I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s actually 2019, and that this is my final monthly review of 2018. Seriously, where did 2018 go?! December turned out to be quite a busy month, with a big pending DIY project during the first week of December that took away lots of reading time. It was worth it though, because I love the results! The Holiday season also ment I wasn’t able to read as much as the last few months, but thanks to a few short and fast reads I still managed to finish a more than decent amount.
Now to the bookish numbers:
- Number of books read in December: 18
- Total number of books read this year: 245
- Total number of pages read in December: 6.004
- Total number of pages read this year: 77.215
I somehow still managed to read a lot despite the DIY filled first week of December and the Holiday season, and most books turned out to be good reads as well. Not a bad way to end 2018!
4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic!
4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
The Songbird Girls – by Richard Parker // My Life In A Cat House – by Gwen Cooper // The Couple Next Door – by Shari Lapena // I Have Lost My Way – by Gayle Forman // Down Among The Sticks And Bones – by Seanan McGuire // Big Little Lies – by Liane Moriarty // Outlander – by Diana Gabaldon // The Girl Without Skin – by Mads Peder Nordbo
3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Girl With A Pearl Earring – by Tracy Chevalier
3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic.
2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting.
I’m happy to say I was able to finish all challenges in time.. I had decided last year to keep things low key and don’t set my goals too high, and it seems like it worked like a charm. I will definitely be aiming for the same in 2019.
# CHALLENGES #
Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge:100/100 DONE!! Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge UPDATED:200/200 DONE!! 2018 Beat The Backlist Challenge :DONE!!! 63/40 books read published in 2017 or 2016 and 64/20 books read published 2015 or before. A total of 127/40 books. Reading Through The Centuries:5/5 DONE!! 2018 Netgalley And Edelweiss Challenge:25/25 DONE!! 2018 Netgalley and Edelweiss Challenge UPDATED:75/75 DONE!! When Are You Reading?:12/12 DONE!!
As for my other goals… I managed to finish all of them except for my TBR one, which I already knew was hopeless. I’m definitely happy with this result!
# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #
Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count)3/3 DONE!! (Murder On The Orient Express // Slaughterhouse-Five, The Mysterious Affair At Styles) Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count)5/5 DONE!! (The Conspiracy Of Us // Bad Girls Don’t Die // Embassy Row // The 5th Wave // Legend) Reread at least 2 books2/2 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta // Harry Potter Y El Prisionero De Azkaban)
- Bring my physical TBR pile below 300 books and keep it that way. 505/300
Read at least one book over 800 pages1/1 DONE (Outlander) Read at least 1 book in Spanish1/1 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta) Read at least 1 book in Dutch1/1 DONE!! (Het Jaar Dat De Wereld Op Zijn Kop Stond by Clare Furniss) Read more international authors/translations (at least 10)10/10 DONE!! (Stage Four (The Netherlands)/ Born A Crime (South Africa)/ Halfway (India)/ A Castle In Romagna (Croatia)/ My Sweet Friend (Belgium)/ The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter (Germany)/ The Letter For The King (Indonesia)/ The Air Raid Killer (Germany)/ My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry (Sweden)/ The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden (Sweden)/ Radiance Of Tomorrow (Sierra Leone)) Join at least 5 challenges during the year5/5 DONE!! Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80%94%
Happy January and Happy Reading!