Don’t Book Back // 2018 in Review

I set the goal to read more in 2018. While I went the first six months sans picking up a book, a mid-year vacation and a great book really kicked me into gear. Suddenly, I was consuming a book a week and subsequently sharing them on Lucindervention.

It was the first time I enjoyed reading since elementary school, with the exception of that summer before graduate school when I read all of Bret Easton Ellis’ books. Reading always seemed like a chore to be done along with homework. Even when it came to the assignments in grad school, I only read to glean what I thought the professor wanted us to know and to absorb something that I could bring up in discussion and consequently be proclaimed as insightful.

While one author in particular was unhappy with a comment I made in a review of her book (in which I mentioned the book was better than her last, which TBH was a total dumpster fire, just ask the Amazon reviews) and aired her thought out on Twitter, this was an excellent exercise for me. Despite an unfortunate reaction by said author, after a short hiatus, I will continue the series into 2019 starting next week. Until then, allow me to share with you the favorites that I read (and re-read) in 2018:

  • Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of 80s and 90s Teen Fiction had me laughing out loud on the elliptical. I don’t know what made me more sore, the elliptical I was exercising on while digesting the book (and more than an hour at a time) or the belly laughs induced by this book.
  • I am shocked that #fashionvictim: A Novel did not blow up to Crazy, Rich Asians level. The take on the slasher genre meets Instagram culture is underrated and the perfect read leading up to Halloween. The satirical perspective kept me from getting too uncomfortable in reading it and I loved it.
  • Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs is always worth the revisit. I know I have read this in full at least four times, the first time being in one sitting. It is never lets me down when I need a laugh but at the same time, Dave Holmes provided a candid look at his life in the framework of song titles. Fitting from the iconic VJ.
  • Sex and the City and Us by Jennifer Keishen Armstrong was gifted to me by The Bradshaw Boys. It is a fantastic book providing insight into the development of the iconic series and its subsequent impact.
  • Have you ever encountered a rut in your professional life? Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It In Your Career. Rock Social Media is the antidote to a career slump and it made me look at what I was pursuing from a different perspective. It was a long overdue wake up call.

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