My goal every year is to read 100 books. This year, I read 81 – I think it’s the best I’ve done so far.
This list only includes books I finished. There are dozens that I started but didn’t finish (often not even the first chapter) either because they were poorly edited or didn’t hold my interest. I also didn’t include textbooks or journals that I read for school.
Here’s a breakdown of what I read:
- 16 (20%) were either kids or young adult; the rest were adult. Of the kids books, 5 (6%) were the Dark is Rising series, which I’d read as a kid and was rereading.
- 2 (2%) were nonfiction and the rest were fiction. One of those nonfiction was a memoir, and the other was a study guide for the MSW licensing exam.
- 24 (30%) were single short stories, and 6 (7%) were short story anthologies.
- I know the authors of 50 (62%) of the books. 6 (7%) share my publisher and 1 was by someone in my in-person writing group.
- 46 (57%) were in a series. Only 2 were ones where I just read the first book and didn’t read the rest or want to read the rest when they’re released.
- 8 (10%) were from Amazon’s first read program, where they offer a free ebook to Prime members.
- 1 (1%) was translated from another language or from a non-Western country.
- 30 (37%) were books I didn’t like enough to rate at least 4 stars or above.
- 72 (89%) were ebooks.
Best books I read in 2018:
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone. The story of a black teenager in Atlanta whose best friend is shot and killed, and how he tries to channel MLK to deal with the aftermath.
- The Green Princess trilogy by H.L. Burke. A teenage girl and her prince boyfriend belong to rival magic factions in the midst of a civil war, and have to overcome tons of obstacles to try to be together.
- Crazy Quilt: a collection of short stories by Alice Woodrome. As the title says, a great collection of short stories on a range of topics.
- Whisper Me This by Kerry Anne King. A woman returns to her hometown after her mother’s death and tries to balance caring for her aging father, raising her teen daughter, dating, and solving a family mystery.
If you challenged yourself to read a set number of books in 2018, how did you end up doing? What were your favorites? Anything you particularly disliked?