My "Best of 2018"
Oh, my, that was hard! In 2018, I read 95 books, which was 11 more than my goal of 84, or seven per month. But that wasn't the hard part. What was really, really hard was coming up with a list of the best from that group, because, in fact, most of the books I read this year were good. There were very few stinkers. So, I had to set parameters to narrow the field. I had several rereads, or in some cases first reads, of classics; books like The Great Gatsby , 1984 , Oryx and Crake , As I Lay Dying , and Heart of Darkness , and soon-to-be classics like Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones . I enjoyed them all but immediately eliminated them from consideration, deciding to include only recent publications of this or the last year. The next cut was really a no-brainer: I would include only those books that I had rated at five-stars. That should narrow things down, right? Well... Actually, that left me with 24 books to be considered, an unwieldy number. Surely I could shrink t