2018 Reading List

This is a list of the books I’ve read so far in 2018, most recent first, with brief reviews.

Past years’ reading lists: 20172016 | 2015 | 2014

1. Theft by Finding by David Sedaris (finished 1/2)

I love diaries. Reading them always kickstarts my own journalism habit (although it’s not like that habit ever needs much kickstarting—I’ve been regularly making journal entries at least every few days for years now—but reading others’ tends to boost my pace to daily for a little while), and there’s immense value in delving into the internal thoughts and observations of other people, especially people who we respect and admire (and maybe more importantly those we don’t). Theft by Finding is a curated compilation of David Sedaris’s diaries 1977-2002. Sedaris’s observations are funny, often ironic, sometimes shocking, and occasionally a bit sad. What really makes this collection worth it for me is the narrative that develops over the years: watching Sedaris, through his own daily records, evolve from (arguably) a struggling drug addict alcoholic in his early twenties in to the wry, mature essayist I had the pleasure of meeting a couple years ago.