2018 Reading Challenge


this year i had a quest to finish 52 books.

when i lived in new york i had a lot of extra time on my hands and breezed through books. these days, it’s hard for me to read one book a month as my eyes are tired from staring at a computer all day or through a camera’s viewfinder for hours. so i started listening to audio books and it’s been such a joy. as i edit images, work on my website or tackle my bookkeeping i am able to adventure through all of the books i yearn to devour! i know it’s not technically reading, but i’d rather at least listen to a book being read than not experience the authors words at all, right?

so here are my 2018 reads in no particular order and doesn’t include cookbooks which i generally read cover to cover before diving in and experimenting with recipes. and if you want to add in the cookbooks, i read about 15 new ones!

  1. the hate you give by angie thomas
    my favorite book this year. every white american needs to read this book.

  2. you are a badass at making money by jen sincero

  3. ready player one by ernest cline

  4. we are water by wally lamb

  5. sing, unburied, sing by jesmyn ward

  6. my own words by ruth bader ginsberg

  7. the magic strings of frankie presto by mitch albom

  8. secrets of the millionaire mind by t harv eker

  9. you don’t look your age and other fairy tales sheila nevins

  10. the little book of lykke by meik wiking

  11. harry potter (#1) by jk rowling

  12. talk like ted by carmine gallo

  13. best state ever by dave barry (read this one)

  14. the year of yes by shondra rhimes

    another favorite! any grey’s fan NEEDS THIS BOOK IN THEIR LIFE!

  15. dreams from my father by barack obama

  16. small great things by jodi picoult

  17. 13 dates by matt dunn

  18. the audacity of hope by barack obama

  19. divergent (#1) by veronica roth (read this one)

  20. educated by tara westover

  21. the misadventures of awkward black girl by issa rae

  22. i’m judging you by luvvie ajayi

  23. between the world and me by ta-nehisi coates

  24. hunger by roxane gay

  25. you can’t touch my hair by phoebe robinson

  26. unfu*k yourself by gary john bishop

  27. twilight by stephenie meyer (i’ve read a million times but wanted to listen to the audiobook for a new experience! forgot how different the book is vs the movie)

  28. rising strong by brené brown

although i did not reach my goal of one book a week, i did read more than i have in years and i’m so grateful. here’s to many more reading (and listening) adventures in the new year!

what did YOU read this year that you loved? i love talking books!


for 2019 i’m not going to do a challenge but i will keep on this path of reading / listening to as many books as possible. feel free to be my friend on good reads! (link)