Here’s my year in books (with thanks to the Goodreads record keeping tool):
I read 91 books in total. According to Goodreads, that’s 26398 pages. The longest was John Boyne’s The Hearts Invisible Furies at 582 pages.
Of those I read, 61 were by female authors and 30 by male authors.
26 books were by Australian authors (23 female authors and 2 male authors) and the rest were from America, England, Canada, Belgium, Austria, Scotland, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Romania – the Around the World in 80 Books reading challenge had me reading widely.
I was quite the reading-tart this year, with 57 books from authors that were new to me in 2018.
Of the 91 books I read, only 10 were first published in 2018.
I read 26 non-fiction books (17 of which were memoirs). Quite a few made my ‘best of 2018’ list but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the reveal.
I read only 23 hardbacks (the rest were e-books). I listened to 11 audiobooks – I had a copy of most of the audiobooks I chose – I guess I can’t fully commit to the audio thing! The stand-out audio was Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen – I could listen to him read anything…
I read mostly contemporary literature plus memoirs, historical fiction, a thriller and a mystery, and a bit of vintage true crime.
Last year, Bookish Beck posted her winners of ‘Various Superlatives, Good and Bad’ – I’ve pinched some of her categories and added a couple –
The Book Everybody Else Loved but I Didn’t: Educated by Tara Westover
The Year’s Biggest Disappointment: Tangerine by Christine Mangan
The Downright Strangest Book I Read This Year: An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen
My Best Discoveries of the Year: Kate Atkinson, you have my heart.
The Debut Author Whose Next Work I’m Most Looking Forward to: Bri Lee.
The Book I Choose Entirely Because of the Cover: Happy Family by Tracy Barone
The Funniest Book I Read This Year: Queen Lucia and Miss Mapp by E. F. Bensen
The Book That Made Me Cry the Most: Staying by Jessie Cole and one particular chapter in Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.
Tomorrow I’ll post my Top Books for 2018. I know you can’t wait.