What I’m Reading (2018)

One of the occupational hazards of being an English professor (or grad student) is losing the ability or the interest in pleasure reading. We have so much to read as part of our jobs, not just novels and poems or plays, but criticism, essays, memos, emails . . . the act of reading becomes all about work. I have always loved to read, but a while back, I realized that I wasn’t doing it much anymore, only on planes or breaks from school. From then on, I decided to make it a point to read “for fun” every day, even if only for a few minutes before I go to sleep. I’m frequently asked for book recommendations, so a few years ago, I thought I’d start to keep a list. Titles below are books I have read or listened to since January 1, 2018. Asterisks for my most favorite. Links are Amazon affiliate.

Chaos (Patricia Cornwall)

The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell, audiobook)*

The Use of Force (Brad Thor)

Black Swan Green (David Mitchell, audiobook)

Iron Gold (Pierce Brown, audiobook)

Ghostwritten (David Mitchell, audiobook)*

Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer, audiobook)

Authority (Jeff VanderMeer, audiobook)

Acceptance (Jeff VanderMeer, audiobook)

Number9Dream (David Mitchell, audiobook)

A Wrinkle In Time (Madeleine L’Engle)

A Wind in the Door (Madeleine L’Engle)

Borne (Jeff Vandermeer, audiobook)

IQ (Joe Ide, audiobook)

Plum Island (Nelson DeMille, audiobook)

Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell, audiobook)

Let the Dead Speak (Jane Casey)

Ill Will (Dan Chaon, audiobook)

Children of God (Mary Doria Russell, audiobook)

The Overstory (Richard Powers)*

Gone to Dust (Matt Goldman, audiobook)

Force of Nature (Jane Harper, audiobook)

Macbeth (Jo Nesbø, audiobook)

A Place of Execution (Val McDermid, audiobook)

Night Film (Marisha Pessl, audiobook. again)

I’ll Be Gone In the Dark (Michelle McNamara, audiobook)

Lexicon (Max Berry, audiobook)

Quicksand (Malin Persson Giolito, audiobook)

Bluebird, Bluebird (Attica Locke, audiobook)

Freedom (Jonathan Franzen, audiobook)

Sleeping Beauties (Stephen King and Owen King, audiobook)

The Sense of An Ending (Julian Barnes)

Gwendy’s Button Box (Stephen King & Richard Chizmar)

Two Kinds of Truth (Michael Connelly)

The Buried Giant (Kazuo Ishiguro, audiobook)

The Late Show (Michael Connelly)

Mistress of Justice (Jeffrey Deaver)

Manhattan Beach (Jennifer Egan, audiobook)

The Book of M (Peng Shepard, audiobook)*

Broken Ice (Matt Goldman, audiobook)

Zero Day (Mark Russinovich, audiobook)

Trojan Horse (Mark Russinovich, audiobook)

Rogue Code (Mark Russinovich, audiobook)

Blindness (Jose Saramago, audiobook)

The Red Clocks (Leni Zumas, audiobook)

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (John Carreyrou, audiobook)*

Sourdough (Robin Sloan)

The Cutting Edge (Jeffrey Deaver, audiobook)

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark (Anna North, audiobook)*

The Ruin (Dervla McTiernan, audiobook)

Into the Darkest Corner (Elizabeth Haynes, audiobook)

Enemy of the State (Kyle Mills & Vince Flynn, audiobook)

Order to Kill  (Kyle Mills & Vince Flynn, audiobook)

Code of Conduct (Brad Thor, audiobook)

Night School (Lee Child, audiobook)–can you tell that I was at the beach last week?

Foreign Agent (Brad Thor, audiobook)

Ghosted (Rosie Walsh, audiobook)*

The Mars Room (Rachel Kushner, audiobook)

The Third Hotel (Laura van den Berg)*

Stephen Florida (Gabe Habash, audiobook)

The Book of Jonas (Stephen Dau, audiobook)

Lethal White (Robert Galbraith–AKA JK Rowling–audiobook)

The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Stuart Turton, audiobook)

The Incendiaries (R. O. Kwon, audiobook)

Exit West (Mohsin Hamid, audiobook)

Washington Black (Esi Edugyan, audiobook)

There, There (Tommy Orange, audiobook)

It (Stephen King, audiobook–a version of “comfort food”)

Icarus Girl (Helen Oyeyemi)

Killing Commendatore (Haruki Murakami, audiobook)

The Great Believers (Rebecca Makkai, audiobook)

Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng, audiobook)