A year in reading 2018

Happy New Year everyone! Following the tradition, here we go!

Books read 2018: 70


  • Number of books is increasing (67 in 2017, 56 in 2016, 55 in 2015)
  • I am ‘reading’ more audio books
  • I am also reading far more e-books than paper
  • This year I included (for the first time) in my list novel-length works of fan fiction (but not in my summary here).


49 fiction/21 non-fiction

37 e-kindle/11 audio/22 paper print

Longest paper book:

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

Shortest paper book:

The Importance of being Ernest – Oscar Wilde


Continued my love-affair with the Mary Russell series

Finished The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Finally read the 4th book in the Pagan series after a ten year hiatus

Read the entire Alanna: Lioness series

Began The Name of the Wind series

Five & 4.5 star ratings

(not including re-reads or fan fiction)


The Moor & The language of Bees – Laurie R. King

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

Pagan’s Scribe – Catherine Jinks

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien


Finding your purpose – Cindy Re Snider

Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest – Ed Welch

Cross-cultural Servant-hood – Duane Elmer

Exodus for you – Tim Chester

Honourable mentions

The Revolution will be digitized – Heather Brook (absolutely fascinating)

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts (read it while in India and it’s gripping and lyrical)

You don’t even know – Sue Lawson (an unexpectedly touching young adults sick lit)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo (gothic and delightfully creepy and got me stuck on the “hellfire” song from the Disney version)

The strange case of the alchemist’s daughter – Theodora Goss (a recently written adult fantasy literary novel I borrowed on a whim. I dare you to categorise it!)

Memorable quote:

“…everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head… we build ourselves out of that story.

… there was something inside her that was badly hurt. I couldn’t tell what it was and I didn’t dare ask.

Instead I simply said what I could to take the pain away and helped her shut her eyes against the world.”

Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

What did you read this past year? I’d love some ideas!

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