My Reading Year – 2018

A few years ago, after I discovered there are approximately eight to ten thousand books published a year that I would want to read, my interests wide and varied, I began to keep track of the books I read during the year to see how many I actually got through, fully cognizant of the fact that no matter how much I read I will never be able to read all the books I wish to read, even if I kept myself to books already in print, ignoring future publications.

This of course had the potential to be very moral-sapping, but I found keeping the list oddly therapeutic, and continued doing it every year, with no thought of ever sharing the list; it was simply for me. Except for now, of course, via this blog I am promising myself I will keep at.

Last year’s list is somewhat of an outlier. Oweing to a particularly hard bout of depression (the worst I’ve experienced in a long life of battles with depression) my reading ability was drastically curtailed. When I was able to read over those long months is was mostly restricted to comics and graphic novels, and the reason that I read almost three times as many graphic novels as I normally would (I’ve been a geek since before it was cool to be a geek), and those few times I was able to read a book, it would be fiction, hence the handful of non-fiction books I read, when usually it would be thirty. It is the same with plays and screenplays, with one read of each when before it would be at approximately thirty to forty plays, and twenty to thirty screenplays.

I found some solace in poetry, thankfully, reading about three quarters of the amount of poetry collections I would normally read in a year.

So, below is the list, and while I am still battling this bout of depression, I think I am at the tail end of it, and hopefully this year’s reading list will be considerably fuller, along with my writing, which sadly has suffered as well.

FICTION
The Golden House, Salman Rushdie
House Of Names, Colm Toibin
The Anatomy Lesson, Philip Roth
Stallo, Stefan Spjut
The Woman In The Woods, John Connolly
Sleeping Beauties, Stephen King & Owen King
The Cabin At The End Of The World, Paul Tremblay
Never Mind, Edward St Aubyn
The Language Of Dying, Sarah Pinborough
Bad News, Edward St Aubyn
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
Career Of Evil, Robert Galbraith
The Force, Don Winslow
The Actual, Saul Bellow
The Man Who Came Uptown, George Pelecanos
The Outsider, Stephen King
Killing Commendatore, Haruki Murakami
Black Vodka, Deborah Levy
The Testament, Erik Van Lustbader
From A Low And Quiet Sea, Donal Ryan
Elevation, Stephen King
And The Ocean Was Our Sky, Patrick Ness (illustrated by Rovina Cai)
Promise Of Blood, Brian McClellan
Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss
Legion, Brandon Sanderson
Those Who Wish Me Dead, Michael Koryta

NON-FICTION
Jacob’s Room Is Full Of Books, Susan Hill
Inside Vogue, Alexandra Shulman
Life 3.0, Max Tegmark
The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher

PLAYS
A Very Very Very Dark Matter, Martin McDonagh

POETRY COLLECTIONS
Algedonic, r.h. Sin
Take Me With You, Andrea Gibson
Love & Misadventure, Lang Leav
Useless Magic, Florence Welch
Born To Love, Cursed To Feel, Samantha King
Bone, Yrsa Daley-Ward
the witch doesn’t burn in this one, Amanda Lovelace
Wild Embers, Nikita Gill
Wintering Out, Seamus Heaney
Letting The Light In, Kenneth Steven
Feel Free, Nick Laird
Autopsy, Donte Collins
Anecdotal Evidence, Wendy Cope
Light Filters In, Caroline Kaufman
Parallax, Sinead Morrissey
Love’s Alchemy, David And Sabrineh Fideler (trans)
Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately, Alicia Cook
Plum, Hollie McNish
On Love, Charles Bukowski
Bloodroot, Annemarie Ni Churreain
Hera Lindsay Bird, Hera Lindsay Bird
100 Poems, Seamus Heaney
Storm For The Living And The Dead, Charles Bukowski
Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, Patricia Lockwood
Off Duty, Katie Donovan
Citizen, Claudia Rankine
Wade In The Water, Tracy K Smith
New And Selected Poems, Eavan Boland
Hold Your Own, Kate Tempest
Out Of The Ordinary, Moyà Roddy
I Wrote This For you, Iain S Thomas
Fear Not, Stephen James Smith
The Hollow Of The Hand, PJ Harvey & Seamus Murphy
Collected Poems, Dermot Healy
Felicity, Mary Oliver
She Must Be Mad, Charly Cox
Time’s Power, Adrienne Rich
The Flame, Leonard Cohen
Garden Time, W S Merwin
Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong

