2018 Book List, January edition

I decided last year that I spend way too much time online, generally being enraged by Facebook, so in 2018 I’m turning off the computer and picking up my books. (Yes, I know, I’m working on this site right now instead of reading, but I have been good so far!) I’ll keep track of the books I finish here, and hopefully by December 31st the list will be better than in 2017.

1.) Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances,¬†Neil Gaiman – I don’t typically pick up short stories, but I love everything this man writes. This one didn’t disappoint.

2.) Hearts in Atlantis, Stephen King – such a fun vacation read! I didn’t love all the segments, but was well worth the time.

3.) The Witches, Roald Dahl – okay, this one I read aloud to the kids at bedtime. But it’s a classic, and it counts.

4.) The Monsters of Templeton, Lauren Groff – a great story of a woman who comes home to a small town full of secrets and mysteries. Dark and thoughtful and fabulous character development.

5.) The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel, Diane Setterfield – technically I read this in late December and finished it on January 1st, but I’ve decided to include it because I want everyone to read it. Parallels to Jane Eyre and dark and creepy and the protagonist is a biographer who works in a bookstore and I loved it.

6.)¬†Salt: A World History, Mark Kurlansky – I’m only about halfway through, but so interesting. I love non-fiction books about specific subjects like this. Other favorites include:
* Tulipomania : The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused
* The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.)

* The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Comments are open if you’d like to add your input and suggestions. More to come!

See the February list here!


  1. I have The Professor and the Madman on my list. At this point, it looks unlikely that Mel Gibson will succeed with his film version, which may be all to the good. “Salt” is an excellent piece of work. Thanks for your interest in Under Western Skies. Happy reading.

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