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  • Writer's pictureKatie Breen

What I've Read So Far: Q2 2018

We're back! At the end of the first quarter of 2018, I detailed in the post, "What I've Read So Far: Q1 2018," the back-story on why I'm posting what I've read this year, and the list of books I read in the first three months of 2018. 

Here's the list of what I've read in the second quarter of 2018 (March through June)!

If you read just one of these books, I'd pick "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond for a better understand of how poverty in America works, particularly in the area of housing. Truly eye-opening.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond (top pick of the quarter, top pick in non-fiction)

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance (runner-up of the quarter, runner up in non-fiction)

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead-My Life Story, Cecile Richards (by the outgoing, long-time president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of Texas Democratic governor Ann Richards)

About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America, Carol Sanger (reads like an academic text, but is amazing)

Historical Fiction:

Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks (1660s Martha's Vineyard)

Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan 1930s-40s New York City) (top pick in historical fiction of the quarter)


The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah (set in 1970s Alaska but I don't think that counts as historical fiction)

Academic texts:

Epidemiology: An Introduction, The Open University

Introducing Public Health, The Open University

(both super-short, free or nearly free little primers that I personally think would be interesting to anyone who wants to learn more about what public health, epidemiology, infectious disease control, etc., is all about)


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