2018 wasn’t my greatest year for reading. It started off so strong, but as the year went on life really did take over and got in the way. That being said I did read some really amazing books, and some that really have stuck to my memory. Look back over the goals I set myself with my reading this year.
I had set my Goodreads goal at 75, but I only actually managed to read 30 books in the end- I know, this is an embarrassment for a book blogger like myself. I think its probably my worse reading year since I was a little child, though actually I probably read more even then.
Over the past few years I have been working on a list of 100 books to read before you die. I didn’t exactly do well with it in 2017, but I did even worse when it comes to 2018. I read a total of 0 books on the list. I don’t think I even picked up or looked at the list once this year, who knows how in the world Im going to achieve the list if I’m not even going to remember about it other than when I do my yearly wrap ups.
Another of my goals was to read more from some of my favourite authors. I only managed two of these and they were The True Queen by Alison Weir and Dark Tracks by Philippa Gregory. The True Queen was as amazing as I was expecting it to be, I don’t know why I haven’t jumped back into the next book in the series; but Order of Darkness was rather average, I’m kind of glad the series is finished. However in 2018 I did actually discover a new favourite author, Mary E Pearson. At the start of the year I flew through the entirety of her Remnant Chronicles, and then adored her new novel Dance of Thieves later this year. I can not wait or what more is to come of this new series, or to be fair anything more that Mary E Pearson comes out with.
Im quite proud of my progress on my ‘read some tomes’ challenge that I set myself. I could of done a lot better but I did manage to read two books that would fit into this category; Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson and The True Queen by Alison Weir. I really do need to get to some of the others already on my shelf, maybe a plan for next year.
As with every year, I like to try to finish off some of the many series I have started otherwise I just end up starting one after another; this year I managed to finish off four series which I am pretty proud of. As I stated last year, I really wanted to finish the graphic novel series Deathnote that I started quite a while back, and I managed to achieve this! YAY me! Other than that I finished the Order of Darkness series by Philippa Gregory, The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson and Themis Files by Sylvian Neuvel.
Although I didn’t read too many books this year, I had some clear favourites. I adored the entirety of the Remnant Chronicles and what I read of the Falling Kingdoms series. But as a single favourite book, I have two, and both are very different. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan was an amazing fantasy novel that I adored; I seriously hope that there is more books in this world coming soon, I miss this world already. And secondly The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, a truly harrowing, heart felt historical fiction novel.
What did you read in 2018? Did you have any favourites you’d recommend?