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.
Longest book: 431 pages.
Most popular: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
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
(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):
Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd
The Biographies of Ordinary People, Volume 1: 1989-2000 by Nicole Dieker
Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng
Your First Novel by Ann Rittenberg
The Last Resort by Rajib Mukherjee
Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland: An Illustrated Journey Through Time by Mark Salisbury
Every Living Thing by Cynthia Rylant
Falling for the Brother by Tara Taylor Quinn
First Time Garment Fitting by Sarah Veblen
Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax
Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Zero Waste by Shia Su
The Brew Your Own Big Book of Clone Recipes by Brew Your Own
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
Handmade Houseplants by Corrie Beth Hogg
The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen
Heavy Duty Sewing by Anton Sandqvist
Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott
The Complete Photo Guide to Hand Lettering and Calligraphy by Abbey Sy
Sewing Luna Lapin's Friends by Sarah Peel
Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach
Her Lost and Found Baby by Tara Taylor Quinn
Fizz Boom Bath! by Isabel & Caroline Bercaw
Päntsdrunk (Kalsarikänni) by Miska Rantanen
Our House by Louise Candlish
Wabi-Sabi Sewing by Karen Lewis
Crochet 101 by Deborah Burger
The Art of Being Bill by Ezra Croft
Drink Me: Curious Cocktails from Wonderland by Nick Perry
Unshakeable Trust by Joyce Meyer
When You Wish Upon a Star by Ned Washington
Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit by David Page Coffin
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?!