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Whether or not you ve had time to write your own reviews, here s a chance to review your entire 2018 reading and post it under this title so that others can see what your reading year was like Together, all the reviews of 2018 on should make an interesting and varied catalogue of books to inspire other readers in 2019.For those of you who don t like to add title Whether or not you ve had time to write your own reviews, here s a chance to review your entire 2018 reading and post it under this title so that others can see what your reading year was like Together, all the reviews of 2018 on should make an interesting and varied catalogue of books to inspire other readers in 2019.For those of you who don t like to add titles you haven t actually read , you can place 2018 on on an exclusive shelf Exclusive shelves don t have to be listed under to read , currently reading or read To create one, go to edit bookshelves on your My Books page, create a shelf name such as review of the year and 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to write a summary of your reading year Check the reviews and see how people approach it in different way Some write general This is a way to write a summary of your reading year Check the reviews and see how people approach it in different way Some write general reflections, some make top 10 lists, etc less flag I am not seeing understanding how others are getting the overviews I created an exclusive shelf and put the book on that shelf however when I go to the book it just shows the book write up like a normal book no review or overview of my books that year or anything Im confused What am I missing or doing wrong like 26 days ago Add your answer Christa I don t know where to find it from the home page, but I found a link on this page flag See 2 questions about 2018 on Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 30, 2018 Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 2017 on 2016 on 2015 on The last few years have certainly been interesting This year I have discovered so many amazing new authors and returned to old favourites it s been a really good year for books I also attended the Choice Awards celebration, visited an amazing Austrian library, and had another baby A Gryffindor, methinks.Now for the annual Emily Choice Awards.Best Fantasy Circe and The Poppy WarBest YA Sequel Muse of NightmaresBest Science 2017 on 2016 on 2015 on The last few years have certainly been interesting This year I have discovered so many amazing new authors and returned to old favourites it s been a really good year for books I also attended the Choice Awards celebration, visited an amazing Austrian library, and had another baby A Gryffindor, methinks.Now for the annual Emily Choice Awards.Best Fantasy Circe and The Poppy WarBest YA Sequel Muse of NightmaresBest Science Fiction VengefulBest Mystery Thriller The Lost ManBest Historical Fiction The Great AloneBest Graphic Novel Saga, Vol.9 and The Prince and the DressmakerBest Non Fiction SapiensBest Memoir BecomingBest YA Contemporary SadieBest Romance The Kiss QuotientBest General Adult Fiction A Ladder to the Sky and An American Marriage Weird But Good DamselCracktastic Shit The Wicked King 2019 release Classic in the Making An Orchestra of Minorities 2019 release Others worthy of mention Once Upon a River, I Stop Somewhere, Bright We Burn, Don t Call Me Crazy, There There, Not That Bad, Beneath the Sugar Sky, Girls Burn Brighter, Spinning Silver, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Children of Blood and Bone and The Queen of Sorrow Terrible Message The Last Mrs ParrishAll the Old Tropes Rebranded Heart of ThornsI Am Fantasy, Not Romance I Also Lie Shadow of the FoxI Am Not a Six of Crows Rip Off I Also Lie Ace of ShadesObnoxious People Being Obnoxious Lake SuccessLet Me Spend a Chapter Crushing Garlic Sky in the DeepIs This A Novel or a Lecture UnshelteredWell Behaved Women Seldom Make Good Protagonists Kingdom of the Blazing PhoenixWeird and Not Good A Room Away From the WolvesLoves Dogs Maybe Too Much Watchers And a bonus absolutely nobody asked for my three favourite songs of 2018 They re all depressing so you re welcome Night Shift by Lucy Dacus Next Year by Donovan Woods Summer s End by John PrineUntil next yearBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 932 likesLike see review View all 40 comments Jan 09, 2018 Melissa Dog Wolf Lover Martin rated it really liked it Omg I forgot about updating this damn thing I have 6,498 books to add I don t know if I can do this I might just add a few here and there I m starting to get burnt out on GR I didn t plan on coming on here after cancer and being the same boring person I want to get to know of my friends in groups and stuff Damn it all So far this year I have re read some books and loved a few that I have read for the first time I m only going to list favorites and 5 stars including just Omg I forgot about updating this damn thing I have 6,498 books to add I don t know if I can do this I might just add a few here and there I m starting to get burnt out on GR I didn t plan on coming on here after cancer and being the same boring person I want to get to know of my friends in groups and stuff Damn it all So far this year I have re read some books and loved a few that I have read for the first time I m only going to list favorites and 5 stars including just star reviews on here and try to keep up through the year as long as everything goes well in real life BOOKSFavorites Five Stars 1 Red Rising MY REVIEW2 Golden Son MY REVIEW3 Morning Star MY REVIEW3 Saga, Vol 8 MY REVIEW4 Night Broken MY REVIEW5 Iron Gold MY REVIEW6 Silence Fallen MY REVIEW7 The Dragon Reborn MY REVIEW8 The Last Namsara MY REVIEW9 Wizard s First Rule MY REVIEW10 Wires and Nerve, Volume 2 Gone Rogue MY REVIEW11 Gardens of the Moon MY REVIEW12 Demelza MY REVIEW13 Streams of Silver MY REVIEW14 Kitty Saves the World MY STAR REVIEW15 The Cruel Prince MY REVIEW16 The Walking Dead, The Official Cookbook MY REVIEW17 Midnight Crossroad MY REVIEW18 Beginnings Obsidian Onyx MY REVIEW flag 376 likesLike see review View all 91 comments Dec 30, 2018 Miranda Reads rated it it was amazing Never reviewed a year before, but here goes 2018 was absolutely full of books 290 to be precise and with those books came some amazing highs and some pretty deep lows I discovered the pure awesome of Sarah J Mass courtesy of Angela s Booked and the pure headache of Gena Showalter also courtesy of Angela s Booked Actually, a huge shout out to Angela s Booked in general for getting me on this site she s literally the best I read over 90 books from authors and publishing compani Never reviewed a year before, but here goes 2018 was absolutely full of books 290 to be precise and with those books came some amazing highs and some pretty deep lows I discovered the pure awesome of Sarah J Mass courtesy of Angela s Booked and the pure headache of Gena Showalter also courtesy of Angela s Booked Actually, a huge shout out to Angela s Booked in general for getting me on this site she s literally the best I read over 90 books from authors and publishing companies an opportunity to which I m eternally grateful and amazed by Thanks to them, I discovered many amazing books that I wouldn t have found otherwise So, without further ado, here are the best, the worst and the favorite books for 2018 Miranda Reads Best Books Read in 2018 1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone by J.K Rowling the fully illustrated edition truly makes the book magical The illustrator must be a wizard 2 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas this chick is a Maaster nuff said.3 Eragon by Christopher Paolini loved this one the first time through and every time after that AND there s a new one coming out 4 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman hilariously heartwarming Absolutely adorable and truly memorable 5 Where d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple all I can say is YAAAAS The humor was completely spot on and I literally laughed out loud 6 Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas seriously, where has the Maaster been all my life 7 The Wild Robot by Peter Brown I will fight anyone who claims that middle school books are too young this one was truly excellent and the audiobook was amazing 8 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ohhhhh man, this book will never grow old I want to reread it in 2019.9 Nevernight by Jay Kristoff super psyched by the savagery of this one So gloriously brutal 10 Twilight by Stephenie Meyer I know, I know but the nostalgia is too much for me Loved this one Miranda Reads Worst Books Read in 2018 1 Bear by Marion Engel what the hell Canada Just what the hell 2 Warstorm by Victoria Aveyard I think I lost half my brain cells with that one 3 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Hannah is a b tch Nuff said 4 Firstlife by Gena Showalter anyone ready for the most annoying special snowflake in existence 5 Darkest Night by Gena Showalter mind numbingly awful, with a dash of casual rape 6 Perks of Being Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky maybe this was good for its time but it definitely isn t good now 7 Animal Farm by George Orwell my hatred of this book is only matched by the volume of fans who claimed that I only dislike it because I didn t get it 8 The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware this one wasn t too terrible but it was so similar to her other novels that it honestly felt like I was rereading.9 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr let s make the Nazis beautiful, poetical and tragically misunderstood And then make it horribly depressing for no apparent reason 10 Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer sometimes it s better to quit while you re ahead Miranda Reads Favorite Books in 2018 1 Vox by Christina Dalcher earned a well deserved nominee for best in science fiction 2 Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett fabulous start to a thrilling series also, two words talking key 3 The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason absolutely riveting Loved it cover to cover 4 The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikwa I cried I cried so hard But it was the best cry I had all year 5 The Man Who Walked Backward by Ben Montgomery the title says it all Such a sweet novel 6 The Lifeboat at the End of the Universe by Simon Brading loved the premise, and the ending 7 The One and Only by Julia Ash a fresh take on the zombie trope 8 Therapy Mammals by Jon Methvan dark humor at its finest 9 Can a Princess be a Firefighter by Carole P Roman extremely well done children s book Fabulous illustrations 10 Aftermath by Tom Lewis a riveting read Aliens and teenagers two things that should mixed 11 The Squeezor is Coming by Becky Benishek and Matt Fiss loved this book, literally couldn t be cuter Technically, I wasn t given this one to review but I know the illustrator through a friend of a friend Anyway, loved this one so much that I bought copies for all my little cousins 12 The Tribe of Iodine Wine by Brian Pacini rarely have I read a book with so many teenagers portrayed so realistically 13 Who s Minding the Store by David Lucero a whole new take on retail therapy 14 Shivers in the Night by Various Authors a fun collection of spooky stories 15 If Nuns Were Wives by Shani Chen a fun book about marriage from a somewhat unusual perspective note these are chosen from the books sent to me throughout the year to review With over 90 books to choose from, it was incredibly difficult to narrow this down If you are interested in other books I ve recieved to review click here flag 354 likesLike see review View all 60 comments Jan 08, 2018 Bookdragon Sean rated it it was amazing 2018 200 books Here s my top five in no particular order 1 Midnight s Children2 The Ocean at the End of the Lane 3 The Waves4 Circe5 Spinning SilverBlog Twitter Facebook Insta Academia flag 332 likesLike see review View all 85 comments Oct 07, 2018 added it I know I am consistently staggered by the totally normal progression of time but I genuinely can t believe 2018 is almost over and I just want to sayom the bottom of my heart.what the FUCK was this year 2018 tried to kill me but I m still here, bitch.Last year, I wrote a very personal and almost unbearably emotional 2017 on you can find it HERE and as I was reading it, I was mentally spraying my past self with water and muttering every two sentences, No, stop it, too much o I know I am consistently staggered by the totally normal progression of time but I genuinely can t believe 2018 is almost over and I just want to sayom the bottom of my heart.what the FUCK was this year 2018 tried to kill me but I m still here, bitch.Last year, I wrote a very personal and almost unbearably emotional 2017 on you can find it HERE and as I was reading it, I was mentally spraying my past self with water and muttering every two sentences, No, stop it, too much opening up Nothing really changed I still only understand like, 9% of life I still can t text people back in a timely manner I still cancel plans like it s a performance art However, many wonderful things happened to me this year I officially dropped out of pre med and switched major to one that s called Literature, Languages and Foreign Civilizations and I m so incredibly content I also took up learning Russian and it s FUN I finally met my best friend IN REAL LIFE We met on a couple years ago and we bonded over our shared love for Holland Vosijk from the Shades of Magic trilogy We spent an entire day together wandering in the streets of Paris, we visited the Shakespeare Co bookstore and took horrible pictures because we were trying to be sneaky since we weren t allowed to actually take pictures, we had mediocre pizza in this random restaurent with great lighting in their bathroom, we sprawled out on the grass under the Eiffel tower when we couldn t walk any, we had pink dragon s beard candy, we found the gayest street in Paris that had rainbow crosswalks and pride flags and it was fucking incredible Oh, and we also patted the cutest most GIANT puppy I really think that was the happiest I ve ever been.I also met so many incredible people on here I can t overstate how grateful I am for this community I can t tell you how many times I ve been in a really bad spot mentally and I d open and read a comment from someone saying that they ve picked up a book upon my recommendation and they loved it, or saying that they ve enjoyed reading my review, or just a message from a complete stranger in my inbox wishing me a lovely day and all of it is a gentle reminder that there s kidness still in the world and many things to live for and it s really what helps me keep going So, thank you Genuinely Thank you I hope the universe gives you all this much kindness in return.Now, let s talk about books I d like to give some shoutouts, so here we go Shoutout to all the series I ve started this year and didn t finish It s not you, it s me I have commitment issues I still love you, though Shout out to all the books I missed out on because someone decided to give you bad covers I m so sorry, I wish things were different so I could love you Shoutout to all the unread books on my shelves I m sorry you re stuck with an idiot who buys a bunch of books that she has nowhere to put and no time to read Shoutout to me for being a reader because that s literally the only interesting thing about me Shoutout to my friends with whom I don t feel weird about sending an essay length text screaming about my favorite fictional character You re the real MVPs.But, mostly Shoutout to all the