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What I read in 2018

I should’ve noted in previous annual reading lists that I typically skim non-fiction books, especially if they are cookbooks or cover travel or languages. My friend Jed wrote an excellent article about skimming content. I have so many items to read that skimming helps me to judge if I want to read a work more in depth, if I wish to purchase something as a useful reference work, or if I want to both spending additional time reading it at all. The last reason is particularly relevant to fiction and long-form comics.

As usual, the 💡 (lightbulb icon) indicates a recommendation on my part, with the exception of the shorts section.

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Film, television, and other video

Black Panther was my favorite feature length genre movie from 2018. I continue to watch The Expanse (relieved that Amazon studios picked the series up when Scyfy dropped it), and picked up The Good Place, although I’m (as usual) behind!

Comics & Art Monographs

John Allison et al. Giant Days (ongoing).

Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll. Speak: The Graphic Novel.

Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, and Afua Richardson. Genius (volume 1).

Casey Columbus. Holystone (ongoing).

💡 Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh. The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars.

Paul Duffield. The Firelight Isle (ongoing).

💡 Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, Kate Leth, Caitlin Quirk, and Clayton Cowles. Moonstruck: Magic to Brew (volume 1).

💡 Zhou Fang. Garden (completed).

💡 Jess Fink. Chester 5000 XYV and Isabelle and George (both completed).

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. Sex Criminals: Fourgy! (volume 4) and Sex Criminals: Five-Fingered Discount (volume 5).

Kristen Gudsnuk. Henchgirl.

💡 Jaime Hernández. Love and Rockets: Is This How You See Me?

💡 Faith Erin Hicks. The Divided Earth, volume 3 in the Nameless City trilogy.

Ananth Hirsh, Yuko Ota, and J.N. Wiedle. Barbarous (ongoing).

Kiku Hughes. Mount St. Helens (completed).

Shing Yin Khor. “Say It with Noodles: On Learning to Speak the Language of Food” (completed).

Amy King. Harlowe Vanished (ongoing).

Ryoko Kui. Dungeon Meshi, volume 1 of Delicious in Dungeon manga.

Adrien Lee. White Noise (ongoing).

Shawn Lenore. How to be a Werewolf (ongoing).

💡 Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock. Knife’s Edge, volume 2 of the Four Points series.

Mister Loki. Sing the Moon Down (completed).

Ann Maulina. Raruurien (ongoing).

Miyuli and Marie. Demon Studies (ongoing).

💡 Katie O’Neill. The Tea Dragon Society (ongoing).

Kristen Radtke. Imagine Wanting Only This.

Jamie Rich and Megan Levens. Ares & Aphrodite, volume 1.

Caitlin Scannel. Heir Presumptive (on hiatus).

💡 Sharon Shinn and Molly Ostertag. Shattered Warrior.

Taneka Stotts and Genué Revuelta. Love Circuits (on hiatus).

💡 Liz Suburbia. Sacred Heart (completed).

💡 Sam Sykes. Brave Chef Brianna (completed).

💡 Spike Trotman (editor). Smut Peddler: Sex Machine (anthology).

Les Valiant. Dragondove (on hiatus).

💡 Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Saga volume 8 and 9 (on hiatus for 2019).

Noella Whitney. To Measure, which I highly recommend, and Mantle, both completed.

G. Willow Wilson, et al. Ms. Marvel: Mecca, volume 8 (ongoing).

Windy Flamingo. Sanity Circus (ongoing).

Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Sam Witwer. Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History.

💡 Keezy Young. Taproot (completed).

Longer Fiction

Starting next year, I’ll add a link to my Goodread’s read list, to save my fingers when typing. For instance, you can view my finished reading in 2018 list, although you’ll must be connected to me on that platform. N.B. I connect only with persons there that I’ve met IRL. What will continue to be listed in this section are works that aren’t in Goodreads, such as shorter works, webcomics, and so on.

Tomi Adeyemi. Children of OrÏsha Series, book 1: Children of Blood and Bone.

Ann Aguirre. Sirantha Jax series: Grimspace, Wanderlust, and Doubleblind.

G.A. Aiken (a.k.a., Shelly Laurenston). Dragon Kin series: Dragon Actually, About a Dragon, 💡 What a Dragon Should Know, 💡 Last Dragon Standing, and 💡 How to Drive a Dragon Crazy.

Natasha Anders. The Wingman.

💡 Robert Jackson Bennett. The Divine Cities trilogy: City of Stairs, City of Blades, and City of Miracles.

