A reflection on the books I have read in 2018 along with links to published reviews and how I fared with my reading diversity goals. Also, some thoughts and goals for 2019 reading including a #2019AuthorReadingGoal project which you can join if you like. (let me know in the comments.) Here’s to a happy, productive reading year for all of us in 2019.
2018 has been a banner year for short story collections. There were many to pick from -- whether debut collections by first-time writers or new ones from seasoned practitioners. There were also a few posthumously-published ones. While it was difficult to select only 12, each one here is strikingly different and pushes the boundaries of both genres and storytelling. There are several other notable collections listed at the end as well.
This month's short stories column features parties. Stories by these five writers: Katherine Mansfield, Banaphool (tr. Arunava Sinha), Joshua Ferris, Nina McConigley, and Kirsten Valdez Quade. And the parties described — a summer garden party, an elaborate tea function, an intimate couples dinner, a themed pre-wedding get-together, and an annual blueberry celebration — are not only life-changing for the protagonists but they are also memorably unique for readers.