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2018 Wrap Up

This survey is put out by Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. I've done my best to answer her questions, but I skipped some and have also added in a few of my own.

Total books read: 145 (43,662 pages)
Number of re-reads: 0

Female authors: 82 (57%)
Male authors: 63 (43%)

Non-fiction: 49 (34%)
Fiction: 96 (66%)

Adult books: 64 (44%)
YA books: 81 (56%)

Shortest book: 64 pages Locked Up For Freedom: Civil Rights Protestors at the Leesburg Stockade by Heather E. Schwartz
Longest book: 561 pages The Outsider by Stephen King

Countries visited through reading: 41. I did much better at reading books set in different countries this year than last. You can see where I read at my 2018 Google Map 
Algeria, Belgium, Bosnia, Burundi, Canada, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, North Pole, Norway, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, United Kingdom, USA, and Vietnam.

US states visited through reading: 35. I did so much better at reading books set in different states this year than last. You can see where I read at my 2018 Google Map 
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Washington, DC.
Now that the details are exposed, how does that translate into actual books?
Best book of 2018?
I have never been good at picking one favorite book so this year I choose my favorites in a few categories: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (adult fiction); Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro (YA fiction); and Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton (non-fiction).

Book you were excited about but didn't love as much as you expected?
I was really looking forward to reading A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena, but it just didn't do it for me, but at least I finished it. I'll also add John Grisham's The Reckoning, which I just finished yesterday.

Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2018?
I really enjoyed Stephen King's The Outsider and hadn't expected to at all! I avoid his books because I am not good with scary books, but this one wasn't scary!

Book you pushed most people to read in 2018?
I feel like I have become a Kristin Hannah-evangelist in the latter part of this year, telling everyone to read The Nightingale. And if they've already read Nightingale, then I push The Great Alone.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
Kristin Hannah again for the win! I read both The Nightingale and The Great Alone.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2018?
Kristin Hannah is just going to be my answer to all of these questions with both The Nightingale and The Great Alone.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
I am all about covers and am definitely a visual person when it comes to choosing books. The covers I liked the most this year were...

Most thought provoking or life-changing book of 2018?
The book that got me thinking the most is the non-fiction book Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, which is about a woman who falsely accuses a man of raping her. After he serves 11 years in jail, DNA absolves him. They become friends in the ultimate story of forgiveness. I would also put This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel in this category.

Book that put a smile on your face?
Two books that were fun to read and made me smile were The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak (definitely fun for children of the '80s) and What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.

Book that made you cry in 2018?
It is not difficult to get me to cry while reading a book. And I usually cry about the good stuff, the touching stuff. This year I blame peri-menopause for all my sobbing because there was a lot of it! The one that made me cry the most was Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone.

New favorite book blog that you discovered in 2018?
A book blog that I discovered in 2018 is Susan's Bloggin' 'Bout Books. She is a prolific reader and enjoys mysteries so I like getting mystery suggestions from her. 

Favorite post you wrote in 2018?
This post is my favorite because it documented such an important day in my life, not because it is a happy post or about a favorite book. It's my post about the Montecito Debris Flow that my neighborhood suffered through on January 9, 2018.

Best event you participated in?
I didn't go to any author readings, so I am going to go with participating as a round 2 judge for the CYBILS Awards (junior high and high school non-fiction). I am really looking forward to doing that again this year in the children's / YA graphic novels category.

Reading challenges completed in 2018? Here's a link to my challenges page.
  • Big Book Summer Challenge--I read 5 books longer than 400 pages this summer.
  • Non-fiction--I read 49.
  • Literary Voyage around the world--I read books set in 41 countries.
  • Literary Escapes--I read books set in 35 states.
  • Read all of the ALA YA Award Winners--I read all of the winners.
  • Motif Reading Challenge--I completed all 12 motifs.

Book you feel you should read in 2019?
I definitely feel like I should read my brother's first fiction book, Fire Priest, so I will make it my first read of 2019.

Book you are most anticipating in 2019?
I don't have one particular book that I am anticipating the most for 2019. My shelves are filled with potentially wonderful books and I want to get a bunch of them read in 2019.

A 2019 release you've already read that you will recommend to everyone?
I read Hero Dogs by Wilma Melville and Paul Lobo and LOVED it! I am not allowed to post the review until the second week in January.

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