I can’t believe that 2018 is over (t-minus 18 hours!) I started Arguably Alexis back in February, and it has been a learning experience where I’ve picked up pieces about the blogging world and about myself. But even more than that, I reached my twenty-eighteen reading goal.
Back in January, I set out to read 52 books in the year — a goal that I wasn’t sure would be attainable. Looking at my reading goal from 2017 (12 books), which I surpassed by a mile (I finished 40 books!), I figured I could fit in a book a week.
In the first six months, I read 37 books. From January through the end of June, I was working a handful of jobs. But the first of July, I found a new job and that became my main focus — it was also a job that involved a lot of reading all day long. So from July to December, I read 20 books. While that is a rather large decrease in the number of books I read in the later part of the year, I am still impressed with the total number.
I don’t have any 1-star ratings because I only chose books that I thought I would really enjoy (although there were a few duds). I fell into a few reading slumps, especially towards the end of the year and during April when I was traveling, but I pulled myself out of those holes and found books that I loved.
I enjoyed starting Arguably Alexis this year because it allowed me to find a community in the book world that I didn’t know existed. While I still have a long way to go in connect with people around the globe, I am thrilled with the progress that I’ve made so far — and I look forward to the progress that we will make in 2019!
Books: 57 (goal was 52)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: 10 books
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: 19 books
⭐️⭐️⭐️: 24 books
⭐️⭐️: 2 books
Number of Pages: 17,586
Number of Re-reads: 1
Where My Books Came From:
The numbers below didn’t surprise me. I love to take out books from the library because they are the newest books out there (I read 17 books from 2018 this year!) One of the goals that I’ve set myself for 2019 is to read at least one book from my personal bookshelf each month. I have a huge collection to get through and it’s probably time that I start. I have been told that I need to read more from my own personal bookshelf. This will allow me to clear out some of my to-be read list and maybe buy more books in the coming year!
|From Personal Bookshelf||6|
|Borrowed (Library + Overdrive)||39|
Best of 2018
I had zero doubts or questions when thinking about which were my favorite two books of 2018. In fact, anyone who asks me for a book recommendation these days receives the names of both of these books — they also make great holiday presents.
I received The Sun Does Shine as an ARC from NetGalley back before its March release date. Anthony Ray Hinton’s story changed my perspective on life. I am still angry and heartbroken for the innocent individuals who are locked up in prison. Why is the criminal justice system not helping those who plead their innocence? It’s frustrating to know that these individuals are not receiving the care they deserve.
And The Tattooist of Auschwitz was a random find on the public library website. Somehow the algorithm was perfect that day because this book landed in my hands and I couldn’t tear my eyes from the page. To read a fictionalized version of the true story of a young man who served as the tattooist at Auschwitz was remarkable. The anguish that Heather Morris was able to pull from the story of Lale’s time in the concentration camps is just memorable.
Books That Didn’t Meet My Expectations:
I was incredibly disappointed in Eat Pray Love and The Book Thief. I entered 2018 with very high expectations for these two novels because I know so many people who have read them and enjoyed them, but ultimately they just didn’t meet what I was looking for.
Favorite Books By New (to Me) Authors:
I requested some stellar books from NetGalley this year that I ended up truly enjoying. The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell was another book that I just couldn’t put down. While Robert Dugoni is not a new author by any means, he was definitely unknown to me!
Celeste Ng was a new author to me back in January 2018, but is now a favorite author in my household. I enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere, but to be completely honest… Everything I Never Told You trumps it. If I were to choose a third favorite book of the year, it would be this.
Favorite Books From Authors I’ve Read Previously:
In 2018 I focused on reading a variety of authors and new to me authors. In fact, out of the 57 books that I read during the year, they had a total of 54 different authors. And out of that 54, I read 46 new to me authors this year. That is something that I am incredibly proud of because I spent many years only reading Jodi Picoult (whom I love!!), but I wasn’t diverse in my reading selection. And now I can say whole-heartedly that I will happily read all different types of authors.
Other than the Goodreads Challenge, I participate in one other challenge during 2018 called the Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge. While I started off incredibly strong, I was unable to finish the entire challenge and only read 37 of the 52 topics.
You know, I am really happy with the way my reading goals turned out in 2018. I am looking forward to seeing what comes up in 2019 — new books, new authors and new challenges! Happy New Years everyone 🙂