2018 Reading Wrap Up

Happy 2019 everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive period and are excited to begin a new year.

Reading through my 2017 reading wrap up, I feel a bit disappointed to write that I’ve had another year where the majority of the books I’ve read have been a bit average. That’s not to say that I haven’t enjoyed the majority of my reads, just that not many really stick out now we’re at the end of the year. I have already gushed about my favourite audio and print books of 2018, so I won’t bore you with repeating myself here, but please do check out my lists if you’re interested:

Favourite Audiobooks |  Favourite Print Reads

Saying that, I do think my reading preferences have changed for the better over the past twelve months. I have really enjoyed listening to a wide variety of audiobooks and I picked up a lot more non-fiction than I have in previous years. Both of these are aspects of my reading life that I aim to continue in 2019. I have a few more feminist essay collections and plenty of history books to devour and I think I might try a few more memoir/autobiography/’year in the life of’-esque books too. It has been refreshing to mix up my fantasy/romance heavy reading with the non-fiction reads so I’m looking forward to discovering some new favourites to try. At the moment I’m interested in learning more about space, so who knows, maybe 2019 will be the year I nerd out on planets and science. I’ve found it very rewarding to step out of my reading comfort zone and I hope 2019 will be no different. Although I did recently post a long list of fantasy books I hope to get to, too… 

Similarly to 2017, I’ve steered clear of YA books (apart from finishing off Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series, because I just HAD to know how that ended). It’s tricky because sometimes the synopsis sounds intriguing but I know from experience that I just can’t cope with the angst and the infallibility of the young characters. I loved them in 2016 but after another year of sticking to books aimed at adult audiences, I have proven to myself that my regency/historical romance addiction has replaced the need for YA stories in my life. I’m okay with that, no matter how gorgeous some of the YA covers may be…

Whilst I still stick largely to fantasy, urban fantasy and historical romances, I have sampled a few sci-fi reads this year and surprised myself with how much I enjoyed them. I’m hoping I’ll find a few more to read over 2019 now I’ve got a sense for the type of sci-fi I enjoy (strong focus on characters and not too technologically advanced). I also discovered that I can enjoy fantasy stories with guns in them! Who’d have thought it?! I’m typically a feudal fantasy gal, lover of lots of old buildings, castles, swords and sorcery, and shying away from the more modern approaches to warfare, yet Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky and Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan were some of my favourite reads this year. I can’t wait to read more in the flintlock/military fantasy sub-genre, I have heard great things about Django Wexler’s The Shadow Campaigns in particular, not to mention the rest of McClellan’s books. Exciting!

I read an amazing total of 160 books in 2018, surpassing my low target of 12… Despite consistently beating the large targets I’ve set myself over the years, I really hated the pressure when I fell behind in 2017 so I set myself a very small one for 2018 to see if it helped. It did, I flew through and managed 160 relatively easily with no mad panics or binge reading tiny books just to add to my challenge. I enjoyed it, but I feel silly putting another low goal for 2019 when clearly I can get through a fair amount in a year. So this year I’ve put 150 hoping it’ll be the best of both worlds… I’m wary, but ultimately, I want my reading to be fun so I’ll try not to focus on it too much and see how I go.

Without further ramblings, below is the full list of books I read this year. Where possible I’ve linked to reviews I’ve done, and you can find my lists for 2016 and 2017 here:  2016 | 2017. While adding my links, I noticed that I have written more reviews on Goodreads than I have on this blog… I will have to remedy that and transfer some over this year! In the meantime, the below links are a mix of blog posts and Goodreads reviews.

Happy reading!

