I hope everyone reading this had a very good Christmas season over the past several weeks! There’s still more to celebrate: the end of this year and a new one to come! Do you have any book reading goals to celebrate? Perhaps you made a goal to read a certain # or to stretch yourself to try new authors or genres. Or maybe some organization was in order and you had to pare down your collection. This post will be where I recap my own reading journey from 2018. I still have two more books to finish up, but I think I will easily manage that. I will still count them in my total here.
In January, I wanted to read at least 2 books a month. I fell just shy (-1) of that goal but since I worked hard reading two very long fiction books and completed them, I feel that makes up for it. 🙂 I’m proud of myself. Typically I read one fiction and one non-fiction a month. As always, I wish it could be more but that is where I am in my life. My TBR list continues to grow and I know I will never be able to finish what I currently have on it, let alone all the new ones I add almost daily. But my poor, obsessive brain can’t help craving the promise of new plot summaries, almost more than reading the books themselves. Is anyone else like this?
2018 was the year I sort of came out of my reading slump, so HOORAY! I read two very long fiction novels: “Doctor Thorne,” by Anthony Trollope (500+ pages), and “The Cloister and the Hearth,” by Charles Reade (102 chapters; 700+ pages). I read an equal amount of fiction and nonfiction, with fiction consisting of some old classics and adventure. I also went to so many book sales that I lost count, and ended up having to resort to putting some of my books in storage and also doing some weeding:
So it’s time to play my end of the year game where I answer ordinary questions using the titles of books I’ve read in 2018! You’re welcome to play along in the comment section below! Here we go…
Describe yourself: “Curious Faith,” by Logan Wolfram
Describe where you currently live: “The Cloister and the Hearth,” by Charles Reade
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: “King Solomon’s Mines,” by H. Rider Haggard
Your favourite form of transportation: —-
What’s the weather like: —-
You and your friends are: “What You Do Best in the Body of Christ,” by Bruce Bugbee
You fear: “1984,” by George Orwell
What is the best advice you have to give: “It’s a Matter of Trust,” by James Callner
Thought for the day: “The Aisles Have Eyes,” by Joseph Turow
My soul’s present condition: “Beginnings,” by Steve Stephens
How I would like to die: “The Valiant Papers,” by Calvin Miller
It’s interesting to me that some things never seem to change from one year to the next, but other things I thought would never change are starting to! That’s exciting!
Are you ready for my favorite reads from 2018, arranged by category? (Be sure to share your favorites, too!) Click on each award to see the slideshow:
2018 Most Beautifully Written ~ Don’t overlook the simplicity of these stories. I’m finding it inspiring to my imagination.
2018 Most Admirable Hero (Bill White) ~ This book is filled with heroes; it was hard to choose. Best of all, the stories are true.
2018 Most Resonated With ~ I loved the spiritual discipline section the author includes at the end of each chapter. It made the interpretation so much more personal to me, between my Lord and I.
2018 Most Thought-Provoking; 2018 Best Non-Fiction ~ I spent countless hours reading and rereading this, but honestly it was hard to choose a favorite non-f this year.
2018 Best Atmosphere ~ The crashing Scottish coastline; dense, dark forest; remote manors in the autumn; a mysterious locked door in the attic…
2018 Best Humor ~ Lord Peter and Harriet Vane keep a very British stiff upper lip in the midst of trying circumstances, by their sense of humor.
2018 Favorite Fun Read ~ I haven’t had so much fun reading in a long time!
2018 Best Romance; 2018 Best Drama ~ Bawled my eyes out.
2018 Best Story Plot ~ Didn’t see that coming!
2018 Most Admirable Heroine (Mary Thorne) ~ This little, demure damsel has a lot of inner strength and dignity.
And now I will reveal to you my All-Time Favorite Read of 2018. (As a side note, I do not include non-fiction in this award.) It is…
Stay tuned during the upcoming year for my review on why I loved this book!