It always baffles me a little why Goodreads send out their “My Year in Books” interactive infographic so early. This year I received it on the 10th of December – 21 reading days too soon! That’s a full three weeks of missing reading data! (Yes, I am a bit of a book nerd these days.)
In my case it doesn’t make much difference though, as I am keeping up my annual Christmas tradition of listening to Stephen Fry reading the Harry Potter books (despite the fact that I heard them all in August, as well. What can I say? #HarryPotterForver).
It has been a year of much rereading, not just of HP, but of Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series (I swear I don’t just read book series with protagonists named Harry) and the usual suspects for me like Jane Eyre (I have a complicated love/hate relationship with Mr Rochester) and Pride and Prejudice, the latter beautifully read by Rosamund Pike (who played Jane in the 2005 movie starring Keira Knightley).
I’ve also enjoyed listening to Stephen Fry reading Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection (72 brilliant hours), and reading the 4 books in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (cough, JK Rowling, cough).
I don’t just read romantic classics and popular book series, though. This year I have also enjoyed the feminist poetry of Rupi Kaur, read an adorable Japanese book about a Guest Cat, been terrified by thought-provoking dystopias such as Christina Dalcher’s Vox and Naomi Alderman’s The Power, and discovered the wonderful books of authors such as Matt Haig (both his fiction and non-fiction) and Ross Welford (turns out I really enjoy books aimed at 12-year-olds). Throw in some chick lit set in Devon (who knew that was a thing?), and you’ve pretty much got my year in books summed up.
I was very lucky this year in that I loved most of the books I read (rereading makes that a pretty safe bet, though!). My average rating was 4.1 out of 5 stars. I actually gave 5-star reviews to no less than 50 books this year! In other words, choosing a favourite is virtually impossible, but if I absolutely had to… And I suppose, if I rule out books I’ve reread, since I already knew that I loved them… Then I think my favourite read this year would have to be…
“Wow. Easily 5 stars. I’d give it 7 stars if I could! This is the best thing I’ve read since the Harry Potter series. I guess it’s technically children’s literature, but I absolutely loved it and couldn’t put it down – I’ve been out walking the dog while reading on my phone! The story is fascinating and insightful, with a great message – I simply cannot praise it enough. Do yourself a favour and start reading it today!”
I like to think of my taste in books as eclectic (because that sounds much better than eccentric). My genre-defying reading habits have become very apparent in the My Year in Books 2018 infographic from Goodreads. Scroll down to see the entire screenshot or go to Goodreads for a clickable version.
What was your favourite book of 2018? And what will you be reading over the holidays?
Love, Neens xx