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2018 - Year in Books

Goodreads is my favorite place to track, group or list, and review books I've read and/or want to read. And I absolutely cherish the "Year in Books" list they provide users each year. It is so fun to look back at all the books I've read as I tidy up my to-read list for the new year. 

Here are some fun facts about my 2018 as told by books:

  • I read 8,895 pages across 40 books

  • Shortest book: 28 pages. (When You Wish Upon a Star by Ned Washington)

  • Longest book: 431 pages. (The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn)

  • Most popular: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (5,618,905 other people read)

  • Least popular: Led Zeppelin by Martin Popoff (2 other people read) (my review is here)

  • My average rating for 2018: 3.9 stars

  • Highest rated on Goodreads: Sewing Luna Lapin's Friends (4.73 stars) (my review is here)

  • My first review of the year: Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng

  • My last review of the year: Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit by David Page Coffin 

My goal was to read 25 books in 2018. I surpassed my goal and read a total of 37 books last year! Here they are in chronological order (read on for which are my top recommendations):

  1. Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman

  2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

  3. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

  4. My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd

  5. The Biographies of Ordinary People, Volume 1: 1989-2000 by Nicole Dieker

  6. Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng

  7. Your First Novel by Ann Rittenberg

  8. The Last Resort by Rajib Mukherjee

  9. Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland: An Illustrated Journey Through Time by Mark Salisbury

  10. Every Living Thing by Cynthia Rylant 

  11. Falling for the Brother by Tara Taylor Quinn

  12. First Time Garment Fitting by Sarah Veblen

  13. Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax

  14. Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  15. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

  16. Zero Waste by Shia Su

  17. The Brew Your Own Big Book of Clone Recipes by Brew Your Own

  18. Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Scienceby Atul Gawande

  19. Handmade Houseplants by Corrie Beth Hogg

  20. The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen

  21. Heavy Duty Sewing by Anton Sandqvist

  22. Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott

  23. The Complete Photo Guide to Hand Lettering and Calligraphy by Abbey Sy

  24. Sewing Luna Lapin's Friends by Sarah Peel

  25. Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach

  26. Her Lost and Found Baby by Tara Taylor Quinn

  27. Fizz Boom Bath! by Isabel & Caroline Bercaw 

  28. Päntsdrunk (Kalsarikänni) by Miska Rantanen

  29. Our House by Louise Candlish

  30. Wabi-Sabi Sewing by Karen Lewis

  31. Crochet 101 by Deborah Burger

  32. The Art of Being Bill by Ezra Croft

  33. Drink Me: Curious Cocktails from Wonderland by Nick Perry

  34. Unshakeable Trust by Joyce Meyer

  35. When You Wish Upon a Star by Ned Washington

  36. Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit by David Page Coffin

  37. Led Zeppelin by Martin Popoff

As you may notice, several of my books this year were craft, sewing, or other DIY books. I have had the great pleasure of expanding my professional reading and review services to include a host of fabulous hobby publishers in addition to popular novels and literature. 

My top picks from this year are The Woman in the Window and My Name is Venus Black. They are both amazing debut novels that I recommend a hundred times over!

In 2019 I'm hoping to read the Crazy Rich Asians series and the Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay. Also, I'd like to work my way through the six Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope. 

So, tell me... What were your tops reads in 2018?!


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