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)