In 2018 I started keeping track of books that I read! Here are my top 10 favorites from each year since then, along with some themed lists. They're not in any order except for the order I read them in.
You can also find my full book lists with ratings at my goodreads account, but I already don't use Amazon for shopping so I'm like, do I want to keep using another of their products? So I'm sort of using Storygraph too, but life is a pickle sometimes!
Total books for the year: 83.
Wild Rain, Beverly Jenkins Imposter Syndrome, Kathy Wang Jade Fire Gold, June CL Tan Cemetery Boys, Aiden Thomas Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Barbara Demick My Fair Concubine, Jeannie Lin The Care and Feeing of Waspish Widows, Olivia Waite When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain, Nghi Vo Tommy Cabot Was Here, Cat Sebastian
Total books for the year: 75. Between a pandemic and uprising and general sense of anxiety, it was a hard year for reading, but what I did manage to read was nearly all stuff I loved, making this a very tricky top ten!
You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson Nothing To See Here, Kevin Wilson Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, Patrick Radden Keefe Thornfruit (& sequels), Felicia Davin Wonders of the Invisible World, Christopher Barzak All Systems Red (& sequels), Martha Wells When We Were Magic, Sarah Gailey The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin Today Will Be Different, Maria Semple
Total books for the year: 148, including, on a reflection, not a whole lot I loved in a lasting way. This top ten was not hard to narrow down.
Life Among The Savages, Shirley Jackson Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner The Poison Squad, Deborah Blum The Jade Temptress, Jeannie Lin Rules for Vanishing, Kate Alice Marshall Hither, Page, Cat Sebastian The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo A Gentleman Never Keeps Score, Cat Sebastian The Frog and Toad books, collectively, Arnold Lobel
Total books for the year: 194, a number I will probably never hit again! I made this list in January 2019 and accidentally picked 11.
Meddling Kids, Edgar Cantaro Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society, Cordelia Fine Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple The Parker Inheritance, Varian Johnson The Ruin of a Rake, Cat Sebastian Vernon Is On His Way, Philip C. Stead The Year of Ice, Brian Malloy Wolf In White Van, John Darnielle Peter Darling, Austin Chant Nobody's Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood, JE Smyth Spectred Isle, KJ Charles
When the weather turns cooler and the daylight shortens, Spooktober has begun! Here are some fun reads for those eerie days, without being too scary because I can
The Family Plot, Cherie Priest The End of Temperance Dare, Wendy Webb The Turning, Francine Prose The Wicker King, K Ancrum People Like Us, Dana Mele We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Kiersten White Sawkill Girls, Claire Legrand Dreaming Darkly, Caitlin Kittredge The Rules for Vanishing, Kate Alice Marshall
I have a hard time getting hooked by non-fiction that's too academic, but get frustrated with how much of pop history is obviously sketchily sourced/making major leaps without support. These are some of my favorite non-fiction books that at least
Are Prisons Obsolete?, Angela Y Davis. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, Patrick Radden Keefe Nobody's Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood, JE Smyth Shoot the Women First, Eileen MacDonald
- MacDonald has a certain idea she wants to prove, and it's not very well supported, and she's also
verytrusting of her interviewees. But!I include this for how interesting the interview portions are, which contain a perspective that's hard to find elsewhere. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Barbara Demick The Family that Couldn't Sleep, D.T. Max
- Okay, this one is extremely pop science and there are a lot of places Max needed to dig a bit deeper, but it's the biggest book out there about prion diseases and it is really fascinating to read with a grain of salt
Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry, Anna Zeide The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick, Mallory O'Meara Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journey, Michael Collins Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People, Kekla Magoon