fuck yeah reading: 2018 books

January 1st, 2019 9:00 am by Kelly Garbato

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This year was a dumpster fire, both personally and politically/locally and globally/for reasons both obvious and not yet stated. Somehow I still found time to read a whopping 133 books, impressive even when you remove the kids’ 34-pagers from the equation. (There weren’t too many, and some were downright essential to my mental health, so.)

I set a pretty modest goal of one book a week and blew it out of the water, as illustrated by this bootyful Goodreads chart.

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(Low expectations, they are a lifesaver.)

My favorites are starred, but if you check out just a handful of my picks, may I suggest My Boyfriend is a Bear, Any Man, and/or Leslie Crawford and Sonja Stangl’s picture books about farmed animals who saved themselves? Pure joy there, folks.

P.S. I cheated on the cover gallery and left in some books that I received for review in 2018 but never quite got around to reading. They just looked so darn pretty there, and this way y’all have a preview of what I’ll be doing in the days and weeks to come. See if you can spot the extras for bonus points!

 

fuck yeah reading: 2018 book list

  1. Wayward (Wayward Pines #2) by Blake Crouch (2013)
  2. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (2012)
  3. The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch (2014)
  4. Kim Reaper, Volume 1: Grim Beginnings (Kim Reaper #1-4) by Sarah Graley (2018); reviewed here
  5. The New Hunger (Warm Bodies #1.5) by Isaac Marion (2015); reread: originally reviewed here *
  6. Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks by Jim Mahfood (2017); reviewed here
  7. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (2018); reviewed here *
  8. Black Genealogy: Poems (The Mineral Point Poetry Series, Volume 6) by Kiki Petrosino and Lauren Haldeman (2017); reviewed here
  9. Black Comix Returns edited by John Jennings and Damian Duffy (2018); reviewed here
  10. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One (Women are some kind of magic #2) by Amanda Lovelace (2018); reviewed here
  11. We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly (2016)
  12. Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery (Incognegro Graphic Novels #1) by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece (2018); reviewed here
  13. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang (2014)
  14. Pestilence, Volume 1 by Frank Tieri, Mike Marts, and Oleg Okunev (2018); reviewed here
  15. Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow (2018); reviewed here
  16. Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz (2018); reviewed here
  17. The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics (2017); reviewed here
  18. Sci-Fu by Yehudi Mercado (2018); reviewed here
  19. All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell (2018); reviewed here
  20. Bingo Love by Tee Franklin and Jenn St-Onge (2018); reviewed here
  21. War Mother by Fred Van Lente, Stephen Segovia, and Tomás Giorello (2018); reviewed here
  22. Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown (2018); reviewed here
  23. 30 Days of Night, Vol. 1 by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith (2007); reviewed here
  24. 30 Days of Night, Vol. 2: Dark Days by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith (2007); reviewed here
  25. My Boyfriend Is a Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris (2018); reviewed here *
  26. 30 Days of Night, Vol. 3: Return to Barrow by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith (2004); reviewed here
  27. 30 Days of Night, Vol. 7: Eben and Stella by Steve Niles, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Justin Randall (2007); reviewed here
  28. Spectacle, Vol. 1 by Megan Rose Gedris (2018); reviewed here
  29. Petra by Marianna Coppo (2018); reviewed here
  30. 30 Days of Night, Vol. 9: Beyond Barrow by Steve Niles and Bill Sienkiewicz (2008); reviewed here
  31. Firebug by Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain (2018); reviewed here
  32. Jessica Jones: Alias Omnibus by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos (2006)
  33. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish (2017)
  34. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (2014) *
  35. Jessica Jones: The Pulse: The Complete Collection (The Pulse #1-3) by Brian Michael Bendis (2014); reviewed here
  36. Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism edited by Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan (2018); reviewed here
  37. Bald Knobber by Robert Sergel (2018); reviewed here
  38. The Ghost, The Owl by Franco and Sara Richard (2018); reviewed here
  39. Flocks by L. Nichols (2018); reviewed here
  40. Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye (2018); reviewed here
  41. Box of Bones #1 by Ayize Jama-Everett and John Jennings (2018); reviewed here
  42. Atar Gull by Fabien Nury and Brüno (2016); reviewed here
  43. Jessica Jones: Avenger by Brian Michael Bendis, et al. (2016); reviewed here
  44. Under Dogs by Andrius Burba (2018); reviewed here
  45. Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome. edited by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner (2018)
  46. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (2016)
  47. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (1996)
  48. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (2015)
  49. Puerto Rico Strong edited by Hazel Newlevant, Desiree Rodriguez, and Marco Lopez (2018); reviewed here
  50. Coyotes, Volume 1 by Sean Lewis and Caitlin Yarsky (2018); reviewed here
  51. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson (2017); reviewed here
  52. Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia (2017)
  53. All Good Children by Dayna Ingram (2016)
  54. I Really Didn’t Think This Through: Tales from My So-Called Adult Life by Beth Evans (2018); reviewed here
  55. Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book One by Jeff Lemire, José Villarrubia, Michael Sheen, and Carlos M. Mangual (2015)
  56. Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book Two by Jeff Lemire, José Villarrubia, and Carlos M. Mangual (2016)
  57. Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book Three by Jeff Lemire, José Villarrubia, Carlos M. Mangual, and Matt Kindt (2016); reviewed here
