Favorite Books of 2018

One of the most amazing benefits of full-time travel has been an increase in the number of books I read in a month or year. I’ve always loved reading, but with working full-time and everything else, it seemed to take forever to work through the pages; even when I was loving the book. Now, I find that I have huge swaths of time to allow for reading - waiting time at the airport or train station, waiting time on the plane itself; these are all opportunities to read!

As I looked back at all the book reviews we’ve written this past year, I was amazed at the number of books we’ve read and the diversity in subject matter. Another thing that travel has allowed us is finding a much wider assortment of authors to choose from. It’s been great to see more women authors and non-white authors on the shelves. This variety has enriched our reading for sure.

So here is the list (in no particular order) of our favorite books that we read in 2018 (some of them were written well before 2018, but we’re just getting to them now). Read full book reviews for all these books here.

For the most part you can click on each of the images below to read our review of the novel (if we wrote one!).

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For those of you who like lists (which this really is!) here is a list of all the books we consider to be our favorites for 2018…in list form.

Favorite Books of 2018

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch had so much promise. We were drawn in by the idea of strong female characters and maybe a little bit by the idea that this would be a great homage to Joan of Arc. It ends up that it wasn’t. We were both so disappointed by this book that we almost took Bill Gates’s approach and just didn’t write about it. You know the old adage “nothing good to say…”. But we felt like we wanted to create some discourse. Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo and George Saunders has seemingly been all over the place lately. For a while there it seemed I could barely go one day without hearing about it in some form or other. So we picked up a copy to see what all the fuss was about and Wow! the fuss was not disproportionate to the pleasure of reading this book. We both enjoyed it immensely.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We broke some of our weight and volume rules when deciding to purchase Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie but are so glad we did. This book was engrossing and thoughtful and had us both absolutely interested from the beginning to the end. It was well worth carrying it around for a little while.