💡 Amanda Bouchet. Heart on Fire.

💡 Koko Brown and Taige Crenshaw. Forever, I Do.

💡 Stephanie Burgis. Snowspelled.

Joely Sue Burkhart. Their Vampire Queen series: 💡 Queen Takes Knights, 💡 Queen Takes King, Queen Takes Queen, 💡 Queen Takes Rook, and 💡 Queen Takes Checkmate.

💡 Gail Carriger. Competence, Romancing the Inventor, and How To Marry A Werewolf.

:idea S.A. Chakraborty. City of Brass.

💡 Becky Chambers. Record of the Spaceborn Few.

💡 J. Kathleen Cheney. Dreaming Death.

💡 Zen Cho. The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo.

💡 Roshani Chokshi. The Star-Touched Queen.

Alyssa Cole. 💡 Eagle’s Heart and A Duke by Default.

Harry Connolly. A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark.

💡 Julie E. Czerneda. Species Imperative trilogy: Survival, Migration, and Regeneration.

Tessa Dare. How to Catch a Wild Viscount and When a Scot Ties the Knot.

Ruby Dixon. Fire in His Blood.

Susan Dennard. The Witchlands series: 💡 Truthwitch, 💡 Windwitch, and Sightwitch.

Susan Dennard. Something Strange and Deadly.

Damian Duffy, Octavia E. Butler, and John Jennings. Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation.

💡 Ruthanna Emrys. Winter Tide.

Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington. Trickery.

Madison Faye. Beasting Beauty.

Forthright. Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox.

Magali A. Fréchette. My Soul to Give.

💡 Sarah Gailey. River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow.

Cassandra Gannon. Beast in Shining Armor.

J.T. Geissinger. Burn for You.

💡 Jasmine Guillory. The Wedding Date and The Proposal.

Alwyn Hamilton. Rebel of the Sands series: Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Thrown.

💡 Frances Hardinge. A Skinful of Shadows.

💡 Rachel Hartman. Tess of the Road.

💡 Alyc Helms. The Dragons of Heaven.

Talia Hibbert. Ravenswood series: 💡 A Girl Like Her, Damaged Goods, and 💡 Untouchable.

Talia Hibbert. Mating the Huntress, Undone by the Ex-Con, 💡 The Princess Trap, and 💡 Merry Inkmas.

💡 Helen Hoang. The Kiss Quotient.

💡 Colleen Hoover. It Ends with Us.

💡 Elizabeth Hoyt. Maiden Lane series Wicked Intentions and Dearest Rogue.

💡 Elizabeth Hoyt. The Raven Prince.

Eloisa James. Fairy Tales series: 💡 A Kiss at , idea: When Beauty Tamed the Beast, and The Ugly Duchess.

Eloisa James. My American Duchess

💡 Eloisa James. Seven Minutes in Heaven.

💡 Eloisa James. The Wildes of Lindow Castle series: Wilde in Love and Born to Be Wilde.

💡 Beverly Jenkins. Vivid.

Crystal Kaswell. Hating You, Loving You.

💡 Alethea Kontis. Enchanted.

💡 T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon). Swordheart.

💡 Sarah Kuhn. Heroine Complex.

💡 Mur Lafferty. Six Wakes.

Jackie Lau. Grumpy Fake Boyfriend and 💡 Mr. Hotshot CEO.

Ann Leckie. Provenance.

💡 Rose Lerner. Sweet Disorder.

💡 Roni Loren. By the Hour.

💡 Sarah MacLean. Wicked and the Wallflower, volume 1 of the Barenuckle Bastards series.

Sarah MacLean. The Rules of Scoundrels series: A Rogue by Any Other Name, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, and No Good Duke Goes Unpunished.

💡 Sarah MacLean. Scandal and Scoundrel series: The Rogue Not Taken and A Scot in the Dark.

Zeenat Mahal. The Contract.

Meghan March. Mount Trilogy: Ruthless King, Defiant Queen, and Sinful Empire.

Annika Martin. Most Eligible Bastard.

Annika Martin and Skye Warren. Prisoner.

💡 Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese. A Queen from the North.

💡 Jodie Meadows. As She Ascends.

Teresa Medeiros. Yours Until Dawn.

💡 Courtney Milan. Proof by Seduction, Unraveled, and After the Wedding.

💡 Elizabeth Moon. The Speed of Dark.

💡 Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Signal to Noise.

💡 Annalee Newitz. Autonomous.

