Books I read in 2018

After failing to read 25 books last year I set a goal to read 12 new books in 2018. Nailed it.

I’m going for another 12 in 2019. I have no illusions of magically having more time to read in 2019 than I did in 2018.

Here’s the list of books I read in 2018, organized by date read.

  1. How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber. This is a great book full of strategies that work for me and my kids. I regularly forget to use what I’ve learned, however, so it’s a book I’m going to be returning to again and again.

  2. For We Are Many (Bobiverse, #2) by Dennis E. Taylor. I read the first of this series in 2017 and it remains my favorite of the 3. This installment is good, but one of the plotlines started to bore me.

  3. All These Worlds (Bobiverse, #3) by Dennis E. Taylor. The boring plotline from the second book got a whole lot worse in this one. I still enjoyed the book a great deal, but I completely lost interest in a portion of it.

  4. Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1) by James S.A. Corey. I’m weirdly at a loss for what to say about this one. I liked it a lot—even gave it 55 stars on Goodreads—but I can’t think of anything to say about it. It’s a science fiction novel that takes place in our solar system and there’s a super creepy villain and I enjoyed it.

  5. Caliban’s War (The Expanse, #2) by James S.A. Corey. Same as the first one in this series. Thumbs up. Apparently there’s a TV show based on these books, which I have yet to watch.

  6. The Organ Takers: A Novel of Surgical Suspense by Richard Van Anderson. I received a free audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I’d never read a book in the medical thriller genre before and it worked for me. It was engaging and entertaining. Good book. If you haven’t listened to many audiobooks before, the narrator can totally make or break an already great book. I’ve had to stop listening to what were probably good books, but I just couldn’t take the narrator’s voice. The narrator for this one, who happens to be a friend of mine, totally nails it. I was a bit nervous going in because I don’t know what I’d have done if he’d been awful. Luckily, he’s a great narrator and I don’t have to worry about that now. 1010 will listen to more books he narrates.

  7. Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire, #3) by Michael J. Sullivan. I like everything this guy has written and this book was no exception.

  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. I laughed out loud repeatedly while listening to this one. J.K. Rowling is a genius (but you knew that already).

  9. Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda. This inside look at Apple’s design process during production of the first iPhone and then the iPad was an engaging read. I recommend it if you’re into following Apple at all.

  10. The Lost Emerald of Briarwood (Shadow Sovereign Series, #1) By Vona Stewart. Vona is my sister (it’s a pen name). You should read these fun fantasy books when they’re released because they are good and will cause you to live a long and prosperous life.

  11. The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter (The Riyria Chronicles, #4) by Michael J. Sullivan. As I mentioned earlier, I really like everything this guy writes and I enjoyed this book even more than Age of War. The two main characters in this book are two of my all-time favorite fictional characters. Lots of great action and laugh out loud moments. If you haven’t read anything by him I suggest doing so immediately.

  12. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. This was recommended to me by my sister and it is a fantastic book. You shouldn’t skip it. My wife read it and loved it as well. I can’t wait to read the second one.

Books I read in 2017

My goal for 2017 was to read 25 new books. I managed to read 15.

I could cheat and bring my total to 22 if I include the Harry Potter audiobooks, but my target book count is for books I’ve never read (or listened to) before.

Here’s how my 2017 reading compares to years past:

Book Reading Goals vs Books Read from 2011 to 2017

After failing to reach my goals in 2015 and 2016 I thought maybe I could push past that 20 book barrier again. After all, I spent many a late night reading while rocking my first born to sleep in 2014 so I figured a second baby would provide a similar opportunity. Nope. She slept like champion for the first 6 months of her life. I got lots of sleep and didn’t read at night at all. I have zero complaints about that.

On to 2018!

I’m hoping to read a whopping 12 books this year. I’m planning to read some serious non-fiction books and I always read those more slowly than fantasy and sci-fi. I use reading primarily as a way to relax so I’m not sure how long that’ll last.

Anyway, here’s the list of books I read in 2017, organized by date read. Here’s the same list on Goodreads.

January

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, by Brandon Sanderson
Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

February

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1), by V.E. Schwab

April

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2), by V.E. Schwab
Ones and Zeroes (Mirador, #2), by Dan Wells
Goldenhand (Abhorsen, #5), by Garth Nix

August

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers

September

Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2), by Michael J. Sullivan

October

The Caledonian Gambit, by Dan Moren
Red Rising, by Pierce Brown
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1), by N.K. Jemisin

November

A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32; Tiffany Aching, #2), by Terry Pratchett
Wintersmith (Discworld, #35; Tiffany Aching, #3), by Terry Pratchett

December

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse, #1), by Dennis E. Taylor
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38; Tiffany Aching, #4), by Terry Pratchett