Here are my best reads in English during 2018. The total was only 39 books (when 40-45 is my normal number), mainly because I slogged through a lot of borderline-bad Swedish paperback novels. They became my lot in life for months after the local historical society gave me a book token for a shop that hardly stocks any English titles. Even giving them each a 50-page chance was quite the chore.
Seven of the books I read were e-books. Find me at Goodreads! Dear Reader, what were your best reads of the year?
- Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al Madinah and Meccah, Vol 2. Richard Francis Burton 1857.
- The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. H.P. Lovecraft 1927.
- Maskerade. Terry Pratchett 1995.
- Guys and Dolls and Other Writings. Damon Runyon.
- The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger. Mark Levinson 2006.
- Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands. Michael Chabon 2008.
- The Brothers Cabal (Johannes Cabal #4). Jonathan L. Howard 2014.
- The Men Who Stare at Goats. Jon Ronson 2004.
- Salt. Adam Roberts 2000.
- A Rage to Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton. Mary S. Lovell 1998.
- Air. Geoff Ryman 2004.
- A Meeting with Medusa (The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke, #4). 1960s.
- Diamonds Are Forever (James Bond #4). Ian Fleming 1956.
- The Door into Summer. Robert A. Heinlein 1956.
- The Innocents Abroad. Mark Twain 1869.
- Pistols at Dawn: a History of Duelling. Richard Hopton 2007.
- Spinning Silver. Naomi Novik 2018.
Here’s my list for 2017.