💡 Naomi Novik. Spinning Silver.

Molly O’Keefe. The Tycoon.

Melissa F. Olson. Dead Spots.

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. Accidentally in Love with…a God?

💡 Tamora Pierce. Song of the Lioness series, which I dearly wish I had known about as a teen; it’s a superb, feminist, rollicking saga. Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant.

Tamora Pierce. Circle of Magic series: Sandry’s Book, Tris’s Book, Daja’s Book, and Briar’s Book.

Tamora Pierce. The Immortals series: Wild Magic, 💡 Wolf-Speaker, idea: Emperor Mage, and The Realms of the Gods.

Julia Quinn. Just Like Heaven.

💡 Alisha Rai. Wrong to Need You and Hurts to Love You.

💡 Rebecca Roanhorse. Trail of Lightning.

Renée Rose. King of Diamonds.

💡 John Scalzi. The Collapsing Empire.

💡 Melissa Scott. Trouble and Her Friends.

Nikki Steele. Outback Billionaire.

Sabaa Tahir. A Reaper at the Gates.

Sherry Thomas. Fitzhugh series: Claiming the Duchess and The Bride of Larkspear.

💡 Sherry Thomas. Lady Sherlock series: A Study in Scarlet Women, A Conspiracy in Belgravia, and The Hollow of Fear.

💡 Sherry Thomas. The London series: The Luckiest Lady in London and His at Night.

💡 Sherry Thomas. The Marsdens series: Not Quite a Husband

💡 Sherry Thomas. My Beautiful Enemy

💡 Sherry Thomas. The One In My Heart.

Sarah Title. The Undateable.

💡 Rebekah Weatherspoon. Beards and Bondage series: Haven and Sanctuary.

Rebekah Weatherspoon. Treasure.

💡 Rebekah Weatherspoon. Wrapped.

💡 Martha Wells. The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, Artificial Condition and Rogue Protocol, and Exit Strategy.

Elle Katharine White. Heartstone.

💡 C.L. Wilson. The Sea King.

💡 J.Y. Yang. Black Tides of Heaven.

Anna Zaires. Twist Me.

Shorter Fiction

Again, I list only short stories that I enjoyed enough to recommend, since I listen to so many every year. I’ve added links to most stories, so that you can read them online for free, if you prefer text over audio. I regularly listen (or read) shorts from the following podcasts and publishers:

B. Morris Allen. “Outburst.”

Charlie Jane Anders. “Cake Baby (A Kango and Sharon Adventure).”

Kage Baker. “Are You Afflicted with Dragons?

Stewart C. Baker. “How to Configure Your Quantum Disambiguator.”

Ashok K. Banker. “The Goddess Has Many Faces,” “The Quiltbag,” and “A Vortal in Midtown.”

Steven Barnes. “Mozart on the Kalahari.”

Megan Lee Beals. “Where You Get Your Ideas.”

Elizabeth Bear. “The Deeps of the Sky.”

Tiah Marie Beautement. “An American Refugee.”

T.J. Berry. “A Sermon From the First Church of Villainy.”

Simon Bestwick. “Breakwater.”

Jiang Bo. “The Wings of Earth.”

Pat Cadigan. “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi.”

Christopher Caldwell. “Hide Me in the Shadow of Your Wings.”

Bryan Camp. “The Independence Patch.”

Adam-Troy Castro. “Greetings, Humanity! Welcome To Your Choice Of Species!” and “The Last to Matter.”

Adam-Troy Castro and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro. “The Mouth of the Oyster.”

Eleanna Castroianni. “Without Exile.”

Beth Cato. “10 Things Newly Manifested Wizards Should Never Do” and “Hatchlings.”

Adrienne Celt. “Her Beautiful Body.”

Gregg Chamberlain. “Got Cookies?

Curtis C. Chen. “Like a Ghost I’m Gonna Haunt You.”

Dantzel Cherry. “Brothers in Stitches.”

Matthew Claxton. “After Midnight at the ZapStop.”

Tina Connolly. “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections” and “Pipecleaner Sculptures and Other Necessary Work

Haddayr Copley-Woods. “The Desires of Houses.”

Kathryn DeFazio. “Assistance.”

E.J. Delaney. “The Sixes, the Wisdom, and the Wasp.”

S.B. Divya. “Loss of Signal.”

Penelope Evans. “Wasps Make Honey.”

A.J. Fitzwater. “Logistics.”

Andrew S. Fuller. “The Archivist’s Companion.”

