6 Feb 2019

2018: MY YEAR IN BOOKS ...

FAVOURITE COVERS ...
(In no particular order other than those in which I read the book)



JANUARY ...
  1. SITTING MURDER by A.J. Wright {RFR}
  2. HANS MY HEDGEHOG (RETOLD) by Kate Coombes 
  3. BAD HAIR DAYS by J.M Forster {RFR}
  4. DELIZIA! THE EPIC HISTORY OF THE ITALIANS AND THEIR LOVE OF FOOD by John Dickie {RC}
  5. BRAHMAHATYA by Mittal Rayiv {RFR}
  6. * A POCKETFUL OF CROWS by Joanne Harris
  7. THE ARCHITECT'S APPRENTICE by Elif Shafak {OCRG}
FEBRUARY ...
  1. DON'T FEED THE ELEPHANTS by Sherry Ellis {RFR}
  2. THE HERMETICA: THE LOST WISDOM OF THE PHARAOHS by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy {RC}
  3. * HOME by Amanda Berriman {W}
  4. THE ARMSTRONG GIRL- A CHILD FOR SALE: THE BATTLE AGAINST THE VICTORIAN SEX TRADE by Cathy Le Feuvre
  5. IN SEARCH OF MARY: THE MOTHER OF ALL JOURNEYS by Bee Rowlatt {OCRG}
  6. VICIOUS CIRCLE by Wilbur Smith {RC}
  7. * THE FED-UP COW by Peta Lemon {RFR}
MARCH ...
  1. DARK TRACKS by Philippa Gregory
  2. BLACK RABBIT SUMMER by Kevin Brooks {RC}
  3. WITCH HUNTERS: PROFESSIONAL PRICKERS, UNWITCHERS & WITCH FINDERS OF THE RENAISSANCE by P.G. Maxwell-Stuart {RC}
  4. Charlemagne: Father of the Franks, Leader of the Lombards, and Premier Holy Roman Emperor by in60learning.com {RFR}
  5. Hatshepsut: The Pharaoh-Queen of Egypt by in60learning.com {RFR - Click on title above for review}
  6. THE LYONS ORPHANAGE by Charlie King {RFR}
  7. JUST AN ORDINARY DAY by Shirley Jackson {OCRG}
  8. * DON'T EVER LOOK BEHIND DOOR 32 by B.C.R. Fegan {RFR}
  9. THE KAAWAD SCRIVENER by Rajiv Mittal
  10.  A BETTER TEN COMMANDMENTS by James Miller {RFR}
  11. THE DAY I FELL DOWN THE TOILET & OTHER POEMS by Steve Turner {RC}
APRIL ... 
  1. BELFAST CENTRAL by A.K. Amherst {RFR}
  2. * ALMONDS AND RAISINS by Maisie Mosco {RC - Click on the above title for review}
  3. SCATTERED SEED by Maisie Mosco {RC - Click On Almonds And Raisins for review}} 
  4. CHILDREN'S CHILDREN by Maisie Mosco {RC - Click on Almonds And Raisins for review}
  5. RAGS TO RAGS by Cas Amato {RFR}
MAY ...
  1. * I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME by Margaret Craven
  2. BEYOND THE ARCH by David Evered
  3. GO SET THE WATCHMAN by Harper Lee {OCRG}
  4. I LEAP OVER THE WALL by Monica Baldwin
  5. CARVED IN BONE by Jefferson Bass
  6. ZELDA'S CUT by Philippa Gregory {RC}
  7. GINGER KID by Steve Hofstetter {RFR}
JUNE ...
  1. NINETEEN MINUTES by Jodie Piccoult {RC}
  2. * VICTORIA & ABDUL: THE EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY OF THE QUEEN'S CLOSEST CONFIDENT by Sharbani Basu
  3. DARK MAGICK by Cate Tiernan {RC}
  4. LIKE FATHER LIKE SON by Dorothy Webster Beck
  5. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green {RC}
  6. PERFECT by Rachel Royce {RC}
  7. A BONE TO PICK by Charlaine Harris {RC}
  8. GODDESS POWER PACK: LEARN HOW TO UNLEASH YOUR INNER GODDESS by Cordelia Brabbs
JULY ...
  1. MARY ANN SATE, IMBECILE by Alice Jolly {RFR}
  2. I'M A DRAGON YOU SEE by David Kirkman {RFR} {BT}
  3. TIMMY ON THE TOILET by Peta Lemon {RFR}
  4. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (+ 3 OTHER STORIES) by Truman Capote {OCRG}
  5. ALL THE WINDED WORLD  by Kate Innes {RFR}
  6. THE GILDED KING by Josie Jaffrey {RFR}
  7. THE STORY OF DR. DOLITTLE by Hugh Lofting {RFR} 
  8. THE DAY THAT A RAN AWAY by B.C.R. Fegan {RFR}
  9. CHATTY CAT 5: AUTUMN INTO WINTER by Suzan Collins {BR}
AUGUST ...
  1. * THE DRY by Jane Harper {OCRG}
  2. LAST SCENE ALIVE by Charlaine Harris {RC - See A Bone To Pick for review}
  3. POPPY DONE TO DEATH by Charlaine Harris {RC - See A Bone to Pick for review}
  4. THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah {ARC}
  5. BEAUTY by Robin McKinley
  6. MISS MARY'S BOOK OF DREAMS by Sophie Nicholls
  7. SKULDUGGARY PLEASANT 5: MORTAL COIL by Derek Landy
SEPTEMBER ...
  1. STRANGERS ON A BRIDGE by Louise Mangos {RFR}
  2. ROTHERWEIRD by Andrew Coldecott
  3. * THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS by Sophie Anderson
  4. BOOK OF SHADOWS by Kate Tiernan
  5. THE COVEN by Cate Tiernan {Link to review as above}
  6. BLOOD WITCH by Cate Tiernan {Link to review as of Book Of Shadows}
  7. *( AWAKENING by Cate Tiernan {Link to review as of Book Of Shadows}
  8. NO.1 LADIES' DECTECTIVE AGENCY by Alexander McCall Smith {ABC}
OCTOBER ...
  1. THE LYONS LEGACY by Charlie King {RFR}
  2. * THE HEDGEHOG FEAST by Edith Holden
  3. IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE by Emily Koch (OCRG}
  4. CARTES POSTALES FROM GREECE by Victoria Hislop
  5. PHARAOH by Wilbur Smith
  6. DEAD PRETTY by Candy Denham {RFR}
  7. SITTING PRETTY by Candy Denham {RFR - Link to review as above}
NOVEMBER ...
  1. THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER by Mark Twain {ABC}
  2. WHISKEY AND BLOOD by Benjamin Brad Dison
  3. KATHARINE LUTHER. NUN. REBEL. WIFE. by Anne Boileau {BT}
  4. SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY by Deanna Raybourn
  5. ON FORGIVENESS by Richard Holloway 
  6. THE LAST TUDOR by Philippa Gregory
  7. CREATING A LIFE by James Hollis {Link as that for On Forgiveness}
DECEMBER ...
  1. * SAVIOURS DAY by Lewis Kinmond {RFR} {BC}
  2. MURDER ON CHRISTMAS EVE by Various authors {BC}
  3. ANGELS AT CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber {BC}
  4. ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS by Sheila Roberts {BC}
  5. IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE MISTLETOE by Judy Astley {BC} 
  6. RUMPOLE AT CHRISTMAS by John Mortimer {BC} (Yet to be reviewed)
  7. PADDINGTON AND THE CHRISTMAS SURPRISE by Michael bond {BC} (Link as above)
  8. A WINTER FLAME by Millie Johnson {BC} 
That is ...
  • 91 books OR if you prefer 23,787 pages read this year (that's 17 more books/5,010 more pages than in 2017.

