Books & Reading


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?

  1. Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll: 3 Stars
  2. Tips for Living – Renee Shafransky: 3 Stars
  3. Friend Request – Laura Marshall: 4 Stars
  4. Reflection – Diane Chamberlain: 3 Stars
  5. Pretty Girls Dancing – Kylie Brant: 3 Stars
  6. Silent Victim – Caroline Mitchell: 5 Stars
  7. Crimes Against a Book Club: 3 Stars
  8. The Orphan’s Tale – Pam Jenoff: 1 Star
  9. Love Lessons – Jacquline Wilson: 4 Stars but definitely for a younger audience
  10. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman: 5 Stars
  11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
  13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
  14. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
  15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
  16. The Stranger on the Bridge – Jonny Benjamin: 5 Stars (I wrote about this one here)
  17. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
  18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling: 5 Stars
  19. Those Other Women – Nicola Moriarty: 3 Stars
  20. Meet Clara Morgan – Lacey London: 2 Stars
  21. The Stolen Marriage – Diane Chamberlain: 3 Stars
  22. The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks: 2 Stars
  23. Heroic Measures – Jill Clement: 3 Stars
  24. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng: 4 Stars
  25. Faking Friends – Jane Fallon: 3 Stars
  26. Cold Granite – Stuart McBride: 4 Stars
  27. The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris: 5 Stars
  28. Where the Light Gets In – Lucy Dillon: 4 Tsars
  29. The Craftsman – Sharon Bolton: 5 Stars
  30. Th1rt3en – Steve Cavanagh: 4 Stars
  31. Girl Up – Laura Bates: 2 Stars (Definitely aimed at younger audiences).
  32. My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella: 3 Stars
  33. The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena: 2 Stars
  34. The Thinnest Air – Minka Kent: 3 Stars
  35. 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!

-Shona x


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