Top Ten Books 2018

I read 27 books in 2018. Did not hit my goal. I’ll try to step it up for 2019. So many books so little time. Here is my Top 10.

  1. The Man With The Golden Arm – Nelsen Algren
  2. The Road to Wigan Pier – George Orwell
  3. The White Album – Joan Didion
  4. Never Come Morning – Nelsen Algren
  5. The Fall – Albert Camus
  6. The Crossing – Cormac McCarthy
  7. Paterson – William Carlos Williams
  8. The Other Shore – Thich Nhat Hanh
  9. Young Once – Patrick Modiano
  10. Rabbit At Rest – John Updike

“Got ya for the Greek, Lefthander. Two witnesses.”
“Knew I’d never get t’ be twenty-one anyhow.”


Have you noticed that Amsterdam’s concentric canals resemble the circles of hell? The middle-class hell, of course, peopled with bad dreams. When one comes from the outside, as one gradually goes through those circles, life – and hence its crimes – becomes denser, darker. Here we are in the last circle.

man with the golden arm

Some cats just swing that way…


“Standing amid the tan, excited post-Christmas crowd at the Southwest Florida Regional Airport, Rabbit Angstrom has a funny sudden feeling that what he has come to meet, what’s floating in unseen about to land, is not his son Nelson and daughter-in-law Pru and their two children but something more ominous and intimately his: his own death, shaped vaguely like an airplane.”

the crossing

The dome of the moon rose out of the ground white and frat and membranous.



Anyone want to talk about any of these books I would be happy to discuss. Your comments are welcome. Each book was special in its own way and I would be hard pressed to say which one I like the best.

















19 thoughts on “Top Ten Books 2018

  1. What was the Orwell one about? Also, I started the Rabbit series and got through most of the first two. Never forgot them. Updike is a hell of a writer. Is that Paterson about the bus driver who is a poet that Jim Jarmusch made a movie about?

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    • Yes, Updike is a hell of a writer. The Orwell book, The Road to Wigan Pier, was a piece of investigative Journalism on Orwell’s part. He was looking into the unemployment situation in Northern England in the 1930’s but also he looked at the coal mining industry while at it and actually went down into the hellish mines He also observed the foul living conditions of the miners and their meager diets. Written in Orwell’s inimitable style it is a real eye opener. In it he makes the case for socialism.

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  2. Lots of great pics, and I love the photo of you with one of your top reads! The Fall by Camus is one that I still haven’t read, so that’s going on my reading list for next month. Have you read The Stranger? I read that probably 12 years ago now but I really enjoyed it.xx

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