My Goodreads Challenge; Closing out 2018 and Ringing in 2019 Book style!!

We’ve finished another great year in 2018, and now are bracing/prepping ourselves for the next; 2019.  For most, that means New Years resolutions, many of which don’t end up being accomplished (love the memes for these), but in book world this only means one thing; Goodreads Challenge.  I don’t think I really started to use Goodreads until several years ago in college, and somehow it’s hard to imagine my reading without it.  Start a book; put it in Goodreads.  Finish a book, you better enter that in Goodreads and put a rating/review on it pronto!  I’m still working on reviewing everything I read, which is why it’s on my list of goals for the year, but everything else having to do with books I have taken into my reading process.

So, for those still unaware what Goodreads is, I highly suggest looking it up, and possibly joining if it sounds up your alley (Bonus: it’s free!!!! Like seriously free, no ads and no gimmicks free).  The Challenge itself is relatively simple, all you have to do is pledge an amount of books you want to read for the year, and then read.  They also have a page off of your profile where you can see how many pages you’ve read for the year, which blows me away when I see the number in the end.  Year by Year it’s a bit different for me; sometimes I just manage to hit my goal, other times I miss by one or two books, and some I go way over my goal and do my happy dance.

2018 was a little strange for me in that I had a job where they didn’t always have stuff prepared for us to do, but refused to send us home, so they were somehow okay with me reading.  That meant some days I had a solid bit of time to just read, and my goal went from just 40 books to 50 to adjust with that.  Crazy, I know, and now I have a regular job that I only end up reading on my break for, so this year probably won’t be as big, but we’ll see.  So, what was the final outcome of this year?  The goal was reading 50 books, and the final number was…60!!!  I still can’t believe I hit such a huge number!

So, what does that mean for 2019?  Well, I’m going to aim for what I consider to be a bit high at 50 books, and see where that takes us.  Hopefully I surprise myself again, but that means I need to be on it with my reading this and really find different ways of motivating myself to read after work.  Below is the listing of the books I read in 2018 (with links to the reviews I wrote on Goodreads, the ones from the beginning are on the very short side);

  1. City of Bones 10th Anniversary Edition by Cassandra Clare

  2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

  3. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

  4. Wintersong by S Jae Jones

  5. Tithe by Holly Black

  6. Valiant by Holly Black

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  7. Ironside by Holly Black

  8. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

  9. When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

  10. Shadowsong by S Jae Jones

  11. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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  12. Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

  13. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

  14. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

  15. Everless by Sara Holland

  16. The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

  17. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

  18. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

  19. The White Queen by Phillippa Gregory

  20. Okami by Renee Ahdieh

  21. Yumi by Renee Ahdieh

  22. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

  23. Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

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  24. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

  25. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

  26. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

  27. Reawakened by Colleen Houck

  28. Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

  29. Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

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  30. Warcross by Marie Lu

  31. Paper Princess by Erin watt

  32. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

  33. Twisted Palace by Erin watt

  34. Broken Prince by Erin watt

  35. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

  36. A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt

  37. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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  38. P.S. I still Love You by Jenny Han

  39. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

  40. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

  41. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

  42. Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

  43. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  44. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

  45. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

  46. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

  47. I Believe in a thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

  48. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

  49. Wildcard by Marie Lu

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  50. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

  51. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

  52. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

  53. The Steel Prince (graphic novel) by V.E. Schwab

  54. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

  55. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

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  56. Recreated by Colleen Houck

  57. Reunited by Colleen Houck

  58. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

  59. A Long Conversation by Cassandra Clare

  60. Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel Vol. 1 by Cassandra Clare/Cassandra Jean

Feel free to ask me about the books I’ve read, and let me know what your favorites for the year were and your challenge goal for the year!!


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