What I read in 2018.

January 2018

  1. Look at the Harlequins! Vladimir Nabokov
  2. The Future Is History, Masha Gessen
  3. Spring Snow, Yukio Mishima
  4. Eugene Onegin, Alexander Pushkin
  5. The Elementary Particles, Michel Houellebecq
  6. Água Viva, Clarice Lispector
  7. Testosterone Rex, Cordelia Fine
  8. The Gate of Angels, Penelope Fitzgerald
  9. Perfect Madness, Judith Warner
  10. Gravity and Grace, Simone Weil

February 2018

  1. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Ross Gay
  2. A Heart So White, Javier Marías
  3. Autumn, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  4. Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury
  5. The Church of Solitude, Grazia Deledda
  6. Our Andromeda, Brenda Shaughnessy
  7. The Perfect Nanny, Leïla Slimani
  8. Kristin Lavransdatter, Sigrid Undset

March 2018

  1. The Smartest Kids in the World, Amanda Ripley
  2. Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, Donald Antrim
  3. After the Tall Timber, Renata Adler
  4. The Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen
  5. New Collected Poems, Tomas Tranströmer
  6. King, Queen, Knave, Vladimir Nabokov
  7. Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman
  8. Known and Strange Things, Teju Cole

April 2018

  1. The Consolations of Philosophy, Alain de Botton
  2. Two Serious Ladies, Jane Bowles
  3. The English Country House, Olive Cook
  4. A Field Guide to American Architecture, Carole Rifkind
  5. Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
  6. The English Cottage Garden, Andrew Lawson
  7. Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
  8. One Hundred English Gardens, Patrick Taylor
  9. Cotswold Gardens, David Hicks
  10. Days, Paul Bowles
  11. English Cottage Gardening for American Gardeners, Margaret Hensel
  12. Spring, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  13. Letters to a Young Novelist, Mario Vargas Llosa
  14. The Writer’s Garden, Jackie Bennett

May 2018

  1. Mon, Natsume Soseki
  2. Near to the Wild Heart, Clarice Lispector
  3. The Small Room, May Sarton
  4. Antigone, Sophocles
  5. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
  6. The Small Room, May Sarton

June 2018

  1. The Wapshot Chronicle, John Cheever
  2. The Night in Question, Tobias Wolff
  3. A History of Reading, Alberto Manguel
  4. Collected Stories, William Faulkner

July 2018

  1. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  2. Content Strategy for the Web, Kristina Halvorson
  3. Ninety-Nine Stories of God, Joy Williams
  4. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  5. Worshipful Company of Fletchers, James Tate
  6. Boys Adrift, Leonard Sax
  7. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Alexander Chee
  8. In Transit, Mavis Gallant
  9. Labyrinths, Jorge Luis Borges
  10. Daybook, Anne Truitt
  11. Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado
  12. The Art of Waiting, Belle Boggs
  13. And Now We Have Everything, Meaghan O’Connell
  14. The Bee-Friendly Garden, Kate Frey

August 2018

  1. My Promised Land, Ari Shavit
  2. Florida, Lauren Groff
  3. My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh
  4. Content Design, Sarah Richards
  5. Secrets of the Snout, Frank Rosell
  6. Come as You Are, Emily Nagoski
  7. Women & Power: A Manifesto, Mary Beard
  8. Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey, Hayden Carruth
  9. Humboldt’s Gift, Saul Bellow

September 2018

  1. Runaway Horses, Yukio Mishima
  2. The Last September, Elizabeth Bowen
  3. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Anne Tyler
  4. Passing Through, Stanley Kunitz
  5. The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee
  6. Calypso, David Sedaris
  7. Reader, Come Home, Maryanne Wolf

October 2018

  1. Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
  2. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  3. The Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschall
  4. Early Work, Andrew Martin
  5. Stag’s Leap, Sharon Olds
  6. A Life’s Work, Rachel Cusk
  7. Thérèse, François Mauriac
  8. At Large and at Small: Familiar Essays, Anne Fadiman
  9. Plainwater, Anne Carson

November 2018

  1. Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe
  2. White People, Allan Gurganus
  3. The Moral Life of Children, Robert Coles
  4. Operating Instructions, Anne Lamott
  5. Second Nature, Michael Pollan
  6. Expecting Better, Emily Oster
  7. Grace Notes, Rita Dove
  8. Men in the Off Hours, Anne Carson
  9. How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm, Mei-Ling Hopgood
  10. Nurture, Erica Chidi Cohen

December 2018

  1. 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson
  2. The Rituals of Dinner, Margaret Visser
  3. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, Margareta Magnusson
  4. The Complete Book of Clean, Toni Hammersley
  5. Spark Joy, Marie Kondo
  6. Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty, Jacqueline Rose
  7. Dear Elizabeth, Sarah Ruhl
  8. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin
  9. Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth, Leo Tolstoy