diverse and inclusive books that allowed me to see myself and my community reflected on the page and told me that I deserve to take up space in the world, that I deserve to be represented and valued and celebrated Thank you.This year has been amazing book wise I ve managed to surpass my goal of reading 100 book and read 115 books I talk all about my favorites on my blog, so click HERE to read my Best of 2018 post And in the spirit of embracing my inner swamp goblin, I also made a list of books that disappointed me HERE I m going to conclude this the same way I did last year So, may the universe be tender to all of you Be kind, always Support marginalized communities, always And help protect and soothe the earth as much as you can.Happy new year flag 253 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Apr 26, 2018 Brina added it Shelves year end review Greetings friends In 2017, I enjoyed a surreal experience where I managed to read over 200 books The year 2018 has shaped up to be a year where reading has been at a premium due to a variety of real life factors including family celebrations It has been a small miracle that I even approached 90 books this year Many of the books I have read were earmarked special books in order to maximize the reading time I do have I also cut down on reviewing due to time constraints even for book Greetings friends In 2017, I enjoyed a surreal experience where I managed to read over 200 books The year 2018 has shaped up to be a year where reading has been at a premium due to a variety of real life factors including family celebrations It has been a small miracle that I even approached 90 books this year Many of the books I have read were earmarked special books in order to maximize the reading time I do have I also cut down on reviewing due to time constraints even for books that ended up being 4 or 5 stars for me One of my goals for 2019 is find time to write reviews again even if they are briefer than before Despite these factors, I still participate in and enjoy a variety of groups including but not limited to Retro Chapter Chicks, The Nonfiction Book Club, Reading for Pleasure, and The Baseball Book Club I also managed to complete classics bingo in the group Catching up on classics and continued with a personal Pulitzer challenge across all platforms I value the friendships I have made in all of my groups and hope that they will continue in the years to come I wish everyone a happy and productive reading year ahead Ongoing Top Reads of 2018 Fiction Practical Magic by Alice HoffmanThe Women of Brewster Place by Gloria NaylorThe History of Love by Nicole KraussNervous Conditions by Tsitsi DangaremgbaWade in the Water Poems by Tracy K SmithThe Thorn Birds by Colleen McCulloughThe Marriage of Opposites by Alice HoffmanDoc Epitaph by Mary Doria RussellThe Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullersCry, The Beloved Country by Alan S PatonNonfiction Tinker to Evers to Chance The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America by David RappPrairie Fires The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline FraserThe Gulf The Making of An American Sea by Jack E DavisAlexander Hamilton by Ron ChernowThe Good Neighbor The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell KingJackie Robinson A Biography by Arnold Rampersad flag 245 likesLike see review View all 69 comments Dec 15, 2018 Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves read in 2018 2018 was actually a really good year for me reading wise and life wise This was the first year I ve read 200 books and I really can t believe it But importantly, I have made so many friendships and connections and I truly feel so blessed that I get to gush about books with so many people Thank you so much to everyone who interacts with me and takes the time to read my reviews It means to me than you ll ever know And I m wishing you all pure happiness, unconditional love, goo 2018 was actually a really good year for me reading wise and life wise This was the first year I ve read 200 books and I really can t believe it But importantly, I have made so many friendships and connections and I truly feel so blessed that I get to gush about books with so many people Thank you so much to everyone who interacts with me and takes the time to read my reviews It means to me than you ll ever know And I m wishing you all pure happiness, unconditional love, good health, and all the good reads in 2019 But let s talk about some stats now And thanks to the amazing Brock at Let s Read, here are some other statistics that I was able to gather from his amazing spreadsheet And if you re interested, here is his spreadsheet for 2019 Filemake a copy for your use My Top Ten Favorite 2018 Publications 10 Sadie by Courtney Summers 9 Bloody Rose The Band 2 by Nicholas Eames 8 The Heart Forger The Bone Witch 2 by Rin Chupeco 7 The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R Pan 6 Grey Sister Book of the Ancestor 2 by Mark Lawrence 5 Blanca y Roja by Anna Marie McLe 4 Girls of Paper and Fire Girls of Paper and Fire 1 by Natasha Ngan 3 Circe by Madeline Miller 2 Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton 1 The Cruel Prince The Folk of the Air 1 by Holly BlackMy Favorite 2018 Publications that ALMOST made my Top 10 Books 11 15 Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik Shadow of The Fox Shadow of the Fox 1 by Julie Kagawa Muse of Nightmares Strange the Dreamer 2 by Laini TaylorMy Five Favorite Books NOT Published in 2018 The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Wayfarers 1 by Becky Chambers Radio Silence by Alice Oseman The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Lady Midnight The Dark Artifices 1 by Cassandra Clare The Traitor Baru Cormorant The Masquerade 1 by Seth DickinsonBut The VERY Best Book I Read all Year The Wicked King The Folk of the Air 2 by Holly BlackExtra End of the Year Things Most Disappointing Reads of 2018 My Ten Favorite 2018 Author Debuts My Favorite Book Quotes of 2018 Ten Things I ve Loved in 2018 that weren t Books I Read My Top 12 Books I Must Read in 2018 ListBlog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch My 2017 Reading Challenge My 2016 Reading Challenge My 2015 Reading Challenge flag 240 likesLike see review View all 45 comments Dec 30, 2018 Nayra.Hassan rated it really liked it Freaks 2018 eat pray love 20 30 74 125 flag 236 likesLike see review View all 102 comments Dec 24, 2018 Ilse rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, reviewed Thinking about life with books, attempting to recapitulate the reading year for the fourth time, maybe just one word could do for 2018 Middlemarch Reading Middlemarch in 2018 to me was pure bliss In the afterglow of it, reading Zadie Smith s essay on the novel in Changing My Mind Occasional Essays, I caught myself nodding at Smith s eulogy In Middlemarch love enables knowledge People are still all that people really have our knowledge of, and feelings for, one another Eliot is thinking w Thinking about life with books, attempting to recapitulate the reading year for the fourth time, maybe just one word could do for 2018 Middlemarch Reading Middlemarch in 2018 to me was pure bliss In the afterglow of it, reading Zadie Smith s essay on the novel in Changing My Mind Occasional Essays, I caught myself nodding at Smith s eulogy In Middlemarch love enables knowledge People are still all that people really have our knowledge of, and feelings for, one another Eliot is thinking with the heart and feeling with the head It would be hard to explain why, but these words and the novel equal for me the feeling of cuddling up close to the warmth, near the fireplace Another memorable highlight was the rounding of Giorgio Bassani s lyrical The Novel of Ferrara cycle after I had read The Garden of the Finzi Continis long ago Fionnuala rightly and astutely drew some parallels in the various episodes with Proust s In search of lost time but also without associating it with its distinct Proustian hues and references, this cycle on the plight and lost world and culture of the Italian Jews of Ferrara in the aftermath of WWII enraptured by its subtle melancholic beauty Picture by Ferdinando Scianna on the cover of the fourth episode of Giorigio Bassani s cycle, Behind the door To be honest, there was a bit to 2018 s reading than Middlemarch, as the prospect of reading Eliot was the decisive element why I chose to embark on Alexandra s alphabetical challenge of reading women in 2018 Although it was not simple to find an author I fancied reading for each letter the letters I, Q and X particularly challenging the reading itself went smoothly and overall it was a rewarding reading experience I managed to read a for me agreeable mixture of familiar and newly discovered authors next to George Eliot, I greatly enjoyed reading Fleur Jaeggy, Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald, Maeve Brennan, Han Kang, Angela Carter and Nora Ikstena With regard to poetry I was enthralled by the poems of Margaret Atwood thank you for pointing me to her poetry, Julie , Louise Gl ck, Edna Millay St Vincent, Christina Rossetti and Jenny Xie My whole women author s list from December 2017 until now A Austen, Jane Lady Susan Atwood, Margaret Morning in the Burned House 1 2 Allende, Isabel And of Clay Are We Created B Brennan, Maeve De twaalfjarige bruiloft en andere verhalen Beard, Mary Women Power A Manifesto C Carter, Angela The Bloody Chamber Carrington, Leonora Down Below Colette Barks and Purrs D DiCamillo, Kate Louisiana s Way Home Dicksinson, Emily De Mooiste Gedichten van Emily Dickinson E Eliot, George Middlemarch Emcke, Carolin Gegen den Hass F Fitzgerald, Penelope The Bookshop G Gl ck, Louise Meadowlands von Goeth, Aurora Harper, Jules Louis XIV, the Real Sun King Goodman, Allegra La Vita Nuova Geraerts, Elke Mentaal kapitaal H Han Kang The White Book Herzberg, Judith Soms vaak Herzberg, Judith Klaagliedjes Highsmith, Patricia, Sauce for the goose I Ikstena, Nora Soviet Milk 1 2 J Jaeggy, Fleur S S Proleterka K Kressmann Taylor Kathrine Address Unknown 1 2 L Lasters, Ruth Vouwplannen Li, Yiyun A Small Flame M Macdonald, Helen H is for Hawk 13.03.2018 St Vincent Millay Edna Second April Morrison, Tony Beloved N N rimovski, Irene Suite Fran aise 1 2 16.04.2018 Nors, Dorthe Karate Chop 1 2 O Olivier, Christiane Les enfants de jocaste For the Love of Willie yehaug, Gunnhild Knots Stories P Petrushevskaya, Ludmilla There Once Lived A Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbour s Baby Scary Fairy Tales 18.05.2018 Parker, Dorothy The Custard Heart Parker, Dorothy A Telephone Call 2.12.2017 Plath, Sylvia Tres mujeres Platzova, Magdalena Alle beschavingen hebben hun hoogtepunt Q Quin, An Passages R Rossetti, Christina Christina Rosseti Liefdessonnetten 18.05.2018 Rie, Therese Die Geschichte der sch nen Simonetta S Smith, Ali Winter 19.01.2017 Schmidt, Annie M.G Poes, poes, poes Sinclair, May Life and Death of Harriet Frean 1 2 Slimani, Le la Ad le St.Clair, Kassia The Secret Lives of Colour Strout, Elisabeth English Lessons A Memoir Smith, Zadie Changing My Mind Occasional Essays T Tsushima, Yuko Of Dogs and Walls Tsushima, Yuko Territory of Light U Ugre i , Dubravka Baba Yaga Laid an Egg 04.06.2018 Ulmer, Renate Alfons Mucha, 1860 1939 Master of Art Nouveau V Vorpsi, Ornela The Country Where No One Ever Dies22206 W Wharton, Edith Xingu Wharton, Edith Roman Fever X Xie, Jenny Eye Level Poems 1 2 Y Yourcenar, Marguerite Coup de Gr ce 1 2 Yourcenar, Marguerite A Blue Tale and Other Stories Yanique, Tiffany Wife Yelin, Barbara Irmina Z Zeh, Julie Unterleuten Which means 62 out of the 160 distinct works I have read were written by women the ones marked in bold I have written a review about Thanks to the group read Kris initiated, I finally got to read the The Iliad in two editions and the The Odyssey, for which I shied away until now and now both read with great eagerness and joy Other books that will stay with me were a few poetry collections Rilke s The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke, William Carlos Williams, Cavafy and last but not least Kafka s Aphorisms fragile, mysterious, poetic, thought provoking as well as making me dream I enjoyed reading Julian Barnes essays in Through the Window Seventeen Essays and a Short Story, so much that I now look for essayistic work currently Zadie Smith Singularly gratifying was Jan Brokken s fine travelogue Baltische zielen Lotgevallen in Estland, Letland en Litouwen in which we meet with Mark Rothko, Eisenstein, Hannah Arendt, Gidon Kremer, Arvo P rt, Romain Gary and many other fascinating personalities from the 20th century connected to the Baltic States I managed to wrestle me through Bertrand Russell s A History of Western Philosophy, ending up with mixed feelings A first acquaintance with John Berger The Red Tenda of Bologna touched a particular esthetical chord in me I will return to his work in 2019.Like in 2015, I had a few moments of bookish and other existential doubts this year, wondering anew whether I simply can continue reading my whole life away like this or rather consider going for fundamental change in life Again the books decided and I seem not yet willing and able to forsake them Bearing T.S Eliot s words in mind, I still assume that books and cats are what makes life good And as Julian Barnes this year reassured me that Life and reading are not separate activities When you read a great book, you don t escape from life, you plunge deeper into it.There may be a surficial escape into different countries, s, speech patterns but what you are essentially doing is furthering your understanding of life s subtleties, paradoxes, joys, pains and truths Reading and life are not separate but symbiotic , there seems even less reason to abandon the delight of reading Maybe, like a friend did earlier this week, I also will look back on this year as a bittersweet one, but I still feel blessed and grateful for this life with books as it was and is the life of my choice Approaching the ending of the year I came across a wonderful, beauteous essay of the Belgian Polish philosopher Alicja Gescinska in which she explores the question if music can make people and society better Thuis in muziek Een oefening in menselijkheid She shows how music can play a major role in our personal and moral development and how music is fundamental rather than ornamental to our existence, allowing us to come home in ourselves, forming our home in the world And it is her essay that now points me where to head for in the year 2019 I will read on music and composers and particularly return to listening to music, considering to go back to dancing as well if I see a chance to I mostly didn t write reviews of what I read, but greatly enjoyed reading the reviews of friends on the moments I managed to drop by here My heartfelt wishes and thanks to all of you making this place a haven of bookish friendship by reading and writing reviews and discussing books May 2019 be another great year of reading, joy and love for each and every one of you and for your loved ones.A complete list of what I read in 2018 can be found here Review 2015 Review 2016Review 2017 flag 227 likesLike see review View all 100 comments Aug 11, 2018 Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves x end of year review What a wonderful reading year I had in 2018 Sometimes, I think I know what books to choose and it doesn t turn out that great This year, for the most part, I allowed the books to choose me and the results were a pleasure.A preliminary note for my personal rating system might be warranted here 1 Star Reads this is not something I have experienced yet2 Star Reads these are, plain and simple, bad choices on my