Every Book I Read in 2018

I read a whopping 120 books in 2018, totaling over 43,000 pages! This is a new personal best and I can’t quite believe that I actually read that many books. On average, that works out to 10 books a month, with the average book being 365 pages in length.

You may not have noticed, but I’ve been tracking my 2018 reads on this blog in page listed under my “Book Reviews” tab at the top of the page. However, now that it’s 2019, I need to make room for my 2019 reading list, so I’ve decided to publish this list as a blog entry so that it’s not lost. I’m publishing it more for personal reasons, but if you are interested in seeing everything I read this year, along with all the links, you can find my list below:

  1. Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) – Neal Shusterman
  2. The Life She Was Given – Ellen Marie Wiseman
  3. The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
  4. Girl in Translation – Jean Kwok
  5. Looking for Alibrandi – Melina Marchetta
  6. On the Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta
  7. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  8. The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black
  9. American Street – Ibi Zoboi
  10. Ruined (Ruined #1) – Amy Tintera
  11. Tiger Lily – Jodi Lynn Anderson
  12. Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell
  13. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  14. The Boat People – Sharon Bala
  15. Saga, Volume #8 – Brian K Vaughan
  16. The Break – Katherena Vermette
  17. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan
  18. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams – Wayne Johnston
  19. The Power – Naomi Alderman
  20. The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore – Kim Fu
  21. Beartown (Beartown #1)- Fredrik Backman
  22. Us Against You (Beartown #2) – Fredrik Backman
  23. The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) – Megan Whalen Turner
  24. This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) – Victoria Schwab
  25. Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
  26. The Child Finder – Rene Denfeld
  27. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter – Erika L. Sanchez
  28. The Marrow Thieves – Cherie Dimaline
  29. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
  30. The Authentics – Abdi Nazemian
  31. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) – NK Jemisin
  32. Avenged (Ruined #2) – Amy Tintera
  33. The Nowhere Girls – Amy Reed
  34. The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #2) – Megan Whalen Turner
  35. The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevado
  36. Love, Hate & Other Filters – Samira Ahmed
  37. The Humans – Matt Haig
  38. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
  39. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  40. A Girl Like That – Tanaz Bhathena
  41. Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
  42. The Death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth Ware
  43. Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) – Tomi Adeyemi
  44. Sometimes I Lie – Alice Feeney
  45. A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5) – Sarah J. Maas
  46. Allied (Ruined #3) – Amy Tintera
  47. The Astonishing Color of After – Emily X.R. Pan
  48. What You Want to See (Roxane Weary #2) – Kristen Lepionka
  49. The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) – Jane Harper
  50. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
  51. The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie Sue Hitchcock
  52. Emma – Jane Austen
  53. Fruit of the Drunken Tree – Ingrid Rojas Contreros
  54. Girls Burn Brighter – Shobha Rao
  55. I Was Anastasia – Ariel Lawhorn
  56. Song of a Sourdough – Robert Service
  57. Sadie – Courtney Summers
  58. My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
  59. An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
  60. Lumberjanes Vol. 7: A Bird’s Eye View – Shannon Watters
  61. Lumberjanes Vol. 8: Stone Cold – Shannon Watters
  62. Bright We Burn (the Conqueror’s Saga #3) – Kiersten White
  63. Not That Bad – Roxane Gay
  64. Rust & Stardust – T Greenwood
  65. The Map of Salt and Stars – Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
  66. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) – Julie C. Dao
  67. Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli
  68. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) – Jessica Townsend
  69. Radio Silence – Alice Oseman
  70. Ten – Gretchen McNeil
  71. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) – Jenny Han
  72. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  73. The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager
  74. P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) – Jenny Han
  75. The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.5) – Sarah J. Maas
  76. Women Talking – Miriam Toews
  77. Circe – Madeline Miller
  78. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas
  79. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) – Sarah J. Maas
  80. Always Raining Here (Volumes #1 & #2) – Hazel + Bell
  81. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) – Sarah J. Maas
  82. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  83. The Lost Queen (The Lost Queen #1) – Signe Pike
  84. Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
  85. Neverworld Wake – Marisha Pessl
  86. Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) – Robert Galbraith
  87. Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1 – Ngozi Ukazu
  88. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) – Sarah J. Maas
  89. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows – Balli Kaur Jaswal
  90. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree – Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
  91. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) – Mackenzi Lee
  92. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) – Sarah J. Maas
  93. The Woman’s Hour – Elaine F. Weiss
  94. Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) – Sarah J. Maas
  95. All Your Perfects – Colleen Hoover
  96. I Might Regret This – Abbi Jacobson
  97. For Every One – Jason Reynolds
  98. Vicious (Villains #1) – V.E. Schwab
  99. Vengeful (Villains #2) – V.E. Schwab
  100. Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay – Phoebe Robinson
  101. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2) – Jessica Townsend
  102. Sea Prayer – Khaled Hosseini
  103. Saga, Volume 9 – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  104. Fence, Volume 1 – C.S. Pacat
  105. Fence, Volume 2 – C.S. Pacat
  106. The Simple Wild – K.A. Tucker
  107. You – Caroline Kepnes
  108. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress #2) – Julie C. Dao
  109. The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) – R.F. Kuang
  110. Swing Time – Zadie Smith
  111. Fence, Volume 3 – C.S. Pacat
  112. Our Homesick Songs – Emma Hooper
  113. The Feather Thief – Kirk Wallace Johnson
  114. Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) – Maureen Johnson
  115. Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1) – Elizabeth E. Wein
  116. Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot #14) – Agatha Christie
  117. Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity #2) – Elizabeth E. Wein
  118. The Wicked King (Folk of the Air #2) – Holly Black
  119. Wildcard (Warcross #2) – Marie Lu
  120. Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) – Jenny Han

