Best Books I Read In 2018
This year has been quite a prolific reading year for me, with a good mixture of fiction and non-fiction, which is unusual.
The stand-out read that has had the biggest impact on me was The Mindbody Prescription, by Dr John Sarno.
The book utterly cured my emerging RSI in one sitting. I've recommended it to family and friends who have similar pain and conditions, which I suspect to also have psychosomatic origins.
Other non-fiction I really enjoyed included In Therapy, absorbing transcripts of real therapy sessions.
Women & Power from Mary Beard made for timely reading, and Nothing To Envy opened my eyes to the reality of North Korean society.
Bad Blood was one of the best investigative journalism pieces I've ever read, detailed the euphoric rise and proceeding collapse of the fraud that was Theranos.
Fiction wise, I finally read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - and realise what the fuss is all about. What a fun novel!
I also found a new favourite espionage author in Charles Cumming, and devoured his Thomas Kell series this year with much delight.
Looking forward to 2019, I plan on reading more fiction as I slowly let go of the idea that the time could be spent learning facts instead. I'm particularly interested in finding some smaller, self-published authors to follow, and expanding my cyberpunk and sci-fi library.
A side note of sorts, this year I was gifted a Kobo ereader, and have read many of these titles on it. Apart from stopping the flood of paper in to our small little flat, it has been a joy to use and is much easier on the eyes than a Kindle I tried to work with many years ago.
It works with calibre too, so I can load ebooks bought elsewhere, which is very handy indeed.