Two thousand and eighteen started with a bang! The first few books I chose were examples of beautiful writing. I also experimented with note taking without affecting my speed. Unfortunately because of personal events and requiring a long time to get back to speed I missed my reading goals. Nevertheless, I am happy with both the quality and quantity of books.
A few statistics for perspective: I read 6,569 pages across 21 books. The shortest book was The Death of Ivan Ilyich at 118 pages while the longest was The Well of Ascension at 590 pages. On average I rated 3.7 stars. The first book I read was Flash Boys by Michael Lewis. The last book of 2018 was Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I ended up missing my reading goal by 3 books.
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If you’d like to see all the books I read then visit my year in books. With that out of the way let me share my favourite reads of 2018.
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande ― This is a call to humanise the capitalistic medical industry which has perfected the art of rationalised cruelty losing sight of the patients well being. Beautifully written, thought-provoking, and drawing on personal experiences of the author.
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert ― A beautifully written book that weaves history, biology, palaeontology, geology and other natural sciences to present a grim picture of what we are doing to our planet and its inhabitants.
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis ― What I really loved about the book was the writing. The narrative was focused on how High-Frequency Trading (HFT) firms were profiting from the stock market. I recommend you read this book even if you don’t have any interest in the subject because the writing is that good!
Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ― The writing felt modern. The pacing is on point. Charlotte Brontë has captured emotional observations really well. This is the second time I’ve read in a group and I enjoyed the experience. It’s fun to share thoughts and listen to different perspectives.
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin and Ken Liu (translator) ― The author has done a wonderful job of mixing different elements that come together beautifully creating a fascinating world. It has flaws notably the drawn-out middle and hard to understand science towards the end. However, the ending makes up for all the shortcomings.
Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag ― The characters, shifts in time and the ending were excellent. This is my second fiction book by an Indian author and it is very good. Highly recommend it if you love short stories.
Looking Forward To 2019
I’ve set a modest target of twelve books for 2019. The aim is to read one book deeply, a classic, fiction by an Indian author, and a book on photography.
Currently reading the following series of books ―
I hope you had a good 2018 reading wise and all the best for your reading goals this year. Happy reading!