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My 2018 reading list is all over the place

Like many of you, I decided to make a 2018 reading list. I read a ton online, but books are totally different. I’m not a fast reader either so one or two books a month is ambitious for me. And on top of THAT, I book-hop.

So yeah, the whole reading thing doesn’t really come naturally to me. That said, I’ve got my Kindle fired up, a couple of Audiobooks on tap and even a paperback or two. I’m coming for you, 2018 reading list. Here are a few of the books on my list, followed by my affiliate links which means I earn money on purchases made.

Want to see my 2019 reading list? There’s a post for that too!

My 2018 reading list from fiction to memoirs. Here are the first 11 books on my reading list.

2018 Reading List by Type

Book to Movie Picks

In January, I read Ready Player One, which is not a new book but it’s hyped right now because of the Steven Spielberg adaptation hitting theaters in March. I loved this book! Not only was my 80s inner child grinning from ear to ear, it was just a nice fun ride of a book and not too thinky, which was exactly what I needed.

I bought my copy of A Wrinkle in Time over a year ago but I still need to read it before the movie comes out. I know it’s a classic for most people but I don’t think I ever read it as a kid and if I did, I obviously need a refresher. There’s also a movie tie-in version but I’m sure the one I have is fine.

Wonder the book and movie has already been everywhere and both me and Oscar read it last year. I also grabbed this picture book, We’re All Wonders for Calvin at Christmas and I just love the messaging. We still need to see the movie though! But that’s for another post.

While we haven’t read the book yet, we did see The House with a Clock in its Walls movie. Check out our thoughts!


Sisters First is the memoir written by the Bush sisters, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush. I’m always fascinated by the children of Presidents and while I haven’t finished it yet, I really enjoy reading about their childhood, especially since we are roughly the same age and I can picture what I was doing at the time.

If you don’t mind it when things get a little sweary, you may enjoy the The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*$% by Mark Manson. It’s tough love for entrepreneurs and it’s a nice kick in the pants at the beginning of the year. I actually read this one in December but I’m counting it.

The Road Back to You is a book a friend recommended to me that’s been collecting dust on my kindle. It’s an “in the weeds” sort of look into what makes us tick. I can really get into this sort of thing but my head has to be in a particular place for the journey and I’m not there yet. If you are addicted to Myers-Briggs and have ever heard the word enneagram, this is the book for you.

Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear is a few years old from Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. I learned about this one on Instagram and it’s what I’m currently reading because I’ve felt a bit mired in creative fear for a while now and it rang my bell. The first 1/3 was a little kooky for me and I almost put it down, but then it started getting good and now I’m hooked. This quote in particular gets a YAS from me;

“I have a right to my own voice and a right to my own vision. I have a right to collaborate with creativity, because I myself am a product and a consequence of Creation.”

More: 5 Books to Read During Pregnancy 


I’m going to start here by saying that I’m not a huge fan of audio books. Same goes for podcasts. I am much better at absorbing the written word than trying to listen. That said, I got a free trial on Audible and I’m off to the races.

I started with Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks, because he reads it himself and I like his style. But I didn’t do my homework and what I thought was a book of short stories about his life, is actually a book of short stories written by Hanks. Still cool, just not what I was expecting.

I still have one more credit and I’m currently trying to decide between Artemis by Andy Weir and Troublemaker by Leah Remini.  Sci-Fi or Scientology?? I’m sensing a theme…

So my rough plan for the year is to choose one fiction and one non-fiction book per month. So far, I’m on track as long as I finish Big Magic this week. Looking for new books has been really fun and my list is getting longer. Now I just need to stay the course. I’m pretty excited about my plan and I’m going to give it my best!

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Thursday 8th of February 2018

Clementine books are amazing Kids books! By sarah pennypacker. About a smart sassy little girl whose a trouble maker without meaning to be just because she’s curious and precocious. I highly recommend it.

Andrea Updyke

Thursday 8th of February 2018

Thank you! I will check those out!


Monday 5th of February 2018

I'm more of a fiction girl these days and I LOVED Ready, Player One. I just can't imagine the movie will do it justice.

But I'm a BIG audiobook listening. I can't stand being in the car without a book. I just started Artemis by Andy Weir. I adored The Martian audiobook (that narrator was AWESOME) but so far, it's not doing it for me. I think I'm going to put that Leah Remini book on my list.

Andrea Updyke

Monday 5th of February 2018

OK I'm going with Troublemaker then. My hometown (Clearwater, FL) is basically Scientology HQ and I have always been fascinated by the whole thing. Which reminds me of my long drives back to FL after I moved to NC. I loved Audiobooks then! I guess I just don't sit still long enough anymore. :) And totally with on Ready Player One. I LOVED the book and the movie trailer already disappointed me, but I'm still going to see it.

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