My TBR pile broke a record this year! Here are the books I read in 2018, described in 5 words or less.
1. The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. Sunstein
"Bear with me..." Uh, no.
2. It's All Relative by A.J. Jacobs
Not my fave Jacobs.
3. Unfiltered by Lily Collins
4. Blessed in the Darkness by Joel Osteen
This book is a blessing.
5. The Joy of Hygge by Johnny Jackson and Elias Larsen
Full color hygge!
6. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
So much potential.
7. Movie Megacheese by Mike Nelson
From a mind behind MST3K
8. Rilke: Selected Poems
Keep trying this poetry thing...
9. Eat Mangoes Naked by SARK
I forgot about SARK!
10. Mind Over Matters by Mike Nelson
Random funny essays.
11. Do Butlers Burgle Banks? by P.G. Wodehouse
The answer may surprise you.
12. Living Juice by SARK
A little creative inspo.
13. A Creative Companion
A little more creative inspo.
14. In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
A Bryson tribute to Australia
15. Treehouses of the World by Pete Nelson
I want a treehouse!
16. Healed of Cancer by Dodie Osteen
17. The Imagineering Field Guide to Disneyland by The Imagineers
I can't resist.
18. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
Two women on an adventure.
19. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
So many great take-aways.
20. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradybury
Not my personal taste.
21. Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore
22. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Sweet. Favorite childhood author.
23. The Quilter's Kitchen by Jennifer Chiaverini
3/4 recipes, 1/4 story
24. Trollbridge: A Rock 'n Roll Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
More Moira and Jacob!
25. Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkein
26. Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard
Some hits, some misses.
27. Fictitious Dishes by Dinah Fried
Place settings from books.
28. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
29. Hit the Road by Caroline B. Cooney
Mostly charming, a little infuriating.
30. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Close to film. Exciting!
31. The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers
We need more Mister Rogers.
32. Life Journeys According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers
Wisdom from our favorite neighbor
33. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Ah, the adventures of childhood.
34. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Read without stopping.
35. Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul Jabbar
A touching tribute.
36. You Are Special by Fred Rogers
Thanks, Mister Rogers!
37. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Movie a teeny bit better.
38. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
My first Hercule Poirot!
39. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
40. New Horizons: Mandie's College Years by Lois Gladys Leppard
Not the best Mandie.
41. Laughing Gas by P.G. Wodehouse
I'm so stressed out!
42. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Want to steal this book.
43. Sam & Ilsah's Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Lots of angst.
44. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Needed more elevator time.
45. How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Berest, Diwan, de Maigret, and Mas
I feel Parisian already!
46. Dictionary Stories by Jez Burrows
What a clever idea!
47. Ann-Margret: My Story by Ann-Margret
Elvis parts incredibly touching.
48. Elvis World by Jane Stern and Michael Stern
Their "love" for Elvis questionable.
49. Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
Could see as a movie.
50. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
Super enjoyable, surprising read.
51. A Little Thing Called Life by Linda Thompson
Another dedicated Elvis ex-lover
52. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
Characters who love music.
53. The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles
I could rant for days.
54. Just Kids by Patti Smith
55. My Life With Elvis by Becky Yancey
Everyday life at Graceland.
56. Christopher Robin by Elizabeth Rudnick
Sweet movie adaptation
57. My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper
58. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
My first audiobook!
59. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
Needed more Lego.
60. Hindsight by Justin Timberlake
His life and process.
61. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Elvis's favorite book.
62. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
63. This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips
A little whiney.
64. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Crazy rich writing.
65. The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures by Irene Smit and Astrid vander Hulst
Great adventure ideas!
Also: Pocket Full of Colors, Ten Little Elvi, and The Little Man of Disneyland if you need picture book recs =)
Everything Everything, Just Kids, and Crazy Rich Asians are must-reads!
"Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we will be able to treat life as art."