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My 2018 in Books

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Happy 2019 everyone! I’m jumping on the 2018 stats post bandwagon today mostly because I love reading stats. Do you track your reading stats? I would love to get more detailed info on my reading so please let me know how to do it below.

I set a goal of 100 books at the start of the year and read 110 which is pretty good. It’s a lot of books to talk about in a single post though so I’m just going to list them at the bottom and share my top and bottom 5 books and some stats. I LOVE stats!!! Bring on the charts!


Stats from Goodreads

(some books are missing because I don’t set them to read until after I review them)

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Started the year with a 3 star review and ended with a 3 star review. What does that say about my reading year…


Format

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Formats

  • Print – 14 books
  • eBook – 36 books
  • Audiobook – 60 books

Ownership

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Ownership

  • Own – 51 books
  • Borrow: Scribd – 41 books
  • Borrow: Library – 10 books
  • Borrow: NetGalley – 8 books

Top 3 Authors

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Top 3 Authors

  1. Kresley Cole – 10 books
  2. Seanan McGuire – 10 books
  3. Laurell K. Hamilton – 8 books

Male vs Female Authors

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Author Gender

  • Female – 86 books
  • Male – 21 books
  • N/A – 3 books

Top 5 Books


Bottom 5 Books

  • Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major ★★☆☆☆
  • RoomHate by Penelope Ward ★★☆☆☆
  • Nightlife by Rob Thurman ★★☆☆☆
  • Devil to Pay by Jeaniene Frost ★★☆☆☆
  • Dad Jokes? I Think You Mean Rad Jokes! by Elias Hill ★★☆☆☆

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The Book List 2018 Reading List and Stats Elaine Howlin Blog

The list is arranged as book title, author, date finished, genre, format, rating.

  1. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawernce – January 2nd, Classics, Paperback ★★★★☆
  2. Sunglasses After Dark by Nancy A. Collins – January 12th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★☆☆
  3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown – January 16th, YA Dystopia, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – January 25th, Fantasy, Paperback ★★★★★

  5. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire – January 27th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  6. Nightlife by Rob Thurman – January 28th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★☆☆☆
  7. MacRieve by Kresley Cole – January 28th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander – February 7th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  9. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – February 15th, Science Fiction, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  10. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – February 17th, Nonfiction, Audiobook ★★★★★
  11. Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou – February 17th, Memoir, Audiobook ★★★★★
  12. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire – February 17th, YA Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  13. Dark Skye by Kresley Cole – February 19th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  14. The Hound of Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – February 21t, Classic Mystery, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  15. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde – February 21st, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  16. The Head That Wears a Crown: Speeches for Royal Men by William Shakespeare – February 25th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  17. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – February 25th, Literary, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  18. The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole – Paranormal Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  19. Black Friday by Karen Chance – February 26th, Urban Fantasy, Online Short Story ★★★★☆
  20. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – February 26th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  21. Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance – March 3rd, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  22. Wild Fire by Christine Feehan – March 4th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  23. Salomé by Oscar Wilde – March 5th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  24. She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith – March 5th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★★
  25. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire – March 5th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★

  26. An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire – March 6th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  27. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire – March 7th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  28. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire – March 8th, Urban Fantasy ★★★★★
  29. Mammy Walsh’s A-Z of the Walsh Family by Marian Keyes – March 10th, Humour, Audiobook ★★★★★
  30. Herding Cats by Sarah Anderson – March 14th, Comic Humour, eBook ★★★★★
  31. Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire – March 17th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  32. Tall, Dark & Hungry by Lynsay Sands – March 18th, Paranormal Romance ★★★☆☆
  33. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – March 27th, YA Contemporary, Paperback ★★★★★
  34. The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness by David & Stephen Flynn – April 4th, Cook Book, Hardback ★★★★★
  35. Room Hate by Penelope Ward – April 4th, Contemporary Romance, Audiobook  ★★☆☆
  36. Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright – April 5th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  37. Dad Jokes? I Think You Mean Rad Jokes by Elias Hill – April 5th, Comic Humour, eBooks ★★★☆☆
  38. Vegan 100 by Gaz Oakley – April 10th, Cook Book, eBook ★★★★★
  39. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – April 10th, Contemporary, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  40. Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major – April 11th, Comic Humour, eBook ★★☆☆☆
  41. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire – April 11th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  42. Braving the Elements by K.F. Breene – April 13th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  43. Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell – April 13, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  44. Veggie Burger Atelier by Nina Olsson – April 15th, Cook Book, eBook ★★★★★
  45. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews – April 18th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  46. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon – April 28th, Comic Urban Fantasy, Paperback ★★★★☆
  47. Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd – May 7th, Comic Humour, eBook ★★★★★
  48. My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran – May 7th, Historical Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  49. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better by Hilary Campbell – May 7th, Comic Nonfiction, eBook ★★★☆☆
  50. Rockabilly/Psychobilly: An Art Anthology by Jamie Kendall – May 8th, Art, eBook ★★★★★

