Top Books of 2018

Posted: February 21, 2019 in Life

It’s time for my top lists of the year. I’ll only be doing Books and Films again this year, it’s where I spend the majority of my entertainment time (games are work). I wasn’t able to invest the time needed to make a Concerts or Albums list, that’s not saying I didn’t listen to new music and see shows, just I didn’t invest the time I feel is needed to make a list.

We will start this year with books, this one is a little different in that the books didn’t have to come out this year, BUT they had to be a new read to me (or a reread of something I may not have grasped when younger). I read/listened to 92 books this year, a new record for me! So here are my top (recommended) books of 2018,  in no particular order but split it into fiction and nonfiction. There are a lot because, I read a lot!

Non- Fiction

  • Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown
  • The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
  • Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II
    by Liza Mundy
    Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life by James Kerr
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson,  Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
  • Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara


  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Honorable Mention

  • First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power by Kate Andersen Brower
  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
  • Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine K. Albright
  • Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive & Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi
  • Find Your Why: A Practical Guide to Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek,  David Mead, Peter Docker

Older List: 2015, 2016, 2017

  1. I adore Brene Brown’s books, and some of my favorite 2018 reads are also included here: The Great Alone, Little Fires Everywhere, All the Light We Cannot See, and A Gentleman in Moscow — and some high school favorites, like Siddhartha + One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest! The most books I’ve read in a year is 72, so kudos to you on 92!!

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