With only a couple of weeks left to 2018, everyone is looking back at what the universe dished up in the past 350-ish days. The Winter Olympics feel like a lifetime ago. We have more gray hairs than we care to admit after reading the news each day. And our future children will mock us when they see that we slung fanny packs over our shoulders like Jansports. Woof.
We might sending 2018 off with a “boy, bye” instead of a stirring rendition of Auld Lang Syne, but that doesn’t mean we won’t look back fondly on some parts of this year. There was a royal wedding. A selfie kid at the Super Bowl. Probably some other stuff we will remember years later in therapy. What we will remember from this year: the amazing things we read.
Not ones to be left out of a good fad, we present to you our Best of 2018 list. And because it’s us, we have to share with you our Worst of 2018 list as well. Note: unlike The New York Times and any other reputable outlets, not all the items presented here have been published this year. We just read them this year. Better late than never, right?
We’ve also shared our favorite drinks from the past year as a pairing with our favorite reads, because we love you.
THE DRINKING CLUB WITH A READING PROBLEM’S BEST READS OF 2018
DD: “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York“. Pair with: a perfectly chilled Veuve Cliquot.
LL: Beneath A Scarlet Sky. Pair with: a cucumber mint vodka cocktail.
DR: Manhattan Beach. Pair with: a Tom Collins.
AM: Beartown. Pair with: Justice (better than any drink out there).
MM: Sharp Objects. Pair with: a glass of Valpolicella Ripasso. MM also recommends noshing on some Trader Joe’s cheese with the purple rind. You know the one.
MV: Look Alive Out There. Pair with: Sauvignon Blanc and a LED floodlight for all the Jared’s in our lives.
EV: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders. Pair with: Pinot Noir.
THE DRINKING CLUB WITH A READING PROBLEM’S WORST READS OF 2018
DR: Swing Time
MM: The Nest
AM: That article about the auction of Sylvie’s stuff. We’re still a little salty about that one.
MV: Alias Grace