And here we are at the end of another year! 2018 was a great reading and writing year for me.
My goal was 30 books and I hit 53. I wrote and published more this year then usual as well: some 25 reviews, a couple of articles, and I signed a book contract.
I have one more piece of good news coming that I hope to be able to share soon, so stay tuned!
This post will include information about my year in reading overall.
Thanks to all of my followers and readers: I hope your year was everything you imagined it would be! Happy New Year!
Books I read: 44
Pages read: 11, 125
Books I listened to: 9
My favorite books of the year included Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, A Little in Love with Everyone by Genevieve Hudson, and, most recently, blud by Rachel McKibbens.
My favorite audiobook I listened to this year was Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, hands down. I laughed and I cried. I love South Africa and so loved this book. I also really enjoyed Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich.
My least favorite books of 2018? Well, they would be Every Body has A Story by Beverly Gologorsky and Angels: The Women of Room 12 by Tara Vanhonacker. My least favorite audiobook this year was Libby Bray’s Beauty Queens. Ugh.
On average, I enjoyed 5 books each month but 6 in each of June and September and only 2 in April.
Of the 44 I read, 18 were ARCs and 17 were new. Thank you to all the publishers and authors who sent me your books! I appreciate you.
I enjoyed books from a wide variety of genres including memoir (10), contemporary (9), nonfiction (8), dystopian (6), YA (5), classics (4), and more.
Reads for the Rest of Us posted: 15
- One for each month February through December
- 12 Must-Reads for the Rest of Us – 2018 – Part I (posted in January)
- 15 Must-Reads for the Rest of Us – 2018 – Part II (posted in July)
- 100 Classic Reads for the Rest of Us (posted in August)
- Best Reads (and Book Gifts) for the Rest of Us – 2018 (posted in December)
Resource guides I created: 5
- Black Women Authors from South Africa (posted in February)
- Literary Websites (posted in February)
- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW Resource Guide (posted in May)
- Women in Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria (posted in July)
- Women in Music Bibliography (posted in October)
Monthly Wrap-Ups I posted: 7 (June through December)
What I’m Reading/What I’m Writing posts: 9 (December 2017 through June 2018)
I set out to read mostly womxn authors and succeeded.
A couple of the books I read by men were requests for reviews. I couldn’t turn down an ARC of Kevin Powell’s new book and was so intrigued by Ogenna Ojukwu’s that I had to read both and am happy that I did. The others I read or listened to by men were mainly titles from my TBR such as If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin or new ones I had to try out like Jose Olivera’s Citizen Illegal.
65% of the books I enjoyed in 2018 are #OwnVoices. The authors’ backgrounds and topics of the books were as varied as the genres.
I don’t take part in many cover reveals so only participated in two this year:
I am taking part in the Classics Club reading challenge and did not hit my goals this year, not even close! I only read one book off my list! I really like this challenge though and so will continue and hopefully catch up to where I want to be soon.
Any other challenges or discussions I thought I would participate in or host totally fell off my to-do list by the end of the year. I just ended up being too busy! Will reevaluate these in the coming weeks.
Overall, I am pleased with my reading and writing accomplishments for 2018. 2019 is looking to be even more exciting than 2018 in the reading and writing arena for me. More on this soon…
Looking forward to a productive and fun new year!
How do you feel about your 2018 in reading or writing? What were your favorite books? Least favorite? What are you excited to read in 2019?
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