Happy New Year everyone! I hope the last month of 2018 was good to you all. I spent the holidays with family and friends. I’m very grateful that I made it through another year.
Last year my goal (here) was to read 45 books and include some non-fiction. I’m happy to report that I met my goal and I’d classify 11 of the 45 as non-fiction(insert confetti here). The longest book I read clocking in at 539 pages was The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. I gave four books last year the highest Goodreads rating of five stars:
- Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption(non-fiction) – Bryan Stevenson
- How Democracies Die (non-fiction) – Steven Livitsky, Daniel Ziblatt
- On The Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope(non-fiction) – DeRay Mckesson
The books I liked the least were The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. I found those two stories drawn out and I just didn’t connect with any of the characters.
My Goodreads Reading Challenge goal for this year is 50 books. I think I’m going to keep my goal at 50 in the coming years unless by some stroke of luck I become independently wealthy and can spend the majority of my day reading. I think fifty will give me enough of a challenge but still account for the fact that I have to get up every day to make the donuts. I also want to keep reading non-fiction books. In the past I thought non-fiction would be like reading college text books again. Obviously I was dead wrong because three out of four of my top reads for 2018 were non-fiction.
Although I read a lot of great books last year I only reviewed two of them on the blog. I pinky promise I will do better this year.
How did you do with your reading goals last year? What were some of your favorite books?