2018 Reading Challenge

Here are the books I’ve read in 2018 (in no particular order):


  1. The Last Girl, by Nadia Murad [Memoir, Iraq]
  2. Last Man Down: A Firefighter’s Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center, by Richard Picciotto [Memoir, 9/11, USA]
  3. Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, by Katy Tur [Biography/Current Affairs, USA]
  4. Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening, by Manal Al-Sharif [Memoir, Saudi Arabia]
  5. I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High, by Tony Danza [Memoir, USA]
  6. The Bigamist: The True Story of a Husband’s Ultimate Betrayal, by Mary Turner Thomson [Memoir/True Crime, UK]
  7. Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, by Immaculée Ilibagiza [Memoir/History, Rwanda, Central/Eastern Africa]
  8. An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography, by Paul Rusesabagina [Memoir/History, Rwanda, Central/Eastern Africa]
  9. Prozac Diary, by Lauren Slater [Memoir, USA]
  10. Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo: Revised Edition, by Zlata Filipović [Memoir/History, Bosnia and Herzegovina]
  11. Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim, by Sabeeha Rehman [Memoir/Religion, South Asia/USA]
  12. Waco: A Survivor’s Story, by David Thibodeau [Memoir, USA]
  13. Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, by Ron Miscavige [Memoir, USA]
  14. I’m Still Working on It: A Gay Veteran’s Story of Overcoming Hurt, Loss, and PTSD, or At Least Trying To, Anyway., by Kevin Zalinsky [Memoir, USA]
  15. Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World, by Christina Rickardsson [Memoir, Brazil + Sweden]
  16. Stray: Memoir of a Runaway, by Tanya Marquardt [Memoir, Canada]
  17. Beautiful Hero: How We Survived the Khmer Rouge, by Jennifer H. Lau [Memoir, Cambodia]
  18. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, by Naoki Higashida [Memoir, Japan]
  19. Educated, by Tara Westover [Memoir, USA]
  20. She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan [Memoir, USA]
  21. Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates [Memoir, USA]


  1. In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum [Biography, USA/UK]
  2. Our Crime Was Being Jewish: Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories, by Anthony S. Pitch [Biography/Personal Narrative/History/Holocaust, Various]
  3. Children of Nazis: The Sons and Daughters of Himmler, Göring, Höss, Mengele, and Others— Living with a Father’s Monstrous Legacy, by Tania Crasnianski [Biographies/History/Holocaust, Germany/Various Countries]
  4. A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story, by Linda Sue Park [Nonfiction, South Sudan + USA]

General Non-Fiction/Current Affairs/War/History

  1. The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You About What They’ve Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War, by Kevin Sites [Nonfiction, USA]
  2. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, by Roxane Gay [Nonfiction, Various Countries]
  3. Fire And Fury, by Michael Wolff [Current Affairs, USA]
  4. Daddy’s Curse: A Sex Trafficking True Story of a 8-Year Old Girl, by Luke. G. Dahl [Nonfiction, North and Southeast Asia]

General Non-Fiction/Business

  1. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by John Carreyrou [Nonfiction, USA]
  2. This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth? by Patrick Di Justo [General Nonfiction, USA]

General Non-Fiction/LGBTQIA

  1. Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt [Nonfiction/Biography, Gender Identity, USA]
  2. The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater [Non-fiction, USA]

True Crime

  1. JonBenét: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation by Steve Thomas and Donald A. Davis [True Crime/Memoir, USA]
  2. Mossad: The Greatest Missions of The Israeli Secret Service, by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal [True Crime/History, Israel]
  3. Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, by Jeff Ashton [True Crime/Memoir, USA]
  4. Evil: Spine-Tingling True Stories of Murder and Mayhem, by Colin Wilson [True Crime, Various]

Fiction/Disputed Fiction**

  1. The Anatomy of Cheating, by Nesly Clerge [Fiction, Unknown]
  2. **房思琪的初戀樂園, 林奕含 著Fang Si-Chi’s First Love Paradise by Lin Yi-Han [Fiction/Disputed Memoir, Taiwan]
  3. Gangs of Stockholm: A Fallen Angel, by Luke. G. Dahl [Fiction, Sweden]

**Something I came up with. If you dig deeper, you might catch my drift.

p.s. I’ve wrote a post about my 2018 Reading Challenge on Goodreads, which doesn’t quite live up to conventional expectations. You can read about it here.