Well hello there my loves!
Today’s post is a rather exciting one for me. Today I am wrapping-up everything that I have read over the past 12 months. 2018 has been a bit of an epic reading year, I must say. I had originally pledged 100 but actually managed to make it to 150! And out of those 150, so many of them have been 5 star reads that while I had originally planned to write a post entirely dedicated to them all, I realised it would be so long (yes, I know this one is long too, but I had planned to do a mini review of them!), that it would take days to write and hours to read. So here you have it, a little breakdown of the books that I read in the year 2018.
Number of books pledged: 100
Number of books read: 150
Number of pages read: 46,085
Average rating: 4.3 stars
Longest book: 805
Shortest book: 27
Average length: 307
1984 by George Orwell // Bonfire by Krysten Ritter // The Gender Games by Juno Dawson // Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall // The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed // The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh // Autumn by Ali Smith // Lullaby by Leila Slimani // The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani // Bloom by Beau Taplin // Songs With Our Eyes Closed by Tyler Kent White // The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen // Warcross by Marie Lu// How to Be Human by Ruby Wax // Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel // The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell // The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson // The Secret History by Donna Tartt // Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit // The Accusation by Bandi // DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker // Geek Girl by Holly Smale // Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi // A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park // Still Life with Feeding Snake by John Burnside // Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence // Letters from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr // A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe // Salt by David Harsent // In Your Defence by Sarah Langford // Television Was a Baby Crawling Toward That Deathchamber by Allen Ginsburg // The Breakthrough by Daphne Du Maurier // Model Misfit by Holly Smale // Weeds and Wildflowers by Alice Oswald // The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower // Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent // Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Skylarks by Karen Gregory // The Woods vol 1 by James Tynion // The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro // The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler // Banthology by Sarah Cleave // Gilded Cage by Vic James // The Woods vol 2 by James Tynion // Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey // Killer Women by Louise Voss // The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton // The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss // Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick // I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara // The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan // Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans // Picture Perfect by Holly Smale // The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse // The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo // Where the Missing Go by Emma Rowley // Bitch Doctrine by Laurie Penny // The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson // The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant // White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock // Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling // Truth Sister by Phil Gilvin // Sleeper 13 by Rob Sinclair // The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie // The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw // The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris // Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston // The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh // Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig // An Unremarkable Body by Elisa Lodato // Blankets by Craig Thompson // Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling // Circe by Madeline Miller // Floored by Various Authors
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling // How to Walk Away by Katherine Center // Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman // Heart of Mist by Helen Sheuerer // Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James // Five Days of Fog by Anna Freeman // Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang // Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss // I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell // She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton // A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sarah Barnard // To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han // The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami // Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson // The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje // The Hurting by Lucy Van Smit // The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides // Reign of Mist by Helen Sheuerer // Origins by Neil deGrasse Tyson // Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi // The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell // Mansfield Park by Jane Austen // NOS4R2 by Joe Hill // Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson // Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire // The Long Take by Robin Robertson // The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne // The Poppy War by R F Kuang // The Labyrinth of Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon // Snowglobe by Amy Wilson // The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner // If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman // Toil and Trouble by Tess Sharpe // Lumberjanes #1 by Noelle Stevenson // Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce // Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire // Heartstopper #1 by Alice Oseman //
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini // The Graces by Laure Eve // The Light Between World by Laura E Weymouth // Scythe by Neal Shusterman // The Overstory by Richard Powers // The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe // The Lizsts by Kyo Maclear // Petra by Marianna Coppo // American Fire by Monica Hesse // All That Remains by Sue Black // The Secret Barrister by The Secret Barrister // This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki // From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Dougherty // Educated by Tara Westover // Misogynation by Laura Bates // And the Swans Began to Sing by Thora Karitas Arnadottir // Medieval Bodies by Jack Hartnell // Dead Girls by Alice Bolin // The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell // Vicious by V E Schwab // To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf // Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire // Normal People by Sally Rooney // Binti by Nnedi Okorafor // Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen // Nevermoore: The Trial of Morigan Crow by Jessica Townsend // In the Body of the World by Eve Ensler // Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson // Today South London, Tomorrow South London by Andrew Grumbridge and Vince Raison // Feminists Don’t Wear Pink curated by Scarlett Curtis // If We Were Villains by M L Rio // The Binding by Bridget Collins // Milkman by Anna Burns // The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reed // And the Ocean was our Sky by Patrick Ness // Schadenfreude by Tiffany Watt Smith
I can’t believe how blinking long it took me to write this post. I think I could have read another book in that time! Anyway, I imagine that this will probably be my best reading year for a long time, with work and university, I doubt I’ll be able to read as much in the next couple of years. I’ll be setting my 2019 goal as 52 books, anything else will be a bonus.
Peace and pages
(and a happy new year to you all!)