Happy new year! It seems surreal to be writing this in January 2019, I’m still unsure where the time has gone.
Since it is January, that means it’s time to wrap up the books I got through in 2018.
As with the past few years, my reading goal was set at 50, which I’m proud to say I actually completed for once! I actually read 57 (and three quarters of another one), so let’s see some statistics. I didn’t count the 58th book, as I’ve still got a little bit to finish.
So yeah. 57 books, 20,675 pages, or about 56 pages a day. Sounds a lot more impressive when you put it like that, but this is the year I really got into audiobooks.
I ended up reading some shorter books last year, which wasn’t intentional. I did also read some longer books (*cough* The Stand *cough*), so my average length came out at 362 pages, which is about average.
The World’s Wife, which is shown in the image above is actually a poetry collection, by Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy. It’s only 96 pages, so it’s definitely on the shorter side, but I never read poetry, and I never usually have any interest in poetry, so the fact I can actually include one this year is quite interesting.
The past few years I’ve tacked a ‘big’ Stephen King book, with last year’s choice being The Stand and the year before’s It. I haven’t quite decided which I’ll pick up this year, but The Stand wasn’t for me. It was interesting, but it’s my least favourite book from him i’ve read yet.
What’s interesting is the comparison between most popular books read, and least popular. To Kill a Mockingbird was read more than 4 million times, and it was by far one of my most favourite that I read. Many people read it in school but we never did, so I was doing a bit of catch up. From Lone Mountain was my least popular read, and was one that I just thought was okay. It’s a graphic novel collection of comics that were written by John Porcellino, which I maybe would have gotten on better with had I been familiar with them before. The artwork was lovely though.
Unsurprisingly, quite possibly my favourite book of the year was the one with the highest rating on Goodreads. I don’t think it’s that easy to describe what this book is about, other than a look at relationships and finding comfort within who you are. If you haven’t read it already, I HIGHLY recommend.
Also my average rating being at 3.6 sounds quite low but that genuinely is good for me. I read some fantastic books, and I’m glad it’s not too low.
In Summer, I posted a mid year wrap up with a heap of statistics, which you can read here if you’re interested.
I’m not going to go into all the graphs again, but here’s a breakdown of all the books I read in 2018.
The Nix by Nathan Hill – 5 stars – audiobook
The Burning Girl by Claire Messud – 2 stars – physical book
They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera – 5 stars – audiobook
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll – 3 stars – physical book
Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan – 3 stars – physical book
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – 4 stars – ebook
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter – 3 stars – ebook
Peach by Emma Glass – 4 stars – ebook
Vincent by Barbara Stok – 5 stars – physical book (graphic novel)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – 4 stars – audiobook
Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler – 3 stars – physical book
Black Hole by Charles Burns – no rating – physical book (graphic novel)
The Mother of All Questions: Further Feminisms by Rebecca Solnit – no rating – physical book
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman – 4 stars – ebook
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – 4 stars – ebook
Vicious by V.E. Schwab – 5 stars – ebook
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig – 3 stars – physical book
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster – 3 stars – audiobook
Final Girls by Riley Sager – 3 stars – physical book
Three Things About Elsie – 4 stars – audiobook
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – 4 stars – audiobook
Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides – 2 stars – ebook
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor – 3 stars – physical book
Stoner by John Williams – no rating – audiobook
Blankets by Craig Thompson – 4 stars – physical book (graphic novel)
The Pharmacist’s Wife by Vanessa Tait – 3 stars – physical book
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – 3 stars – audiobook
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – 3 stars – audiobook
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – 3 stars – audiobook
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – 3 stars – audiobook
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 3 stars – audiobook
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson – 2 stars – audiobook
Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey – 3 stars – ebook
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride – 4 stars – audiobook
Night Film by Marisha Pessl – 4 stars – ebook
From Lone Mountain by John Porcellino – 3 stars – physical book (graphic novel)
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – 3 stars – ebook
Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride – 5 stars – audiobook
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller – 3 stars – audiobook
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – 5 stars – audiobook
Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten – 4 stars – physical book
The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy – no rating – physical book (poetry)
Beverly by Nick Drnaso – 3 stars – physical book (graphic novel)
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman – 4 stars – ebook
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner – 3 stars – physical book
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso – 5 stars – physical book (graphic novel)
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – 4 stars – physical book (graphic novel)
Snap by Belinda Bauer – 3 stars – audiobook
The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick – 2 stars – physical book
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach – 4 stars – audiobook
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – 4 stars – audiobook
Milkman by Anna Burns – 4 stars – ebook
The Stand by Stephen King – 3 stars – audiobook
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – 5 stars – audiobook
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne – 5 stars – audiobook
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson – 3 stars – physical book
The Diviners by Libba Bray – no rating – audiobook
(I also read most of The Overstory by Richard Powers via audiobook)
For this year, I’ve decided to up my challenge to 52 books, or a book a week, as that seems relatively doable. I’m also keen to get through more of my physical books this year, as I have SO MANY on my shelf that I’m so excited to get through. I’ve also got a heap on my Kindle that I’d like to get to as well, so I better get started.
I would also like to tackle some more ‘big’ books, which I find a bit intimidating most of the time. I’ve got quite a few on the larger side that I would love to read, but worry that I have to invest a heap of time in them.
In terms of this blog, I know i’ve been a bit flakey towards the end of the year when I promised I wouldn’t be. I’m not going to push myself to stick up loads of content when I’m often overwhelmed and overworked, but I’m going to try to do more, and more ambitious things.
As always, you can follow my Goodreads account in the widget at the right-hand side of the screen if you’d like to keep up with what I’m reading.