[2018] May The Best Book Win!

Over the past week, posts on my Facebook groups has been filled with hashtags #2018fav6, #2018fav9, you get the idea. I didn’t participate because it would be too hard to pick 6! But then along came a true genius who cooked up a fed-up post, asking us to share our least favorite books of the year. Needless to say I jumped in because that was super easy for me. I even thanked her for that!

Back to May The Best Book Win!

Here are my favorite books of the year. Some genres are intertwined (supposed to, for example, some memoirs are of war and history but I didn’t categorize them under that genre). So to get around that, I compartmentalized them under the genre intended by the author or publisher (“it’s a memoir about war and history, therefore it’s a memoir”).

Here’s the list! For a brief version click here.

Best in Memoirs, Autobiographies


I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High, by Tony Danza


She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Best in Biographies

In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum

Best in Current Affairs, War, History

Fire And Fury, by Michael Wolff 

Best in Business

Bad Blood: Secrets & Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou


Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt

Best in True Crime

Mossad: The Greatest Missions of The Israeli Secret Service, by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal

Best in Fiction

房思琪的初戀樂園, 林奕含 著 
Fang Si-Chi’s First Love Paradise by  Lin Yi-Han

You’ve reached the end of this post and the year – Thank you for reading my posts (or this blog). I hope you’ve found what you were looking for. Keep reading, stay foolish!

TBR: In Extremis

Marie Colvin (January 12, 1956 – February 22, 2012)

Finally, a book on Marie Colvin, although not by Marie Colvin. This is what the world needs, a biography of a fearless journalist, a written legacy to remind us that we need journalists like Marie Colvin, and of course, Lindsey Hilsum, the author herself.

I bought Sandstorm (Lindsey Hilsum’s first book) but I haven’t gotten to it yet, and now this! Sometimes it’s hard to get my priorities right. Should I blog about books, read my books, take a break from my books, be a parent, do some chores, make some money? The answer will always be – do it all at once!

p.s. For those of you whom might be interested, there’s a tribute book on Marie Colvin, titled On The Front Line: The Collected Journalism of Marie Colvin. As I write this, it is currently priced at $0.99 on Kindle, though not for long. If you’re in my vicinity and would like to check it out, I have it in paperback as well, just drop me a line.