part3 Star Reads books in this category are, for me, most likely ones that were go What a wonderful reading year I had in 2018 Sometimes, I think I know what books to choose and it doesn t turn out that great This year, for the most part, I allowed the books to choose me and the results were a pleasure.A preliminary note for my personal rating system might be warranted here 1 Star Reads this is not something I have experienced yet2 Star Reads these are, plain and simple, bad choices on my part3 Star Reads books in this category are, for me, most likely ones that were good, but had flaws that prevented me from feeling moved, or the flaws hindered my thoughts or learning process.4 Star Reads this is a category that designates a great reading experience for me with a minor flaw or two that I noticed but that didn t affect my enjoyment.5 Star Reads these books are ones that almost always jump out at me and say, Read me They were my most frequent reads during 2018 and I consider them a Gift Beyond 5 Star Reads This category is where the books are so good and so memorable and that enveloped me on so many different levels that they ended up on my Favourites shelf.Speaking of shelves, I do create a new shelf for books I have read each year This helps me to keep organized, but also, for friends who are looking for my most recent reads, the yearly shelves open far quickly than my Read shelf I plan on going back and creating shelves specific to previous years also.I have had many problems this year with my Friends reviews not showing up on my Update Feed If I have missed any, I apologize and it is without doubt my loss I do receive my email notifications of likes and comments , though I have resorted to keeping a separate folder for likes because I can click on the person s name and go to their Profile page If there are reviews or adds or updates there, I will like anything I can find and I hope it makes up for some of the missed ones.If you are interested in which of my reads from 2018 are 5 Star reads, that shelf would be the place to go I won t add them here because they might not all fit Instead, I will include below the books that became new inhabitants of my Favourites shelf this year, in the order that I read them JanuaryCrossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner The Things They Carried, by Tim O Brien Plus 7 other 5 Star reads FebruaryThe Tie That Binds, by Kent Haruf Plus 5 other 5 Star reads MarchThe Wide Circumference of Love, by Marita Golden Plus 6 other 5 Star reads April Seven 5 Star reads May Seven 5 Star reads JuneThe Princes of Ireland The Dublin Saga 1 , by Edward RutherfurdThe Rebels of Ireland The Dublin Saga 2 , by Edward Rutherfurd Plus 4 other 5 Star reads JulyDoc, by Mary Doria RussellEpitaph, by Mary Doria RussellThe Last Child, by John Hart Plus 9 other 5 Star reads AugustLittle Fires Everywhere, by Celeste NgSnap, by Belinda BauerThe Trouble with Goats and Sheep, by Joanna CannonThree Things About Elsie, by Joanna Cannon Plus 13 other 5 Star reads SeptemberThe English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje Plus 9 other 5 Star reads OctoberMudbound, by Hillary JordanAnnie Dunne, by Sebastian BarryWarlight, by Michael Ondaatje Plus 6 other 5 Star reads NovemberThe Sea, by John BanvilleThe Friend, by Sigrid N ez Plus 6 other 5 Star reads DecemberSweet Thunder, by Ivan DoigThe Bartender s Tale, by Ivan DoigThe Word Is Murder, by Anthony HorowitzKingdom of the Blind, by Louise PennySarah s Key, by Tatiana de RosnayMr Dickens and His Carol, by Samantha Silva Plus 2 other 5 Star reads so far None of this wonder filled reading year would have been possible without some very special and kind and generous friends I appreciate each one of you from my heart for helping to keep this a safe place to share our thoughts, feelings, and reviews.Only a couple of times this year have I witnessed people hi jacking someone s review thread and being outright rude In all of those incidents, I am proud to say that my friends were unfailingly polite and just let the ranters rant Sometimes I think we all need to be reminded that our opinions are all valuable, but attacking people for their own opinions is just wrong.Again, thank you from my heart to all the wonderful BookFriends, both long term and short term, for helping to enrich my reading life through your choices of books, your reviews, and also your comments and or likes for mine.I am grateful for all of it the people, the reviews, the books, the exchanges May 2019 be filled with the best possible in all those categories for all of us flag 232 likesLike see review View all 167 comments Dec 29, 2018 Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 2018This is a list of my top books of 2018 The books on this list may not have been published in 2018, but I READ them in 2018, and that counts in my book So, without further ado Top Ten of 2018The Dream Daughter Diane ChamberlainLadder to the Sky by John BoyneFrom Sand and Ash Amy HarmonBefore We Were Yours Lisa WingateThe Secret Keeper Kate Morton The Shadows We Hide Allen EskensAn American Marriage Tayari JonesTangerine Christine ManganAnd Then She Was Gone Lisa JewellThe Traveling 2018This is a list of my top books of 2018 The books on this list may not have been published in 2018, but I READ them in 2018, and that counts in my book So, without further ado Top Ten of 2018The Dream Daughter Diane ChamberlainLadder to the Sky by John BoyneFrom Sand and Ash Amy HarmonBefore We Were Yours Lisa WingateThe Secret Keeper Kate Morton The Shadows We Hide Allen EskensAn American Marriage Tayari JonesTangerine Christine ManganAnd Then She Was Gone Lisa JewellThe Traveling Cat Chronicles Hiro ArikawaThrillers Mystery Suspense The Wife Alafair BurkeThe Fourth Monkey J.D BarkerA Gathering of Secrets Linda CastilloThe Long and Faraway Gone Lou BerneyThe Broken Girls by Simone St JamesWhy Kill the Innocent C.S HarrisSelf PublishedTrouble in Glamour Town by S.R Mallery Non fiction Killers of the Flower Moon The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI David GrannRobin Dave ItzkoffDopesick Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America Beth MacyI ll be Gone in the Dark One Woman s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Michelle McNamaraRomance Rainy Day Friends Jill ShalvisThe Prince Katharine AsheIntercepted by Alexa MartinThe Duke with the Dragon Tattoo Kerrigan BryneHistorical Fiction The Last Suppers Mandy MikulencakOnly Killers and Thieves Paul HowarthCountry Dark Chris OffuttNext Year in Havana Chanel Cleeton Jane Steele by Faye LyndsayThe Locksmith s Daughter Karen BrooksContemporary Fiction Dreams of Falling Karen WhiteUs Against You Fredrik BackmanUnmarriageable Soniah KamalThe Beach House Reunion Mary Alice MonroeBy the Book Julia SonnebornHorror We Sold Our Souls Grady HendrixDracul Dacre Stoker and J.D BarkerThe Outsider Stephen KingThe Silent Companions Laura PurcellCozy Mysteries Death by Dumpling Vivien ChienMurder with Cinnamon Scones Karen Rose SmithCut to the Chaise Karen Rose SmithDead to Begin With Bill CriderMost Gritty Crime Dramas Don t Send Flowers Martin SolaresThe Force Don WinslowCookbooks Turnip Greens Tortillas A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen Eddie HernandezGothic The Witch of Willow Hall Hester FoxThe Darkling Bride Laura AndersonShort Story Collection The Dead Still Here Laura ValeriComics Book Love Debbie TungTo Kill a Mockingbird A Graphic Novel Harper Lee and Fred FordhamStrangest Book The Social Creature Tara Isabella Burton2018 was an unusual year for me I never, ever, in a million years would have thought I d find myself enthralled with Graphic Novels, Comics, or Manga Now, I am moderately addicted and loving every minute of it I also re discovered the horror genre after abandoning it, almost entirely for decades, with only an occasional re read during October for Halloween I read non fiction than ever before, and historical fiction remained one of my favorite genres this year I did manage to slip in a few classics, something I vow to do every year, but I am normally an underachiever in that area I failed miserably at completing or keeping up with all the various series I have vowed to catch up on Not only that I started new ones Maybe in 2019 But, don t hold your breath, though LOL I also failed at groups on again I love groups, but seldom can align my reading schedule with the book of the month selection Again, maybe in 2019 I handed out a one star rating for the first time in years but overall, I enjoyed most of the books I read this year However, it seems as though I was a little critical and less tolerant of sub par efforts, than in years past Solid, go to authors and all time favorite, auto buy authors disappointed me this year, while new and fresh voices made deep and lasting impressions The psychological thriller a favorite genre in 2016 17 became so over saturated and diluted, I burned out on it So, it went the way of Regency Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance and Nordic Thrillers from years past Don t expect to see me reading anything from this sub genre anytime soon What do I plan to read in 2019 Well, PLAN is the operative word Perhaps hope is a better one I hope to read from my vintage paperback collection, while also putting a hold on collecting of them, as many of resources have dried up and caring for our aging parents keeps me grounded I plan on organizing my Kindle books this year, instead, and work on getting my Netgalley percentage into the elusive 80% bracket I am also going to work on making my subscription services pay off, which means books from Scribd and Kindle Unlimited I hesitate about addressing this issue but This was a part of my experience in reading this past year More and , our reading experiences are intertwined with social media, in one form or another is the site I used than any other for book interactions Naturally, if you put yourself out there, on any social media platform, inevitably you will encounter a troll, a spammer, or a scammer Sadly, for me, this year was worse than any other since I ve been a member of I have made official complaints, flagged comments, blocked members, and deleted ugly comments in record numbers this year I was even book shamed on than one occasion I was also schooled in the way I present my book reviews from time to time However The positives far outweighed the negative is a vast, enormous place While I use the site nearly every day, there are huge portions of it, I never have been a part of I have found that, by and large, the people I ve met here are simply amazing I never experienced the level of support, kindness, and helpfulness, as I did this past year I am so lucky to have such a great group of friends and followers who like my reviews and leave the nicest comments for me Writing reviews does not come naturally for me, so, I do hope everyone understands just how much I truly appreciate all you do, and how much I value your friendship I am looking forward to seeing what books everyone is reading in 2019 I have found so many great books and discovered new authors, I never would have otherwise, all because you are willing to share your books and reviews with me One of my favorite things about being a member here, is the diversity and how the love of books can transcend so many barriers, break down walls, and cross deserts and oceans to touch people in so many ways I have friends from all walks of life, from all across the globe, and I absolutely love it I hope 2019 will bring everyone health, prosperity, peace and goodwill and lots and lots of fantastic new book discoveries Happy New Year flag 224 likesLike see review View all 127 comments Jan 06, 2019 Val Shameless Steamy Reads rated it it was amazing Awwwww, 2018or as I like to call itThat Year I Was the Shittiest of GR FriendsAs you can tell by that bullshit title, this is going to be of a quick and dirty lifestyle verbal diarrhea monologue So if you have no interest in that, you ve been warned Thoughtful discussion of the books I read this year Sorry, not so much This is for those wonderful and caring people who have sent me, Are you ok You aren t around any, messages throughout the year 2018 was one of the Awwwww, 2018or as I like to call itThat Year I Was the Shittiest of GR FriendsAs you can tell by that bullshit title, this is going to be of a quick and dirty lifestyle verbal diarrhea monologue So if you have no interest in that, you ve been warned Thoughtful discussion of the books I read this year Sorry, not so much This is for those wonderful and caring people who have sent me, Are you ok You aren t around any, messages throughout the year 2018 was one of the most stressful years of my life and, as someone who considers themselves pretty tough and roll with the punches, my lack ofconstant grace and poise when tackling said year was a tough pill for me to swallow I know we are all but human, but stillit usually takes a lot to ruffle my feathers so to speak, so on top of being stressed, I found myself pissed at myself for being stressed But, it is what it is One of the many things on the chopping block of life this past year was anything even resembling a halfway decent review My inner quirky Snark Monster was all but silent this year as she was being choked to death by her distant, evil cousin, Fuck Off I Don t Have the Energy For You.What a bitch, that one I m not trying to tease anyone with the mystery of my life stress here or anything I underwent a major career shift, which is a positive albeit stressful period, which I know will pass And, in the midst of that, I had a lot of other life stresses, mainly, the loss of my beloved 10 year old dog which as a dog lover who has chosen dog children over human children felt like like losing a limb In short, I am simply attempting to explain why I was the shittiest GR friend of all time this year I know I owe no one any explanation and I know you will all understand as that s real life and real life comes first But I also just want to express my hope that 2019 is a better year I missed chatting with my favorite GR peeps over the last 12 months or so and I truly hope to rectify that this coming year I missed getting excited over your reads and reviews and I look forward to getting back into things So, I hope everyone had a wonderful 2018 and cheers to 2019 and all the wonderful books it promises to bring Some books goals I am looking forward to tackling this year since I should probably have something book related in this hot mess of spam 1 Finish the Harry Potter series.2 Finish the last book in Brandon Sanderson s Mistborn trilogy and then tackle the rest of his catalogue 3 Start Cassandra Clare s Shadowhunters series yes, I am that late to the party 4 Read one classic or mythology book a month 5 Get my physical TBR shelf pared down to 100 or less What are some of your goals this next year, guys flag 221 likesLike see review View all 85 comments Jessicas Totally Over The Top Book Obsession Sorry about your fur baby Jan 27, 2019 07 54PM Val Shameless Steamy Reads Jessica s wrote Sorry about your fur baby thanks Jan 27, 2019 08 39PM Jan 08, 2018 Charlotte May added it Update 14.11.18I ve completed my challenge of 90 books and the year isn t over 4.1.19 EDIT I actually finished the year on 103Here are some favourite s from the second half of 2018 A Shiver of Snow and SkyStation ElevenLost Boy this was a phenomenal retelling, and I am definitely going to read of her books The Shock of the FallA Thousand Perfect NotesThe Song of AchillesLie With Me I was pleasantly surprised by this thriller A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows Update 14.11.18I ve completed my challenge of 90 books and the year isn t over 4.1.19 EDIT