Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Book List

Well fans, 2018 is over.  It was consistent, in that I didn't quite make a number of goals I had for myself, but I made a good showing in all of them.  It is interesting that in 2017 I hit every goal I set for myself, and in 2018 I didn't really hit any of them.  Is that a life lesson?  Success is an all or nothing proposition?  Sounds like a writing exercise waiting to happen ;)

I read 46 books in 2018.  While I didn't get to my goal of 52, I will repeat what I said last year: I was blessed by these books.  Even those that seem frivolous have affected me and how I think about the world.  I feel like I'm just a little bit better than I was a year ago due to what I have read.  So with that I recommend that you consider a reading goal for yourself.  It might just be one of those "shoot for the stars, and hit the moon" type of things, but I'm confident it will be positive for you.

I should report on my ancillary goals I added last year to read within certain genres.  To be honest, I didn't track this at all this year, so I'm just going to count up what I did and be surprised with you.

Self Help/Business (11)
Fantasy (26)
Religious (2)

Well, that is what you get when you don't track a goal, friends.  I was supposed to get at least 12 in each category.

I'm resetting on the same goals and hope to improve this year.  Have a great 2019!  See you in a year!

1The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-UpsLeonard SaxJanuary 3
2Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's BonesBrandon SandersonJanuary 17
3The Neverending Story Michael EndeJanuary 17
4As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideCary ElwesJanuary 24
5Alcatraz Versus the Knights of CrystalliaBrandon SandersonJanuary 29
6I Am LegendRichard MathesonJanuary 31
7The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a TimeArianna HuffingtonFebruary 10
8Alcatraz Versus the Shattered LensBrandon SandersonFebruary 12
9Murder on the Orient ExpressAgatha ChristieFebruary 16
10The Dark TalentBrandon SandersonFebruary 22
11Joseph Smith: Rough Stone RollingRichard L. BushmanMarch 24
12New SpringRobert JordanApril 10
13OathbringerBrandon SandersonMay 14
14Richest Man in BabylonGeorge S. ClasonMay 17
15The Total Money MakeoverDave RamseyMay 18
16Rich Dad Poor DadRobert KiyosakiMay 29
17How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do ItMark CubanJune 1
18Domes of Fire (Tamuli 1) David EddingsJune 15
19The Final Empire (Mistborn 1)Brandon SandersonJuly 7
20The Well of Ascension (Mistborn 2)Brandon SandersonAugust 1
21CaravalStepanie GarberAugust 10
22The Hero of Ages (Mistborn 3)Brandon SandersonAugust 26
23The Cash Flow Quadrant - Rich Dad's Guide to Financial FreedomRobert KiyosakiAugust 28
24The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's WealthyThomas J. StanleySeptember 3
25The Alloy of Law (Mistborn 4)Brandon SandersonSeptember 4
26Shadows of Self (Mistborn 5) Brandon SandersonSeptember 9
27The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn 6)Brandon SandersonSeptember 18
28Shadows for Silence in the Forests of HellBrandon SandersonSeptember 19
29NeverwhereNeil GaimanSeptember 23
30The Tao of PoohBenjamin HoffSeptember 26
31The Art of WarSun TzuOctober 6
32The Sword of ShannaraTerry BrooksOctober 24
33The Emperor's SoulBrandon SandersonOctober 27
34Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere CollectionBrandon SandersonNovember 3
35WarcrossMarie LuNovember 14
36SkywardBrandon SandersonNovember 25
37The Camel ClubDavid BaldacciDecember 6
38MitosisBrandon SandersonDecember 6
39Stone ColdDavid BaldacciDecember 10
40A Confusion of PrincesGarth NixDecember 12
41SabrielGarth NixDecember 20
42Hit RefreshSatya NadellaDecember 26
43Mary PoppinsP.L. TraversDecember 28
44The Shining OnesDavid EddingsDecember 30
45White Sand, Volume 1Brandon SandersonDecember 30
46A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger LifeBrian GrazerDecember 31