  51. Afterburn & Aftershock by Sylvia Day – June 4th, Contemporary Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  52. Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare – June 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  53. Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews – June 4th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  54. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – June 4th, Contemporary Romance, eBook ★★★★★
  55. Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare – June 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  56. Falling for a Dancer by Deirdre Purcell – June 17th, Historical, Paperback ★★★★★
  57. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – June 17th, Self Help, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  58. The Virgin and the Gypsy and Other Stories by D.H. Lawrence – June 17th, Classic Short Stories, Hardcover ★★★☆☆
  59. Nadiya’s Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain – June 24th, Cook Book, Hardcover ★★★★★
  60. Only for the Weekend by Ella Sheridan – June 29th, Erotica, eBook ★★★☆☆
  61. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 7th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  62. The Love Story of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne by Margery Brady – July 9th, Nonfiction, Hardcover ★★★★☆
  63. The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 17th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  64. Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 18th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  65. The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 18th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  66. Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 19th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  67. The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 25th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  68. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene – July 26th, Classics, eBook ★★★★☆
  69. Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 29th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  70. Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton – August 1st, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  71. The Professional by Kresley Cole – August 2nd, Erotica, eBook ★★★★☆
  72. The Second Sex (extracts) by Simone de Beauvoir – August 2nd, Feminism, Paperback ★★★★☆

  73. Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole – August 5th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  74. Lover’s Knot by Karen Chance – August 6th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  75. Shadow’s Bane by Karen Chance – August 13th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  76. Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews – August 17th. Science Fiction, eBook ★★★★★
  77. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews – August 19th, Science Fiction, eBook ★★★★★
  78. Devil to Pay by Jeaniene Frost – August 20th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★☆☆☆
  79. Shadow’s Seduction by Kresley Cole – August 28th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  80. Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher – August 31st, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★☆
  81. The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken – September 1st, Contemporary Romance, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  82. The Princess Bride by William Goldman – September 4th, Fantasy, Paperback ★★★☆☆
  83. Dragon’s Claw by Karen Chance – September 27th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  84. The Price of Pleasure by Kresley Cole – October 10th, Historical Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  85. I Am Heathcliff by Kate Mosse – October 11th, Short Stories, Audiobook ★★★★★
  86. How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb – October 18th, Memoir, Audiobook ★★★★★
  87. A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde – October 26th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  88. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell – October 31st, Classic Romance, Paperback ★★★★☆
  89. Red Queen by Elizabeth Aveyard – November 3rd, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★☆
  90. When a Scot Ties the Know by Tessa Dare – November 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  91. Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – November 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  92. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole – November 7th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★☆
  93. Racing Hearts: First Heat by Ruth Gowan – November 9th, Contemporary Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  94. Endless Knight by Kresley Cole – November 9th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★★
  95. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – November 10th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  96. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole – November 12th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★★
  97. A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare – November 14th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  98. Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire – November 20th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  99. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – November 24th, Classic, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  100. The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire – November 25th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★

  101. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – November 29th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★☆☆
  102. Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt – November 29th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  103. The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands & Jeaniene Frost – November 26th, Paranormal Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  104. Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb – November 30th, Historical Fiction, Audiobook ★★★★★
  105. I Thee Wed by Amanda Quick – December 1st, Historical Romance, Mystery, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  106. Wicked Widow by Amanda Quick – December 2nd, Historical Romance, Mystery, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  107. Voyeur by Fiona Cole – December 3rd, Contemporary Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  108. Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood – December 13th, Cosy Mystery, Historical, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  109. Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen – December 15th, Cosy Mystery, Historical, Audiobook  ★★★★☆
  110. Death of Riley by Rhys Bowen – December 21st, Cosy Mystery, Historical, Audiobook ★★★★☆

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How was your reading year?