Sarah Gailey. “Worth Her Weight in Gold“.

A.T. Greenblatt. “A Non-Hero’s Guide to The Road of Monsters.”

Daryl Gregory. “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth” and “Second Person, Present Tense.”

Sarah Grey. “Beholder.”

Shane Halbach. “Copy Machine.”

Nin Harris. “Violets on the Tongue.”

Alix E. Harrow. “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies.”

Kameron Hurley. “When We Fall.”

Langley Hyde. “One Day, My Dear, I’ll Shower You With Rubies.”

José Pablo Iriarte. “The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births.”

Hao Jingfang. “The Loneliest Ward.”

Kij Johnson. “Tool-Using Mimics.”

Rachael K. Jones. “Five Functions of Your Bionosaur” and “Houston, Houston, Do You Read James Tiptree?

Kodiak Julian. “Our Side of the Door.”

Cassandra Khaw. “A Secret of Devils.”

Rich Larson. “Octo-Heist in Progress.”

Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky. “Maiden, Mother, Crone.”

Yoon Ha Lee. “The Coin of Heart’s Desire.”

Gerri Leen. “Lucky Shot,” (part 1 and part 2).

Jane Lindskold. “A Green Moon Problem.”

Marissa Lingen. “Lines of Growth, Lines of Passage.”

Ken Liu. “Cosmic Spring.”

A.C. MacLachlan. “Antler, Ash & Onyx.”

Lynne M. MacLean. “There Is a Season.”

Will McIntosh. What Is Eve?

Matt Mikalatos. “Dear 8B

Victor Milán. “Evernight.”

Gabriela Damián Miravete. “They Will Dream in the Garden.”

Mary Anne Mohanraj. “Feather.”

Aidan Moher. “The Penelope Qingdom.”

Moriwen. “Once upon a time there was a city called Omelas…

Timothy Mudie. “The Elephants’ Crematorium.”

Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty. “Cold Comfort.”

Carrow Narby. “Scar Clan.”

E. Nesbit. “The Island of the Nine Whirlpools.”

Mari Ness. “We Need to Talk About the Unicorn in Your Back Yard.”

Makenzi Newman. “The Final Strand.”

Bennett North. “All Profound and Logical Minds.”

Julie Novakova. “Deep Down in the Cloud.”

Naomi Novik. “Blessings” and the poem “For Ursula.”

Aimee Ogden. “Your Words There for the World to See.”

Finbarr O’Reilly. “The Miracle Lambs of Minane.”

Kate Osias. “The James Machine.”

Kat Otis. “iChaperone.”

Suzanne Palmer. “Thirty-Three Percent Joe.”

Y.M. Pang. “The Mooncakes of My Childhood” and “The Palace of the Silver Dragon.”

Richard Parks. “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts.”

Irette Y. Patterson. “Early Morning Service.”

Charles Payseur. “Humans Die, Stars Fade.”

Andrea Phillips. “The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike,” part 1 and part 2.

PodCastle Staff, 10th anniversary replay. “In the Stacks.”

Tim Pratt. “Little Gods” (illustrated by Mark Precious) and “Six Jobs.”

Lettie Prell. “Crossing LaSalle.”

Cat Rambo. “The Threadbare Magician,” part 1 and part 2.

Robert Reed. “Obliteration.”

Jason S. Ridler. “Seduction of the Innocent.”

Farah Naz Rishi. “When Shadow Confronts Sun.”

Erin Roberts. “Sour Milk Girls.”

H.E. Roulo. “Immeasurable.”

Eden Royce. “The Choking Kind.”

A. Merc Rustad. “Lonely Robot on a Rocket Ship in Space.”

Carlie St. George. “Three May Keep a Secret.”

S.L. Scott. “A Cure for Homesickness.”

Effie Seiberg. “Recipe: 1 Universe” and “Strong as Stone.”

Nebidita Sen (reprint). “Never Yawn Under a Banyan Tree.”

Iona Sharma. “Refugee; or, a nine-item representative inventory of a better world.”

Will Shetterly. “The Ones Who Stay and Fight in Omelas.”

Drea Silvertooth and Lian Rose. “Desert Dogs.”

Cynthia So. “The Poet and the Spider.”

Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt. “The Christmas Abomination from Beyond the Back of the Stars.”

David Steffen. “Cake, and Its Implications.”

Kai Stewart. “A Very Large Number of Moons.”

Naru Sundar. “Straight Lines.”

Bogi Takács. “Four-Point Affective Calibration.”

