The Books I Read in 2018


Books, Journal, Reading / Friday, December 28th, 2018

Being the book nerd that I am, every time I’ve finished reading a book I write the title and author in a wee notebook. I’ve done it since 2008.

Why?

Who knows…

Maybe I like lists too much. But I do like looking back and seeing what I’ve read. Seeing the titles sometimes triggers a memory. For instance, I’ve just flicked back to 2012 and seen My Search for Truth by Henry Thomas Hamblin. Instantly, I see myself sitting up in bed with a chest infection, the book on my lap.

Not a good memory, but a memory nonetheless.

Anyhow, I thought I’d share with you my reading list for 2018… without the memories. Most of them I read for the first time, but there are several that I revisited just for the sheer pleasure of it. I’ve finished the year off by reading screenplays, so I’ve included those, too.

Let’s see if I’ve read anything you like:

  1. Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf – David Almond
  2. Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales – Gordon Jarvie
  3. Season of Secrets – Sally Nicholls
  4. Junk – Melvin Burgess
  5. Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
  6. Seeds from a Birch Tree – Clark Strand
  7. Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott
  8. Quiet Influence – J. B. Kahnweiler
  9. The War of Art – Steven Pressfield (audiobook)
  10. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen (audiobook)
  11. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  12. Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
  13. The Philosopher Next Door – Anna Wallis
  14. How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method – Randy Ingermanson
  15. Literary History of Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples: Volume 1 – Pasuya Poicon
  16. Sabriel – Garth Nix
  17. A New Illustrated History of Taiwan – Wan-yao Chou
  18. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  19. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  20. Tortilla Flat – John Steinbeck
  21. A Theory of Human Motivation – A. H. Maslow
  22. God Needs to Go – J. D. Brucker
  23. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  24. Frindle – Andrew Clements
  25. Acres of Diamonds – Russell Conwell
  26. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  27. Stopping for a Spell – Diana Wynne Jones
  28. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
  29. The White Mercedes – Philip Pullman
  30. Lyra’s Oxford – Philip Pullman
  31. Natives of Formosa: British Reports of the Taiwanese Indigenous People, 1650-1950 – Edited by Henrietta Harrison
  32. Poppy – Avi
  33. Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
  34. Reading Like a Writer – Francine Prose (only read 50%… got bored)
  35. The Coral Island – R. M. Ballantyne (only read 50%… got bored)
  36. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  37. The Formosan Encounter: Notes on Formosa’s Aboriginal Society: A Selection of Dutch Documents – Edited by Leonard Blusse
  38. Call of the Wild – Jack London
  39. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  40. The Indian in the Cupboard – L. R. Banks
  41. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  42. Taiwan’s 400-Year History – Su Beng
  43. Babe: Pig in the City – Justine Korman
  44. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  45. The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
  46. Rogue Trader – Nick Leeson
  47. K-PAX – Gene Brewer
  48. Intimacy – Hanif Kureshi
  49. Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
  50. Anna’s Book – Fynn
  51. A Street Cat Named Bob – James Bowen
  52. Paperboy – Vince Vawter
  53. My Name is Mina – David Almond
  54. The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
  55. The Tightrope Walkers – David Almond
  56. Five Children and It – Edith Nesbit
  57. Steppenwolf – Hermann Hesse
  58. Theodore Boone: The Abduction – John Grisham
  59. Fiesta – Ernest Hemingway
  60. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  61. Everyman – Philip Roth
  62. Happy – Derren Brown
  63. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  64. The Stolen Bicycle – Wu Ming Yi
  65. Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World – Mark Williams & Danny Penman
  66. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  67. Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
  68. Demian – Hermann Hesse
  69. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  70. Italian Neighbours – Tim Parks
  71. Joyland – Stephen King
  72. The Bird of Night – Susan Hill
  73. Waking Up – Sam Harris
  74. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  75. Skellig – David Almond
  76. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  77. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry
  78. Withnail and I – Bruce Robinson (screenplay)
  79. Writing Screenplays That Sell – Michael Hauge
  80. Good Will Hunting – Matt Damon & Ben Affleck (screenplay)
  81. Storytelling Made Easy – Michael Hauge
  82. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Eric Roth (screenplay)
  83. Reservoir Dogs – Quentin Tarantino (screenplay)
  84. Man on the Moon – S. Alexander & L. Karaszewski (screenplay)
  85. The Man Who Invented Christmas – Susan Coyne (screenplay)
  86. The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
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