My perennial New Year’s resolution is to read one fiction and one non-fiction book per month. I tend to fail, and this year I only averaged 1.33 books per month (which, interestingly, is the same as last year; 2016 was 1.5 per month).

As you can tell from this list, I became a bit obsessed with afrofuturism and am still in awe of the immersive worldbuilding within the genre’s novels I read. I gravitated more towards fiction this year in general, which meant I snuck in fewer non-fiction books than usual (I did read more academic papers this year, but they’re far more arid).

If you’re looking for more science fiction, speculative fiction, or non-fiction recommendations, check out my 2017 and my 2016 reading lists.


1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

After the Flare: A Novel by Olukotun Deji Bryce

All Systems Red: the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha Book 1) by Tomi Adeyemi

The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth Book 2) by N. K. Jemisin

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth Book 3) by N. K. Jemisin

The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle Series Book 1) by Ursula K. Le Guin


Anticipating Surprise: Analysis for Strategic Warning by Cynthia M. Grabo

Behind Human Error by David D. Woods, Sidney Dekker, Richard Cook, Leila Johannesen, Nadine Sarter

The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect by Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie

Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell