Working in book publishing is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you’re always reading (which is the best thing in the world, obviously), but on the other hand, you’re almost always reading something that doesn’t hit the shelves for another three, to six, to sometimes twelve months! That means I’m constantly reading into the future, and I don’t always have as much time as I’d like to pick up books that people have been gushing about for months or years, or even decades (I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird)!
This year, I set a goal for how many books I wanted to read in my personal life. I’m not going to tell you what it was because I did not get close, BUT I did better than last year, so I’m giving myself points for progress.
Here are the best books I read this year—some are new reads that came out in 2018, and some are a wee bit older, but they all made my year better.