December Summary

I got so caught up in the New Year that I totally forgot to do my monthly summary for December! I’m not sure if I will continue these into 2019 or not, but I wanted to do the last one to finish off for 2018. Here’s what I read:

Books read: 8
Pages read: 2,736
Main genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Favourite book: The Feather Thief

December is always a bit of a slower month because I go home for Christmas to visit my family. But I still managed to read 8 books. I started off with my favourite read of the month, The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson. This was a huge surprise to me seeing as The Feather Thief is about a guy who steals 300 bird carcasses from the Natural History Museum in order to sell the feathers to fly-tiers, but it was strangely compelling. I read it on Audible and I thought the narrator did a great job and I was totally enthralled with this little known heist for the entirety of the novel. Definitely recommend for history buffs.

I finally read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, which has been on my TBR for ages. It’s historical fiction about female pilots in WW2 that is widely loved in the YA community. I didn’t love it quite as much as I expected, but I followed it up with the companion novel, Rose Under Fire, which I actually ended up liking a lot more. The second book is about notorious women’s concentration camp, Ravensbruck, and while it’s very upsetting, I thought it was really well written.

I read two mystery novels, Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, and Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie. Truly Devious has been lauded all over Booktube and I was totally blown away by how much I DISLIKED it. I’m actually shocked by how many people love this book because I thought it was poorly written, poorly plotted, and extremely juvenille. I really wanted to love it, but it was a huge disappointment. I didn’t have too many thoughts on Murder in Mesopotamia. It wasn’t my favourite Agatha Christie, but still a fun 3-star read.

About a week before I was due to head home for the holidays, I received an early copy of The Wicked King by Holly Black from Hatchette. I was really excited to read this one because I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and as someone who liked, but didn’t love, The Cruel Prince, I was interested to see if the sequel was any better. I still didn’t love it quite as much as everyone else, but I did like it better than the first book and I am now pretty desperate for the final book!

Finally, I read two books while I was home for Christmas. I finally picked up Wildcard by Marie Lu, the sequel to Warcross, and read pretty much the entire book on the plane on the way home. Unfortunately, this was another disappointing book. I LOVED Warcross last year and while I still liked parts of Wildcard, I thought it was overwritten, with the plot being overly complicated and action for the sake of action. I finished off the year with the final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. I didn’t love the conclusion as much as the first book, but overall I think this is a really strong contemporary series and I can’t wait to watch the sequel on Netflix this year!

May Summary

May felt like a really slow month for me, but I still ended up knocking back almost 3,000 pages, so definitely nothing to feel bad about. My summary for May is:

Books read: 7
Pages read: 2,750
Main genres: Fantasy and Mystery
Favourite book: Children of Blood and Bone

I started the month off with an advanced reading copy of The Death of Mrs. Westaway from netgalley. I’m a little bit obsessed with Ruth Ware, so I was super excited about this one. Unfortunately it didn’t end of being one of my favourite Ruth Ware novels, but I did still enjoy it and I will definitely still be reading all her books.

After that I finally picked up a copy of Children of Blood and Bone, which I have been hearing SO MUCH hype about since it came out. I was worried it might have been over-hyped, but it definitely was not and I really liked this West-African inspired fantasy novel. It had several different perspectives and while I thought it was a little predictable, it was so fast paced and thoughful that I loved every second of it!

I went back and forth between fantasy and mystery novels this month. I really like mystery novels, but I don’t tend to read that many of them. I had 2 winners in May though! First I read Sometimes I Lie for my book club. I admit, I didn’t really want to read this one because it sounded kind of boring with the main character being in a coma. But it ended up being super compelling and have a million twists that I never saw coming.

The other mystery novel I picked up was Kristen Lepionka’s second book in her Roxane Weary series, What You Want To See. I loved Lepionka’s debut novel and I think Roxane Weary is a great PI/character. Her second novel did not disappoint and just made me love Roxane even more.

I had a few new fantasy releases that I just HAD to read in May. Sarah J Maas’ novella, A Court of Frost and Starlight, and the third book in the Ruined series, Allied, both came out on May 1. I wasn’t expecting much from A Court of Frost and Starlight, which is supposed to bridge the gap between the original series and a new spinoff series, and I got a story just as underwhelming as I expected. I have a whole ton of opinions on why this book was so bad, so read my full review for more. Allied was definitely better, although still a little underwhelming for the final book in a trilogy. I did like it, but sadly it didn’t have the same flair as the first two books.

I finished off the month with a great book though! I picked up The Astonishing Color of After on a whim and ended up loving it! It’s about a teenage girl who in her grief at losing her mother to suicide, believes she has come back as a bird. It’s full of magical realism and gorgeous writing. It took me a while to get through, but I thought it was a fabulous debut novel.

You’ll notice I didn’t complete a monthly challenge in May, but I have set one for June that I am very excited about!