2018, what can I say? I came. I saw. I read the shit outta some books. At the beginning of 2018, I set my mind on one reading goal: to read one book every week of the year. There were 52 weeks in the year, so there you go.
By my final tally, after I finished the last book in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth series on New Year’s Eve,
I read 62 books in 2018!
What a time to be alive!! And, happily, I finished the year with a bang because N.K. Jemisin gave me my entire life (!!) with her series. That is what sci-fi is meant to be! More about this series in a longer post later.
Overall, I just want to congratulate myself. In the words of an OG, “I want to thank me for doing all this hard work.”
I set a goal for myself this year, and it was an ambitious one, and I killt that shit. I met it, surpassed it, and then wrote about! Not only did I read more books than I committed to read, but I told the world about many of them on this blog. All while working full-time. If that ain’t some boss shit, I don’t know what is. The year had downs, of course—I broke up with my boyfriend, I had to put down my kitty companion of over 18 years, and my grandfather passed away—but I have finally reached a point in my life where I can appreciate the trials for the lessons in them just as much as I can appreciate the triumphs for the joy in them.
I would be remiss if I ended this post without giving a Top 5 for the year. I can’t put these books in an internal order, but they were the five clear standouts of my 2018 reading.
- The Power by Naomi Alderman || This book is powerful, no pun intended. Everytime someone asks me for a recommendation, its the first thing that leaps from my throat.
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi || I am just waiting for the Harry Potter treatment to come for the films this book inspires. Great young adult sci-fi!
- It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis || This book is prescient and terrifying and as important in 2018 as it was in 1938.
- Halsey Street by Naima Coster || Rarely have I read a book whose texture was familiar to me, but the very fabric of this book felt home.
- Broken Earth Series by N.K. Jemisin || I have discovered that I truly am the sci-fi geek that I thought myself to be when I was 10 years old scouring over Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, and that is partially because of highly intelligent and engaging sci-fi written by Black authors like this series!
Bonus: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (lyrical and beautiful and gritty and alive).
This year brought me such joy and fulfillment in reading, so much so that I am almost sad to see it go. But 2019 is on and poppin’ already! #Lehgo