End of Year Wrap-Up

2018 Reading Recap

Here it is again, time to do another yearly recap! Time keeps sneaking up on me quicker and quicker every single year. Since I’m not going to finish the book I’m reading today (boo for starting a 500+ page book near the end of the year ::eyeroll::) I figured I’d go ahead and get my post together. I’m going to give a rather brief recap this year since I don’t have the time, patience or energy to sit down and really dig into my stats very deeply (something I love to do).

In 2018 I was able to finish 63 books. I did have a few DNF books in there (I gave myself full permission to stop without guilt this year, so I think I had 5 or 6 that I ultimately set aside).

Of my 63 books:

  • 55 were fiction and 8 were non-fiction. (better than last year’s ratio, but still would like to see improvement there)
  • 12 of my books were published in 2018 (I’ve always been more of a back-list reader)
  • 27 had male authors and 36 had female authors (BIG win for me there – I’ve always had more male authors than female)
  • 26 were by new-to-me authors (yay for new authors!)
  • 38 books were from a series. (10 of which were new-to-me series, and I only intend to continue on with maybe 1-2 of those series….)
  • 39 books were in paperback format, 19 in hardback, e-books and audio. (Audio just doesn’t work well for me to be honest)
  • 7 books were checked out from my local library. (I don’t utilize my local library nearly as often as I should, but I have so many books here at the house that I don’t really feel the pull to go to the library – except in instances when I want a new release).
  • My presidential reading challenge is still chugging along, very slowly! I managed to get through all but one of the George Washington books that I had intended on reading. I’ve started on John Adams (and I’m not 100% on the book I chose to start with…bummer) Anyhoo, I’m sure I’ll update more on this at a later date.

2018 FAVORITES

I usually like to come up with a Top 10 list, but I realized that my first 5 came together really easily and then I was struggling for the other 5, so I’m just going to list 5 this year:

The Great Alone
This book was on my radar when BOTM picked it, but I didn’t really want to take a chance on it. But then Modern Mrs. Darcy picked it for one of her montly book club selections and so I decided to take a chance on it. And I. LOVED. IT. It ended up being my ultimate #1 favorite of the entire year. It was not an easy read content wise, but it spoke to me in so many ways.

Final Girls

This was, I believe, the second book I read in 2018. And I had had it on my shelf for a few months by that point, but I had seen Samantha post a review of it and I knew I had to give it a shot. And whoa was it a thriller!

 

The Last Time I Lied
When I saw that BOTM picked Riley Sager’s 2018 release, I knew I had to have it in my box that month. And what was unusual was that I didn’t let it sit for months. I picked it up a few weeks after receiving it and it did not disappoint! It was a lot of fun and I loved it! I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!

The Seven Husbands of Evenlyn Hugo
This was another BOTM selection, but it was from 2017. To be honest, I had picked it up that month because that cover was just gorgeous. I was not expecting to be so swept up in it. I enjoyed it so much that I even bought a copy of it for my FB book club Secret Santa partner 🙂

All Around the Town
This one was a total suprise! I picked it up at the Goodwill on a whim one night. I was not expecting to be so caught up in it. There are so many psychological thrillers on the market right now, but this one (from 1992) felt like a precursor to the trend that’s sweeping the thriller genre right now.

That’s about all I’ve got for you. Overall I’m happy with my 2018 reading. I read some really good ones (and a few duds 🙂 ) But it was still a successful reading year for me and I’m definitely looking forward to 2019!

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