Shoutout to my girl James for asking me to put this list together! Below are some of my favorite reads of 2018 (in no particular order). It’s been a weird year for reading. I didn’t meet my Goodreads goal this year. But I did read some pretty interesting books, and found a few gems worth talking about. So I’ve listed a few of those below.
1. Cherry by Nico Walker
A rapid-fire, wild ride of a novel. War + opioid addiction. An engaging, not for the faint of heart read.
2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This classic take a little bit to get into, but once you commit to reading it, it takes over and sucks you in.
3. Rediscovering An American Community of Color by Nancy Burns and Janette Greenwood
Lately, I’ve been obsessing over rare photographs of African American people from the past. This book is fascinating and deserves a place in every American’s home library.
4. Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
After watching the Netflix Series Salt Fat Acid Heat featuring Samin Nosrat. I was hooked. Samin is so freaking adorable and seriously has some of THEE best cooking advice. If you’ve ever wanted to cook great meals but don’t know where to start, Salt Fat Acid Heat is the perfect cookbook to start with.
5. Becoming by Michelle Obama
Becoming was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint. One of the most beautiful memoirs I’ve ever read.
6. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morin
When’s the last time you were so engrossed in a book that you forgot about all of your responsibilities?
7. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
An American Marriage blew me away! Tayari Jones is a magnetic force and her stories have heart and soul.
“A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.” —Barack Obama
8. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Not gonna lie, this book was really bizarre. And I still can’t quite tell if it was weird in a good way or bad. The fact is, I’m still talking about it.
What were some of your favorite reads of the year? Did you read as much as you wanted to? I’m looking forward to a clean reading slate in 2019. There are so many good books coming out!