2018 in books

So I haven’t posted much since moving the site and I thought that it might be interesting to do a reading roundup for the year. As usually most of my reading has been as audiobooks, Nick and I have an audible subscription and in addition I often get audiobooks from the library. This is great because my sight has been getting a bit wobbly this year for fine text close up and sewing and things so reading print has been difficult. I am going to work roughly backwards.

Today I finished reading Circe by Madeleine Miller which I read via the Selwyn Libraries BorrowBox app. I loved it. It was read by Perdita Weeks and she had a lovely lustrous voice that matched the content perfectly. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of weaving and Circe’s loom.

Last week Nick and I finished reading We Are Legion (We are Bob), the first book in the Bobiverse series which was loads of fun. We will no doubt read the other books in the series next year.

I read The Girl Who Circumnavigated FairyLand in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne Valente which was just magical. Another one from the library and good for teens. It made me think of the the Neverending Story or Alice’s Adventures in Woderland, that same kind of journeying story with a degree of threat and friends and strange characters they meet on the way.

We also read Simon Winchester’s Exactly: How Precision Engineers created the Modern World which was fascinating and written and read by the author in a wryly erudite style that I just loved. A great example of how having the right narrator adds so much to the text.

Nick and I read and very much enjoyed the Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin this year, highly recommended and of course much awarded.

I read Saga Land by Kari Gislason and Richard Fidler and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology within a month of each other. It’s always fun reading a different take on the Norse myths but Saga Land was more interesting as it delved into the Sagas themselves but mixed it with Karis personal family story. I haven’t actually read the sagas so I might put a few on the list for next year.

Lincoln in the Bardo made a wonderful audiobook as it was done by an ensemble including some quite recognisable voices. An impossible to describe book one would have to categorise it as Fantasy but it’s not anything like what most people thing of as fantasy.

I started the year reading Naomi Alderman’s The Power which I had been hearing a lot about on the Guardian Books podcast, and I really enjoyed it. It really deserves a sequel and maybe we’ll see one in a few years. Like the book above I guess you’d call it science fiction, but it’s not like most science fiction at all.

I also read The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht which i enjoyed, not the kind of book I normally read but like Lincoln in the Bardo it was just weird enough for me.