I actually finished the year on 103Here are some favourite s from the second half of 2018 A Shiver of Snow and SkyStation ElevenLost Boy this was a phenomenal retelling, and I am definitely going to read of her books The Shock of the FallA Thousand Perfect NotesThe Song of AchillesLie With Me I was pleasantly surprised by this thriller A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows a new fantasy series for me to obsess over The Roanoke Girls An absolutely twisted thriller They Both Die at the EndBeartownDaughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood StarlightThe DryNevernightUpdate 22.6.18So, we are about halfway through the year and so far I ve read 50 books I thought I d get in early and list some of my favourite books series I ve read from the first half of 2018 I completed A Song of Ice and Fire with A Dance with Dragons Dreams and Dust and A Dance with Dragons After the FeastCompleted The Raven Cycle with Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven KingCrooked KingdomThe Old Kingdom series beginning with Sabriel this was an epic series Reread of The Declaration series The DeclarationThe Wayfarers series This series convinced me to give Sci Fi a shot, and it was totally worth it The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Closed and Common OrbitAll the Bright PlacesAnd Then There Were NoneThe Death and Life of Charlie St CloudWe Were LiarsEleanor Oliphant is Completely FineOne of Us is LyingBone GapSimon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the OffbeatHeartlessThe mirrorworld series The Petrified Flesh, Living Shadows and The Golden YarnThe Bone Season series starting with The Bone SeasonThe Lies of Locke Lamora ,Red Seas Under Red Skies The Republic of ThievesWhat You Want To SeeBeen so lucky this year with some great reads and hopefully plenty to come flag 217 likesLike see review View all 47 comments Dec 30, 2018 Huda Yahya marked it as links Shelves 130 130 2018 10000 flag 205 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Jan 07, 2018 Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves year in review tells me my average rating for 2018 is 4.1, so rounding that to a solid 4 stars It was a great year for reading and it was the most 5 star books I have had in a year since joining GR in 2012.It was also the year I became the social media pariah because of my controversial feelings about a book More on that below Here is the basic breakdown Best book this year I cannot wait for the third one Least favorite book this year many of you know there is a lot of backstor tells me my average rating for 2018 is 4.1, so rounding that to a solid 4 stars It was a great year for reading and it was the most 5 star books I have had in a year since joining GR in 2012.It was also the year I became the social media pariah because of my controversial feelings about a book More on that below Here is the basic breakdown Best book this year I cannot wait for the third one Least favorite book this year many of you know there is a lot of backstory behind the response to my review of this book This is the review that lost me friends, caused me to be told I am an awful person, etc But I did also have some great and insightful discussion In the end, it s just a book I didn t care for If you don t agree, that s fine Let s move on in 2019.Pleasant surprises Expected Series I liked Series I didn t care for ended the trilogy kinda blah flag 203 likesLike see review View all 44 comments Dec 21, 2018 Justin Tate rated it it was amazing I read 68 books this year These were my favorites Fumio Sasaki Goodbye, ThingsErnest Hemingway A Moveable FeastIain Reid FoeTara Westover EducatedPriya Parker The Art of Gathering Ernest Cline Ready Player One R.L Stine Please Do Not Feed the Weirdo Stephen King Pet Sematary Re read Octavia E Butler KindredMost intriguing Ice by Anna KavanMost unexpectedly great Heidi by Spyri JohannaThe President is Missing by Bill Clinton James PattersonMost quirky and fabulous Conv I read 68 books this year These were my favorites Fumio Sasaki Goodbye, ThingsErnest Hemingway A Moveable FeastIain Reid FoeTara Westover EducatedPriya Parker The Art of Gathering Ernest Cline Ready Player One R.L Stine Please Do Not Feed the Weirdo Stephen King Pet Sematary Re read Octavia E Butler KindredMost intriguing Ice by Anna KavanMost unexpectedly great Heidi by Spyri JohannaThe President is Missing by Bill Clinton James PattersonMost quirky and fabulous Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata flag 193 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Dec 20, 2018 Marita marked it as year in review Here, friends, is my report card for 2018 Instead of listing all the books I have read during 2018 , I ll simply focus on my favourites during the course of which I might mention other related books Favourite book titles are in Bold, and other titles are in italics First things first THANKS so much for sharing your wonderful reviews and comments As a result my home library has grown and grown, and most of the books that I read in 2018 rated 4 or 5 stars Thanks particularly to those who actu Here, friends, is my report card for 2018 Instead of listing all the books I have read during 2018 , I ll simply focus on my favourites during the course of which I might mention other related books Favourite book titles are in Bold, and other titles are in italics First things first THANKS so much for sharing your wonderful reviews and comments As a result my home library has grown and grown, and most of the books that I read in 2018 rated 4 or 5 stars Thanks particularly to those who actually read my reviews I appreciate your taking the time to do so NON FICTIONOut of the 28 favourites, seven books were non fiction biographical works In 2017 I read Wallace Stegner s major novels, and fell head over heels in love with his writing I have just finished reading Wallace Stegner His Life and Work by Jackson J Benson, an excellent biography which prompted me to read Stegner s early novella Remembering Laughter I am also and have been for a long time reading his memoir interwoven with history of the region about his early years in southern Saskatchewan Wolf Willow I have also dipped into his excellent short stories, and I have one of his early novels on order as well as some of his non fiction works about conservation exploration.Penelope Lively s musings on time, memory and age are excellent too Ammonites and Leaping Fish A Life in Time It is beautifully written and there is much to ponder In addition I loved her novel Consequences Another enjoyable memoir is by Edith Wharton A Backward Glance In 2017 I read her masterpiece The Age of Innocence , but it was in 2018 that I became a devoted fan In 2018 I read four works of fiction by her, The House of Mirth, Summer, Ethan Frome and The Custom of the Country The latter two were favourites Anne Boyd Rioux wrote a great biography Constance Feni Woolson A Portrait of a Lady Novelist I read Ms Woolson s Miss Grief and Other Stories in tandem with the biography which discusses these stories A personal favourite is the story Miss Grief I plan to read books by this author.The other favourite non fiction book is The Greater Journey Americans in Paris by historian David McCullough This book is about Americans who went to Paris from 1830 for the purpose of learning specific skills pertaining to their work These include Samuel Morse, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Augustus Saint Gaudens and others On the subject of France, I also enjoyed reading France A History from Gaul to deGaulle by John Julius Norwich The seventh non fiction favourite is mentioned below in the section marked Canada Alaska.In addition to the above mentioned favourite biographies, I also read biographies of John Singer Sargent as a result of reading McCullough s Americans in Paris book , Rebecca West, Somerset Maugham, Marcel Proust and Henry James Also Vita and Virginia Vita Sackville West and Virginia Woolf by Sarah Gristwood, as well as D.H Lawrence and Frieda by Michael Squires FICTIONI have already mentioned some favourite works of fiction Consequences, Ethan Frome and The Custom of the Country About authors Damon Galgut wrote an excellent novel about author E.M Forster Arctic Summer It explores Forster s friendships, sexuality, and his struggle to write his masterpiece A Passage to India Another very good book about an author is Author, Author by David Lodge, and this is about the disastrous opening night of Henry James s play Guy Domville I seemed to spend a lot of time with Henry James s circle of friends Woolson, Wharton, Sargent Because I enjoyed Author, Author I then read another novel by David Lodge A Man of Parts good, but not on my Favourites list about author H.G Wells Wells had a long time extra marital affair and a son with author Rebecca West which led me to read her biography by Victoria Glendinning as previously mentioned I also read West s novel Return of the Soldier which is definitely a favourite I think that you are now getting the picture of how one book leads me to the next I also read biographical novels about D.H and Frieda Lawrence 3 , Constance Feni Woolson, Katherine Mansfield and Harriet Beecher Stowe American History At the start of 2018 I knew slightly than zero about American history Considering that I lived in the U.S.A for a year and a half Texas I thought that it was high time that I learned a bit I duly bought dozens of books on the subject, both fiction and non fiction I made a very slight dent in them, and I m pleased to report that I now know a little than slightly than zero However, the I read the ignorant I realise I am, but that is another storyIn 2018 I discovered excellent historical novels by Jeff Shaara, Donald McCaig and Stephen Harrigan I loved Shaara s novels Two Novels of the Revolutionary War Rise to Rebellion and The Glorious Cause I also read his Gone for Soldiers, and his father Michael s famous Civil War novel The Killer Angels Stephen Harrigan s The Gates of the Alamo is excellent as is Donald McCaig s Jacob s Ladder A Story about Virginia in the Civil War McCaig s Canaan is also very good even though it didn t make my Favourites List There were also other historical novels which were good but didn t make the Favourites List I learned a lot from these novels I also read some good non fiction books on American history including Bruce Catton s The Civil War and Nathaniel Philbrick s Mayflower A Voyage to War I plan to continue this journeyThe Hidden Heart of Emily Hudson by Melissa Jones is a beautiful epistolary novel of a young girl at the time of the Civil War Other novels about early America that I loved are Cormack McCarthy s Border Trilogy of which All the Pretty Horses is my favourite, and I also loved The Crossing I also read Outer Dark McCarthy s writing is astonishing Larry McMurtry s Lonesome Dove is another favourite, and I plan to return to that series The Missing by Tim Gautreaux is a five star Southern Gothic thriller that kept me reading late at night Canada and Alaska It is said that opposites attract maybe it is because I have spent most of my life living in countries in the Southern Hemisphere that I am so attracted to the far north My travels usually influence what I read, and during 2018 we travelled to Canada again, as we were there in 2017 , and also a brief excursion into the U.S.A to Juneau, Alaska Once again we had a fantastic trip, and I was able to meet with two of my Canadian friends Earlier this year another Canadian friend visited us in New Zealand Into the Heart of the Country by Pauline Holdstock is about explorer and naturalist Samuel Hearne who was employed by the Hudson Bay Company in Manitoba, but the novel focuses on the plight of the women and children left behind when the men went to England The Sea Runners by Ivan Doig is about four men employed by the Russians at what is now Baranov Island, Alaska, who escape and travel hundreds of miles in a canoe down the coast to the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon Ivan Doig s prose is stunning, and I look forward to reading of his work The novel that was a complete surprise was I Heard the Owl Call my Name by Margaret Craven Books with religious content don t interest me, and as this novel is about a priest I approached it with trepidation However, it is a very good novel about a very good man It takes place in a remote village on the British Columbia coastline Then there was also the delightful Glenn Gould Une vie contretemps It is a clever graphical celebration of this great Canadian pianist s life Of course I returned from my travels with a stack of books I bought some books at a friendly bookstore in Whitehorse, Yukon, and a friend took me to a wonderful bookstore in Vancouver where I bought books One of the books that I bought in Juneau was A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans, simply because wolves the four legged variety interest me I didn t know about Romeo s celebrity status, or indeed anything about him, but very recently I started reading this non fiction book, and to my great surprise I discovered that Romeo used to roam around Mendenhall Glacier I was there in August I visited the glacier, and I felt quite excited to be reading about this utterly charming black wolf It is not a soppy tale there are many interesting details about wolves and about Juneau, and Jans deftly separates myth from fact I definitely plan to read by this author.Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska my photo I m digressing again, but for those who read about my moose woes last year, I d like to briefly continue that saga This year I travelled the length of British Columbia all the way from Vancouver to Whitehorse via Prince Rupert and also with a side trip to Stewart I was pretty confident that I would see some moose No, no moose even though I saw a zillion road signs warning about moose However, we visited the Yukon Wildlife Preserve a short distance from Whitehorse, and there at last I saw 2 moose, male and female And a kind GR friend presented me with a beautiful moose calendar I m pleased to report that I saw lots of critters on this trip including several black bears in different locations World War I Due to the centenary commemorations I decided to read some novels about WWI The first was Rebecca West s novel Return of the Soldier already mentioned above, which made me decide to read West next year The other favourite novel was A Very Long Engagement by S bastien Japrisot I also started reading Margaret MacMillan s non fiction The War that Ended Peace, but I decided to defer that until early in the new year Miscellaneous Longing by J.D Landis, a biographical novel about composers Robert Schumann and his wife Clara Wieck Schumann, is a favourite novel too.Simon Mawer impressed me with his writing I liked his The Glass Room and Prague Spring, but The Fall is a favourite I so much wanted to review these books, but by the time I returned from my travels I was unable to do so If I don t review books soon after reading them, I may as well not bother I read several books by British authors who have similar names to actors Anthony Quinn Anthony Quinn , John Wain John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor John Wain and Anthony Quinn were introduced to me by friend Bill Elizabeth Taylor was already a firm favourite, and I enjoyed reading A Wreath of Roses Anthony Quinn wrote Our Friends in Berlin which has a similar theme to Transcription by Kate Atkinson I wanted to review both books, but I went through a period where my mind simply went blank when I wanted to write John Wain s The Smaller Sky was a favourite which I did in fact review I certainly plan to read books by these authors.The final favourite novel, but most certainly not the least is To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf A five star rating, but no review required from me as others have done a great job reviewing it I most certainly plan to read Woolf next year Most of the books that I read were rated 4 or 5 stars I started many others, read part of the way and put them aside Some I ll get back to Others will be relegated to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books I read good books by Elizabeth Bowen, Eudora Welty, Kate Chopin, Nancy Mitford, Stella Gibbons, Elizabeth von Arnim, Rosamond Lehmann, Geraldine Brooks, Elizabeth Day, Sarah Perry, Vicki Baum, Lewis Sinclair, William Maxwell, John Boyne, Tennessee Williams, John Suchet, Jean Echenoz, Sebastian Barry, Douglas C Jones, Stephen Crane, Richard Yates, Charles Frazier, John Banville, J.M Coetzee, Larry Watson, Julian Barnes, Roy MacGregor, Mark Helprin, Natsume S seki and othersI read 150 books of which 24 were non fiction.Best wishes to all for 2019 flag 188 likesLike see review View all 100 comments Sep 26, 2018 Virginia Ronan Herondale rated it really liked it Update 2019 01 01Since 2018 is officially over I made a list of my top 15 books that left either a good or bad impression lol If you want to read it you can find it on my blog Top 15 of my bookish 2018 The Awesome, The Meagre The Series I hope your 2018 was a good reading year too and I m already looking forward to your reviews, updates and challenges in 2019 _____________________________Haha What to write in here I think so far I ve been A HUGE FAIL when it comes to my reading go Update 2019 01 01Since 2018 is officially over I made a list of my top 15 books that left either a good or bad impression lol If you want to read it you can find it on my blog Top 15 of my bookish 2018 The Awesome, The Meagre The Series I hope your 2018 was a good reading year too and I m already looking forward to your reviews, updates and challenges in 2019 _____________________________Haha What to write in here I think so far I ve been A HUGE FAIL when it comes to my reading goals of 2018 XD Bookish New Year s resolutions for 2018 Don t read than 4 books at the same time 2017 I always read at least 5 _ Don t add than 300 books to your to be read pile Current status 298 books facepalm Read the books you already own But my gift cards need to be used P Don t borrow than 2 books from the library Uh oh, I have no control In short I m already screwed LOL That s what I wrote on Dec 30, 2017 XDGuess I was right Of course we can also put that into a nice statistic PThis year there were 60 books I wanted to read Well, I reached that goal, but the HOW is where the fun comes in Books I wanted to read that were on my list 60Books I read so far 109Books I read from that list 28Difference 81So I kinda read 81 books that weren t even on my list lol I m such a hopeless case shakes head But hey the year isn t over yet, I can still read some of them, right Nope, not really Knowing me I ll just continue to read the books that aren t even on my tbr pile Haha But hey what can I say, I promise improvement Maybe I ll read 5 books of the list PI can do it I know I can lol Wish me luck guys I ll need it XD flag 181 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Jan 18, 2018 Elise TheBookishActress marked it as zzzzz Shelves elise s favorite reviews, faves of 2019, faves of 2018 Woo What A Year I have a lot to say, but first of all, let s talk books H O N O R A B L E M E N T I O N S A sortable shelf of all my 2018 faves is available here backlist school reads The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles Dracula by Bram Stoker Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen Exit West by Mohsin Hamid backlist contemporary It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover Hunger A Memoir of Body by Roxane Gay backlist scifi fantasy This Savage Song 1 by Victoria Schw Woo What A Year I have a lot to say, but first of all, let s talk books H O N O R A B L E M E N T I O N S A sortable shelf of all my 2018 faves is available here backlist school reads The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles Dracula by Bram Stoker Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen Exit West by Mohsin Hamid backlist contemporary It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover Hunger A Memoir of Body by Roxane Gay backlist scifi fantasy This Savage Song 1 by Victoria Schwab Godsgrave 2 by Jay Kristoff An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon The Bear and the Nightingale 1 by Katherine Arden new 2018 contemporary read in 2017 American Panda by Gloria Chao People Like Us by Dana Mele Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli What If It s Us by Becky Albertalli Adam Silvera new 2018 series continued read in 2017 Dread Nation 1 by Justina Ireland read in 2017 Beneath the Sugar Sky 3 by Seanan McGuire Give the Dark My Love 1 by Beth Revis All Systems Red series 1 4 by Martha Wells Girls of Paper and Fire 1 by Natasha Ngan Not Even Bones 1 by Rebecca Schaeffer Witchmark 1 by C.L Polk A Study in Honor 1 by Claire O Dell new 2018 scifi fantasy The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James All Out by Various The Lady s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse T O P 1 8 O F 2 0 1 8 This is just a little out of order Handle it 18 Queen s Thief series 2 5 by Megan Whalen TurnerThis was so much fun I ve read five books of this now, and I ve been thinking a lot recently about why I ve loved this series progression so much And I think it s this I love the sense of hope in this series, the sense I have that Turner really wants recovery, rather than torture porn 17 The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson 2018 The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza is like nothing I have ever read before or will ever read again It is an existential and oddly hilarious book about choices, with a wide cast of amazing characters and some weird mystery thrown in And I loved it so much I could have read this forever over and over again This book is about a Lot Of Things existential fear, the realization that no one is who you think they are, the realization that death is never in our souls, the importance of making choices, and most of all, the importance of free will It s a very funny book hiding a whole lot of serious discussions Bonus points for thinly veiled jokes about U.S President Cheeto.16 The Fifth Season The Broken Earth, 1 by N.K Jemisin 2015 In a world that barely thinks of you as human, how can you garner the respect you deserve And in the end, when you re forced to fight for the respect others will receive without condition, when you re shown from the beginning your inherent inferiority, how can you find a sense of being And in a book driven by an all black cast, and several queer leads perhaps the most prominent two side characters are a gay man and a trans woman this feels especially significant As a story about how we can be taught to believe in ourselves only as cogs in a great wheel, it is utterly gut wrenching 15 Black Iris by Elliot Wake 2014 I still have no idea what to say about this There is something very deeply twisted about this book, and Elliot Wake owns it I think this book could have really easily been kind of overdramatic and forgettable But it is so not The reasons are as follows Elliot Wake s writing is so freaking amazing, and it s got one of the best endings to any book I have ever read It s really a bit sad how rare it is that I don t guess the twist, but I did not guess the twist at ALL, and its implication for the themes of the novel is amazing 14 Mirage 1 by Somaiya Daud 2018 Somaiya Daud didn t have to come for us like this she s like here take this amazing multidimensional narrative about colonization and agency and internalized hatred for one s culture, driven by a fantastic lady lead and her complex relationship with a fantastic lady antivillain, featuring fantastic setting descriptions and a really good romance, and also I write like a fucking Pulitzer Prize winner and this is my debut and im just out here eating a bag of chips13 Final Draft by Riley Redgate 2018 This is one of the most organic and real books I will probably ever read Final Draft stars a pansexual biracial Ecuadorian plus size lead with anxiety, and the way Riley Redgate writes Laila is so empathetic Redgate knows exactly where to place her quotes and exactly how to compose the narrative so that every aspect of Laila s life feels like an authentic part of a big picture and importantly, a fundamental part of her character arc OH, AND THERE S A SAPPHIC ROMANCE AND IT S REALLY GOOD At its heart, I think this book is a perfect conveyment of what it is really like to be a teenage girl growing up in our current society and what it is like to struggle with yourself, to struggle with friends right before college 12 Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu 2018 In the spring of this year, as some of you know, I was in a serious relationship that did not end well The lead character s experience in this book spoke to mine in that relationship far too well I think it might be worth reading the full review for 11 The Infernal Devices series 1 3 by Cassandra Clare 2010s Lady MidnightStrange how Cassandra Clare managed to get me so wrapped up in these books when I hated some of her earlier stuff so much Here s my opinion all of them are in love and it should end in all of them dating I am not giving up this opinion Jem and Will are both in love with Tessa, canonically, and Tessa is in love with both of them, canonically, and let s just be really fucking honest with ourselves and say that Jem and Will are completely in love It s 2018 and it s time to admit that, as a society It is my firm belief that under different circumstances, they would all be dating, and I do not care who fights me on this Queen of Air and Darkness agrees with me I m going to bed 10 The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 2016 This is a book about how the smallest gestures can form the biggest pictures, how the smallest actions can change the course of a life How seeing a girl can change your life How falling in love with your secretary can change the course of someone s life forever How swerving in a car can get two teens together How calling a security officer for help can save her life This is marketed as a romance, but the romance is not at all what this book is about The real focus of the book, instead, is the issues faced by immigrants What is happening to Natasha is horrible, and Yoon absolutely refuses to shy away from its horror This book sort of tore my heart into a million pieces I can t believe it took me so long to read it 9 Circe by Madeline Miller 2018 The thing that brings this whole novel together is Circe s character lonely, and harsh, and hiding herself in sarcasm much of the time, and there is not a moment in this novel in which I didn t adore her This novel is so interesting because at its core, it is an exploration of the voice of women in Greek mythology Circe is a character we see nothing of in the narrative of Greek mythology, a character with seemingly evil intentions and little motivation and all this despite showing up in several different stories There s something supremely excellent about seeing a character like this who is essentially a plot device be given a story Madeline Miller is one of the best writers of our time and I can t wait to see what she ll come up with next 8 The Cruel Prince 2018 and The Wicked King 2019 by Holly BlackYou know, I keep coming back to why this is one of the best and most hyped series of 2018, and why I fell so deeply in love, and I think I know why Jude Duarte Young adult so often pulls away from truly flawed, morally grey characters, but this character is a genuine unapologetic bad person And her narrative agency is the source of all the conflict her ambition vs Cardan s, her ambition vs Taryn s, every single variation 7 Before the Devil Breaks You The Diviners, 3 by Libba Bray 2016 This is both the scariest book I ve read this year and just one of the better ones Evie s character development within this book is my favorite she s gotten so far But I think what I like about this series is how it makes the personal political This is a story set in the freaking 1920s, a time that could easily be whitewashed dry of racism and discrimination But this story is so directly about the issues of the 1920s, the racism, the classism, the homophobia the dark side you don t always see The villains of The Diviners are not the ghosts, scary as they are The villains of this book are classism, eugenics, racism, prejudice This story gets its true staying power because it is so grounded in reality for these characters, on the edge of society both through a paranormal society and through their very identities 6 Bright We Burn The Conqueror s Saga 3 by Kiersten White 2018 GOD THIS SERIES This series is about misogyny, about internalized homophobia, about religion, about learning what you deserve in a world that wants you to accept nothing It is a character and theme study that I just adore But most of all, I absolutely adore that instead of using a historical setting, a setting framed against the backdrop of religion, no less, as an excuse to end the story in Tragic Dead Gays, that the four major queer characters in this story are, in essence, the ones who get the happiest endings that a gay, Muslim lead character is the one to get the happy ending that one of the most admirable characters in this story is a Hijabi lesbian, that religion specifically, Islam is framed as a route to happiness for multiple queer characters, that the series proudly uses mlm wlw friendship as a marking ground for healthy friendship I love love 5 Sadie by Courtney Summers 2018 All my favorite thrillers are about women taking back power from men who hurt women Sadie is such a fantastic lead character she s out for a revenge, bitter and angry, a sexual assault victim, pansexual, grew up poor, and has a major stutter I absolutely adored her, and watching her go further down this awful track was so horrifying This is a stark, horrifying book in which Courtney Summers refuses, at every turn, to shy away from the harsh realities of this world.4 Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand 2018 This is why horror can be so good All I can say is the blurb of this as girls loving girls, girls kissing girls, girls being friends with girls, girls helping girls was really not pulling its fucking punches 3 Vengeful Vicious, 2 by V.E Schwab 2018 Vengeful was absolutely a wild ride and I read it in, literally, two sittings within the same day I think Schwab s writing style for Vicious is the best of every talent she has in the writing department she s abstract, a wide world without clear boundaries, but with enough detail that it s hard not to be enthralled This is a book of the power of women, a book of plotting and scheming that is so complex it almost feels as if it shouldn t work But it completely does, mostly through having such strong lead characters Victor Vale is one of the best well intentioned villain from one point of view characters of all time Schwab is a legend and this is, in my opinion, her absolute best 2 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid 2017 This is a book about being a bisexual woman in an era where your life is considered public property, and any attraction to women would be demonized by the whole culture It is one of hiding yourself for ambition, one of trying to decide which one takes precedent, one of aging, and one of never knowing whether your choices were right Despite its marketing, this