Cecilia Tan. “Crowdthink Consensus Thresholds: A Study.”

Gretchen Tessmer. “Hey Man, Nice Shot” (poem).

Natalia Theodoridou. “Every Black Tree.”

Lavie Tidhar. “Yiwu.”

Melion Traverse. “The Death Knight, the Dragon and the Damsel.”

Brian Trent. “Sparg.”

Cadwell Turnbull. “A Third of the Stars of Heaven.”

Greg van Eekhout. “On the Fringes of the Fractal.”

Tamara Vardomskaya. “Suite for Accompanied Cello.”

Carrie Vaughn. “Where Would You Be Now?

Ursula Vernon. “Pocosin” and “Toad Words” (as T. Kingfisher).

Sabrina Vourvoulias. “La Gorda and the City of Silver.”

LaShawn M. Wanak. “There Are No Wrong Answers.”

Yilin Wang. “Sparrow

Izzy Wasserstein. “Unplaces: An Atlas of Non-existence.”

M. Darusha Wehm. “Home Sick.”

A.C. Wise. “For the Removal of Unwanted Guests.”

Anna Wu. “The Facecrafter.”

Xiu Xinyu. “Farewell, Adam.”

Isabel Yap. “Asphalt, River, Mother, Child.”

Charles Yu. “Placebo.”

Qi Yue. “To Fly Like a Fallen Angel.”


Similar to the longer works section above, this section will be incorporated into my finished shelf on Goodreads, in future annual posts.

David Abram. Rough Guide to France, 2016 edition.

💡 Ferran Adrià. Modern Gastronomy A to Z: A Scientific and Gastronomic Lexicon.

Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. Flatbreads Flavors.

Rosemary Bailey et al. DK Eyewitness Travel Back Roads France, 2016 edition.

💡 Ashok Bajaj, Vikram Sunderam, and David Hagedorn. Rasika: Flavors of India.

Amy C. Balfour et al. Food Trails: Plan 52 Perfect Weekends in the World’s Tastiest Destinations, 2016 edition; Hawaii (Lonely Planet), 2017 edition.

Kimiko Barber. Cook Japanese at Home: From Dashi to Tonkatsu, 200 Simple Recipes for Every Occasion.

Andrew Beatie. The Rough Guide to Switzerland, 2017 edition

💡 Sara Benson, Craig McLachlan, and Ryan Ver Berkmoes. Honolulu, Waikiki & O’ahu (Lonely Planet), 2017 edition.

Rolando Beramendi. Autentico: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way.

💡 Mark Bittman. Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities.

Ruth Blackmore. The Rough Guide to Paris, 2018 edition.

Heston Blumenthal. The Fat Duck Cookbook.

Massimo Bottura. Bread Is Gold.

💡 Ali Bouzari. Ingredient: Seeing Beneath the Surface of Food to Take Control in the Kitchen.

💡 Barbara Bregstein. Complete Spanish Step-By-Step (2016 edition).

💡 James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst. The Flavor Matrix: The Art and Science of Pairing Common Ingredients to Create Extraordinary Dishes.

Floyd Cardoz and Marah Stets. Flavorwalla: Big Flavor. Bold Spices. A New Way to Cook the Foods You Love..

Jean-Bernard Carillet et al. France’s Best Trips: 38 Amazing Road Trips (Lonely Planet), 2017 edition.

Gerald Carr and Helen Townsend. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Hawaii, 2017 edition.

François Chartier. Taste Buds and Molecules: The Art and Science of Food, Wine, and Flavor.

💡 Alana Chernila. The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure.

Jacqueline Chio-Lauri. The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Around the Globe.

Gregor Clark et al. Switzerland (Lonely Planet), 2018 edition

Adriana Czupryn et al. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Switzerland, 2017 edition

💡 Clotilde Dusoulier. Tasting Paris: 100 Recipes to Eat Like a Local.

Robyn Eckhardt and David Hagerman. Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey.

Amy Emberling, Frank Carollo, and Antonis Achilleos. Zingerman’s Bakehouse.

Josh Friedland. Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy.

Marvin Gapultos. The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey-From Food Blog, to Food Truck, and Beyond.

Fany Gerson. Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories.

Darra Goldstein and Stefan Wettainen. Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking.

💡 Asha Gomez and Martha Hall Foose. My Two Souths: Blending the Flavors of India into a Southern Kitchen.

Dorie Greenspan. Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere and 💡 Dorie’s Cookies.

