Books of the year: 2018

Another year on Goodreads!

My year in books at Goodreads.

I’ve been a member there since 2012, which raises an eyebrow from me when I think about it. Six years of reading habits!

22 books this year, which sounds about average for me. One every two weeks seems about right!

I managed to knock two books from my I-will-read-everything-by-Dickens list. Hard Times was a surprise for me: I was expecting something in a prison, or more brutal, but it wasn’t like that all. It’s one of my top four Dickens novels (so far!).

Two five stars highlighted there for the outstanding The Hate U Give, an extraordinary first novel from Angie Thomas. Read it!

And I loved Eleanor and Park (review coming in Jan 2019!), a book myself and my pen-friend are still discussing on and off.

The Stephen King’s this year followed a pattern of single female characters in peril. Of those, Dolores Claiborne was the highlight, but I enjoyed The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon right until the closing pages.

Endings being a weakness of King’s, he also managed to ruin Gerald’s Game for me by wandering off into some sub-plot I didn’t need to know.

More disappointments this year than highlights: Scythe didn’t really work for me, and Release was even worse. I expected better from Shusterman and Ness… Challenger Deep is more like it, guys!

The Children of Men spent too long on unnecessary backstory and the plot just plodded along, and Gray Mountain was John Grisham out of the court room and out of his comfort zone.

Three new fiction authors this year: PD James, Gillian Flynn and Joe Hill. Of those, I think Hill is the one I’m likely to go back to.

I already have some books lined up for next year (Dry, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the end of the World. Thanks, Becky!), and there’s the sequel to A Handmaid’s Tale due in November.

I should have finished all of Dicken’s novels by this time next year, which is something in itself! Then it’s on to his short stories. How did this man have time for ten children and two wives?

What books did you read this year? Which ones stick with you and which did you forget you’d read? Let me know!

2 thoughts on “Books of the year: 2018”

  1. Loved this bookish wrap up Tony! One of the things I love about Goodreads is that it gives you all those interesting and fun stats!

    I think it’s great the way you summed everything up here so effectively, and in so few words (my wrap up post has turned out to be a daunting 1,900 words, gulp).

    I’m looking forward to you reading The Loneliest Girl in the Universe because I can’t want to see what you think!

    I’ve also got Dry lined up for 2019 – do you fancy doing a buddy read so we can discuss thoughts as we go along? We also mentioned Shadow of the Wind previously. I think it would be cool. 🙂

    1. One of the things I love about Goodreads is that it does stuff like this…it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve looked at the list and had no memory of one of the books I’d read that year!

      Dry sounds like a good buddy read…I’ll finish Little Dorrit first, so don’t wait around if you want to start something else in the meantime. And no sneaking a look at it while I’m off doing something else. 😉

      Looking forward to the 1900 word blog! I love a long blog post!

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