Happy New Year! As is tradition (started last year), my first post of 2019 is a look back over last year, in books. Although I’m going to style it a bit differently this year, I hope you enjoy it!
146 books read this year, considerably lower than the 199 books I managed last year. However, this year was a much happier reading year, especially towards the end of the year, as I made the move to make my reading life fun again – freeing myself of blog tours (not to be confused with bookstagram tours, which I love!), and I stopped putting unnecessary pressure on myself to blog daily. Now, I’m really enjoying blogging again, I scrapped anything that was no longer enjoyable (wrap up posts), and even came up with fun new post (Ramblings from my pages…), and I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am with how well its been received.
So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at 2018 in books…
2018 in King
2018 was the year I became a Constant Reader, I started my journey through Stephen King’s books. I read 9 King books last year, and for the most part, I enjoyed them all.
2018 in Audiobooks
2018 was the year I discovered a love of audiobooks. I even have an Audible subscription now!
My favourite fiction audiobooks were The Good Daughter and Barbed Wire Heart. Nonfiction favourites were Born a Crime and Around the Way Girl. Sadie must get an honourable mention for the full cast narration, it was fantastic to hear every character have their own narrator.
2018 in Criminally Good Book Club
It was another fantastic year for my Instagram book club – Criminally Good Book Club.
2018 in Nonfiction
Last year I wanted to read 12 nonfiction books, and I was only one away from my goal, so I’m really happy with that!
2018 in Buddy Reads with Beth @ Bibliobeth
2018 was the year I started buddy reading a book each month with Beth.
I enjoyed every buddy read because we have such fantastic conversations, but my favourite books were The Fireman, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Nightingale, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – we had a great run of five star books!
2018 in Buddy Reads with Eva @ Novel Deelights
2018 was also the year I started buddy reading with Eva.
I have so much fun reading with Eva, we even took it to the next level and ‘buddy watched’ The ABC Murders TV adaptation (which fell way short of the book). My favourite of the books we read together were The Craftsman and The Lingering.
2018 in Five Star Fiction
In 2018, I awarded 19 books five stars – this is the ‘best of the best’ in fiction, and I highly recommend each and everyone of these books!
In a life or death situation, gun to my head, have to choose five books or die – these are my top five fiction books I read this year!
My 2019 Bookish Plans
- To continue my Stephen King journey, aiming for 12 more of his books.
- To continue enjoying audiobooks.
- Another successful year for Criminally Good Book Club.
- I’m participating in a nonfiction challenge on Instagram, hosted by Tasnim – @reads.and.reveries, to read a minimum of 19 nonfiction books.
- More buddy reads!
- I’d also like to tick off a few more countries in my Read the World challenge.