ intelligence ♥ self-help
  12. Actionable Gamification Chou ♥ psychology ♥ motivation ♥ self-help
  13. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Bradberry, Greaves, & Lencioni ♥ psychology ♥ intelligence ♥ self-help
  14. The Emotionally Absent Mother ♥ psychology ♥ ethics ♥ self-help
  15. Waking Up Harris ♥ philosophy ♥ ethics ♥ self-help
  16. The Betta Bible Brammah ♥ animal care ♥ how-to ♥ genetics
  17. The Writer’s Guide to Wattpad Sobieck ♥ how-to ♥ social media ♥ writing
  18. Hacking Literacy Dawson ♥ writing ♥ teaching ♥ joy of learning


  1. The Lathe of Heaven Le Guin ♥ science fiction ♥ futurism ♥ dreams
  2. Spinning Silver Novik ♥ fantasy ♥ magic ♥ empowerment
  3. The Name of the Wind Rothfuss ♥ fantasy ♥ magic ♥ empowerment
  4. The Hundredth Queen King ♥ fantasy ♥ romance ♥ empowerment
  5. Illegal Restrepo ♥ young adult ♥ heroism ♥ empowerment


Wild Embers* Nikita ♥ empowerment ♥ feminism ♥ heroism

I enjoy reading 8-10 books at a time, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, so I’m good with leaving 4 unfinished texts. It feels like I’m making room to invite the 2019 titles in.

But when I look at the themes running throughout the lists, it just makes me want to read more in 2019. I like the trends—I want to read more about physics, nature, and psychology (my original undergrad major!)—yet I also need to read more fiction; and why did I only sink into one poetry book? I didn’t even finish reading it.

So in 2019, I’d like to read 6 books from each of the following creative forms:

  • novels;
  • short story collections;
  • poetry collections;
  • essay collections;
  • memoirs; and
  • longer nonfiction works on science and/or nature.

That raises the bar to 36 books! Eventually, I’d like to experience a book a week, but 36 is a good number to set for my 2019 resolution.

4 thoughts on “2018 Books

  1. Hey,

    I’m working on my debut poetry book.

    I am preparing a mailing list. Would you like me to add your e-mail address please? If so, can you share it with me?

    I don’t plan to do it like hard core promotion, I will just inform you when it’s available and when there is some huge fluctuation in price (sale etc.), as on WordPress reader posts get lost in stampede.

    That wouldn’t be more than 5 to 6 times a year, max.

    Won’t bother you with unnecessary e-mails, promise!

    Thank you 🙂

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