I had a great reading year. I surpassed my overall goal to read 144 books. I completed a self-created challenge to read a book a month from the last 12 years of my TBR lists. I also read a book a month from my Nervous Breakdown Book Club subscription. I fell short in terms of reading as much as I had planned from my ongoing, unending challenge known as My Big Fat Reading Project.
As far as these favorite 25 books go, I made my decisions based on not only how much I loved the books but on how much they challenged me to learn new things, to understand myself and others more completely, and to savor the many ways that stories can be told.
My new 2019 challenge is to read a book a month set in another country by an author who lives there and writes in their own language. For me that means the book has to be translated into English. I have made a tentative list, subject to change as the year unfolds.
I will put the stats at the bottom of the list. Stats are fun and enlightening but can also be boring. Feel free to skip them.
All the books on the list have been reviewed here on the blog.
All My Puny Sorrows, Miriam Toews
Appassionata, Eva Hoffman
The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden
Becoming, Michelle Obama
The Book of Joan, Lidia Yuknavitch
Call Me Zebra, Azareen Van de Vliet Oloomi
Circe, Madeline Miller
Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich
Gold Dust Woman, Stephen Davis
The Golden State, Lydia Kiesling
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
How To Be Both, Ali Smith
The Ice Palace, Tarjei Vesaas
Lake Success, Gary Shteyngart
The Map of Salt and Stars, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner
Miss Burma, Charmaine Craig
The Overstory, Richard Powers
The Power, Naomi Alderman
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, Cherise Wolas
The Secret River, Kate Grenville
Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones
Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
The Weight of Ink, Rachel Kadish
Stats: 146 books read. 135 fiction (not counting poetry and plays). 86 by women. 11 nonfiction including history, biographies and memoirs. 50 for My Big Fat Reading Project. 11 translated.
Were any of the books on my list also favorites of yours?
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