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2018 – A Reading Year in Review

As I sit on my couch immersed in a Marvel Avengers binge watch (right now i’m focusing on Captain America because i’m sooo not watching in sequence) – I figured it was time to write my 2018 reading year in review post – I would say its my blogging year in review, but honestly, blog posts have been few and far between this year. Its been both a busy one (traveling to Bahrain for 2 weeks in August, starting a new job in September and running a marathon in October) and a crappy one (losing my dog to a medical emergency in August – BLOAT sucks).

On the reading front, I didn’t read as much this as in previous years. My total read count was 273 books and a total of 84675 pages. Which when compared to last year was 66 books and 5144pgs less. But on average, the books I read in 2018 were longer (310pgs compared to 265pgs).

Now onto the actual books I read during the year:
First book marked as finished for 2018: Mr Churchill’s Secretary – Susan Elia MacNeal – I found this mystery to be interesting and its a series that I would like to continue in the future – so I’ve added at least the next book in the series to Mt TBR…(which might kill me if it ever topples over…)
Last book read in 2018: Dead Witch Walking – Kim Harrison – I have to say I was disappointed in this book – i’d heard a lot about this series and originally bought this in 2010 (so its only been languishing on Mt TBR for 8yrs)…but Rachel just annoyed me and I found her to do too much dumb, impulsive shit that got both her and her friends into trouble.
Longest Book Read: Morgan’s Run – Colleen McCullough – growing up in Australia, Ms McCullough is one of those authors that I should have read growing up – the Thorn Birds by her is a “classic” and yet while I have many of her books on my shelf – I’ve never read anything by her. Morgan’s Run was ok (I gave it 2 stars but annotated that I would have given it 2.5) – overall is was too long and needed a good editor in places.
Shortest Book Read: Another Dance – DeAnne Cameron – this was 2.5 in a series I had been reading but like my longest read of the year – this one just didn’t live up to my expectations (in this case, the fact that I had previously read and enjoyed the authors books).
Most Popular Book: The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins – read by 1,796,450 ppl – I know a lot of people loved this book but for me, I was underwhelmed – there have been many other mystery/thriller/suspense like this that I enjoyed much more (the Breakdown by BA Paris being one of them).
Least Popular Book: Another Dance – DeAnne Cameron – i’m not surprised that this also showed up as my least popular book – I randomly stumbled across her books on Amazon a while back but I rarely hear her name recommended.
Highest Rated: The Sun Also Shines – Anthony Ray Hinton – it is no surprise to me that this is the highest rated book that I read this year (and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson who features in this was my highest rated in 2017). This book is also my most recommended book of the year – if you ever want insight into why would justice system needs to be reformed – you need look no further than this book – Mr Hinton spent 20yrs on death row in Alabama for a crime he didn’t commit and with no evidence to convict him (and the sheriff who caused this miscarriage of justice is still in a position of power).
Most Read Author: Zoe Chant – During 2018 (or rather since August when I discovered her) – I’ve read 17 books by Ms Chant. They are all included in my Kindle Unlimited package and honestly just the kind of quick easy reads you need when you are down in the dumps or just need something relatively easy/brainless.

And with that, I’m signing off for 2018 and will see you all in 2019! Best Wishes and Happy Reading!

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2018 in Blog Features, Year in Review

 

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2018 – First Book of the Year

Wow, I just realized that 6 weeks has gone by since I last posted…it seems like just yesterday! I’ve been thinking over the course of the last couple of weeks, how fast 2017 flew by…it seems like just yesterday I was doing my post for First Book of 2017 and now we are into 2018.

I honestly wasn’t sure what my first book of the year was going to be up until about 11pm on New Years Eve. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been earning some extra money driving for Lyft (similar to Uber, but seems slightly less popular). Anyways, in true enterprising fashion, I headed out on New Years Eve, the plan was to drive a couple of hours, head home take a nap and then head out around midnight for some more fun. How wrong I was – one of my early rides (around 8pm) took me into DC and I basically stayed there all night. With the exception of maybe 30min down time right before and after the ball dropped – I was on the go all night.

Anyways, while I was waiting for one of my passengers to show up, I was flipping through my various reading challenge lists and trying to figure out how I wanted to start off the new year! Did I go with a favorite author (like Kimberly Kincaide) or a favorite genre (well, romance duh!) or did I go with something different…ultimately I decided to go with something different but fit at least 3 reading challenges that I am doing in various groups on Goodreads…so without further ado…my first book of the year is…

Also, In lieu of my oh-so-fantastic photography skills…on the ipod is my first full audiobook of the year (I have one in progress with about an hour left). The first audiobooks is the second book in Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in General

 

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