My Year in Reading — 2018

Janet Frishberg
Jan 11, 2019 · 2 min read

The books I read + loved in 2018.

Note: Books listed are not stack-ranked within their categories.

Top five!

  • Pachinko…Min Jin Lee
  • Motherhood…Sheila Heti
  • Heart Berries…Terese Marie Mailhot
  • The Idiot…Elif Batuman
  • Tonight I’m Someone Else…Chelsea Hodson

Loved these ones IMMENSELY also

  • 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write…Sarah Ruhl
  • The Book of Mutter…Kate Zambreno
  • Jell-O girls…Allie Rowbottom
  • Things Are What You Make of Them…Adam J. Kurtz
  • Heavy…Kiese Laymon
  • Chasing Old Haunts…Jessie Knoles
  • The Sarah Book…Scott McClanahan
  • In Their Faces A Landmark…McSweeney’s
  • Her Body and Other Stories…Carmen Maria Machado
  • madness…sam sax
  • Sister Love: The Letters Of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989
  • Heroines…Kate Zambreno
  • My Body is a Book of Rules…Elissa Washuta
  • Gilead…Marilynne Robinson
  • Meanwhile in San Francisco…Wendy Macnaughton
  • Whiskey & Ribbons…Leesa Cross-Smith
  • Open Me…Lisa Locascio
  • Outline…Rachel Cusk
  • When Women Were Birds…Terry Tempest Williams
  • The Self Unstable…Elisa Gabbert
  • The Power…Naomi Alderman
  • The Pisces…Melissa Broder
  • Don’t Call Us Dead…Danez Smith
  • Sick: A Memoir….Porochista Khakpour
  • Ritual in Blue…Caroline Kessler
  • How to Write An Autobiographical Novel…Alexander Chee
  • The Days of Abandonment…Elena Ferrante
  • The Vegetarian…Han Kang
  • The Selfishness of Others…Kristin Dombek

Learned something(s) important from these regarding craft or content

  • The Most Good You Can Do…Peter Singer
  • The Body Keeps the Score…Bessel van der Kolk
  • The Seas…Samantha Hunt
  • How to Sit…Tyrese Coleman
  • Real Artists Have Day Jobs…Sarah Benincasa
  • Your Art Will Save Your Life…Beth Pickens
  • Reality Hunger…David Shields
  • I Was Supposed to Protect You From All This…Nadja Spiegelman
  • Happiness: A Memoir…Heather Harpham
  • No One Tells You This…Glynnis MacNicol
  • The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self…Jean Shinoda Bolen
  • The Verbally Abusive Relationship…Patricia Evans
  • Monsterhuman…Kjersti Skomsvold
  • In the Blink of an Eye…Walter Murch
  • Maps Are Lines We Draw…Allison Coffelt
  • This Will Be My Undoing…Morgan Jerkins
  • Anatomy of the Spirit…Caroline Myss
  • When Breath Becomes Air…Paul Kalanithi
  • Animals Eat Each Other…Elle Nash
  • The Seven Stages of Money Maturity…George Kinder

Would read again if I could go back in time and re-decide

  • Imagine Wanting Only This…Kristen Radtke
  • Plainwater…Anne Carson
  • [insert boy]…Danez Smith
  • Homesick for Another World…Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Rosalie lightning…Tom Hart
  • Green Girl…Kate Zambreno
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women…Lucia Berlin

Reread some favorites from the past & they’re still good

  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up…Marie Kondo
  • An Interrupted Life…Etty Hillesum
  • The Amber Spyglass…Phillip Pullman
  • On Becoming an Alchemist…Catherine MacCoun

Janet Frishberg

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Trying to write true things and eat lots of vegetables. www.janetfrishberg.com

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