I read 82 books in 2018

On January 1, 2018 I decided to keep a log of all and any books I read.  I did not include books I began reading and abandoned, of which there were probably 1 or 2 a month.  I am SHOCKED at how many books I read.  One may ask, “Suzie, how do you read so many books?”.  The answer is I literally read constantly.  In line at the store? I am probably pulling up my book on the kindle app on my iPhone.  Every single night before sleeping? I read for at least a half-hour, usually much longer.  I usually choose reading over watching tv and over scrolling facebook (although I still fit in plenty of both of these!).  I am sure I got less reading done back when I worked full-time!  I don’t only read when I know I have a good chunk of time to devote to it, I can very easily read happily for 5 minutes and have no problem mentally checking into and out of stories frequently.   I would say my favorite books are fiction, with characters I can relate to (stories centering around motherhood), but I also have been reading a lot of memoirs and biographies, specifically of Revolutionary War heroes.  I enjoy re-reading books and often return to an old favorite once a month or so. This past year I read Gone With the Wind for probably the 10th time and I re-read all of Wally Lamb’s books for the 3rd or 4th time.

Here is my list for 2018 for anyone interested!

Books read in 2018

January:

Counting Chimneys – Sandy Taylor

Keeping Katherine – Susan Zimmerman

Unmarried Mother – Sheila Tofield

Misconception – Paul and Shannon Morell

The Middle Place – Kelly Corrigan

Glitter and Glue – Kelly Corrigan

Of This Much I’m Sure – Nadine Kenney Johnstone 

Amy and Isabelle – Elizabeth Strout

Abide with Me – Elizabeth Strout

The Other Mother – Gwendolyn Gross

The Unexpected Mother – Susan A Ring

February:

The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney 

The Mother’s Promise – Sally Hepworth

Dead Babies and Seaside Towns – Alice Jolly

Say When – Elizabeth Berg

The Story of Arthur Truluv – Elizabeth Berg

The Arrivals – Meg Mitchell Moore

Girls in Trouble – Caroline Leavitt

The Mothers – Jennifer Gilmore

March:

A Snowball in Hell – Mary Reese

North Haven – Sarah Moriarty 

After the Eclipse – Sarah Perry

Talk Before Sleep – Elizabeth Berg

Every Last One – Anna Quindlen 

One True Thing – Anna Quindlen 

The Family Next Door – Sally Hepworth 

April:

The Story of Molly and Me – Fran Luvin

Juniper : The Girl who was born to soon – Kelley and Thomas French

Firefly Summer – Nan Rossiter

Girl in Glass – Deanna Fei

Jackie’s Girl – Kathy McKeon

Amoret – Kathy McClure

May:

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

And Babies Make Seven – VJ Konig Keelan

Like Rain on a Dry Place – Wendy Salisbury Howe

This is My Daughter – Roxana Robinson 

Dear Thing – Julie Cohen 

Inside the OBriens – Lisa Genova

June:

Scarlet: Alexander Riplay

Breeding in Captivity – Stacy Bolt

Evidence of Love – John Bloom

124 NICU Days – Ryan Rhodes

Sleep With Angels – Lorene Humpal

Two Little Girls – Theresa Reid

Heartbreak and Miracles – Vicky Herbert

Waiting For Daisy: Peggy Orenstein

July: 

All We Ever Wanted – Emily Giffin

The Russian Word for Snow – Janis Newman

A House for Happy Mothers – Amulya Malladi

Those Three Words – Christine Bauer

Fairy dust to Daffodils – Patricia Steele

I Hate Piñatas – Heather Malloy

I’ll see you Again – Jackie Hance

Shelter Us – Laura Nicole Diamond

The Baby Plan – Kate Rorick

August:

That Kind of Mother – Rumaan Alam

No Matter What – Sally Donovan

A Mother’s Goodbye – Kate Hewitt

We Are Water – Wally Lamb

The Hour I First Believed – Wally Lamb

September:

When He Fell – Kate Hewitt

I know this much is true – Wally Lamb

The Secrets We Keep – Kate Hewitt

The Leftovers – Tom Perrotta

The Things that Keep is Here – Carla Buckley

Invisible – Carla Buckley

The Deepest Secret – Carla Buckley 

The Good Goodbye – Carla Buckley 

October:

The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin 

A Spark of Light – Jodi Picoult 

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

This is How it Always Is – Laurie Frankel

Goodbye for Now – Laurie Frankel

The Atlas of Love – Laurie Frankel

November:

Adopting in America – Lori Lyons

The Invisible Girls: A Memoir – Sarah Thebarge

Poor Your Soul – Mira Ptacin 

The End of Normal – Stephanie Madoff Mack

Beyond the Garden – Ashley Farley

December: 

Becoming – Michelle Obama

John Adams – David McCullough

The Dew on My Toes – Simone Mason

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