KEY ...
ABC: Arkansas Book Club
BR: Beta Read
BT: Book Tour
RC: Reading Challenge
RFR: Received for review
OCRG: Oxford Centre Reading Group
W: Won
*: Book(s) Of The Month

Please note: Whilst the books are always listed in the order in which I read them, they need not necessarily be reviewed in that order. 

 ... My 2018 Book Challenges Wrap.




12 comments:

Kelly said...

I enjoy posts like this! I think my favorite cover of those shown is the first one for Sitting Murder.

Melliane said...

Some intriguing things there!

Brian Joseph said...

I am really jealous over the number of books that you have completed in 2018 :) Hopefully 2019 will be a great reading year for us all!

Sophia Rose said...

I do love the cover of the man on the park bench.

Neat seeing your list of books read for last year. I saw some that I enjoyed, too.

Sherry Fundin said...

Starting out with the fabulous cover for Sitting Murder caught my attention quickly. Looks like a wonderful year for reading. Wishing you the same for this year. :-)
sherry @ fundinmental

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

That's an impressive total of books for one year's reading and makes my own Goodreads challenge total look a little sick by comparison.

I do have to admit that I am only getting about 30-60 minutes reading time a day and at the moment I can't find a way to increase that substantially, unless I quit the blog and social media, which takes up most of my evenings!

Still, I enjoy what I do read and it is always fun checking out what everyone else is up to, so I'm not going to change the balance right now.

I hope that you have more great titles in your TBR pile, which you will be working on this year.

Happy Reading :)

Yvonne
xx

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I loved DON'T EVER LOOK BEHIND DOOR 32. Now to check out some of your other favs! Fun post.

nightwingsraven said...

Tracy,
A truly impressive and varied
overview! Of the favourite covers
which you featured, I loved the
covers of Sitting Murder and
The House with Chicken Legs.
Raven

DMS said...

WOW! That's a lot of books. I love seeing what others have read over the last year and if they relate to any challenges. :) Thanks for sharing.
~Jess

Gina R said...

OMG...so many great titles here! Cover wise, I too loved the "DOOR 32" one, and that Skullduggery Pleasant is downright creepy! Reading wise....I think our only overlaps were the two B.C.R. Fegan titles, and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS...but that just means there's more to discover! Happy reading into the new year!

Nikki-ann said...

Wow, you did very well with your reading! I didn't fair so well, my fatigue sometimes means I'm just too tired to concentrate.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Great reading year!! I really like the Skullduggery Pleasant covers. I want to check those out sometime.

-Lauren
www.shootingstarsmag.net