Every year (starting in 2016) I submitted a reading challenge on Goodreads and I have never completed it. Unfortunately, this year is no exception. How am I always so confident that the year is going to run so smoothly that I’d be able to read a lot of books at the beginning of the year? But that’s a story for another post, though. This year, I set a target of reading 24 books. So far, I’ve read 18 and I don’t think I could squeeze half a quarter books with only a few days left so I guess I could just start writing this post.
I think one of the many reasons I was unable to finish the challenge is because some of the books I read this year are non-fictions, the hard ones at it. I mean, with all the pressure that was on me, it took extra effort for me to finish the likes of Stephen Hawking’s Brief History of Time or Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Who am I kidding, right?
Of all the books I’ve read this year, here are several that really caught my attention:
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
I guess it’s not an exaggeration to say that everybody and their mommies are raving about this book this year and for good reason. For non-fiction, I particularly enjoyed this book so much. It was so well-written and despite being a hard slap on the face it wasn’t patronizing nor condescending to my liking. Mark Manson really delivers the message well.
Only Ever Yours
I picked up this book a few years ago in a book fair absent-mindedly because I didn’t find many good books. The cover didn’t look really inviting, I thought it was just typical shallow chick-lit that I wouldn’t finish. But then I run out things to read and haven’t got the time to buy new ones so I pick this book up. And well, I really like the story and the writer really knows how to make me sympathise with the main character. I read this before reading The Handmaid’s Tale but I read some reviews saying that it’s a younger and fresher take into The Handmaid’s Tale with a Mean Girls twist. Having read The Handmaid’s Tale now, I absolutely agree and to be perfectly honest, I prefer this book more. It grabs my attention more and even made me cry at one point.
As a fan of prehistoric and ancient history, I always love reading about it but hadn’t found any good book about it that doesn’t send me to immediate yawning mode. Until I find this book. Of course, this is one of the books that was also being quite highly raved recently. At first, I wasn’t really sure if I should get this book given my aforementioned experiences with a history book. But I finally found out why so many people are praising this book. It’s really well written and didn’t induce yawning. I really enjoy Yuval Noah Harari’s writing, highly informative and exciting you to keep turning the page. I am so looking forward to reading his other books.
It’s a collection of published essays by Laura Bates of The Everyday Sexism Project. It exposed the startling sexism behind everyday lives, relationship, workplace, basically everywhere. It’s well-written and really witty and since it’s comprised of short to medium essays, it makes an easy read. It really broadened my view towards mysogyny on everyday life. Moreover, it also made me realise that I really like the essay-type book like this one.
So, those are the best books I’ve read in 2018. Granted, it’s not a lot and not very diverse. I admit I haven’t read many great books this year, given the circumstances. But I’d really love to turn it around next year. And I’d absolutely love to finish the challenge too.
For more collection of books I’ve read or want to read this year and beyond, visit my Goodread page here. If you have one, let’s be friend on Goodreads. I’d really love to see your book recommendations <3