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2019 Reading Challenges

Happy 2019 everyone!! I hope the new year treats you well.


I’ve signed up to a few reading challenges for the new year to help me tackle my TBR. I use Goodreads to track most of my challenges so you won’t see them here but I’ve included links.

Goodreads Challenge – 80 Books

I decided to read less than usual this year because I want to focus more on creating instead of spending all of my spare time reading. I would normally read about 100 books in a year and this year I’m aiming for 80. I must be the only book blogger trying to read less 😅

The Pagemaster – 4 to 6 Series

The aim of this challenge is to complete series I’ve already started. I’m terrible for starting series and never finishing them. I would be delighted if I managed to complete 6 series in 2019.

Cover Love – 61 to 100 Books

This challenge is kind of like a treasure hunt where you have to find items on books covers. The listed items include things such as a coffee cup, sword, boots and bats. Thinking about it now it’s amazing how many books just have people on the cover so this one might actually be tricky.

Mt. TBR 2019 – 20 Books

For this challenge you can only read books added to your TBR before Jan 2019. I plan on only reading books that I already own and not include ones that I added to my wishlist during the year. There are a bunch of different tasks to help you narrow down what books to read.

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Historical Fiction Reading Challenge – 25 Books

I’m tracking this one here on my blog. I really enjoy historical fiction but don’t read nearly enough so I’d like to up my count this year. I have some books I’d like to read listed in my announcement post.


Those are all of the year long challenges I’ve signed up to for 2019. I will be doing monthly, 3 month and 6 month ones as well cause I am crazy for reading challenges!!

Are you taking part in any reading challenges this year?

Literary Article Round-Up

From Ideation to Revision: Margaret George’s Writing Advice

Every writer is asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” Writers create people and worlds in a way that hints of magic, making things seemingly real that didn’t exist before. This mystery intrigues readers, who enjoy the final result but wonder how it came about. –  MARGARET GEORGE, Signature

A Reader’s Guide to the Works of Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a difficult writer to characterize. Broadly, his style falls under magical realism with an occasional absurdist streak. His writing is simple yet dense, filled with lush imagery, richly drawn characters, and a deep well of underlying emotion. –  KEITH RICE, Signature

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This Woman Opened a Bookstore and Drove It Across the Country

Do you love reading so much you’d like to bring books to people all over the country? That’s just what Rita Collins has done with her mobile bookshop, Saint Rita’s Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary, a white van full of books that has traveled around the country multiple times. – G.G. Andrew, Bookbub

John Boyne Explores the Dark Side of Literary Ambition

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Graham Greene wrote that “there is a splinter of ice in the heart of a writer.” By that measure, the novelist antihero of John Boyne’s gripping new book, A Ladder to the Sky, must have an entire ice rink at his core.

Maurice Swift is gorgeous, charming, and hell-bent on literary fame. His only problem? He can’t think of a thing to write about. After beguiling aging German novelist Erich Ackermann, however, Swift extracts from Ackermann a devastating wartime confession of love and betrayal. He steals it for his own bestselling debut, ruining what’s left of Ackermann’s life. Soon it’s clear that “literary larceny” is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Swift’s dark ambition. – Goodreads

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5 Classic Books That Are Ripe for a Retelling

Before I began writing The Winters, my modern response to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the first thing I did was Google whether another writer had already taken a stab. Turns out there are a few Rebecca retellings, including at least two sequels, one sanctioned by the estate called Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman. – LISA GABRIELE, Signature

Stephen King Sells Film Rights to Teens for One Dollar

Talk about encouraging young artists: Stephen King just sold the film rights to his short story “Stationary Bike” (from the Just After Sunset collection) to a couple of teenagers for just one dollar. This is part of a program on King’s website called “Dollar Babies,” which offers up some of his smaller and less popular works to aspiring filmmakers, including stories from older collections like Night Shift and Skeleton Crew. You never know which of these dollar deals could end up making a splash on the festival circuit, potentially making someone’s career. So dive in, auteurs! As The AV Club points out reassuringly, “Nothing you make will be as bad as the Dark Tower movie.” – TOM BLUNT, Signature

4 Interesting Articles from the Booksphere

Before we get into today’s Article Round-Up I wanted to mention a new offer from Audible that’s available until December 14th. At the moment you can join Audible for £3.99/month for the first four months instead of the usual £7.99/month.

