6-Month Review: Books I’ve Read So Far This Year + My Reading List & Wishlist

Hello June, or the middle of it. A good place to share all the books I’ve read so far this year.

I don’t know about you, but I love finding out what others are reading or have read.

Without the tyranny of an English major’s reading list (I graduated last year), I was worried that my reading habits would slow down. Fortunately, I don’t think it has. At least not as much as I expected it to. I mean, I do enjoy the leisurely pace at which I am allowed to read, as well as the freedom to curate my own reading list, but at the same time I do miss the sheer pressure of having to read up to 3 or 4 novels a week. Also the fact that a prescribed list almost always ensures a few good gems in the mix, what with REALLY GOOD books being so difficult to discover and all. This is meant to be just a fun little post, and maybe it’ll give you some ideas about what to read next.

So without further ado, here are all the books I’ve read so far beginning 1st January 2018 till today (not in order):

  1. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  2. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
  3. 1Q84, Haruki Murakami
  4. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Haruki Murakami
  5. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
  6. China Dolls, Lisa See
  7. The Dip, Seth Godin
  8. Essentialism, Greg McKeown
  9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
  10. Ecotopia, Ernest Callenbach
  11. The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  12. Tools of Titans, Tim Ferriss
  13. Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
  14. Inside Steve’s Mind, Leander Kahney
  15. Inheritance, Balli Kaur Jaswal
  16. Boy and Going Solo, Roald Dahl
  17. Trigger Warning, Neil Gaiman
  18. Creativity, inc, Ed Catmull
  19. Show Your Work, Austin Kleon
  20. Inferno, Dan Brown
  21. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne
  22. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler

Not too bad, but I could definitely do better! I’m still going strong, though. Currently, I’m reading Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, Junot Diaz’s Drown as well as Angie Sage’s Queste — a book I’ve been waiting over 10 years to read, having read the first three books of the Septimus Heap series as a kid.

And for the rest of the year? I usually prefer reading books as I chance upon them, but I do have a few in mind that I definitely want to get my hands on, namely:

  1. All of Tim Ferriss’ other books (he’s my favourite life coach right now)
  2. One-Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. The Little Friend, Donna Tartt
  4. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami

I will always strongly advocate reading, whether fiction or non-fiction. It’s one of the best ways to expand our lives. What about you? What have you been reading or hope to read?





7 thoughts on “6-Month Review: Books I’ve Read So Far This Year + My Reading List & Wishlist

  1. What did you think of 1Q84? I thought it was epic, and unlike almost anything else I’d ever read. I also really enjoyed his ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’. Looks like a solid list so far! I love Tim Ferriss, but I found Tools of Titans kind of disappointing? Not sure why exactly…


    1. I LOVE 1Q84, it was definitely one of the most epic books over read too! I have a post here (https://hephzibahgrace.com/2018/05/17/haruki-murakamis-1q84-writing-a-fictional-world/) if you’re interested. I like tools of Titans crazy much as it was so helpful and comprehensive but I can understand why it can be disappointing– perhaps because it was pretty touch and go and these things are from his interviews instead of being completely fresh? I loved it tho

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      1. I’ll check it out – thanks. I’ve recently read a couple of great narrative non fiction books you might enjoy. The Fish That Ate The Whale, by Rich Cohen, and River of Doubt. Both are fantastic!

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