I read books this year. Not as many as I wanted but hey it’s a start. On Goodreads I challenged myself to read 24 books, two a month, I ended up reading only eight but in my defense, I was studying for the LSAT and that ruined any fun I could have. Here are the top 5 books I read in 2018.
Honorable Mention (the other books I read)
- The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
- Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
- A Wrinkle in Time
5. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
My first book with the Book of the Month subscription plan. I was very wary of reading this because it was a romance, but I was pleasantly surprised. The synopsis was compelling which is why I choose it. A woman with Asperger’s is trying to learn how to date/be intimate, so she hires a man from a website to teach her. She has her issues, he has his problems, but they fall in love at the end. It’s a typical ending, but I couldn’t put it down. I was invested in the story and the characters’ journeys. I’m looking forward to Helen Hoang’s next book.
4. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffery Tobin
I’m obsessed with the Supreme Court because I’m going to be on it one day. So, every chance I get I do some background info on my future workplace. This book is brilliantly written. Jeffery Tobin does a great job telling the history of the courage while not making it feel like a textbook. Using the justices as the way into the court’s secrets and history he tells a singular story from multiple backgrounds.
3. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #1)
I don’t remember how I found this book, but I’m glad I did. This book is witty and entertaining. In this current wave of feminism seeing the women being these classic stories is important and a great read. The best part of the novel is probably the characters breaking the 4th wall throughout the book. The show the characters true personalities and give you little spoilers about what is coming up next. It’s a concept that I have never seen in a book, granted I haven’t read too many outside of class. It’s also a series so I can look forward to reading more books.
2. Adventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
Issa Rae is what I aspire to be. I first found her from her incredible TV show Insecure, and I fell in love with that Issa. While I am sure that TV Issa is somewhat based on real Issa, I wanted to find out. When I discovered that real Issa wrote a book I was excited. I can confirm both Issa(s) are flawed, funny, and incredible. Through the flawed stories, you see the story of hustle and dedication to reach your ultimate goal. Real Issa worked hard so that there could be a TV Issa and that inspires me to work hard so I can reach my ultimate goal.
1. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik, and Ping Zhu (Illustrator)
This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is my queen. She is a badass and will live forever. She changed the courts and the way people think about gender discrimination. This book attempts to humanize the legend by showing her humble beginnings. However, this book showed me that she was even more legendary. On top of all the accomplishments, she had the best marriage and husband any woman could have asked for. This book gave a glimpse into the RBG we don’t see and it just makes her even more iconic.