2018 Reading

By Alex Priest

By Alex Priest

Persepolis Rising

James S. A. Corey

$30.00 $27.60

So fun. Love The Expanse.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

John Carreyrou

$27.95 $25.71

β˜… Gripping read of one of silicon valley's biggest disasters (and I'm not talking about Uber in 2017).

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

Jenny Blake

$18.00 $16.56

β˜… A really valuable tool for me as I was undergoing a career transition, and one I will revisit several times, I imagine.

Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

$16.99 $15.63

Interesting and provocative, although not as compelling or convincing as the dust cover would lead you to believe.

The Stars Are Legion (Reprint)

Kameron Hurley

$17.99 $16.55

I'll be honest: I don't remember a ton about this book. The all-female cast is compelling and interesting, but overall it just didn't stick with me.

The Heart's Invisible Furies

John Boyne

$18.00 $16.56

β˜… My favorite book of 2018, by far. Please do yourself a favor and pick this up if you haven't already.

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Franklin Foer


Ahead of his time, in some ways. Good read.

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

$27.00 $24.84

This was fine.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff

$30.00 $27.60

Writing from 2020: if only we knew how quaint this portrayal was of who would become one of the worst, most dangerous leaders our country has ever seen.

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence

Esther Perel

$17.99 $16.55

I like Esther Perel, and find her work compelling, but this didn't do much for me for some reason.

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

Alan Watts

$16.00 $14.72

β˜… My second read through, and certainly won't be my last. Essential reading.

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

Pema ChΓΆdrΓΆn

$16.95 $15.59

β˜… Really great, short read. Really helpful for me during an especially stressful period of 2018.

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Sam Quinones

$18.00 $16.56

β˜… Hard to imagine a better rundown of the opioid crisis. Must read.

Marfa: The Transformation of a West Texas Town

Kathleen Shafer


β˜… A delightful primer on the wonderfully weird town we call home.

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

Scott Stossel

$16.95 $15.59

β˜… Powerful and informative read about one man's confrontation with chronic anxiety.


Stephen King

$35.00 $32.20

β˜… Stephen King sci-fi + political history is a dream come true for a nerd like me. Loved this one.

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Francine Prose


β˜… Runner up for favorite book of 2018. A fantastic romp through history with incredible characters.

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents

Lindsay C. Gibson

$18.95 $17.43

β˜… A useful read for literally anyone, even if you had the best parents in the world.