  58. Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel (2018); reviewed here
  59. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (2017)
  60. Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering (2018); reviewed here
  61. Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy #1) by Stephen King (2014)
  62. Whose Bum? by Chris Tougas (2018); reviewed here
  63. The Secret Loves of Geeks edited by Hope Nicholson (2018); reviewed here
  64. Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy #2) by Stephen King (2015)
  65. Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters (2014)
  66. Down from the Mountain by Elizabeth Fixmer (2015); reviewed here
  67. Rockabilly/Psychobilly: An Art Anthology by Jamie Kendall (2018); reviewed here
  68. Please Don’t Grab My P#$$y by Julia Young and Matt Harkins (2018); reviewed here
  69. Scout’s Heaven by Bibi Dumon Tak (2018); reviewed here
  70. Zenobia by Morten Dürr and Lars Horneman (2018); reviewed here
  71. Sheets by Brenna Thummler (2018); reviewed here
  72. Open Earth by Sarah Mirk, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre (2018); reviewed here
  73. All the Rage by Courtney Summers (2015)
  74. End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy #3) by Stephen King (2016)
  75. Spectacle (Menagerie #2) by Rachel Vincent (2017); reviewed here
  76. Chimera: Book One – The Righteous and the Lost by Tyler Ellis (2018); reviewed here
  77. The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2) by Isaac Marion (2017); reviewed here
  78. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (2014) *
  79. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (2013); reviewed here *
  80. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (2018); reviewed here
  81. Hasib & The Queen of Serpents: A Thousand and One Nights Tale by David B. (2018); reviewed here
  82. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (2016)
  83. Luisa: Now and Then by Carole Maurel (2018); reviewed here
  84. I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, John Jennings, and Stacey Robinson (2017); reviewed here *
  85. SMASH: Trial by Fire by Chris A. Bolton and Kyle Bolton (2018); reviewed here
  86. Ark Land by Scott A. Ford (2018); reviewed here
  87. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (2016)
  88. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (2018); reviewed here *
  89. Any Man by Amber Tamblyn (2018); reviewed here *
  90. Quiver by Julia Watts (2018); reviewed here
  91. Sadie by Courtney Summers (2018); reviewed here
  92. Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly (2018); reviewed here
  93. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (2013) *
  94. The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus (2018) *
  95. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington (2007)
  96. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)
  97. Grace and Fury (Untitled #1) by Tracy Banghart (2018); reviewed here
  98. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (2016); reviewed here
  99. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (2018)
  100. Emotions Explained with Buff Dudes: Owlturd Comix by Andrew Tsyaston (2018); reviewed here
  101. Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels (2018); reviewed here *
  102. Someone I Used to Know by Patty Blount (2018); reviewed here
  103. The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel (2016) *
  104. Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah (2018); reviewed here
  105. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (2018); reviewed here
  106. The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark (2018); reviewed here
  107. Daughters of Forgotten Light by Sean Grigsby (2018); reviewed here
  108. Room by Emma Donoghue (2010)
  109. The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish by Scott Koblish (2018); reviewed here
  110. Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill (2018); reviewed here
  111. Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files by Zack Handlen, Todd VanDerWerff, and Patrick Leger (2018); reviewed here
  112. Donald and the Golden Crayon by P. Shauers (2018); reviewed here
  113. Loading Penguin Hugs: Heartwarming Comics from Chibird by Jacqueline Chen (2018); reviewed here
  114. The Book of Onions: Comics to Make You Cry Laughing and Cry Crying by Jake Thompson (2018); reviewed here
  115. Lil’ Donnie Volume 1: Executive Privilege by Mike Norton (2018); reviewed here
  116. The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (2017)
  117. Watersnakes by Antonio Sandoval (2018); reviewed here
  118. Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life by Dante Fabiero (2018); reviewed here
  119. Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously by Adam Ellis (2018); reviewed here
  120. How to Be Successful without Hurting Men’s Feelings: Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women by Sarah Cooper (2018); reviewed here
  121. Claw the System: Poems from the Cat Uprising by Francesco Marciuliano (2018); reviewed here
  122. Gwen the Rescue Hen by Leslie Crawford and Sonja Stangl (2018); reviewed here *
  123. To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel by Fred Fordham (adapter/Illustrator) and Harper Lee (2018); review coming soon
  124. Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (2018); reviewed here
  125. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall (2017) *
  126. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (2018)
  127. Yes, I’m Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab by Huda Fahmy (2018); review coming soon *
  128. Sprig the Rescue Pig by Leslie Crawford and Sonja Stangl (2018); review coming soon *
  129. Book Love by Debbie Tung (2019); review coming soon
  130. A Suicide Bomber Sits in the Library by Jack Gantos and Dave McKean (2019)
  131. [Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise edited by by Michelle Halket (2018); review coming soon
  132. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (2019); review coming soon
  133. Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton (2018); review coming soon *

bonus list: miscellaneous

  1. The Year of the Introvert: A Journal of Daily Inspiration for the Inwardly Inclined by Michaela Chung (2018); reviewed here
  2. Sibley: Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky: 50 Postcards by David Allen Sibley (2018); reviewed here

 

2018 Cover Gallery

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