I’ve barely written here at all in 2018, it’s been the year off blogging I needed, my life had changed and I wasn’t reading like I used to (nor did I have any desire to write in any way). The end of 2018 was quiet and while I am once again ill at least it’s not the glandular fever of 2017/18.  2019 will be my 9th year of blogging, and I hope to write more regularly as long as I have something I want to write about. 

I’m still trying to relive the heady year of reading that was 2013 when almost every book I read felt like the enlightenment I needed. Not to say I’ve not read some amazing books in 2018, I just still feel I need to read more widely. Each year I say I want to read books by more people of colour, race, country and it never works out to be as balanced as I intend. 

The highlight of my year: The My Brilliant Friend TV adaptation, it brought back the anticipation, anxiety, and craving for more I had when I read the books.

2018

  • 51 books read, 24 fewer than in 2017.
  • 25 5* books. 1 fewer than 2017.
  • 1 2* book. Apologies to anyone who loved Manhatten Beach.

I began the year with Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and ended it with The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (a well selected Christmas present from the BF).

My top 25 books

  1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  2. The Diary of a Bookseller – Susan Bythell
  3. Monsters of Men – Patrick Ness
  4. Assassin’s Quest – Robin Hobb
  5. Magpie Murders – Anthony Horowitz
  6. The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin,
  7. Naondel – Maria Turtschaninoff
  8. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  9. Edgar and Lucy – Victor Lodato
  10. Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay
  11. Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  12. On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
  13. My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh
  14. The Silence of the Girls – Pat Barker
  15. Normal People – Sally Rooney
  16. Lethal White – Robert Galbraith
  17. Ghost Wall – Sarah Moss
  18. My Thoughts Exactly – Lily Allen
  19. The Corset – Laura Purcell
  20. Fool’s Errand – Robin Hobb
  21. Circe – Madeline Miller
  22. Burma Chronicles – Guy Delisle
  23. Is Gender Fluid?: A Primer for the 21st Century – Sally Hines
  24. The Death of Murat Idrissi – Tommy Wieringa
  25. The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

I had two resolutions for 2018, read everything and no Diet Coke. I definitely could have read more, but I achieved the latter. Which for me is a surprising and welcome achievement, I was a 4-cans-a-day girl. Maybe if I plan to read all the books and cut down on sugar this year I’ll be sugar-free by 2020.

What were your highlights of 2017?
Have you achieved or done anything special?
What was or will be your first book of 2018?

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Yasmine
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I have My Brilliant Friend downloaded and plan to binge-watch it this weekend! My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Normal People are on my list of books to read, I’ve heard so many good things about them. Home Fire and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race were a couple of highlights for me this year too!

Caroline
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Such an appealing list. I hope to read Sally Rooney too and I loved The Diary of a Bookseller. But there are other titles that intrigue me as well. I hope you’ll feel better soon. I had to see the doctor as well, right before the end of the year.
Happy New Year.

Christina Cosgrove
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Christina Cosgrove

I discovered Magnus Mills in 2018, loved The restraint of beasts and All quiet on the orient express, fantastic author can’t wait to read his other books. Also enjoyed reading lesser known works by famous authors, really enjoyed Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck and loved, possibly even my favourite book A Clerymans daughter by George Orwell. I also reread handmaidens tale and was moved to tears by cat killing scene.

Jenny @ Reading the End
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Happy New Year! I’m sorry that you’ve been ill but I hope that you are on the mend, since this post is now a few days old. It sucks to start a new year feeling crummy. STUPID WINTER.

Nicola
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Happy New Year! Did you like Circe? I liked it OK, but didn’t think it was quite of the standard of her earlier novel Song of Achilles.