Annie Heminway. Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French Grammar, 💡 French Demystified (2016, 3rd edition), and 💡 Ultimate French Basic (Living Language Ultimate Basic-Intermediate Series).

💡 Colu Henry. Back Pocket Pasta: Inspired Dinners to Cook on the Fly.

Maggie Hoffman. The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit.

IBM Corp. and Institute of Culinary Education. Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson: Recipes for Innovation from IBM & the Institute of Culinary Education.

💡 Leila Jeffreys. Bird Love.

💡 Adam Karlin, Luci Yamamoto, and Loren Bell. Hawaii the Big Island (Lonely Planet), 2017 edition.

💡 Reem Kassis. The Palestinian Table.

Niloufer Ichaporia King. My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking.

Tessa Kiros. Provence to Pondicherry.

Nigella Lawson. How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking and 💡 Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food.

💡 David Lebovitz. The Perfect Scoop, Revised and Updated: 200 Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, Gelatos, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments.

Catherine Le Nevez et al. Paris (Lonely Planet), 2017 edition.

Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison. Batch: Over 200 Recipes, Tips and Techniques for a Well Preserved Kitchen.

Hayley McKee. Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb: Baked Sweets that Taste of Nature.

Toby Musgrave. Green Escapes: The Guide to Secret Urban Gardens.

💡 Małgorzata Omilanowska, Nancy Jones, and Ewa Szwagrzyk. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Berlin, 2017 edition.

💡 Robert G. Pasieczny et al. DK Eyewitness Travel Munich & the Bavarian Alps, 2016 edition.

💡 Jenny Petrow. Spanish Demystified, 3rd edition (2016).

Sasha Petraske and Georgette Moger-Petraske. Regarding Cocktails.

Maricel E. Presilla. The New Taste of Chocolate: A Cultural and Natural History of Cacao with Recipes.

💡 Leela Punyaratabandhu. Simple Thai Food and Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand.

René Redzepi and David Zilber. Foundations of Flavor: The Noma Guide to Fermentation: Including step-by-step information on making and cooking with: koji, kombuchas, shoyus, misos, vinegars, garums, lacto-ferments, and black fruits and vegetables.

Myrna Bell Rochester. Easy French Step-By-Step.

Jürgen Scheunemann, James Steward, Neville Walker, Christian Williams. DK Eyewitness Travel Back Roads Germany, 2017 edition.

💡 Meera Sodha. Made in India: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen.

💡 Irwin Stern. Ultimate Spanish Beginner-Intermediate.

💡 Ruby Tandoh. Crumb: The Baking Book and Flavour: Eat What You Love.

Patrick Taylor. The Garden Lover’s Guide to France.

Cyrus Todiwala. Mr Todiwala’s Spice Box: 120 Recipes with Just 10 Spices.

Julia Turshen et al. Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs.

💡 Luisa Weiss. Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen.

Eric Werner, Mya Henry, Mulke Christine, and Oliver Strand. Hartwood: Between the Land and the Sea.

Nicola Williams et al. Lonely Planet Germany, Austria & Switzerland’s Best Trips: (Lonely Planet): 33 Amazing Road Trips, 2016 edition.

Kris Yenbamroong. Night + Market: Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends.

Bill Yosses and Peter Kaminsky. The Sweet Spot: Dialing Back Sugar and Amping Up Flavor.


With ebook samples and previews more readily available, my TBR (to be read) list shrinks (however slowly) as my DNF (did not finish) list lengthens. Rather than spending time listing all of the year’s DNF — large since my TBR is huge — I now focus on books where what little I’d read of them impressed me (in a good way!) — i.e., to return to it in the future, if (when?) time allows.

Similar to the longer works section above, I’ll likely link to my did not finish shelf on Goodreads in future annual posts.

Ty Dunitz and Jenn Lee. Rising Sand.

Matt Goulding. Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture.

Sarah Kuhn. Heroine Worship.

Jen Lee Quick. Gatesmith (on hiatus).

Kel McDonald, Kara Leopard, Whitney Cogar, and Roxy Polk. [Super]Natural Attraction (ongoing).

Nnedi Okorafor. Akata Witch Series, book 2: Akata Warrior.

Michelle Stanford. Centralia 2050.

Rachel Smythe and Bekah Caden. Lore Olympus (ongoing).

Rivers Solomon. An Unkindness of Ghosts.

Elaine Tipping. Pathways: Chronicles of Tuvana.

Keezy Young. Never Heroes (Yellow Hearts).

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