  1. Death’s Mistress by Karen Chance
  2. In Vino Veritas by Karen Chance
  3. Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance
  4. Mythos by Stephen Fry
  5. Imprudence by Gail Carriger
  6. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  7. Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh
  8. Twelve Kings by Bradley P Beaulieu
  9. Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley P Beaulieu
  10. Only Dull People Are Brilliant At Breakfast by Oscar Wilde
  11. A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
  12. A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
  13. A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
  14. The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
  15. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
  16. Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn
  17. Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley P Beaulieu
  18. Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
  19. Written in Red by Anne Bishop
  20. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
  21. Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
  22. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
  23. Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
  24. The Convenient Marriage  by Georgette Heyer
  25. Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  26. Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey
  27. Winds of Change by Mercedes Lackey
  28. Any Groom Will Do by Charis Michaels
  29. Darkhaven by AFE Smith
  30. Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
  31. Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman
  32. Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman
  33. City of Brass by SA Chakraborty
  34. Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn
  35. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  36. Vein of Love by R Scarlett
  37. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
  38. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
  39. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
  40. In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham
  41. The Tiger and The Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  42. Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell
  43. A Veil of Spears by Bradley Beaulieu
  44. Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan
  45. The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes
  46. A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands
  47. The Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
  48. Omens by Kelley Armstrong
  49. Visions by Kelley Armstrong
  50. Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong
  51. Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong
  52. Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong
  53. Rituals by Kelley Armstrong
  54. Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
  55. Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead
  56. Jason and Medea by Appollonius of Rhodes
  57. A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P Djeli Clark
  58. Circe by Madeline Miller
  59. For The Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser
  60. Galatea by Madeline Miller
  61. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
  62. Dark Currents by Jaqueline Carey
  63. Beasting Beauty by Madison Faye
  64. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  65. Seduced By A Pirate by Eloisa James
  66. The Anna Karenina Fix by Viv Groskop
  67. Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
  68. Storming the Castle by Eloisa James
  69. Black Wings by Christina Henry
  70. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  71. Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christensen
  72. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  73. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
  74. The Parentations by Kate Mayfield
  75. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
  76. Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Valentine de Landro
  77. Alice by Christina Henry
  78. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
  79. Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
  80. Provenance by Ann Leckie
  81. Devil In Winter by Lisa Kleypas
  82. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  83. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
  84. How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger
  85. Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
  86. Sweep In Peace by Ilona Andrews
  87. The Sea King by CL Wilson
  88. Misogynation by Laura Bates
  89. Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt
  90. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  91. Corrupt by Penelope Douglas
  92. The Painted Man by Peter V Brett
  93. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
  94. The Duke Buys A Bride by Sophie Jordan
  95. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  96. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  97. Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
  98. Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill
  99. Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill
  100. Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill
  101. Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
  102. Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
  103. Rough Justice by Kelley Armstrong
  104. Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews
  105. Portents by Kelley Armstrong
  106. And Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander
  107. Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
  108. Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
  109. Promising Young Women by Caroline O’Donoghue
  110. The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
  111. The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne
  112. The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
  113. Unspoken by Kerrigan Byrne
  114. Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
  115. Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet
  116. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
  117. Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
  118. White Hot by Ilona Andrews
  119. Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
  120. Beyond the Veil by Pippa DaCosta
  121. Chaos Born by Rebekah Turner
  122. The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham
  123. Firelight by Kristen Callihan
  124. Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
  125. Heart of Fire by Bec McMaster
  126. Storm of Desire by Bec McMaster
  127. Clash of Storms by Bec McMaster
  128. Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
  129. The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis
  130. Blood’s Pride by Eve Manieri
  131. Something Wicked by Jo Beverley
  132. Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
  133. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  134. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
  135. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
  136. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  137. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
  138. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
  139. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
  140. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
  141. Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
  142. Flesh and Blood by Kristen Painter
  143. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  144. Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
  145. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
  146. Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
  147. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  148. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  149. The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham
  150. My Once and Future Duke by Caroline Linden
  151. The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  152. Dear Ijeawele, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  153. The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy
  154. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  155. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
  156. Omens by Kelley Armstrong
  157. The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea
  158. The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White
  159. A Time of Blood by John Gwynne
  160. Mobile Library by David Whitehouse

9 thoughts on “2018 Reading Wrap Up

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I think my favourite part of the YA stories I read was the romance, so now that i’m getting my happily-ever-after through historical/regency romance reads, i’m not missing anything by not reading YA. Funny how reading tastes develop! 😊

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  1. YA can get a bit angsty in places! But I do still enjoy reading them.

    I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of ‘hardcore’ sci-fi either. When it gets too technical, it goes way over my head!

    And wow, 160 books is so amazing! 👌 I hope your 2019 goal works well. 😄

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  2. They have their pros but unfortunately they’re just not for me anymore. Although there are a few out there that border YA/adult, I seem to be okay with those.

    I’m glad I’m not alone with the sci-fi, lots of people who love fantasy love it too but for some reason I can take it or leave it. I’m willing to try some if they’re ‘low-fi’ enough 😀

    thanks! I hope yours does too 😀

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  3. Though the books were pretty average, it does seem to have been a good reading year for you. Hopefully will be better.
    My books were average too. All the great reads mostly occurred at the beginning of the year.

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    1. It’s a bit frustrating isn’t it? I’d rather read less books but have them be better than average. But sometimes it’s hard to judge 😄 hope 2019 is better for you 😊

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