2018: My year in Books

A new year, a new Goodread’s challenge! This year, I’m setting myself a target of 90 books. It feels a lot, but the past two years has seen me ending the year on 92 for both, so it should be do-able. Commuting has an advantage!

Besides, it’s not a challenge unless it’s challenging, right?

I’m hoping to get on top of reviews this year – I’m in a good place for that right now, so need to keep reading. But I’m also hoping to address my extensive TBR pile that aren’t necessarily review books. I’ve left them sitting there for years, prioritising blog books. Time to pay them some attention!

Before I start addressing this year’s challenge, I want look back at last year. Not only focusing on the books that I’ve read, but the ones that have really stood out for me, and the ones you guys have enjoyed hearing about the most.

I’m using ‘My Year in Books’ from Goodreads for a lot of my statistics here (my memory isn’t that good!)

Books: 92

Pages:  34,811

Shortest book: Danger Rising by E.D Richards

Longest book: Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Average length: 378 pages

First review of the year: The Eden Paradox by Barry Kirwan

Last review of the year: Darien by C.F Iggulden

That was my Goodread’s summary. Here are the books that have really stuck with me this year:

Favourite stand-alone book (the impossible question)

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton. I read this quite near the beginning of the year and it has still stuck with me. I literally needed to rant to someone about this book because I couldn’t believe what was happening. I’m not sure another book has affected me the same way since.

Favourite series

I started a few thoroughly good series this year. The one I’m going to go for is the Godblind trilogy (Godblind and Darksoul are currently out) by Anna Stephens. I got completely swept up and immersed in this world and can’t wait for more.

Favourite new author

I’m limiting myself on this question that I can’t have read anything by this author in previous years. I’m going to go with Matt Haig. Notes on a Nervous Planet literally left me wanting to change my life, so kudos where kudos is due.

Favourite re-discovered author

This is split between a childhood author and one I read as an adult. Anthony Horowitz is definitely a rediscovered author: I’ve just stumbled across his adult books, loved them, and started re-reading a childhood favourite.

Robin Hobb is the second one. I read her first trilogy a few years ago and finally got around to more and instantly fell completely in love again. Definitely not leaving it as long next time.

My most popular book review on here (for the second year running) is Friend Request by Laura Marshall.

It’s been fantastic getting more engagement for book reviews as a whole this year though – let’s spread the book love as far as possible.

Are you pleased with 2018 – reading or otherwise? Do you have goals for this year?

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40 thoughts on “2018: My year in Books

  1. The only book on this I’ve read is notes on a nervous planet and I really loved it! I recently made a goodreads account too so I will give yours a follow x

    Kayleigh Zara 💀🥀Www.kayelghzara.com

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  2. I am trying to read more and have started a new morning routine which includes reading a min of 10 pages. Find at night I am super tired, doing this I am finally getting through some books. Haven’t read these but will certainly look into a couple. I loved last year The Death House, read it in 2 days….for me this is totally unheard off. You have read an amazing amount, well done!!

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    • That’s a great idea! Just having those small commitments makes such a difference. I’m lucky in a sense that I have a commute because that gives me guaranteed reading time. Thank you!


  3. Ohh, The Perfect Girlfriend was also on my favorites list this year. It’s an unique story.
    I get you when you say you want to read books that wait aside for too long.
    Good luck on reaching your reading goal, and I wish you many five-stars reads in 2019!

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    • Thank you! It’s proving a slow start with trying to get through two long books that I’m struggling with both 🙈 hopefully it will pick up soon! The Perfect Girlfriend literally left me ranting because I couldn’t believe it – loved it! Thank you!

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  4. Yea commuting does help to get through a good bit of books. That’s the only reason why I miss my long commuting time.
    I also need to read the Godblind book. It sounds like something I might like.

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    • It does – it’s that guaranteed time regardless of what else is going on. It can be grim in places but oh my word I loved it – definitely recommend! Thanks!


  5. I’m going to have to check out The Perfecy Girlfriend, vaguely reminds me of that new show You on netflix. you’ve read a lot of great books last year, hope this year is filled with just as many great stories xx

    mich / simplymich.com

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  6. The Perfect Girlfriend sounds intriguing, I love a good thriller! I’ve heard so many good things about Notes on a Nervous Planet, it’s amazing that a book can make you want to change your life. I really need to give this one a read, I follow Matt Haig on Twitter and enjoy his inspirational tweets so I’m sure I’ll love the book. Good luck with your reading target this year Lindsey, can’t wait to read more of your book reviews ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    • Thank you – I hope so too! I’m currently stuck on two really long ones so already feeling a little behind target but I’m sure I’ll make up for it swiftly once these are out of the way. It’s great when you get an author that just leaves you inspired, isn’t it? Thank you!


  7. Loved this little round up of books! I read Friend Request recently and it’s one of my favourite books! I discovered Matt Haig this year also and have over him. Will be putting The Perfect Girlfriend on my TBR list! So glad I’ve found your blog ☺️ Liz x

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    • Aww, thank you so much, that really means a lot to me! If you liked Friend Request, you’ll love The Perfect Girlfriend, it was such a gripping read! Thanks again!


  8. 92 books in one year?! That’s AMAZING! I did 32 and I thought I’d done well. I’m shocked that I haven’t read any of the books featured in this post, I’ll have to check them out!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

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  9. That’s amazing you read 92 books! I don’t have a goal reading wise, but I want to continue reading & not hit a slump.
    I’ll have to check out some of the books you recommend 😊


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