2018 in review the books

I got on a tear toward the end of the year reading books. Though I don’t remember them all, here’s a short list of the ones worth mentioning.


This book was much better than his last one because he goes back to the semi-autobiographical essays I like so much.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t mention reading a quasi self-help book because most of the rehash old ideas and don’t tell you anything you didn’t already know. This one actually had some decent insights. In particular, start small, really small and also change how you see yourself in order to implement a new or break an old habit.

I pre-ordered this book after listening to Nell Scovell’s interview with Marc Maron on his podcast. There’s a lot of great stories, some funny, some not funny at all, about her experience as a comedy writer.  

I read about this book in the Wall Street Journal and had to get it. I haven’t been a hardcore “Simpsons” fan for quite some time, but still like the show. There are some laugh out loud funny parts in this book.

I’m still not finished with this book. I have been reading it at bed time, and only manage to get through about 1/3 of a chapter before falling asleep. It’s a great read and has some interesting theories about how and why this country is bat shit crazy. It’s not boring, but it is set in a very small type.

I grabbed this one at our local bookstore on an impulse at the beginning of the year. And now I can’t remember a thing about it. I finished it, so it must be decent.

The author of this book was on “Fresh Air” and was a really great interview guest. I ordered the book and started reading it. I got about half way through it this summer and put it down and opted for some more uplifting books.

This book was a Christmas present from my brother in law who knows I’m a big fan of the show. It’s the kind of book you can pick up read a few entries and put it down. You know, a toilet book. Marc Maron is a surprisingly good interviewer and gets a lot of guests that either appeal to me right away or surprise the hell out of me as interesting.

I literally just cracked the spine on this one yesterday and have only gotten about 30 pages in. It looks to be an eclectic and fun read. It’s not just one long narrative. There are pieces written by other people as well as random cartoons and recipes.

This isn’t a complete list. Just the stuff I remember for now. If I think of others worth mentioning, I’ll update this post.