Posted by: Jeremiah Graves | January 1, 2019

My 2018 Reading List


My Faithful Readers, the calendar page has flipped, the ball has dropped, and a new year is upon us. That means it is once again time for your favorite annual tradition (now in its TENTH freakin’ year), the unveiling of my yearly reading list.

I am proud to say that I not only met my admittedly meager goal of 12 books in 2018, but I actually crushed it by plowing through 20 total books. (Blogger’s Note: it totes would have been 21, but I got lazy on New Year’s Eve and didn’t finish my latest Stephen King tome until well after we’d rolled over into 2019).

Admittedly, I was kind of shocked to see that I’d made it through that many given how much of my year was spent buried in Twitter, freaking out about the impending doom of the world, and/or watching cat videos.

While I’d love to say that 20 books is my new lofty goal for 2019, I’m going to remain realistic and simply bump last year’s goal ever-so-slightly to 15 total books. That might seem tame, but I already foresee the first half (and perhaps all) of my year being bonkers at work and I have the attention span of a gerbil. There’s a big reason my reading has fallen off a cliff since I became THE BIG BOSS MAN back in late 2012.

Anyway, without any further ado, here are the 20 books that I shoved into my eyeballs in 2018:

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
The Big Chair: The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside World of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager by Ned Colletti
Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball by Keith Law
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle
Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do by Daniel Cable
Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set On Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself by Amanda Marcotte
Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve by Whitney Johnson
The Outsider by Stephen King
Carrie by Stephen King
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) about Working Together by Joanne Lipman
Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry
Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman
Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever by Rick Wilson
Misery by Stephen King
Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly by Tai Sheridan
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Needful Things by Stephen King

So there you have it. My reading year can be summed up into roughly three genres: politics, management, and – as always – Stephen King. It was a ton of fun going back and catching up on a bunch of classic King works that I’d never read and I’m hoping to conquer some more of his well-revered older works again in 2019 as well.

If you’re interested in following my reading progress all year long (and come on, who isn’t?), you can add me as a friend or buddy or amigo or whatever the heck it is over at

Hit me up in the comments to let me know what you read last year. It doesn’t have to be your whole list if you’re not up for sharing the whole shebang. You can just tell me your favorite or least favorite book you read last year. You can recommend a good book or series for me to try out in 2019. You can tell me why you think reading is part of the “liberal agenda” and you won’t let your kids touch a damn book. You can really pretty much hit me with anything you’ve got.

Until next year…happy reading, nerds.

Previous Reading Lists
My 2017 Reading List
My 2016 Reading List
My 2015 Reading List
My 2014 Reading List
My 2013 Reading List
My 2012 Reading List
My 2011 Reading List
My 2010 Reading List
My 2009 Reading List

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