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2018: Year in Review

Once again, the year has ended before I’ve gotten all my book reviews posted. But, I can still use this time to reflect on how I did with my reading challenges.

Let’s start with my Goodread stats. I logged 129 books this year for 41,245 pages. That’s about 1,000 more pages than the past few years. It must have been those three 1,000+ page novels I read this year. My shortest book I logged was Four Quartets, a book of poetry I read to the kids, and my longest was A Suitable Boy, a book I read because it was on The Big Read list. If you drop the graphic novels, I counted 100 novels and novellas read this year which isn’t too shabby.

Reading the Alphabet Challenge: I was able to complete this challenge, which made me happy.

The Big Read Challenge: I fell down on this challenge, only reading seven out of my goal of 12. I forgot about it when I was choosing books to read, trying to read down my personal TBR list instead.

Finish the Series Challenge: I’m happy with how I progressed on finishing up some series. I finished the Outlander series (major accomplishment there), the Dresden Files series, and the Belgariad series. I also stayed on top of several other ongoing series. There’s two other series I’d like to finish next year (one book in the Lady Trent series and the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series) but otherwise I think I can drop this challenge for the coming year.

Once again, I was pleased with my reading challenges. They gave me just enough direction in my reading to try a couple of new books, but not so much that I felt stifled in my choices. I’m ready to try a few different challenges in the coming year, but that’s a different post.


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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

It’s the eighth Discworld book. I’m on vacation, so it was time to read another Discworld book and work my way a little deeper into the series.

Published: 1989

Genre: fantasy

Length: 376 pages

Setting: Ankh-Morpork on Discworld

Summary: Short version: The Night’s Watch isn’t as useless as people think Continue reading

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The BFG by Roald Dahl

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books. Surprisingly, I’ve never read it. It was time to change that fact.

Published: 1982

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 208 pages

Setting: England, it felt like the mid-1900s

Summary: Short version: Sophie befriends a good giant and they stop the evil giants Continue reading

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Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

This is the sixth book in the Discworld series. I was on vacation and it’s an easy choice. There’s so many books in the series and they’re all on my Kindle.

Published: 1988

Genre: fantasy

Length: 265 pages

Setting: Ramtop Mountains within Discworld, whenever

Summary: Short version: The witches in Ramtop get involved in politics Continue reading

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books that our library had.

Published: 1860

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 645 pages of text, 668 pages total

Setting: various English locations, mid 1800s

Summary: Short version: A mystery because women have vapors instead of talking Continue reading

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books. It’s the highest on the list I’ve never read and I decided to pick it up. Plus, I was in between library books and this was available from Gutenberg for free for my Kindle.

Published: 1818

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 249 pages

Setting: 1800s England, in and around Bath

Summary: Quick version: Class gets in the way of potential husband Continue reading

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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Miss Adventure had a gymnastics meet in Philadelphia this past weekend. It’s a seven-hour drive, so we decided to make a long weekend out of the trip, and make the drive worthwhile. That meant I didn’t get any posts up for a few days. But, it did give me time to finally finish this book. I’ve been reading it for weeks at this point (with three other books read in the middle of it). It’s a book from the BBC’s The Big Read, but I didn’t realize how long it was when I requested it.

Published: 1993

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 1349 pages

Font: Sabon

Setting: various parts of India, 1952-1953 Continue reading

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