book is really about Evelyn Awful, complicated, completely lovable Evelyn And, as she says, once you start reading, you ll really be interested in knowing about her wife 1 Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake 2018 This is not a book I am worthy of reviewing This is a masterpiece of human emotion, of writing, of character development While this book is blurbed and described as a book about the rape of best friend Hannah by lead character Mara s own brother, it is also a story about the unspoken trauma so many young people face the trauma of having someone you trust violate you in a society that refuses to believe you Mara, Charlie, Hannah, Alex, and Mara s family have all lost someone they trusted, all in their own way, and Girl Made of Stars knows this With a bisexual lead character, a genderqueer love interest, and one of the best discussions of consent I have ever had the pleasure of reading, this was a crying letter and an amazing one T H I S Y E A R S U M M A T I O N As some of you may have noticed, my my reading goals did not go as well as I had hoped In fact, I ve barely been here I figured it might be time to explain.Before my junior year of high school, I was told keeping up with reading and reviewing would be nigh impossible I refused to acknowledge this or give in and decided to keep on reading And I still made my 250 book goal, only ten books behind Naturally, this year I expected the same would be true for the first semester of my senior year, especially when I got all my college applications done early Yes, I was taking six academic classes, five of which were at some advanced level, but I figured I d overcome.Well, I managed to keep my real life very, very organized Not so much my book life I read far less, and then only for school my blog somehow did not get behind, but was not scheduled far ahead Perhaps worst of all, I gave up time with book friends I value a lot luckily, my close friends are amazing But I got into college And next semester, I have free time You can hear from my full blogpost L A S T, N O T L E A S T Melanie, thank you for understanding how absent I was the last couple months, and always being so funny and kind and talented May, can you believe it was only this year I figured out you don t take your own blog headers as photos I love you so so much You are one of the funniest people I know and you work so hard at dance, at reading, at your own mental health Julianna, I am so sad we didn t get to meet I feel like this year, I ve seen you open up even , and I hope that continues I loaf you Emma, meeting you again this year was so fantastic You are straight up one of the kindest people I know, and the best to talk to about everything especially herongraystairs let s be real Chaima, you are THE funniest person I know I am so sad we didn t get to meet missed chances but so happy to know you There are so many people I could put here, and I want to add shoutouts to this list later All of you guys including all of the reviewers I ve interacted with are seriously such important members of my life and I couldn t have gotten through it without you Thank you Blog Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 180 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Jan 24, 2018 Annet rated it really liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Well here s my review of 2018 On a personal note, my year has been really difficult Without going into much detail, my partner Peter, while already having a heavy medical record, became seriously ill It made our year into a real challenge and emotional rollercoaster I decided to stop my Master studies after finishing the first module, to support him as best as I could We are now hoping for a better year and are working to achieve this as beste as we can I also hope to pick up studies agai Well here s my review of 2018 On a personal note, my year has been really difficult Without going into much detail, my partner Peter, while already having a heavy medical record, became seriously ill It made our year into a real challenge and emotional rollercoaster I decided to stop my Master studies after finishing the first module, to support him as best as I could We are now hoping for a better year and are working to achieve this as beste as we can I also hope to pick up studies again in spring, we ll see So I haven t read as much as I would have liked to, but did get to 56 books My books were my most favorite getaway from the difficult circumstances.Now, back to the books then You won t see 1 or 2 star ratings in my page, or hardly My rule is, life is really too short to read bad books I just stop when I don t like a book, or retry later My friends at have become very dear to me I ve also seen people go away or even de friend me sometimes for whatever reason That hurts a bit I have to say, but I guess everyone s entitled to their decisions I respect that And I do have so many lovely friends here who bring me so much good books, friendship, a good laugh and great book dialogue Thank you my friends, simply for being here and sharing books with me Met new and great friends here too I love it Okay Let s have a look at 2018 Best reads in 2018 Tombland by C.S Sansom Finally Shardlake is back Slow but wonderful, loved it A place for us by Fatima Farheen Mirz, very special and emotional book Thank you Sarah Jessica Parker for bringing this to my attention and publishing it Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee, I love this dark series in India can t wait for the next Leviathan by Paul Auster, another grand book by this exceptional renowned author Not everybody likes his work, but I love it The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker, raw, very raw story But I can t not give it five stars Great book, penetrates your brain and stays there The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, another scary and emotional book, heartbreaking, exceptional read In a dark wood wandering a novel of the Middle Ages historical masterpiece by the grande dame of Dutch literature Hella Haasse The Balti Boys by Joel Dicker, not liked by everyone, this book and the previous one, but I do love his storytelling Almost five stars, a selection of great books Circe by Madeline Miller, were it not for the slightly boring middle part, this would have been a five star Great read Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, not immediately my type of book but loved this read Got this author on my to read list now The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh, weird, dark and intriguing story Lemons by Melissa Savage, cute and sad read World of Trouble, by Ben H Winters, really good apocalyptic trilogy Looking forward to his new book in 2019 Made in India, by Meera Sodha, not used to mention cookery, but this is such a great Indian cookbook, lovely dishes Dead souls by Ian Rankin, what can I say, I love my inspector John Rebus and the dark writing of Rankin 10th book in the series A pale view of the hills, by Kazuo Ishiguro, beautiful once again and sad Grand writer Bluebird, bluebird by Attina Locke, solid and atmospheric southern dark crime read White crocodile, K.T Medina, new writer for me, unusual book, good reading As good as gone, Larry Watson, another new writer known by many people here, I am behind on his oeuvre and will certainly read of this author The strange disappearance of a Bollywood star by Vaseem Khan, charming and delightful return of Private investigator Chopra and his baby elephant Ganesha Snap by Belinda Bauer, great unusual crime read The death of sweet mister by Daniel Woodrell, wew, what a nasty and great book And Hoping for a much better 2019 personally with great friends around the world Here s to many great reads to come and to share flag 177 likesLike see review View all 73 comments Dec 28, 2018 Foad added it flag 175 likesLike see review View all 44 comments Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok _ _ _ _ flag 166 likesLike see review View all 67 comments Jan 21, 2018 Lu s C rated it it was amazing Shelves review of the year Books from January 15 Brodeck by Philippe ClaudelRound the Moon by Jules VerneOrwell s Politics by George OrwellRunning with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsThe Sandman by Lars KeplerThe Masterpiece by mile ZolaTo the Lighthouse by Virginia WoolfChild of God by Cormac McCarthyDi rio In dito by Verg lio FerreiraThe Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo TolstoyMurder in the Cathedral by T S EliotBarroco Tropical by Jos Eduardo AgualusaIl tartufo Il malato immaginario by Moli reJohn Maynard Keynes by Re Books from January 15 Brodeck by Philippe ClaudelRound the Moon by Jules VerneOrwell s Politics by George OrwellRunning with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsThe Sandman by Lars KeplerThe Masterpiece by mile ZolaTo the Lighthouse by Virginia WoolfChild of God by Cormac McCarthyDi rio In dito by Verg lio FerreiraThe Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo TolstoyMurder in the Cathedral by T S EliotBarroco Tropical by Jos Eduardo AgualusaIl tartufo Il malato immaginario by Moli reJohn Maynard Keynes by Reinhard BlomertThe Odessa File by Frederick ForsythBooks from February 10 Why Not the Best by Jimmy CarterEug nie Grandet by Honor de BalzacTheogony Works and Days by HesiodBuddenbrooks The Decline of a Family by Thomas MannThe People of Hemso by August StrindbergAct of the Damned by Ant nio Lobo AntunesHome is the Sailor by Jorge AmadoDalai Lama XIV by Sabine WienandMacbeth by William ShakespeareOs Mensageiros Secund rios by Clara Pinto CorreiaBooks from March 13 Hiroshima Mon Amour by Marguerite DurasThe Man Who Watched Trains Go By by Georges SimenonThe Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas LlosaThus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich NietzscheNight Train to Lisbon by Pascal MercierTreasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonThe Trumpet Major by Thomas HardyWithout Feathers by Woody AllenBrevi rio do Brasil by Agustina Bessa Lu sThe Dwarfs by Harold PinterMas Deus Grande by Jos R gioPoesias e Cartas by Jos Ba o LealThe Road by Cormac McCarthyBooks from April 10 Mother by Maxim GorkyNovelas Nada Exemplares by Dalton TrevisanO valor de educar by Fernando SavaterSakhalin Island by Anton ChekhovParis Spleen by Charles BaudelaireCreatures That Once Were Men by Maxim GorkyMau Tempo no Canal by Vitorino Nem sioHijos Sin Hijos by Enrique Vila MatasThe God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyThe Beast Within by mile ZolaBooks from May 12 Iraque, Assalto ao M dio Oriente by Noam ChomskyMurder Is Easy by Agatha ChristieJourney to the Alcarria Travels through the Spanish Countryside by Camilo Jos CelaSouthern Seas by Manuel V squez Montalb nBlack Dogs by Ian McEwanThe Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan PoeGerminal by mile ZolaThe Savage Detectives by Roberto Bola oThe Cubs and Other Stories by Mario Vargas LlosaSputnik Sweetheart by Haruki MurakamiO Cancro by Manuel Sobrinho Sim esBooks from June 9 Days of Reading by Marcel ProustMemoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite YourcenarSparkling Cyanide by Agatha ChristieManual of Painting and Calligraphy by Jos SaramagoThe Secret of Wilhelm Storitz The First English Translation of Verne s Original Manuscript by Jules VerneOs Meus As by Trindade CoelhoHistoire des math matiques by Jean Pierre EscofierA Menina do Mar by Sophia de Mello Breyner AndresenJer nimo e Eul lia by Gra a Pina de MoraisBooks from July 14 Os Sonetos Completos by Antero de QuentalNight and Day by Virginia WoolfThe Second World War A Complete History by Martin GilbertThe Education of the Stoic by Fernando PessoaThe Music of Chance by Paul AusterFranny and Zooey by J.D SalingerThe Human Factor by Graham GreeneOne hundred thousand years of man s unknown history by Robert CharrouxEsteiros by Soeiro Pereira GomesThe Rebels by S ndor M raiA Av e a Neve Russa by Jo o ReisThe Koran A Very Short Introduction by Michael A CookLost Illusions by Honor de BalzacMiddlesex by Jeffrey EugenidesBooks from August 14 Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria RilkeOf Mice and Men by John SteinbeckThe Sea by John BanvillePortugal na Balan a da Europa do que tem sido e do que ora lhe conv m ser na nova ordem de coisas do mundo civilizado by Jo o Almeida GarrettSpark of Life A Novel of Resistance by Erich Maria RemarqueCadernos de Lanzarote Di rio I by Jos SaramagoThe Communist Manifesto by Karl MarxTudo e N o by Manuel AlegrePerfume The Story of a Murderer by Patrick SuskindThe Dharma Bums by Jack KerouacNear to the Wild Heart by Clarice LispectorApari o by Verg lio FerreiraWhite Nights by Fyodor DostoyevskyMonsieur Rene A Novel by Peter UstinovBooks from September 22 Arthurian Romances by Chr tien de Troyes The Counterfeiters by Andre Gide V by Tony Harrison The Prince by Niccol Macchiavelli L Incolore Tsukuru Tazaki et ses Ann es de P l rinage by Haruki Murakami Mix rdia de Tem ticas S rie Miranda by Ricardo Ara jo Pereira The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Le Lotus Bleu by Herg Tempo de Solid o by Manuel da Fonseca The Great Winglebury Duel by Charles Dickens Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy Etica para Amador by Fernando Savater Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist De capienda ex inimicis utilitate Quomodo adulator ab amico intermoscatur by Plutarch Pensar by Verg lio Ferreira Uma Grande Raz o Os Poemas Maiores by M rio Cesariny A Formosa Pintura do Mundo by Frederico Louren o The Code of Hammurabi by Hammurabi A Porta e Outras Fic es by Fernando Pessoa Os Portugueses e o Mundo by Raquel Vaz Pinto The Turn by Luigi Pirandello As Encruzilhadas de Deus by Jos R gioBooks from October 9 Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant Amerika by Franz Kafka Nana by mile Zola Nobil ssima Vis o by M rio Cesariny The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens Bouvard et P cuchet by Gustave Flaubert Mais Novembro do que Setembro by Guillaume Apollinaire The Queen s Necklace by Italo Calvino Money by Martin AmisBooks from November 12 The Vision of Elena Silves by Nicholas Shakespeare Manual de Prestidigita o by M rio Cesariny Complete Prose by Woody Allen The Devil in the Flesh by Raymond Radiguet The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri Esther s Inheritance by S ndor M rai The Loser by Thomas Bernhard Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy Murmuring Coast by L dia Jorge Limiar dos P ssaros by Eug nio de Andrade Libro del Cielo y del Infierno by Jorge Lu s Borges Adolfo Bioy Casares Zeno s Conscience by Italo SvevoBooks from December 13 Os Quatro Rios by Agustina Bessa Lu s Heaven and Hell by J n K lman Stef nsson Era Bom Que Troc ssemos Umas Ideias Sobre o Assunto by M rio de Carvalho Frank Lloyd Wright by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer Sebasti o Jos by Agustina Bessa Lu s Villages by John Updike A Prospect of the Sea and Other Stories and Other Writings by Dylan Thomas The White Steamship by Chinguiz Aitmatov O Lustre by Clarice Lispector O Rapaz de Bronze by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte La Terre by mile Zola O Rei da Noite by Jo o Ubaldo Ribeiro flag 163 likesLike see review View all 38 comments Dec 20, 2018 Glenn Russell added it Thanks to each and every one of my friends for exchanges revolving around books this past year I so appreciate every time someone takes a moment of their valuable time to read and or comment on one of my reviews Onward in 2019 We have a spectacular thing going here In addition to several works of non fiction, for the fun of it, I kept a list of the titles of the novels I ve read and posted a review in 2018 