The ubiquitous question in all bookish communities, Instagram posts, blogs, or booktuber’s (that is a word) videos: did you have a good reading year? I don’t think I did. According to Goodreads I surpassed my challenge (which I set at 71 books) and read 92 books this year. Well, um, kind of? What I consider to be actual books are novels, short story collections, cookbooks (which I became obsessed with in the last year and read cover to cover, every recipe completely read), collected volumes of comic books, and of course non-fiction books as well. Going by those guidelines I read 57 books; this is because of the fact that I do not consider single issue comics to be books. I read 35 single issue comics, partly because I subscribed to Comixology unlimited this year and became obsessed with it (and a very specific comic series which you’ll see when I break my year in books down more in depth later in this post). So, I feel like I had an okay reading year.  I set my Goodreads goal for 2019 at 71 again this year because I want to hit that goal of reading 71 books, single-issue comics not contained in that.

As far as the POPSUGAR reading challenge…yikes. I completed 38% of the challenge: 19 of 50 prompts (that is if you include the advanced challenge in that, if not it’s 19 out of 40 or 47%). I began the year wanting to only read books that would check off a prompt until I completed the challenge. What ended up happening is that the first few books I read just for the challenge I really was not into at all and it slowed my reading down a great deal. I would love to complete the 2019 challenge, but if I run into a book that I’m really not enjoying it just isn’t worth my time to force myself to finish it. I can put it down, shelve it in my DNF (did not finish), and pick up a different book. The challenge is fun and takes you out of your normal reading habits (I read some amazing books that were just for checking off a prompt, as well) but if it is torturous to get through a book just stop reading it, life is too short to read awful books.

Now for the more complete break down of my year in reading:


✔️True crime
Jon Krakauer: Under the Banner of Heaven

✔️The next book in a series you started
Holly Black: Valiant (Modern Faerie Tales #2)

✔️Nordic Noir
Jo Nesbø: The Snowman

✔️A novel based on a real person
Anne Rice: The Passion of Cleopatra (Ramses the Damned #2)

✔️A book with a time of day in the title
Lily Brooks-Dalton: Good Morning, Midnight

✔️A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn: Here Comes the Sun

✔️A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
Toni Morrison: Song of Solomon

✔️A book about feminism
Roxane Gay: Bad Feminist

✔️A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
Jay Asher: Thirteen Reasons Why

✔️A book about time travel
Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler’s Wife

✔️A book with an animal in the title
Maggie Stiefvater: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)

✔️A book with song lyrics in the title
Joe Hill: Heart-Shaped Box

✔️A childhood classic you’ve never read
Ursula K. Le Guin: A Wizard of Earthsea

✔️A book that’s published in 2018
Sarah J. Maas: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)

✔️A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
Angie Thomas: The Hate U Give

✔️A book set in the decade you were born
Bret Easton Ellis: Less Than Zero

✔️A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
Liane Moriarty: Big Little Lies

✔️A book that involves a bookstore or library
Deborah Harkness: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)

✔️Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges
(2017- a book with a cat on the cover)
Joey Comeau: One Bloody Thing After Another

Okay! Now on to what I read for the entire year. To make this a bit easier on the eyes (and a little less time intensive for myself), I will be including the cover image, the title, and the rating I gave it on Goodreads (their rating system is 1 to 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest possible rating and 5 being the highest- no 1/2 stars available). This is in chronological order, from the first read to most recently read. I rarely write reviews on GR- but, the ( very small amount) of books I wrote reviews on will have a link next to them if you would like to read it.

      JANUARY 2018

      FEBRUARY 2018

      MARCH 2018

      APRIL 2018

      MAY 2018

      JUNE 2018

      JULY 2018

      AUGUST 2018

      SEPTEMBER 2018

     OCTOBER 2018



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