SCREENPLAYS
Arrival

GRAPHIC NOVELS
Batman: Bruce Wayne Murderer? (reread)
The Punisher Max: The Complete Collection 4
Batman: Bruce Wayne Fugitive (reread)
Harrow County 2: Twice Told
Death Of X
The Park Bench
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra 1: Aphra
Extraordinary X-Men 2: Apocalypse Wars
Manifest Destiny 5: Mnemophobia & Chronophobia
Invincible Iron Man 2: The War Machines
The Boys 1: The Name Of The Game (reread)
Extraordinary X-Men 3: Kingdoms Fall
Star Wars 1: Skywalker Strikes
Chew: The Omnivore Edition 5
The Boys 2: Get Some
Harrow County 3: Snake Doctor
Thief Of Thieves 1: “I Quit”
Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel
Harrow County 4: Family Tree
Captain America: Winter Soldier: Dossier Edition
Daredevil: Ultimate Collection 2
Star Wars 2: Showdown On Smuggler’s Moon
The Mighty Thor 3: The Asgard/Shi’Ar War
Monstress 2: The Blood
Invincible 5: The Facts Of Life
Captain America: The Death Of Captain America: Complete Collection
Zenith: Phase 3
The Boys 3: Good For The Soul
Smoke/Ashes
Invincible Iron Man 3: Civil War II
The Flash 1: Lightning Strikes Twice
Harrow County 5: Abandoned
The Flash 2: Speed Of Darkness
Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade
Extraordinary X-Men 4: IVX
Star Wars: Darth Vader 1: Vader
Star Wars 4: Last Flight Of The Harbringer
Zits: Peace, Love & Wi-Fi
Rai 3: The Orphan
Star Wars 5: Yoda’s Secret
Wild Blue Yonder
Serenity 1: Leaves On The Wind (reread)
Cul De Sac: Children At Play
Star Wars: Darth Vader 2: Shadows And Secrets
James Bond: VARGR
Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland
Star Wars: Vader Down
Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race
Baltimore 1: The Plague Ships
Serenity 2: Better Days and Other Stories (reread)
Adam@Home: Cafe Adam
10
Doctor Spector: Master Of The Occult
Hellraiser 1
Star Wars: Darth Vader 4: End Of Games
30 Days Of Night (reread)
Hellboy 1: Seed Of Destruction (reread)
Scooby Apocalypse 1
James Bond: Black Box
Damned 1
Fistful Of Blood
Star Wars: Princess Leia
30 Days Of Night: Dark Days (reread)
The Boys 4: We Gotta Go Now
Bad Boy
30 Days Of Night: Bloodsuckers Tales
Devolution
5 Ways To Die
Star Wars: Lando
G I Joe 1: The Fall Of G I Joe
James Bond: Eidolon
Hellraiser 2: Requiem
Mind Mgmt 1: The Manager
Serenity 3: The Shepherd’s Tale
30 Days Of Night: Return To Barrow
Dream Logic
Star Wars: Chewbacca
G I Joe 2: The Fall Of G I Joe Part 2
The Boys 5: Herogasm
Hellraiser 3: Heaven’s Reply
The Woods 1: The Arrow
Dilbert 2.0: Vol 1 The Early Years
Dollhouse 1: Epitaphs
Hyde
The Boys 6: Self-Preservation Society
James Bond: Case Files 1
Clive Barker’s Next Testament 1
Hellboy 2: Wake The Devil (reread)
Zits Apocalypse
Rogue Trooper 1: Last Man Standing
Hellraiser 4: Hell Hath No Fury
Mind Mgmt 2: The Futurist
Serenity: Those Left Behind
The Boys 7: The Innocents
Star Wars 6: Out Among The Stars
James Bond: Casino Royale
End League 1: Ballad Of Big Nothing
Fowl Language: Welcome To Parenting
Scooby Apocalypse 2
Hellraiser 5: Blood Communion
The Unknown 1
The Boys 8: Highland Laddie
James Bond: Hammerhead
Clive Barker’s Next Testament 2
Hellboy 3: The Cahined Coffin and Others (reread)
Creatures Of The Night (reread)
Fray: Future Slayer
