My 2018 Reading Challenge
It’s been a fun year so far in terms of reading.
I’ve been implementing more of a focus on what I enjoy, rather than some hard deadlines I would give myself for prior challenges (i.e. 100 books in the challenge two years ago — it seemed like a good idea at the time, but in hindsight, this was too much for me).
Starting on the plane on the way back from a family trip to London in January, with “Nod” by Adrian Barnes (RIP), and recently finishing up in early November with a graphic novelization of “Game of Thrones,” I’ve had time to enjoy and do a lot more deeper diving into both fiction and non-fiction.
I so appreciate our local Friends of the Library, which has a huge secondhand book sale in the spring and the fall, at which I’ve purchased at least two large paper grocery bags of paperbacks! Support your local library!
What are you reading? Connect with me on GoodReads as “monicadear” https://www.goodreads.com/monicadear
Here’s my list so far:
Gunn's Golden Rules
Gunn's Golden Rules has 4,869 ratings and 764 reviews. Traci said: So the secret is out. No, not about Gunn being gay…
Nod has 6,427 ratings and 830 reviews. Mark said: Edit: RIP Adrian Barnes. I learned today that the author died early…
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth has 14,884 ratings and 1,899 reviews. Kristen said: this is a really good book that a…
The Alchemist has 1,641,890 ratings and 63,964 reviews. Christopher said: I really disliked this book. I dislike it in…
The Bone Clocks
The Bone Clocks has 73,326 ratings and 9,363 reviews. Stephen M said: [UPDATE 10.16] Here is the review that this book…
29 Gifts has 2,574 ratings and 588 reviews. B said: 155.232 W I read this at the advice of a good friend, but I wasn't…
Street Vegan has 245 ratings and 33 reviews. Coleen (The Book Ramblings) said: After hearing such rave reviews about…
Tribe has 19,206 ratings and 2,251 reviews. Petra X said: Update Yesterday I had a friend request saying that he didn't…
Seveneves has 71,612 ratings and 8,629 reviews. Jenne said: Okay, so the first two thirds of this was shaping up to be…
(880 pages yo!)
Between Two Worlds
Between Two Worlds has 1,305 ratings and 123 reviews. Jessica said: A life well lived is not defined by death. I've…
The Story of My Tits
The Story of My Tits has 947 ratings and 202 reviews. Elyse said: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I requested…
(heartrending graphic novel by Jennifer Hayden about breast cancer)
Planetfall (Planetfall, #1)
Planetfall has 5,089 ratings and 960 reviews. Bradley said: What struck me most about this traditional SF novel was the…
Yokai Attack! has 569 ratings and 72 reviews. K.T. said: I'll admit, I was a little worried about this one.I'd heard…
The Shack has 468,153 ratings and 31,248 reviews. Jay said: I know, I know. Everyone loves this book. No fewer than…
(alert: big weeper)
The Seasonaires has 329 ratings and 65 reviews. Larry said: Six beautiful young men and women have been given an…
UFOs and The White House
UFOs and The White House has 10 ratings and 3 reviews. Pris said: Read this book out of curiosity. I guess for me to…
The Lady and the Unicorn
The Lady and the Unicorn has 37,767 ratings and 1,783 reviews. CatarinaG said: Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!I found…
I’ll read anything by Tracy Chevalier or Jodi Picoult.
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 has 92 ratings and 17 reviews. Wealhtheow said: Stories, novellas, and excerpts nominated…
A Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones has 27,858 ratings and 946 reviews. Anne said: I read the actual book several years ago, and while I…
To be honest I hadn’t known anything about this besides various Twitter buzz, so I was indeed fascinated by this set of stories.
A Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones has 3,563 ratings and 230 reviews. Anne said: I thought the story picked up the pace a bit from…
A Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones has 1,850 ratings and 147 reviews. Anne said: OH! SHIT JUST GOT REAL! Everything that had been…
A Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones has 992 ratings and 101 reviews. Anne said: There's just not much here to look at if you're in it for…
I’m really enjoying this graphic novel format which was never a fave of mine before.
One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the…
The Forgetting (The Forgetting, #1)
The Forgetting has 7,617 ratings and 1,261 reviews. Lola said: I shouldn't feel this good about crossing the finish…
What Alice Forgot
What Alice Forgot has 271,296 ratings and 20,859 reviews. Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said: 487 pages of pure torture!…
Scrappy Little Nobody
Scrappy Little Nobody has 54,659 ratings and 6,427 reviews. Miranda said: All I knew about her going into these books…
What a sweetheart ☺️
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
The Golden Compass has 1,101,338 ratings and 17,336 reviews. Bookdragon Sean said: This novel is an absolute work of…
I have #2 in the series on my Kindle but I don’t have as great of a time reading on a device, I think I prefer printed books. 📚🌈
Remember to keep learning! Join the challenge next year and increase your knowledge (and/or enjoyment) by continuing to read.