Books: 2018

    1. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
    2. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
    3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    4. The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
    5. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
    6. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
    7. Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
    8. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
    9. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
    10. The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
    11. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    12. Faithful by Alice Hoffman
    13. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
    14. The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
    15. The Mothers by Brit Bennett
    16. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
    17. The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
    18. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
    19. The Selection by Kiera Cass
    20. The Secret Place by Tana French
    21. The Elite by Kiera Cass
    22. The One by Kiera Cass
    23. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
    24. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
    25. Still Life by Louise Penny
    26. Artemis by Andy Weir
    27. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    28. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
    29. The Heir by Kiera Cass
    30. The Crown by Kiera Cass
    31. Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
    32. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
    33. A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay
    34. The Assistants by Camille Perri
    35. A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
    36. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    37. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
    38. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
    39. Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
    40. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
    41. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    42. PS. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
    43. The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
    44. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
    45. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
    46. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
    47. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
    48. My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
    49. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
    50. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
    51. The Lost Island by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
    52. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
    53. Educated by Tara Westover
    54. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    55. One Day in December by Josie Silver

2018 was one of the best reading years I’ve had in a looooong time. I looked back at all of the years I’ve logged my books here (going back to 2005), because I was convinced I’d read more books this year than ever, but back in the pre-kid days, I did have a few other days of reading 50+ books in a single year. However, I did read more in 2018 than I have since 2011, and that is certainly an accomplishment. My goal was to read 43, and I exceeded that by quite a lot.

I’ve written in previous year-end reading summaries that reading a lot is what makes me feel like myself, and realizing that and prioritizing reading in my life over the past year and a half has made such a difference, especially as life has gotten difficult. Reading does so much for me and especially as I have next-to-no time for any of my old hobbies, I’m glad that I’ve found a way to make time for so many books. It’s my primary stress reliever, and I’m happy to have realized that and done whatever I can to make space for it in my life.

Over half of my total 55 books for the year were audiobooks. For anybody wondering how I have time to read so much – I spend 2ish hours in the car every weekday, and in 2018 I chose audiobooks over podcasts or music almost every time. Most of the audiobooks are through the library’s apps (Overdrive and lately, the newer app Libby), but we joined Audible (Dan and I are sharing an account) over the summer. That has been nice, too, as there’s a limit to what I can find from our county library on audio.

My favorite books of the year were Ready Player One, The Almost Sisters (both spectacular on audio), the first two Louise Penny books, and the first two books in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. I adored To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and its sequels, as well. I even read a few nonfiction books this year, and Educated was astonishing, and I still think of it often.

For 2019, my goal will be to keep up this approximate reading pace, and read 52 books. Looking back at my reading goals over the past ten or so years, I very frequently resolve to read classics and very infrequently actually read them. But I would like to actually read a classic I haven’t read before in 2019. I’d like to read other books by authors I’ve enjoyed over the past year and a half (Liane Moriarty, Louise Penny, Joshilyn Jackson, Kristin Hannah, Tana French) and mostly continue to spread my reading over lots of genres to keep from getting into a rut. What was your favorite book of 2018?

 

 

In Previous Years…
Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013
Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010
Books Read in 2009
Books Read in 2008
Books Read in 2007
Books Read in 2006
Books Read in 2005

One thought on “Books: 2018

  1. I had to read all of Louise Penny’s books in order. I was so addicted I had to have the next book at the ready before finishing the current one. This took planning because most of her books were not in my little library so they had to be requested ahead of time. These books got me through a rough time of sitting in hospitals and treatment facilities though. Now I’d like to go back and read them again to see what I missed.
    P.S. everyone is ok now.

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