2018 – Summary

It was very difficult to chose my best books this year.  I had a LOT of nonfiction (mostly due to #45,  his Trumpness) and a lot of humdrum mysteries.  I think my total is 202 books for the year.  That’s about my limit for this quality of books – I could read a lot more if I only read thrillers and junk mysteries,  but I can’t do that either.   lol – I like my reading and overall I’m quite satisfied – actually, I could stand to cut down. We’ll see.

And I  love reading what others thought best … it gives me ideas.   🙂

NONFICTION: 
The House of Government:  A Saga of the Russian Revolution 
by Yuri Slezkine 

The Rise and Fall of American Growth:  The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War
by Robert J. Gordon

Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away
by Rebecca Goldstein

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership
by James Comey

Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
by James R. Clapper and Trey Brown
2018 / 431 pages

Has the West Lost It? – A Provocation
by Kishore Mahbubani 

Fear:  Trump in the White House
by Bob Woodward

Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover 

The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution:  Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic
by Ganesh Sitaraman 

The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist 
by Marcus Rediker
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FICTION:
Winter
by Ali Smith
2018/ 336 pages

Paris in the Present Tense
by Mark Helprin

Circe
by Madeline Miller

The Overstory 
by Richard Powers

Warlight
by Michael Ondaatje

The Emigrants
by W.G. Sebald

In the Distance
by Hernan Diaz

There There
by Tommy Orange

Reservoir 13
by Jon McDonald  (England) 

4 3 2 1 
by Paul Auster
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CRIME:
Robicheaux
by James Lee Burke

Snap
by Belinda Bauer

Lethal White
by Robert Galbraith

The Witch Elm
by Tana French

The Widows of Malabar Hill 
by Sujatta Massey
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SCI-FI / FANTASY/TECHIE:
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

Wolf in White Van
by John Darnielle
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CLASSICS:
Kristin Lavransdatter – The Trilogy:
1. The Wreath;
2.  The Wife:
3. The Cross
by Sigrid Undset

Little Novels of Sicily:
“Novelle Rusticane” 
by Giovanni Verga

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