Sundayread 2018: the complete list


sundayread 2018 tag cloud

Tag cloud of the top 50 words in my 2018 Sundayread recommendations.

I love to see what people are reading, both online and offline. Each Sunday, I share my favorite stories and books via blogs and social media.

It’s called Sundayread.

Even if you’re not connected to me through social media, you can still see the latest posts from everyone on a Twitter search for #sundayread.

Listed below are all 684* of the ones I shared this year, in alphabetical order. Skim the list: You’re guaranteed to find something interesting, something funny, something thought provoking, something worth sharing.

Look for more suggestions every Sunday from me, and an archive of them in my weekly Twitter logs and in my Wade on Birmingham posts.

Highlighted and bold = best of 2018

*Had at least two pairs of duplicates this year — oy.

Recommended Books

  • After decades sitting on my shelf, I finally read “Mere Christianity” by @CSLewis and hope to someday meet the Christians he lovingly describes.
    [aff. link] 10:04:03
  • After trying time and again to read Tim Ferriss’ @tferriss “The 4-Hour Chef,” I listened to the abridged audiobook instead. It really did the trick, and now I can’t wait to flip through the pages.
    [aff. link] 09:00:10
  • Binged the five books of A Song of Ice and Fire (a k a Game of Thrones) by @GRRMspeaking. Started strong, but books 4 and 5 were a slog.
    [aff. link] 09:00:24
  • Despite the full cast for “American Gods” audiobook by Neil Gaiman @neilhimself, I couldn’t get into it.
    [aff. link] 12:00:39
  • Finally read John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces,” and it was delightful. Great humor and storytelling.
    [aff. link] 09:00 a.m.
  • Finished all seven books of “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis, which can be summed up thusly: “Have you heard the Good News™ about Aslan?”
    [aff. link] 09:00:06
  • Found @MonteBurke‘s “Saban: The Making of a Coach” to be pretty by the numbers. But I did love Nick’s favorite insult to players during practice: “You run like a broke-dick dog.”
    [aff. link] 12:00:41
  • “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxane Gay @rgay broke my heart into a thousand pieces. A challenging but rewarding read.
    [aff. link] 09:00:34
  • I found “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to be a great basic primer on putting feminism into practice at any age.
    [aff. link] 09:00:20
  • I found trudging through “Fathers and Sons” by Ivan Turgenev to be unfulfilling. But cross another classic off the list.
    [aff. link] 09:00:15
  • I highly recommend “Half the Sky” by @NickKristof and Sheryl @WuDunn. A thorough investigation of female oppression, plus steps we can take to stop it.
    [aff. link] 12:00:54
  • I listened to “The Power of Now” by @EckhartTolle again, and found it to be uplifting and clarifying.
    [aff. link] 12:00:17
  • I listened to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” twice because it was so powerful and moving.
    [aff. link] 12:00:59
  • I rarely say this: This book changed my life. “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by @SusanCain is so spot on, I’m buying copies for all my friends.
    [aff. link] 09:00:09
  • I read “21 Days to Resilience” by @Dr_Zelana_ Montminy, found it too broad to be helpful but maybe others can work the plan provided.
    [aff. link] 09:00:09
  • I read “What Stands in a Storm” by my pal @KimHCross. Found myself traumatized by this still-raw Alabama catastrophe.
    [aff. link] 09:00:18
  • I read my first Philip Roth novel, “American Pastoral” (1997). I found it interesting and, at times, exhausting.
    [aff. link] 09:00:47
  • I read the chilling “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi @MohamedouOuld on the torture and wrongful imprisonment of this detainee by U.S. military.
    [aff. link] 09:00:20
  • I thoroughly enjoyed @RGay‘s “Bad Feminist” on audiobook. Learned quite a bit and also ready to assume the mantle of “bad feminist.”
    [aff. link] 12:00:24
  • “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote is remarkable. Wished I had read it sooner, but I also wish he hadn’t made up parts.
    [aff. link] 12:00:24
  • Just finished Michael Lewis’ “The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds,” a mind-blowing followup to “Moneyball.”
    [aff. link] 09:00:24
  • Learned a lot from Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves to Death” (1985). I see the commodification of news, plus the drawbacks of the Information Age, in a whole new light.
    [aff. link] 09:00:16
  • Listened to “Essays” by Ralph Waldo Emerson twice — a good way to understand his musings on self-reliance, manners and more.
    [aff. link] 09:00:10
  • Listened (twice!) to James Joyce’s “Ulysses” unabridged. Requires further study. Time to re-read “The Odyssey” and “Portrait of the Artist.”
    [aff. link] 09:00
  • Listening to Anthony @Bourdain narrate his 2010 book “Medium Raw” was poignant and painful, enlightening and dark.
    [aff. link] 09:00:22
  • Loved “The Political Mind” by @GeorgeLakoff — listened to audiobook twice. It’s essential reading to understand partisan messaging and why relying on rational arguments will always fall short.
    [aff. link] 13:00:02
  • Michael Lewis’ “The Big Short” is a remarkable (if dense) look at 2008 financial crisis, plus those who bet on it … and won.
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  • Read “1984” for the first time since high school. Well worth it, especially in today’s political climate.
    [aff. link] 11:00:04
  • Reading “I Am Malala” by @Malala Yousafzai with @ChristinaLamb, I found inspiration in a brave girl who defied the Taliban to support educational access for all girls.
    [aff. link] 09:00:36
  • Rethinking my life thanks to @IAmMarkManson‘s “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck”
    [aff. link] 12:00:29
  • “The Sociopath Next Door” by Martha Stout: This was an interesting read learning about people without conscience who live among us.
    [aff. link] 12:00:06




























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