I think this is such an amazing offer! Check it out here.

Audible Black Friday 2018 Offer

With your Audible membership, you get a monthly credit that can be used to get any audiobook no matter what length or price AND you get to keep the book for life even if you cancel your membership.


Here are some interesting articles I read this month about books and reading. I especially enjoyed Bookbub’s Little Fires Everywhere book club kit and the article from Medium on the joys of rereading.

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There’s a Limit to Writing What You Know, and Here’s Why

“Write what you know;” it’s a familiar refrain and popular advice given to aspiring writers. But even that can be fraught with difficulty. In writing characters, places, and events from our own lives, we can all too easily fall into the trap of sharing too much detail.” – Elyssa Friedland, Signature

12 Things Readers Really Want Nonreaders to Know

“Every reader has friends or family members who just don’t get it. “Why do you read so much?” they might ask, staring at your overflowing bookshelves or your Reading Challenge on Goodreads. “I haven’t read an entire book in years.”

Oh, those poor, unfortunate souls… ” –Hayley, Goodreads

The Joys of Rereading

“I have devoted my life to reading, and I spend a good portion of that life reading things I’ve already read. Not everyone understands this, and not everyone feels this impulse to begin again. The act of reading is inherently progressive: It tends forward, toward the future, letter after letter, word after word, sentence after sentence, page after page. Rereading is a doubling; every movement forward is also a repetition, an echoing, a recalling.” – Gavin Paul, Medium

Book Club Kit: ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ by Celeste Ng

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If your book club is looking for a thought-provoking and captivating novel, we recommend Celeste Ng‘s Little Fires EverywhereWe’ve rounded up everything you need to host a successful book club, including: 

☐ An overview of what to expect from Little Fires Everywhere

☐ Recommendations from other bookworms

☐ Book club discussion questions

☐ Hosting inspiration (including a link to the author’s playlist!)” – Kristina Writght, Bookbub


What interesting articles have you read recently about books and reading?

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5 Great Articles from the Booksphere

Shelf-Discipline: How to Read More Before Your Next Book Spree

“At Goodreads, we always encourage our members to read more. But sometimes, the number of books still waiting on your Want to Read shelf can feel a little daunting… So we asked avid readers on Facebook and Twitter if they’ve ever tried a book-buying hiatus: a temporary (and we stress temporary), self-imposed ban from buying more books until they finish the current ones on their to-read list. Needless to say, some reactions were (understandably) strong… ” – Marie, Goodreads

10 Inspiring New Memoirs by Women Hitting Shelves This Fall

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“With the arrival of fall comes a feeling of renewal and self-invention. If you’re looking for inspiration this coming season, we recommend picking up these powerful memoirs written by tenacious and talented women. Check out this list of new inspiring memoirs by women below.” – Ashley Johnson for Bookbub

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9 of the Trickiest Riddles from Books

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“Riddles are a time-honored rite of passage for book heroes. As readers, we love how they test the hero’s powers of perception, thinking, and creativity — and how they test ours, too! Feel like a bit of a brain teaser? Try your wits against these tricky riddles from books and see if you have what it takes to be a bookish hero. Scroll to the end to find the answers — but no peeking!” – Elisabeth Delp, Bookbub

7 Novels That Will Take You Back to the 1980s

“If you’re aching for the ‘80s you can always revisit these classic books, but hindsight can be 20/20, and there is something fun about journeying back through a more contemporary read. Here are a few newer titles that will satisfy your nostalgia needs.” – Ashley Morten, Signature

9 Best Fiction Books About Films

“Evoking one artistic discipline while using an entirely different one is no easy task. Yet for as long as moving pictures have captivated audiences, they’ve also captivated a certain group of writers, who’ve viewed the existence of cinema as an implicit challenge. Namely, how does one capture the essence of a film using only words on a page?” – Tobias Carrol, Signature


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