[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

Tie!

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

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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

Best in LGBTQIA

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!

Read: [True Crime Compilation]

This book deserves its own post, but since there’s only four true crime reads…

I first came across this book on Facebook. A former client-turned-friend of mine was traveling for business, bought this book at Changi Airport (or was it HKIA), and posted it on her timeline. I recall her caption having the following words: ‘fantastic’, ‘strategic’, and since I respected her a lot (professionalism in everything she touches), I purchased it right away.

Not an easy read, with all the facts to digest and also history to look up (thank goodness for Kindle). But this was a great read. Definitely one of my favorites or top ten reads of the year.

p.s. Please don’t dismiss great reads or history because of bigotry or racism whatsoever*. Knowledge is power. Don’t be ignorant.

*I’m sorry. I know I dismiss fiction reads all the time. Bloody hypocrite!

Wow. Does my opinion matter? It doesn’t. Not in this case of course it doesn’t. Though, I must say (yeah I don’t care what you think), this is really useful for lawyers, law enforcement, and the general public.

Be an idiot and let a murderer walk free – ALL OF YOU!

JonBenét: Inside The Ramsey Investigation by Steve Thomas (with Don Davis)

Again – Same thoughts as Casey Anthony. Jonbenét’s brother needs to take a lie detector test. Just saying. And, I’ll gladly take it on his behalf.

p.s. Freaking Boulder police department.

Evil: Spine-Tingling True Stories of Murder and Mayhem by Colin Wilson and Damon Wilson

I breezed though this book (not because I love murder stories) because I am somewhat familiar with all the murderers (okay, I know). I don’t remember much from this book, so there’s that.