2018 Books and Movies Wrapup

First, movies! Fifteen seen in theaters in 2018:

  • Phantom Thread
  • Thoroughbreds
  • Gringo
  • Disobedience
  • Deadpool 2
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Ocean’s 8
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Colette
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Venom
  • Outlaw King
  • Free Solo
  • Mary Queen of Scots

The full list of 82 books read in 2018! * denotes recommended; + denotes read in December.

Free Food for Millionaires (Min Jin Lee)

Samurai and Ninja: The Real Story Behind the Japanese Warrior Myth that Shatters the Bushido Mystique (Antony Cummins)

Sarmada (Fadi Azzam)

The Portable Veblen (Elizabeth Mckenzie)

The Unquiet Dead (Ausma Zehanat Khan)

*Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within (Kim Addonizio)

*Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed (Laura Heyenga (ed.))

Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Sven Beckert)

How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (Bart D. Ehrman)

Cane (Jean Toomer)

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People (Nadia Bolz-Weber)

I Hear She’s A Real Bitch (Jen Agg)

Among The Ten Thousand Things (Julia Pierpont)

Too Like The Lightning (Ada Palmer)

Great Ladies: The Forgotten Witnesses to the Lives of Tudor Queens (Sylvia Barbara Soberton)

*The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (David Damrosch)

The Story of a Brief Marriage (Anuk Arudpragasam)

Inseminating the Elephant (Lucia Perillo)

Next Life Might Be Kinder (Howard Norman)

Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)

*Freshwater (Akwaeke Emezi)

The Sparsholt Affair (Alan Hollinghurst)

A Thousand Horses Out to Sea (Erika T. Wurth)

Devil on the Cross (Ngugi wa Thiong’o)

*From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death (Caitlin Doughty)

All The Names They Used for God (Anjali Sachdeva)

*The Burning Time: Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, and the Protestant Martyrs of London (Virginia Rounding)

Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories (Azar Nafisi)

*The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change (Gleb Raygorodetsky)

Blackfish City (Sam J. Miller)

Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran (Shahrnush Parsipur)

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (Roxane Gay)

Decoded (Mai Jia)

Ambition and Desire: The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte (Kate Williams)

Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth (Xiaolu Guo)

*Priestdaddy: A Memoir (Patricia Lockwood)

Frankenstein in Baghdad (Ahmed Saadawi)

Lost Empress (Sergio de la Pava)

The Rooster Bar (John Grisham)

In An Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale (Amitav Ghosh)

Miss Burma (Charmaine Craig)

Fates and Furies (Lauren Groff)

Circe (Madeline Miller)

The Liars’ Gospel (Naomi Alderman)

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards (Kristopher Jansma)

Disobedience (Naomi Alderman)

The Dove’s Necklace (Raja Alem)

The Flamethrowers (Rachel Kushner)

*Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (John Carreyrou)

*Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (William Finnegan)

Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India (Sujatha Gidla)

The Genius In The Design: Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry that Transformed Rome (Jake Morrissey)

*Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s (R.A. Scotti)

*Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains (Helen Thomson)

*Eat Up: Food, Appetite, and Eating What You Want (Ruby Tandoh)

The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered (Laura Auricchio)

*Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence (Karen Armstrong)

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (Gaiutra Bahadur)

*Whiskey When We’re Dry (John Larison)

Savage Season (Joe R. Lansdale)

Heart Berries (Teresa Marie Mailhot

Mucho Mojo (Joe R. Lansdale)

Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Kim Addonizio)

Unfathoms (Kirsten Kaschock)

*A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes (Adam Rutherford)

The Two-Bear Mambo (Joe R. Lansdale)

Bad Chili (Joe R. Lansdale)

If You Leave Me (Crystal Hana Kim)

*Impossible Owls: Essays (Brian Phillips)

Flights (Olga Tokarczuk)

There There (Tommy Orange)

Rumble Tumble (Joe R. Lansdale)

*Aetherial Worlds (Tatyana Tolstaya)

Insurrecto (Gina Apostol)

The Woman Who Married a Bear (John Straley)

+Captains Outrageous (Joe R. Lansdale)

+The Best Bad Things (Katrina Carrasco)

+Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve (Tom Bissell)

+The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, The Power Behind Five English Throne (Thomas Asbridge)

+Happy Moscow              (Andrey Platonov)

*+When My Brother Was An Aztec (Natalie Diaz)

*+Queen of the Night (Alexander Chee)