2018 Year in Books: 162

This year I focused on less social media, and a stricter media diet in general. I initially set out to read 100, altered my goal to 155, and ended up hitting 162. It’s been nothing short of epic, although next year I plan to focus on longer books, more classics, and re-reading books.

A line from Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Skin in the Game (one of my favorites from 2018) really struck a chord with me:

“… learning is rooted in repetition and convexity, meaning that the reading of a single text twice is more profitable than reading two different things once, provided of course that said text has some depth of content.”

Although I didn’t hit 200, or even intend to, this article sparked my reading initiative at the beginning of the year: To read 200 books, simply spend 417 hours a year reading. 162 books was just about perfect for me, although I could have probably squeezed in a couple more, I think there is the real potential of becoming a little too frenetic.

Overall, it was a great literary year, and I’m happy with 25% of my books being five-star reads, and 40% four-star reads. Only 3% were one-star reads.

This was only my second year doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge, but it has completely transformed my reading habits, that and an awesome online book club. I still can’t believe that last year I only read 50 books, but this is definitely the most books I’ve read in a year since a childhood, if that even counts.

Here are a few of my stats, scroll below the photos for a complete list with star rankings.

85 nonfiction / 72 fiction / 5 poetry — 162* books total (*Approximately half are audiobooks)

64 books by female authors / 96 by male authors

Multiple Books by the Same Author

Four Books: Martha Wells, Stephen King, Seth Godin

Three Books: Kevin Kwan, Deborah Harkness

Two Books: Yuval Noah Harari, Ryan Holiday, Erik Larson, Roxane Gay, Gary Vaynerchuk, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeline Miller, Lars Kepler, Riley Sager, Kim Stanley Robinson, Nayyirah Waheed, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Oldest / Newest Publish Date:

Candide by Voltaire (January, 1759) / Becoming by Michelle Obama (November, 2018)

One Star Reviews: 5 books (all fiction)

Five Star Reviews: 42 books (24 nonfiction, 16 fiction, 2 poetry)

Monthly Book Count:

January: 11, February: 14, March: 15, April: 12, May: 14, June: 12, July: 16, August: 16, September: 14, October: 15, November: 9, December: 14

My Top 8 of 2018:

  1. Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  2. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey by Alfred Lansing

  3. A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking

  4. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

  5. The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

  6. Circe by Madeline Miller

  7. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

  8. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Strangest read: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Most painful: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner