Thirteen Books I Meant to Read in 2018

This week’s topic, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is the Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2018.  There’s a whole lot more than 10, but I’ve already written about backlist books I want to read and challenge books I want to read, so I focused here on the literary releases in 2018 I didn’t get to.  Most of these books come from the 2018 Women’s Prize and Man Booker Longlists, but a few were late 2018 releases so maybe they will show up on 2019 award lists. A lot of them were also on other bloggers’ Best of 2018 lists.

From the 2018 Man Booker Prize Longlist:

  • Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Snap by Belinda Bauer
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • Milkman by Anna Burns

From the 2018 Women’s Prize Longlist:

  • The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  • See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
  • When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy

National Book Award winner:

  • The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Other 2018 releases:

  1. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  2. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  3. Melmoth by Sarah Perry

A few of these I own already, and most are on my hold list at the library.  Which of these have you read, and which ones do you recommend?


  8 comments for “Thirteen Books I Meant to Read in 2018

  1. January 22, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Okay, you MUST read both Warlight and See What I Have Done! Trust me. If you look at my reviews of both of them, you’ll understand why. Warlight was my favorite book of 2018 and Schmidt’s book was also one of my 2017 favorites. Outstanding books.

    • January 23, 2019 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations! I just got Warlight from the library and can’t wait to read it.

  2. lydiaschoch
    January 22, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Warlight does look like a good read. I’m adding it to my TBR.

    This is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

  3. January 22, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I loved The Library Book, hope you get to it! It’s delightful.

  4. January 22, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Normal People was the book of 2018 for me. And what is more, easily read in one sitting.

  5. January 22, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I definitely want to read The Library Book (whatsnonfiction had a very persuasive review) and Washington Black (I forget who recommended that, but it sounds terrific). I did not like The Essex Serpent so Melmoth would not be on my list, but maybe it’s an improvement? I hope you get to read some of these in 2019!

  6. January 22, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Great list, I’ve just finished Milkman and really enjoyed it. Hope you like it.

  7. January 22, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Warlight is just superb ….. I have Milkman to read and am looking forward to that.

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