It is that time of year again to reflect on how well I did with the past year resolution and start to plan new ones for the upcoming year. This year one of my resolutions was to read War and Peace and I am sad to say I only made it to page 800. I have already decided that part of my 2019 resolution will include reading War and Peace. I also attempt to read a certain number of books every year for the past couple of years I have made my reading goal 50 books and sadly for the past couple of years I have falling short of that goal. This year though may be the year I finally achieve my 50 books goal. Currently this year I have read 40 books which means I have almost a month to read 10 books. The one thing I love about setting reading goals for the year is it challenges me to read more and, in the process, discover new books. This year I have read some amazing books, here are some of the great books I have read this year.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Stratup
By John Carreyrou
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recounts his investigation into Silicon Valley startup company Theranos, which claimed its new machine would speed up and simplify blood testing. Describes interviews with insiders, research into the technology, threats he received as he uncovered fraud after fraud, and Theranos’s eventual collapse. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
The Great Alone
By Kristin Hannah
1974. Former Vietnam prisoner of war Ernt Allbright moves his family, including wife Cora and thirteen-year-old daughter Leni, north to Alaska. While the weather is temperate, the family survives on the generosity of locals. But when winter descends, Ernt’s mental health fractures. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
An American Marriage
By Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy have their lives ripped apart when Roy is unjustly arrested and sentenced to twelve years for rape. In her distress, Celestial leans on her best friend, Andre, which causes complications when Roy is released early. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2018.
The Wife Between Us
By Greer Whelan Hendricks & Sarah Julia Pekkanen
A tangled love triangle isn’t what it seems. An exploration of the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths often ignored in the name of love. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
By Ron Chernow
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington (DB 72132) and Alexander Hamilton (DB 58364) provides a detailed portrait of Civil War general and eventual president Ulysses S. Grant. Discusses Grant’s life prior to the Civil War, his business troubles, his remarkable role in the war, his later political career, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.