The Boys 9: Big Ride
Irredeemable 1
James Bond: Felix Leiter
High Rollers
Suicide Risk 1
Hellraiser: Dark Watch 1
The Boys 10: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker
Mind Mgmt 3: The Home Maker
Lone Wolf And Cub1: The Assassin’s Road
Baltimore 2: The Curse Bells
Light Brigade
Irredeemable 2
Jennifer Blood 1: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done (reread)
Suicide Risk 2
The Boys 11: Over The Hill With Swords Of A Thousand Men
Jeremiah Harm 1
Irredeemable 3
Hellraiser: Dark Watch 2
The Manhattan Projects 1
Murder Mysteries
Jennifer Blood 2: Beautiful People
Suicide Risk 3
The Boys 12: The Bloody Doors Off
Irredeemable 4
Incorruptible 1
Sarah’s Scribbles: Adulthood Is A Myth
The Manhattan Projects 2
James Bond: Kill Chain
Jennifer Blood 3: Neither Tarnished Nor Afraid
Clive Barker’s Next Testament 3
Hellraiser: The Road Below
Irredeemable 5
Incorruptible 2
Jennifer Blood 4: The Trail Of Jennifer Blood
Hellboy 4: The Right Hand Of Doom (reread(
Extra Cheesy Zits
Irredeemable 6
28 Days Later 1: London Calling
Baltimore 3: A Passing Stranger and Other Stories
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps 2: Bottled Light
Elseworlds: Batman 1
James Bond: The Body
Jennifer Blood 5: Blood Legacy
Incorruptible 3
28 Days Later 2: Bend In The Road
Irredeemable 7
Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real
Baltimore 4: Chapel Of Bones
Irredeemable 8
28 Days Later 3: Hotzone
Incorruptible 4
Terminal Hero
Black Science Premiere Hardcover 1: The Beginner’s Guide To Entropy
Batman: Detective Comics 1: Rise Of The Batmen
The Vision 1: Little Worse Than A Man
Irredeemable 9
The Twilight Zone 1: Way Out
Magnus: Robert Fighter 1: Flesh And Steel
28 Days Later 4: Gangwar
Incorruptible 5
Jennifer Blood: Born Again
Baltimore 5: The Apostle and the Witch or Harju
Cul De Sac: Mighty Alice Goes Round And Round
DC Universe Rebirth Deluxe Edition
28 Days Later 5: Ghost Town
The Uncanny 1: Season Of Hungry Ghosts
Irredeemable 10
Heart And Brain: Gut Instincts
Abe Sapien 1: The Drowning
28 Days Later 6: Homecoming
DC Meets Looney Tunes
Incorruptible 6
The October Faction 1 (reared)
The Elderberries
Cul De Sac: Shapes And Colors
The Twilight Zone 2: Way In
The Vision 2: Little Better Than A Beast
A Teacher’s Life
The Uncanny: Season 2
Wallace The Brave
A Train Called Love
The October Faction 2
Incorruptible 7
Abe Sapien 2: The Devil Does Not Jest
America Gone Will
Judge Dredd 1
Alabaster: Wolves
The October Faction 3
Cul De Sac: Children At Play
Supermarket: Cash Money Edition
Big Nate: Silent But Deadly
Inherit The Mirth: The New Testament
Fables 18: Cubs In Toyland
Saga 8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1: Change Is Constant
Judge Dredd 2
Argyle Sweater: Puns Of Steel
Batman 2: I Am Suicide
Big Nate: Silent But Deadly
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed Archive 1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Enemies Old, Enemies New
Batman: Detective Comics 2: The Victim Syndicate
Black Science 4: Godworld
The October Faction: Deadly Season
Big Nate: Pray For A Fire Drill
Roughneck
Tales From The Darkside
Judge Dredd 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Shadows Of The Past
Scooby Apocalypse 3
My Friend Dahmer
