I’ve been using Goodreads for a few years to track books I’ve read, am reading or want to read and I love it. It’s so good for keeping track of my progress or remembering which books I actually want to read next instead of choosing something random I’ve never heard of before. Each year, Goodreads lets you set yourself a reading challenge and choose the number of books you aim to read in the upcoming year.
In 2017, I set myself the challenge of 35 books and managed to read 40. But, I do remember towards the end of the year I was feeling like I wouldn’t complete the year’s challenge. That said, I realised 2018 and my final semester of uni was going to be stressful so I didn’t want to set myself an unachievable challenge and settled on 35 books again. Somehow, I’ve been in a reading frenzy this year and completed my reading challenge with 5 full months of the year left… (I’m cheering for myself!)
So which books did I read to achieve my 2018 challenge?
- Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll: 3 Stars
- Tips for Living – Renee Shafransky: 3 Stars
- Friend Request – Laura Marshall: 4 Stars
- Reflection – Diane Chamberlain: 3 Stars
- Pretty Girls Dancing – Kylie Brant: 3 Stars
- Silent Victim – Caroline Mitchell: 5 Stars
- Crimes Against a Book Club: 3 Stars
- The Orphan’s Tale – Pam Jenoff: 1 Star
- Love Lessons – Jacquline Wilson: 4 Stars but definitely for a younger audience
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman: 5 Stars
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
- The Stranger on the Bridge – Jonny Benjamin: 5 Stars (I wrote about this one here)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
- Those Other Women – Nicola Moriarty: 3 Stars
- Meet Clara Morgan – Lacey London: 2 Stars
- The Stolen Marriage – Diane Chamberlain: 3 Stars
- The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks: 2 Stars
- Heroic Measures – Jill Clement: 3 Stars
- Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng: 4 Stars
- Faking Friends – Jane Fallon: 3 Stars
- Cold Granite – Stuart McBride: 4 Stars
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris: 5 Stars
- Where the Light Gets In – Lucy Dillon: 4 Tsars
- The Craftsman – Sharon Bolton: 5 Stars
- Th1rt3en – Steve Cavanagh: 4 Stars
- Girl Up – Laura Bates: 2 Stars (Definitely aimed at younger audiences).
- My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella: 3 Stars
- The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena: 2 Stars
- The Thinnest Air – Minka Kent: 3 Stars
- Keep You Safe – Melissa Hill: 4 Stars
So… There you have it, the books that helped me achieve my challenge. I know there are a lot of 3-Star reviews which may seem boring so let me explain. 3 stars to me is ‘yeah, the book was okay. It wasn’t amazing but there was nothing wrong with it. I would recommend it but not as the next book you absolutely have to read’… That could just be a ramble but I hope it makes sense!
If we exclude Harry Potter (it pains me to do so) my favourite books of the year so far are Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Tattooist of Auschwitz – for very different reasons. I’m looking forward to reading more over the next five months and sharing the books I read from now until then towards the end of the year! I’m also keeping my fingers crossed I can complete my Summer TBR and will post about that towards the end of this month!
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or want to!