Here they are, all 94 The Information Martin AmisTishomingo Blues Elmo Thanks to each and every one of my friends for exchanges revolving around books this past year I so appreciate every time someone takes a moment of their valuable time to read and or comment on one of my reviews Onward in 2019 We have a spectacular thing going here In addition to several works of non fiction, for the fun of it, I kept a list of the titles of the novels I ve read and posted a review in 2018 Here they are, all 94 The Information Martin AmisTishomingo Blues El LeonardIvory Pearl Jean Patrick ManchetteSlow Death Stuart HomeGone Tomorrow Garry IndianaThe Garden of Blue Flowers Michael BarsaThe Hand Georges SimenonGhost of Chance William BurroughsDeath Squeeze M rcio SouzaHigh Art Rubem Fonseca Blood of Requited Love Manuel PuigThe Gradual Christopher PriestHeretics Leonardo Padura Vast Emotions and Imperfect Thoughts Rubem FonsecaIn Case of Emergency Georges SimenonThe Literary Conference C sar AiraEternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages Manuel PuigThe Dream of My Return Horacio Castellianos MoyaThe Suspect George Simenon Money to Burn Ricardo PigliaThe Last Days of William Shakespeare Vlady KociancichSpy s Fate Arnaldo Correa The Adventures of a Photographer in La Plata Adolfo Bioy CasaresThe Diary of the War of the Pig Adolfo Bioy CasaresDarwin s Ghost Ariel Dorfman Havoc Tom KristensenThe Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin Vladimir VoinovichThe Queue Vladimir Sorokin Bro Vladimir Sorokin Ice Vladimir Sorokin 23,000 Vladimir Sorokin Sand Wolfgang HerrndorfThe Slynx Tatyana Tolstaya Breakfast at Cannibal Joe s Jay Spencer Green The Havana Room Colin HarrisonThe Seven Madmen Roberto Arlt The Snow of the Admiral lvaro MutisIlona Come with the Rain lvaro MutisUn Bel Morir lvaro MutisHouses Borislav Peki The Tramp Steamer s Last Port of Call lvaro MutisThe Glass Cage Georges SimenonAmirbar lvaro MutisThe Devil in Montmartre Gary Inbinder The Butterfly Kid Chester AndersonThe Song of Percival Peacock Russell EdsonGalactic Pot Healer Philip K DickThe Dream Archipelago Christopher Priest Dictionary of the Khazars Milorad Pavi Thank You For Smoking Christopher BuckleyRiotous Assembly Tom Sharpe The Game Players of Titan Philip K DickIndecent Exposure Tom SharpeThe Truth of Bebe Donge Georges SimenonThe World Jones Made Philip K DickThe Throwback Tom SharpeThe Accomplices Georges SimenonThe Room Jonas Karlsson You Belong to Me Colin HarrisonVaramo C sar Aira The Venice Train Georges SimenonNausea Jean Paul Sartre The Great Pursuit Tom Sharpe Macbeth Jo Nesb Shantytown C sar AiraGone Girl Gillian Flynn Asleep in the Sun Adolfo Bioy Casares Return From the Stars Stanislaw Lem A Dream of Wessex Christopher PriestThe Extremes Christopher PriestThe Star Diaries Stanislaw LemThe Deadbeats Ward RuyslinckMemoirs of a Space Traveller Stanislaw LemThe Emerald Donald Barthelme Going Native Stephen Wright The Pastel City M John Harrison Fowl Play Jay Spencer Green A Storm of Wings M John Harrison The Demolished Man Alfred BesterMonday Begins on Saturday Boris Arkady StrugatskyThe Food of the Gods H G WellsThe Time Machine H G WellsIn Viriconium M John Harrison Transfigurations Michael BishopThe Island of Doctor Moreau H G WellsThe Body Snatchers Jack Finney A Canticle for Leibowitz William J Miller Roadside Picnic Boris Arkady StrugatskyThe Encyclopedia of the Dead Danilo Ki The Good Soldier vejk Jaroslav Ha ekThe Elephant S awomir Mro ekInsatiability Stanis aw Ignacy WitkiewiczOmon Ra Victor PelevinThe Door Magda Szab flag 161 likesLike see review View all 58 comments Dec 30, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it it was amazing What made this year so special Well, buddy reads of course You know who you are Thank you for always being there, for being an amazing friend and for making me laugh daily This was an amazing year for me from a reading perspective I ve read than ever before, far surpassing my reading goal, which astonishes me I ve also interacted with and formed genuine friendships with many of you and for that I am so very grateful I am very close with a few of you and I appreciate you al What made this year so special Well, buddy reads of course You know who you are Thank you for always being there, for being an amazing friend and for making me laugh daily This was an amazing year for me from a reading perspective I ve read than ever before, far surpassing my reading goal, which astonishes me I ve also interacted with and formed genuine friendships with many of you and for that I am so very grateful I am very close with a few of you and I appreciate you all I think you know who you are, I hope so I think all of us have friends in real life who read, but I don t think they read like we do and therefore, we to quote from Harry Potter form an unbreakable bond though, obviously I hope ours doesn t end up the same way fingers crossed guys and gals lol What I mean to say is, you mean a lot In some ways, I feel closer to all of you than I do with some of my real life friends, it s pretty amazing and I count myself lucky Thank you all for making this year so special Here s to an amazing year of books ahead in 2019 That being said, what this is actually about is the Best and Worst of 2018 The year started out strong and then petered out for a while, thankfully the last few months ended with some great reads So here goes My Best Of 2018 Us Against You by Fredrik Backman For me, this book embodies characters with heart, just like the first book in the series, Beartown The character that I still can t get out of my mind is Benji As soon as I think about him, my eyes well up His struggles became my struggles And if you read this book, they will becomes yours as well Something a character named Ana said at the end of the hockey season strikes me as being prevalent to all of us, it s about a being community which we definitely are Those are my brothers and sisters, They stand tall, if I stand tall Cue the tears Things You Save in a Fire Katherine Center s novel turned me into a complete mush Sweet, sad, funny and just incredibly special Talk about crying one minute and laughing out loud the next This is life at its most real and it just might be my favorite buddy read of the year thanks Ms Kaceey The Hearts Invisible Furies Cyril Avery your life fascinated me in ways no other characters ever has Brilliant, funny, scared, vulnerable John Boyne you are a god November Road by Lou Berney some of the words used by Mr Berney simply mesmerized me Guilt is an unhealthy habit, he said, it s what other people try to make you feel so will do what they want, but one life is all we ever get as far as I know, why give it away Need I say The Line That Held Us David Joy, you tore every single emotion out of me Becoming by Michelle Obama Talk about the epitome of Grace I am bowled over by your accomplishments The Power by Naomi Alderman Made my own skin tingle I sort of wish I had that Power I swear I d use it for good Giggle giggle you guys believe me, right One Day In December Laurie, Jack and Sarah s story almost made me believe in love at first sight Almost Dark Sacred Night Be Still My Heart This is Michael Connelly at his best He consistently finds a way to keep Harry Bosch interesting and satisfy the readers Love my Harry Bosch Ballard is pretty great too UNSUB Most thrilling suspense ever Made my heart race faster than any book I ve ever read so far Stillhouse Lake Killman Creek I loved the character of Gwen If I m ever on the run, I m going to call on Rachel Caine for assistance Honorable Mentions Dark Matter What a Brilliant Sci Fi Mystery Suspense Blake Crouch could have made this complicated as the idea of it was but somehow he didn t This is a book that everyone can enjoy, even Non Science Fiction lovers The Witch Elm I loved the storyline and Toby s character development Classic Tana French The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens One of the best storytellers around A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mizra a novel with a myriad of life lessons which broke my heart time and again My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing Divine, Delicious, Wicked and Wild A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne Simply Masterful Most Disappointing Reads of 2018 Down to the Woods by MJ Arlidge a very disappointing follow up in the Helen Grace series Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage The Burglar by Thomas Perry The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Green Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser Favorite New to Me Author Katherine Center Oh how I love thee My 200th book of the year was How to Walk Away How apropos My book buddy and I will be reading all of your books as soon as we can get our hands on them A huge thank you to , NetGalley, Edelweiss, and all of the authors and publishers who are so incredibly generous to me and all of us for providing complimentary copies of books for us to read and review flag 160 likesLike see review View all 96 comments Dec 19, 2018 Fionnuala marked it as year in review When lots of you were reading ghost stories in November, I thought of joining in, and perhaps finally reading The Haunted Bookshop or theThe House by the Churchyard but then a shiver of recognition ran through me and I realised there was no need to purposely read a ghost story I ve been reading them all year in one form or another Yes, the innocent looking books on my 2018 book shelf are awash with ghosts from the many suffering spirits in Jesmyn Ward s Sing, Unburied, Sing to the troubled When lots of you were reading ghost stories in November, I thought of joining in, and perhaps finally reading The Haunted Bookshop or theThe House by the Churchyard but then a shiver of recognition ran through me and I realised there was no need to purposely read a ghost story I ve been reading them all year in one form or another Yes, the innocent looking books on my 2018 book shelf are awash with ghosts from the many suffering spirits in Jesmyn Ward s Sing, Unburied, Sing to the troubled inhabitants of Lincoln s Bardo I m shivering again just thinking about them.I actually started 2018 in mourning Yes, I was grieving over the fact that I d finished my final Flaubert book, Salammbo I d read seven Flauberts in the last months of 2017 and had become a die hard Flaubertian So, with no stories or novels of his left to read, I chose to join Julian Barnes in his search for Flaubert s ghost, or rather, Flaubert s Parrot s ghost The search raised my spirits but I did notice that the ghost that seemed to haunt the book the most was not Flaubert, nor his parrot, but Charles Bovary s wife, Emma, and not in a good way Eleven months on, I still feel Barnes was rather hard on poor dead Emma Regardless of that, I decided to stick with Barnes, moving on to a little book in which he contemplated the various Levels of Life I quickly found that the slim little book was also about Death, and that it was quite haunted by the ghost of Barnes own wife but in a beautiful way Next up was John Banville s attempt to bring Henry James s Mrs Osmond back from the dead That book was haunted by the ghost of The Portrait of a Lady as Banville insisted on retelling entire sections of James earlier story After Banville I spent some rewarding time with Joseph Roth as he explained how the Austro Hungarian Empire finally gave up the ghost to the lively rythym of The Radetsky MarchNow that you re all groaning at the way I m overdoing the ghost theme, let me say that I m beginning to rethink it as an angle for my review of the year How on earth can I work it into Bernard McLaverty s Midwinter Break, for example But oddly enough, that story had a little crack in it, a little space in which the main character s unborn children could be heard wailing Only you had to listen carefully.I m guessing you ve really had than enough now No You want Ok, the next book I read was Margaret Drabble s The Dark Flood Rising It had an epigraph from the poem, The Ship of Death by DH Lawrence Piecemeal the body dies, and the timid soulhas her footing washed away, as the dark flood risesDo I need to add that the book was pretty much all about death After that I read eight books by George Eliot, in which there were no ghosts but there was a coffin or two And in The Lifted Veil, there was even a haunting Not by a ghost exactly, but by the strange eyes of a figure in a painting In addition, the story told of a slow murder by poison It really gave me the willies.Mothering Sunday was quite a haunting story too, as the elderly narrator relived every moment of the day in her youth when her lover met his death.John Banville s melancholic memoir, Time Pieces, was full of echoes of people now dead and places that no longer exist.And while I was reading Banville s book, I heard him speak at a literary event to mark William Trevor s 90th birthday But, alas, William Trevor couldn t be present at the event because he died when he was 88 I m sure he d be pleased to know that I bought and eventually read his Last Stories at the event, and that I was reading one of his books the day I heard he had died two years ago one that contained than a few ghosts.There were ghosts in Ali Smith s Autumn and Winter too The ghost of a dead sister in one, a disembodied head in the other And in both, a sense of being haunted by the darkness of WWII Now, how can I fit the next book I read into this review theme, MJ Nichol s The 1002 Book to Read before you DIE Oh, right, the title managed to do the trick all by itself My summer reading turned out to be full of ghosts and graveyards and hauntings First there was Sing, Unburied, Sing in which some of the characters were actual ghosts if that isn t a contradiction in terms In any case these really were fully existing ghosts and the story, in any realistic sense, couldn t have functioned without them.Then there was the book about the ghost of a missing girl, a girl in a white hoodie and one canvas shoe I ll let you guess the name of that book hint water.Next came the graveyard story of the year, Lincoln in the Bardo, where dead people, who didn t really know they were dead, got up and walked, and talked anddid other body stuff too I know enough to give anyone the willies And as if I hadn t had enough of graveyards, I purposely chose to stick with the funereal atmosphere and read Graveyard Clay, a real fun book in which every single character is dead There are no ghosts or hauntings however everyone just carries on with life as usual It really is very funny Intermingled with all the graveyard stuff were six Carson McCullers books, not a few of which involved death There was Mr Singer of course, but also Mr Malone who dies very slowly during The Clock Without Hands, while Time, the endless idiot, runs screaming across the world. The Mortgaged Heart.In Italy in September, I had a strange experience while reading The New Adventures of Socrates I was visiting Dante s tomb in Ravenna when it happened Well, happened is a portentous word All I know is, that for a moment, I thought I was having a dialogue with the ghost of Dante I blame it on Socrates.As a result of that trip to Italy I read a bunch of books about dead people people who died in fifteenth century Urbino, people who died in twentieth century Ferrara, including the man who opens the door of a wardrobe and comes face to face with his own dead body in Giorgio Bassani s The Smell of Hay Then there were the condottieri who died in wars throughout the centuries, and the many WWI related deaths in See You in Heaven.I also read a WWII book, Brodeck s Report which was haunted by a dead man, along with his dead horse and his dead donkey.There