Insufferable 1
Judge Dredd 4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4: Sins Of The Father
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Soul’s Winter
Breaking Cat News
Judge Dredd 5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 5: Krang War
Sarah’s Scribbles: Herding Cats
Buni: Happiness Is A State Of Mind
The Cape
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles B&W Classics 1
Rat Queens 1: Sass And Sorcery
Mage: The Hero Discovered 1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 6: City Fall Part 1
Catana Comics: Little Moments Of Love
The Divine
Monocyte
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles B&W Classics 2
Judge Dredd: Anderson – Psi-Division
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics 1
Sarah’s Scribbles: Big Mushy Happy Lump
Unity 7: Revenge Of The Armor Hunters
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-Series 1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles B&W Classics 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 7: City War Part 2
Lunarbaboon: The Daily Life Of Parenthood
The Walking Dead 28: A Certain Doom
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics 2
Judge Dredd 6
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-Series 2
The Walking Dead 29: Lines We Cross
Tokyo Ghost 1: The Atomic Garden
Alone
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles B&W Classics 4
Judge Dredd 7
Thumbprint
Transfusion
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History Of The Foot Clan
Pearls Before Swine: Pearls Falls Fast
In The Dark: A Horror Anthology 1
Dead Drop
Batman 3: I Am Bane
Book Of Death
The Squidder
Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior 2: Labyrinth
X-O Manowar 11: The Kill List
The Crow: Skinning The Wolves
Ozy And Millie
Mother Panic 1: A Work In Progress
Imperium 2: Broken Angels
Imperium 3: The Vine Imperative
X-O Manowar 12: Long Live The King
The Manhattan Projects 3
Lady Stuff: Secrets To Being A Woman
Dominion
Chew: The Omnivore Edition 6
All-Star Batman 2: Ends Of The Earth
The Manhattan Projects 4
Daredevil/Punisher: Seventh Circle
Rat Queens 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles Of N’Rygoth
Rat Queens 3: Demons
Wolverine: Savage Origins
The Manhattan Projects 5
The Drunken Sailor
Zits: Dance Like Everybody’s Watching
The Dreamer
Letter 44 1: Escape Velocity
They’re Not Like Us 1: Black Holes For The Young
Balkans Arena
Wytches (reread)
Giant Days 1
Deadly Class 1: Reagan Youth
The Manhattan Projects 6
Lazarus 5: Cull
Deadpool Vs Old Man Logan
Green Lantern: Earth One 1
Wonder Woman 1: The Lies
Ice Cream Man 1: Rainbow Sprinkles
The Walking Dead 30: New World Order
Lazarus: X +66
Letter 44 2: Redshift
Deadly Class 2: Kids Of The Black Hole
Wonder Woman 2: Year One
Justice League Vs Suicide Squad
Wolverine: Enemy Of The State (reread)
Avengers: Time Runs Out 1
Giant Days 2
Scott Pilgrim 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life
Northlanders 2: The Icelandic Saga
Astonishing X-Men 1: Life Of X
Giant Days 3
Black Panther: The Complete Collection 1
Scott Pilgrim 1: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
Ex Machina: Book One (reread)

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