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2018 has been my most challenging year for reading… mainly because university demanded that I upped my game with reading course material and with working full time alongside it and in general living a life – time was limited. However I have managed to fulfill my personal challenge of reading 100 books throughout the year. This is primarily down to two factors… NetGalley and the host of publishers that have either auto-approved me for reading ahead of publication or who have granted my my pestering wishes.. and also… William! My Fiance has, without complaint or moan, permitted every book wish I have expressed and ensured that I have never been without new reading material. He also created another amazing book Hamper for me for Christmas which contains some fabulous reading material to get me stuck into 2019…

However first, it’s time to review the books that I have read in 2018. Here are some interesting stats…

In 2018 I read 24,061 pages across 100 books. The shortest book was 32 pages (I had to read the sequel to the Velveteen Rabbit!) and the longest book was 784 pages. The average rating that I gave for books this past year was 4.6. I have now completed a grand total of 356 book reviews! I’m also in the top #50 reviewers on Goodreads (at one point last month I was in the top #10.

Favourite Book This Year

The Man I think I know by Mike Gayle.

I read this back when it was released but it took me forever to review it because I just found it so incredible!

The man i think i know

Least Favourite Book This Year

A marriage in Dog Years by Nancy Balbirer

Oh for so many reasons this book was just apalling. 207 1 star reviews on Goodreads… Yet some people have put it up there in lists (books about dogs) with Marley and Me… no no no… I was the harshest I have even been in a book review when writing about this one… Here’s a snippet… I feel it’s unfortunate she chose to write about a marriage in dog years because it really did have to be strung out – perhaps she could have chosen another unfortunate animals life span to save us all the trouble. Here’s a suggestion – ‘A marriage in drone ant years..’ Three months. BOOM. Done.

a marriage in dog years

Most Surprising Book This Year

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

She is one of my most favourite authors but this one surprised me the most because we all wondered… can she pull off a murder mystery…? Of course she can!

The Perfect Couple

Tear Jerker of the Year

Hope Family Calendar by Mike Gayle

Mike Gayle made it into the list twice! Althought this was published some time ago, I only discovered it this year and the whole book just had me feeling emotional and attached from beginning to end.

The hope family calendar

So those are my high (and low) lights of the year and here’s a snapshot of every book that I’ve read this year… yes I’m really going to do it… Here goes!

 

Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland by Heidi SwainWatching You by Lisa JewellThen She Was Gone by Lisa JewellThe Christmas Lights by Karen SwanThe Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllisterThen. Now. Always. by Isabelle BroomThe Girl in the Corner by Amanda ProwseDreaming of Christmas by T.A.   WilliamsOur Little Lies by Sue WatsonLook for Me by Lisa GardnerTell Me a Secret by Jane FallonToo Close by Natalie DanielsOur House by Louise CandlishNightmare Hour by R.L. StineA Poem for Every Night of the Year by Allie EsiriDead If You Don't by Peter JamesEscape for the Summer by Ruth SabertonLies Between Us by Ronnie TurnerMore than us by Dawn BarkerNo Further Questions by Gillian McAllisterThe Last Goodbye by Caroline FinnertyA Spark of Light by Jodi PicoultThe Optician's Wife by Betsy ReavleyRestoring Grace by Katie FfordeJust Before I Died by S.K. TremayneThe Real Little Bunny by Jenniffer GreenwayHow to Change Your Mind by Michael PollanThe Sunshine and Biscotti Club by Jenny OliverYou Let Me In by Lucy   ClarkeThe Sunshine Sisters by Jane GreenDaring Greatly by Brené BrownThe Man I Think I Know by Mike GaylePretty Little Things by T.M.E. WalshA Match Made in Devon by Cathy BramleyWilde About The Girl by Louise PentlandSmoke Gets In Your Eyes by Louise  MarleyAppleby Farm by Cathy BramleyThe Lovely Bones by Alice SeboldThen. Now. Always. by Isabelle BroomI Invited Her In by Adele ParksStately Pursuits by Katie FfordeBig Sexy Love by Kirsty GreenwoodOne in a Million by Lindsey KelkUnstoppable by Maria SharapovaHow To Keep A Secret by Sarah MorganHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieThe Hope Family Calendar by Mike GayleSummer by the Sea by Jenny  HaleThe Family Next Door by Sally HepworthFlora's Lot by Katie FfordeThe Beach House by Mary Alice MonroeA Marriage in Dog Years by Nancy BalbirerThe Man I Think I Know by Mike GayleThe Perfect Couple by Elin HilderbrandThe Perfect Couple by Elin HilderbrandThe Date by Louise JensenBad by Chloé EspositoThe Summer Hideaway by Jenny  HaleThe Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth HoganSummer by the Sea by Jenny  HaleThen She Was Gone by Lisa JewellThe Summer Hideaway by Jenny  HaleYou Me Everything by Catherine IsaacRococo by Adriana TrigianiThe Subtle Knife by Philip PullmanSisterhood Everlasting by Ann BrasharesThose Other Women by Nicola MoriartyThe Witches by Roald DahlThis Could Change Everything by Jill MansellComing Home by Fern BrittonI Know Where She Is by S.B. CavesThe Endless Beach by Jenny ColganCross Her Heart by Sarah PinboroughLucia, Lucia by Adriana TrigianiGirls in Pants by Ann BrasharesThe Last Anniversary by Liane MoriartyEverything Is Lies by Helen CallaghanA Clash of Kings by George R.R. MartinEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail HoneymanIf I Fall by Ella HarperThe Matchmaker by Elin HilderbrandThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann BrasharesThe Sister by Louise JensenDreaming of Florence by T.A.   WilliamsBlood Sisters by Jane  CorryAfter You by Jojo MoyesThe Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann BrasharesForever in Blue by Ann BrasharesMarley and Me by John GroganThe Christmas Stocking and Other Stories by Katie FfordeThe Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina  BrownYours Truly by Kirsty GreenwoodDid You See Melody? by Sophie HannahNeed You Dead by Peter JamesWinter Solstice by Elin HilderbrandBut Inside I'm Screaming by Elizabeth Flock

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