Favorite Books Read In 2018

A back dated post from my old website (RIP hacked/dead alexmanderson.com url).

I only read 10 books in 2018. I know 10 is nothing to scoff at, but since I first started trying to read 52 books a year back in 2014 ( a goal I rarely hit), 2018 is the year I read the least.

For the Record:

2014 – 48 Books

2015 – 106 Books

2016 – 100 Books

2017 – 37 Books

2018 – 10 Books

2019 – 32 Books

2020 – 75 Books

2021 – 52 Books

2022 – 41 Books

Unfortunately I don’t have any memories of why I didn’t read much. Probably just got out of the habit.

The other reason I might not have read more is that almost none of the books, aside from maybe my #1 or #2 really stuck with me.

I will admit to enjoying the “oversimplification and generalization of a foreign word and basing your personality on it” genre of books.

Usually they boil down to “Hey, if the US cared about its citizens health at all, guns weren’t a personality, the government prioritized children/parents wellbeing, you focused more on yourself, the earth, and community, you might feel a bit better about life and not spend time worry about going into debt for an ambulance ride.” Still, give me all that “Hygge“, “Lagom”, “Lykke”, etc. bullshit. I will read all 120 pages of every single one.

Ranked below in descending order are 7 of the 10 titles I read and enjoyed the most in 2018.

Favorite Books Read In 2018


Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives by Sarah Williams Goldhagen

Pages: 384

Release Date: April 11, 2017


Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much, Just Right: The Swedish Guide to Creating Balance in Your Life by Niki Brantmark

Pages: 288

Release Date: September 21, 2017


The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People by Meik Wiking

Pages: 288

Release Date: September 7, 2017


The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us and What We Can Do about Them by Lucy Jones

Pages: 242

Release Date: April 17, 2018


1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

Pages: 563

Release Date: August 9, 2005


Home: A Short History of an Idea by Witold Rybczynski

Pages: 272

Release Date: June 8, 1905


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Pages: 359

Release Date: April 18, 2017

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