was a real ghost in David Park s Traveling in a strange Country, a spectre who just turned up every now and again, in the passenger seat of the narrator s car, or across a street, or around a corner, an unhappy Northern Irish ghost that just needed to be deleted from the narrator s camera Simple really.There was nothing simple about the dead Milkman who turned up in seventies Belfast however I d say his white van still manages to haunt people.And let me not forget to remember all the people who died from overdoses in the Vernon Subutex seriesI could go on and on counting all the dead people in the books I ve read this year but I ll stop now By the way, did I mention what I m currently reading A great book about a man who likes to count dead people Dead Souls flag 156 likesLike see review View all 94 comments Dec 13, 2018 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Update I m just adding a couple of books in here, and I forgot to mention my Author of the Year see below THE GOOD page of stats tells me that the least popular book I read this year was The Top 1000 Doo Wop Songs Collectors Edition, by Anthony J Gribin and Matthew M Schiff which has only been read by one person so far, myself.Interestingly, according to the stats, the most popular book I read this year was The Top 1000 Doo Wop Songs Collectors Edition by Anthony J Gribin and Matthew Update I m just adding a couple of books in here, and I forgot to mention my Author of the Year see below THE GOOD page of stats tells me that the least popular book I read this year was The Top 1000 Doo Wop Songs Collectors Edition, by Anthony J Gribin and Matthew M Schiff which has only been read by one person so far, myself.Interestingly, according to the stats, the most popular book I read this year was The Top 1000 Doo Wop Songs Collectors Edition by Anthony J Gribin and Matthew M Schiff it has a collective rating of 5 stars This is because only one person has rated this book, which is me, and I gave it 5 stars.Plunging back into the mainstream, three top favourites this year were graphic novels, hey, how with it and cutting edge and au courant am I they were Sabrina by Nick Drnaso this one is a must read a good test for anyone still dithering about whether graphic novels are really novels or what the hell are they If you don t like this then graphic novels are Not For Youse.Then there was Square Eyes so so beautiful Could have done with a better story, but did I mention how beautiful The third one was Here by Richard McGuire like an art installation than a novel per se, but who s counting Another knockout.What about regular novels then My secret favourite novel of the year was Eleanor Oliphant is Fine by Gail Honeyman not because it s that good it isn t 3 stars No but because I had such fun reviewing it Problems by Jade Sharma was another in the deluge of carcrash memoirs pretending to be novels like Days of Abandonment or Love me Back or Dept of Speculation but it was just the right dose of goth black humour for me The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt was a great follow up to True Grit, my favourite novel of 2016, but it was written by a different guy so, another deadpan hilariously gruesome Western If there are any of those, let me know Blood Meridian by ole Cormac does not count as it is very gruesome but not even slightly funny HHhH was the irritatingly offputting title of a historical novel about the assassination of Heydrich by Laurent Binet I should say Laurent Binet wrote the book, he did not assassinate Heydrich and was really very good indeed I was persuaded to give Tom Wolfe another go so read A Man in Full, another bad title, and it was rollicking good fun Mr Wolfe then immediately up died, hopefully not as a result of reading my review Other even older stuff turned out to be great The Collector by John Fowles, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , The House of Mirth and one I picked up with a grudging feeling of this author was from Nottingham, my home town, and this novel is the famous Nottingham novel, and so I should have read it by now Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe, and bam Turned out to be brilliant Actually the best book I read this year was A High Wind in Jamaica which I read last year but too late to be included in 2017 in GR so has to be included here what a wonderful unexpected delight pirates kidnap children and everyone has fun Must read Also great short story collections mentioned hurriedly cause I know most people don t like all the stopping and starting Redeployment by Phil Klay, tough tough tales of the US Army Love Other Wounds tough tough tales of methheads and appalling violence by Jordan Harper, and A Good Man is Hard to Find southern southern tales by your friend mine Flannery O ConnorTHE THREE STRANGEST NOVELS I READIf you like having your brain bent in two, I do recommend these Inverted World by Christopher Priest ha ha haaaaah What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson ha ha ha haaaaah haaaaahhhhh and graphically, Gyo by Junji Ito If your nightmares have been a bit dull recently, read this and freshen them up with some really disturbing imageryE BADI have been such a well behaved reader this year last year I abandoned 10 books in disgust but this year only four An Instance of the Fingerpost, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Birdman and The Sheep Look Up were the bad novels that had to sit on the naughty step Don t talk to them until they have learned how to behaveE OTHER STUFFI recommend Germaine by Elizabeth Kleinhenz this biography shows quite clearly that Germaine Greer is not the nicest of people but surely one of the most outrageous Speaking of biographies, maybe fans of Joni Mitchell will not want to read the excellent Reckless Daughter by David Yaffe because it is unsparing and downright nasty in places If anyone on the planet hasn t seen Breaking Bad then watch it and read Breaking Bad 101 by Alan Sepinwall alongside, it will thrill your very marrow If there are any Philip Roth fans who need an expert summing up of his vast output with a lot of laughs and of course much offence along the way, I recommend Roth Unbound by Claudia Pierpont fantasy dinner party guests GG and Philip Roth and Joni Mitchell I guess though that my non fiction book of the year is When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi sometimes everyone is right and everyone loves this memoir of the young neurosurgeon who died from cancer at the age of 37 Another must read You know, there are so many must reads Oh, nearly forgot most beautiful book this year was The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell, a tiny book with great great illustrations Ideal extra Xmas present for everyone except the irredeemably blackheartedTHOR OF THE YEARDan Leo, who wrote self published Railroad Train to Heaven I get a steady trickle of people sending me a friend request and then as soon as I accept it, in comes a message asking me to review their book It s corny and tiresome authors, do not do this Dan however was making frequent comments on my reviews and was a real actual genuine human being on GR for a few months before sending me a really long request for me to read his book So I kind of knew who he was already, and I thought, I don t mind if I do And it was pretty good too So, authors, that s the way to do it flag 156 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it flag 152 likesLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Steven Godin rated it it was amazing I d always planned to write my GR end of year review, as close to the end of the year as possible, but just in case I end up drinking one too many cocktails, thus hampering my ability to hit the right keys and look at the screen properly, I will get it done and dusted now, with a clear head, a strong coffee, and some Debussy soothingly playing away in the background.2018 then, was technically speaking it still is another stunningly good reading year for me, in fact it s five years ago, roughly I d always planned to write my GR end of year review, as close to the end of the year as possible, but just in case I end up drinking one too many cocktails, thus hampering my ability to hit the right keys and look at the screen properly, I will get it done and dusted now, with a clear head, a strong coffee, and some Debussy soothingly playing away in the background.2018 then, was technically speaking it still is another stunningly good reading year for me, in fact it s five years ago, roughly around now, that I took the plunge and joined , and as they say the rest is history It s been a great journey, of many highs, very few lows, and an all round feeling of being part of something truly special, that of course, is all down to my friends, you really are such a wonderful and stimulating bunch of people, that do the GR community proud.Thank you Right, that s the emotional bit out the way, now for what really matters the books Three novels stick in my mind when thinking back over the year, Boris Pasternak s Doctor Zhivago , Roberto Bola o s massive 2666 , and Hungarian Antal Szerb s beautifully evocative Journey by Moonlight , about a couple honeymooning in Italy, and how attempting to make sense of one s past has an effect on the present I have to say I loved it to bits, so it gets the gold medal.Disappointingly, although to be honest I don t really care, my worse read of the year was Salman Rushdie s misogynistic The Enchantress of Florence Hang onhe was my worse read of last year too, safe to say he won t be featuring next year, as there is chance of Donald Trump turning into a male feminist than me reading Rushdie again.Bye bye Salman, it s been a pleasure, ernot.I also despised Elfriede Jelinek s deplorable and messy novel Greed How on earth she bagged the Nobel Prize in Literature is still a mystery Best of the rest read in 2018, a mixture of fiction, non fiction, and poetry.In no particular order Kaputt Curzio MalaparteThe Snows of Yesteryear Gregor von RezzoriPatterns of Childhood Christa WolfLove Poems Pablo NerudaA Lover s Discourse Fragments Roland Barthes The Age of Innocence Edith WhartonThe complete Poems Anne SextonThe real Life of Sebastian Knight Vladimir NabokovStasiland Stories from behind the Berlin Wall Anna FunderDeath in Rome Wolfgang KoeppenTomorrow in the Battle Think on Me Javier Mar asBride of Ice New Selected Poems Marina TsvetaevaExtinction Thomas BernhardMadwomen The Locas mujeres Poems Gabriela MistralOrlando Virginia WoolfW or the Memory of Childhood Georges PerecBilliards at Half Past Nine Heinrich B llThe Woman of Rome Alberto MoraviaChernobyl Prayer A Chronicle of the Future Svetlana AlexievichDisaffections Complete Poems Cesare PaveseThe Garden Party Other Stories Katherine MansfieldPerched on nothing s branch Selected Poems Attila J zsefThe Little Virtues Natalia GinzburgHope you all have a great time over the festive period, and I look forward to sharing many fab reading experiences in 2019 flag 150 likesLike see review View all 63 comments Nov 24, 2018 Kenny rated it it was amazing What a wonderful year in reading I ve had really off the hook My biggest accomplishment as a reader in 2018 I finished Ulysses I feel this to be my greatest accomplishment as a reader to date James Joyce is a genius, and Ulysses solidified my love and respect for Joyce You can check out my review here My Ulysses Review My biggest, best favorite discovery this year was Haruki Murakami Thank you Sr an, for urging me to open this door I love Murakami My favorite book of his so fa What a wonderful year in reading I ve had really off the hook My biggest accomplishment as a reader in 2018 I finished Ulysses I feel this to be my greatest accomplishment as a reader to date James Joyce is a genius, and Ulysses solidified my love and respect for Joyce You can check out my review here My Ulysses Review My biggest, best favorite discovery this year was Haruki Murakami Thank you Sr an, for urging me to open this door I love Murakami My favorite book of his so far is Kafka on the Shore It s brilliant I ve explored Murakami s short stories too, the best being All God s Children Can Dance It is fantastic Murakami s writing inspire me.I revisited some old friends, Hemingway, Chekhov, Bradbury Shakespeare Studied Shaw, Wilde Sondheim in depth Fell in love with the poetry of Kaveh Akbar, Chen Chen William Carlos Discovered a wonderful new voice, Celeste Ng And I took a couple of short excursions with Virginia Woolf Lev Tolstoy, and long one with Trevor Noah visiting the South Africa of his youth In addition to all these wonderful writers, there were graphic novels, comic books, play scripts In December, I ventured to the Ukraine with Gogol, and read his The Night Before Christmas It was not at all what I expected, which made it even enjoyable to read Then I made my yearly pilgrimage with Dickens to England, reading two of his Christmas short stories Shortly before Christmas I was visiting a local used bookstore, where they had a rack of children s Christmas books I sat for an hour and read quite a few of them, and loved it My favorite discovery that day was The David Series by David Shannon It was a fun reading day I closed out 2018 filling in a hole by reading Call of the Wild, by Jack London It is a magnificent book I truly loved it I wish I had read this years ago London is a magnificent writer it is easy to see why London was widely mourned at the time of his death All in all, I d say I ve had a most excellent reading adventure in 2018 Next up, WAR PEACE flag 151 likesLike see review View all 26 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity
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on by Various tells me my average rating for is so rounding that to a solid stars It was a great year for reading and it was the most star books I have had in a year since joining GR in . Most Popular Books Published In These Are Of The Highest Rated Books on The average rating for the books published in the series so far is . Clockwork Princess The Infernal Devices, by Cassandra Clare . avg rating , ratings Clare is another YA fantasy author whose books are frequently found in the top rated shelves on . Of The Best Online Book Clubs On in The Best Books Winners Announced After than five million reader votes, has finally announced the Best Books of .Spanning genres from fiction to fantasy, bookworms everywhere cast their vote to ensure their favorite read of the year made the cut In the end, books made the tenth annual list, with women authoring of those novels. The best books of , according to readers Plus, the Choice Awards show that was a big year for women authors Out of the categories, of the winners are women. New to Good Reads for reddit I received a new e reader for Christmas and I made a resolution of books in I look forward to hearing your recommendations I have books on my list and already finished my first, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann , I am half way through my second Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Best Children s Books POPSUGAR Family Ahead, find the best middle grade and children s books and the best picture books of , as voted on by users parents and kids just like you and yours. reveals best books of with than reveals best books of with than million votes across categories by Kurt Schlosser on December , at am December , The Best Books of the Year, According to Real Now the social networking and cataloging site for books and readers has just released its own best of rankings in the Choice Awards More than million users over the last five weeks voted for their favorite books across categories, including best fiction, best mystery thriller