2018 Book List

Here is my list of books I read in 2018 and a little tiny bit of info on each. It was the year of Science Fiction (every year is) and also the year of young adult novels. In order from earliest in the year to most recently read:

Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

I’m hesitant to put this one in because technically I didn’t finish it. I attempted to read this and Cat’s Cradle at the same time. It ended up to be kind of confusing because they were similar enough in style and story and Kurt Vonnegut has similar critiques on people. He always wants to make the same point. I got half way through both and lost interests. But two half Vonnegut books has to add up to something, right?

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I did finish this one! A friend of mine called me a fascist for reading this book. That’s harsh and not really reasonable. His point was the book glorified war for kids. The end of the book is not a positive perspective of war so I don’t know about that. My brain enjoyed it and I have happy memories of listening to the book while cooking a stir fry and drinking a pilsner. It was all very peaceful for me at least. Read it! It’s fun!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I read this for work, sort of. A class was reading it and I was helping with the class so I read it too. It’s very good and very different from popular culture’s usual retelling. My critique, I got a little tired of Mary Shelley’s long descriptions of sadness and melancholy. But Mary Shelley was just 20 when the book was published and maybe that style was more common at the time? It’s considered by many to be the first science fiction book. It uses what they knew about science at the time to explore a fantastical idea, bringing someone back from the dead. Neat to think that a genre supersaturated by male authors was began by a women.

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig

Trying to make friends in a new city I joined a book club and this was the book of the month. It’s about someone who ages very slowly taking a 1000 or 2000 years to grow old. I thought it was pretty mediocre and the author focused on dull elements. The author assumed living that long would mean depression and sadness. All the things our character could have done, learned languages, become a master painter, traveled the world, seen everything. No, our character feels sad for the loss of his wife some 400 years ago. I’ve been broken hearted and it doesn’t last that long. I say, skip this book.

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

I want to love something as much as I love the television show Frasier. Something with similar whimsey that also gives me a level of comfort. P.G. Wodehouse’s could be that for me. A lot of charm and humor in each story.

Harry Potter Books 5, 6 and 7 by J.K. Rowling

My good pal Noah was reading these books for the first time and his latent excitement of the series got me reenergized about them. I reread the final three books with Noah. What a blast! J.K. Rowling can really pull you through a story.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

If you want to prolong the magic than it’s fun!

The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd

Look at that, ‘a science fiction horror novel’ right on the cover. That’s 100 percent why I read it. Sci Fi Horror is one of my favorite genre’s. I feel pandered too, but what can I say, I like spooky things from space! This was great, a nice mystery, flawed but compelling characters, and an ending that didn’t disappoint.

Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

This one was pretty fun. I didn’t really like the characters and thought it dragged on a bit. But, if you like a plot where there is a monster brought back from somewhere and a mystery over who is eating all the people than this could be for you. I like that kind of plot a lot, of course. Sign me up for monsters or aliens or killer nano robots. This is also pretty fun as a b monster movie.

Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

Really great science fiction novel. It’s a book about aliens attempting to help reintroduce humans back to earth after an apocalypse. But really it’s about human interactions and their prejudices and biases that inhibit them from working with each other.

  • Hi Kent ~ I enjoyed reading your list! It is a great idea to keep track of what you have read. I was interested in your take on Frankenstein. I had read Dracula with a student a couple of years ago and although I did NOT like the book, I did appreciate reading the original~ both those books Frankenstein and Dracula created ideas that are still part of popular culture. Thank you for sharing.