Books can entertain, educate, or even change one’s thinking.
When I looked back over the list of the 56 books I read in 2018, I was amazed at the variety and the things I learned. I learned some history while I was entertained, and I hope I learned something about writing. Several of the books changed my thinking. You can’t ask a book to give you more than that.
The books that entertained, educated, or changed me or my thinking in 2018 are listed here in alphabetical order by author.
Fascism: A Warning, by Madeleine Korbel Albright
The Taster, by V.S. Alexander
The Atomic City Girls, by Janet Beard
White Chrysanthemum, by Mary Lynn Bracht
Climbing Over Grit, by Laleh Chini and Abnoos Mosleh-Shirazi
Another Ocean to Cross, by Ann Griffin
Sea Prayer, by Khaled Hosseini
The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris
A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, by John Pavlovitz
Fighting to Win: Samurai Techniques For Your Work and Life, by David J. Rogers
The Broken Girls, by Simone St. James
Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back, by Jackie Speier
The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware
Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate
Since my December 17, 2018 blog post
My December 17, 2018 blog post was more than a bit pessimistic. The title described my current dilemma: https://janetswritingblog.com/2018/12/17/to-write-or-not-to-write/.
I have heard from a number of you since then. You have offered encouragement and helped prop me up. Knowing I have blog readers in quite a few countries from around the world in addition to those in the US who cared enough to take time to leave comments has boosted my morale and helped me to determine that I must continue to work on that historical novel I’ve worked on off and on for a decade.
Even if there are days I can only write for 15 minutes, then that’s what I’ll do in 2019. Slowly but surely, I will finish writing that book!
For those of you who read my blog from last Monday, https://janetswritingblog.com/2018/12/24/do-you-believe-in-miracles/, I hope you were moved by this real life story from 40 years ago.
Until my next blog post
I hope you have a good book to read. I’m reading At Home on the Kazakh Steppe: A Peace Corps Memoir, by Janet Givens. I’m thoroughly enjoying it. You can check out her website at https://janetgivens.com/.
If you’re a writer, I hope you have productive writing time.
Thank you for reading my blog. You could have spent the last few minutes doing something else, but you chose to read my blog. I appreciate it and I welcome your comments.
Let’s continue the conversation.
What are some of the books that educated you or changed your life or your thinking?
Happy New Year!