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