What I read in 2018


When I brought out The Book of Book Lists last year, I made a New Year's resolution that for the first time I would make a note of all the books I read in 2018 (for pleasure, a list which included those I read/consulted for work purposes would make it a much longer and quite different list). Here they are below, in the order in which I read them, with some occasional notes of clarification. My favourites are marked with an asterisk.

War and Peace (started 2017) by Leo Tolstoy
Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time (started 2017) by Hilary Spurling
Jacob’s Room is Full of Books (started 2017) by Susan Hill
Bone Ovation (poetry) by by Caroline Hardaker
Moonraker by Ian Fleming
A Good Face for Radio by Eddie Mair
Bedouin of the London Evening (poetry) by Rosemary Tonks
Why read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick
* Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
List of the Lost by Morrissey
Watling Street by John Higgs
The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
Anton (cartoons) by Antonia Yeoman
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog by Dylan Thomas
DK Guide to Rome
A Library Miscellany by Claire Cock-Starkey
In Search of Lost Books by Giorgio van Straten
Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
Stoner by John Williams
* The Mabinogi retold by Matthew Francis
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Snail that Climbed The Eiffel Tower and Other Work by John Minton by Martin Salisbury
The Death of Arthur (poetry) trans by Simon Armitage
Women and Power by Mary Beard
Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K Jerome
No More School by William Mayne
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Eleanor Oliphaunt is Completely Fine by by Gail Honeyman
Old Herbaceous by Reginald Arkell
Rare Books Uncovered by Rebecca Rego Barry
Following On by Emma John
Mr Weston’s Good Wine by T. F. Powys
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
The Shaggy Dog Story by Eric Partridge
We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
Flashman (re-read) by George MacDonald Fraser
The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
* Bright Day by JB Priestley
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Battlefield by William Mayne
Wilding by Isabella Tree
My Purple-Scented Novel by Ian McEwan
The Town That Went South by Clive King
* The Overstory by Richard Powers
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (trans and illus: Michael Smith)
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Walking Away by Simon Armitage
Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth by Catherine McIlwaine
The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy
A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
Tombland by CJ Sansom
Carousel (poetry and photographs) by Rebecca Goss and Chris Routledge
The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
A Christmas Carol (annual re-read) by Charles Dickens
The Box of Delights (annual re-read) by John Masefield

I didn't keep a list of short stories which I will for next year, but this year they included Bobby Brewster’s First Fun by HE Todd and Crisp New Bills for Mr Teagle by Frank Sullivan.

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