Print Story Books I've Read This Year 2018
By TheophileEscargot (Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 05:54:55 AM EST) Reading (all tags)
See also 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. Breakdown:
Non-fiction 43
SF 19
Non-SF fiction 6
Comics 0

The List
Title links to my diary, author links to Amazon.


    1. Painting the Sand by Kim Hughes
    2. Making a Success of Brexit and Reforming the EU by Roger Bootle
    3. Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
    4. Mind Games by Pamela Kole
    5. The City: London and the Global Power of Finance by Tony Norfield
    6. The Leveller Revolution by John Rees
    7. Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? by Katrine Marcal
    8. Tear Gas by Anna Feigenbaum
    9. Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics by Richard Seymour
    10. Against Elections: The Case for Democracy by David Van Reybrouck
    11. A Passage to Europe by Luuk Van Middelaar
    12. A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman
    13. Chickenhawk by Robert Macfarlane
    14. Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
    15. Democracy: A Life by Paul Cartledge
    16. Fall Out by Tim Shipman
    17. Pimp by Iceberg Slim
    18. Carrier Pilot by Norman Hanson
    19. The Five Giants by Nicholas Timmins
    20. The Log of a Cowboy by Andy Adams
    21. The Last Days of Stalin by Joshua Rubenstein
    22. Churchill in the Trenches by Peter Apps
    23. Basic Income by Philippe Van Parijs
    24. The Beatles' Evolving Revolution by James Woodall
    25. Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World by Laura Spinney
    26. Plato and the Tyrant by Anselm Audley
    27. A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery by Dane Cameron
    28. Real-World Maintainable Software by Abraham Marin-Perez
    29. Compliance at Speed by Mark Lustig
    30. October by China Mieville
    31. The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane
    32. Racing Through the Dark by David Millar
    33. Rommel? Gunner Who? A Confrontation in the Desert by Spike Milligan
    34. Believe Me by Eddie Izzard
    35. Mail Men by Adrian Addison
    36. Skin in the Game by Nicholas Nassim Taleb
    37. Where Shall We Run To? by Alan Garner
    38. Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden
    39. Bluffocracy by James Ball,Andrew Greenway
    40. Pour Me by A.A. Gill
    41. The Rise and Fall of the British Nation by David Edgerton
    42. Adults in the Room by Yanis Varoufakis
    43. Marx and Marxism by Gregory Claeys
  1. Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
  2. Ashes of Candesce by Karl Schroeder
  3. Blindsight by Peter Watts
  4. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
  5. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch
  6. Crooked by Austin Grossman
  7. Gnomon by Nick Harkaway
  8. The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy
  9. In the Darkness by Luke Smitherd
  10. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
  11. Artemis by Andy Weir
  12. Raven Strategem by Yoon Ha Lee
  13. Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
  14. Dreams Before the Start of Time by Anne Charnock
  15. The Barrow Will Send What it May by Margaret Killjoy
  16. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
  17. The Just City by Jo Walton
  18. What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong
  19. The Circle by Dave Eggers
Non-SF fiction
  1. This Love by Dani Atkins
  2. The Maintenance of Headway by Magnus Mills
  3. The Midnight Line by Lee Child
  4. False Lights by K. J. Whittaker
  5. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  6. Conclave by Robert Harris
Books by genre 2018

Books per year 2018

Overall picture
Slight uptick in overall numbers, but mostly pretty stable. No comics this year, I think it's partly because I'm worried the kid will be too interested.

Non-fiction: Out of a lot of political books, "A Woman's Work" by Harriet Harman stood out as the best for going into the details of how practical politics works. "Adults in the Room" and "The Rise and Fall of the British Nation" were informative, but pretty grim. "Racing Through the Dark" as a good insight into professional cycling.

SF: "Ashes of Candesce" brought an excellent series to a great conclusion. "Ninefox Gambit" was kind of the opposite: a great beginning but a series that flagged later. "The Just City" by Jo Walton was great, don't know what the rest are like but it works well as a standalone. Margaret Killjoy's novellas were flawed but enjoyable.

Non-SF fiction: Not much this year but "The Maintenance of Headway" was a slight but entertaining novel about the everyday lives of bus drivers. "I Capture the Castle" deserves its statys as a classic.

That's all folks! See you next year.

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Books I've Read This Year 2018 | 7 comments (7 topical, 0 hidden)
always appreciate these by LoppEar (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 07:18:39 AM EST
Since I just finished the third Ada Palmer book and read the first a year ago as you did, it ramps up and wraps up well in book 2, and think you should consider it this year.

I think she's said it's more two pairs of two books, I definitely felt the payoff with two and could have stopped there except it kept growing on me. Should have waited at least, as book 4 isn't out yet.

I might do by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 08:30:30 AM EST
I feel a bit burned by series that start well and fade, but if this gets better I might plough on.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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agreed by LoppEar (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 09:04:26 AM EST
And I stayed away from the rest of nine fox as a couple folks had that reaction after I'd read the first. I used to have a hard rule not to start unfinished series, but too weak to good recommendations for that to last...

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May I suggest... by ana (4.00 / 5) #4 Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 11:21:03 AM EST
my own book?

Or get rabies. Also don't do that. --scrymarch

Olusoga by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 02:45:20 PM EST
Olusoga was excellent in that documentary about a house over it‘s lifetime. That book is on my wishlist as is Varuofakis though my greek friends are highly conflicted about him.

Theophile must've liked it by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Jan 07, 2019 at 06:30:08 AM EST
As he put it twice on his list (3 and 28)   

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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Good catch! by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Jan 07, 2019 at 04:05:37 PM EST
Should be fixed, replaced by "Carrier Pilot".
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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