2018 Book Favorites and Stats

I read 63 books this year. That’s 12 less than last year and 8 short of my goal but given everything else going on this year I’m cutting myself some slack 🙂

10 were published in 2018, but 2017 was my most read year with 19 titles.

48 Fiction and 15 Non-Fiction.

Of those 48 fiction 24 were authors new to me.

43 female authors, 19 male authors and 1 with both.

20 were audiobooks.

Favorite Covers Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict

I continued with 4 series (Penn Cage #2, Ravenels #3, Lucas Davenport #27, Cormoran Strike #3) and started 2 new series (Inspector Rebus, Jack & Jill)

I read 4 classics for the Classics Club (Far From the Madding Crowd, A Wrinkle in Time, Number the Stars, Our Town)

Oldest book read- – Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, 1874

Shortest book – Night Shift by Debi Gliori, 32 pages

Longest novel- Turning Angel by Greg Iles, 672 pages

Most read authors with 2 books a piece – Alice Hoffman (Faithful and Water Tales) and Susanna Kearsley (Named of the Dragon and Season of Storms)

My 5 favorite books 

Title: Number the Stars 25th Anniversary, Author: Lois LowryNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry What a joy it was to discover a children’s book that could entertain, engage and educate.  I was hooked from the get go.

Title: Faithful: A Novel, Author: Alice HoffmanFaithful by Alice Hoffman. I fell in love with Shelby and her journey of guilt, grief and forgiveness.  This was not an easy read (or listen in my case) since Shelby was such a lost soul, but little by little, as she survived and discovered her value, the emotional pull ultimately satisfied.  Do yourself a favor and give this bald, young adult who believes she doesn’t deserve to be here a chance.

Title: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Author: Gail HoneymanEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. What a treat this book was.  The story reveals its secrets at just the right pace.  Her struggles yanked at my heartstrings at the same time she made me laugh out loud.”

Title: Before We Were Yours, Author: Lisa Wingate Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.There once was an evil woman who stole children from poor, loving parents and sold them to the highest bidder.  These children were forced to live in horrifying conditions and it’s completely heartbreaking.  That is true.  The book is the fictionalized account of the kids she abused.

Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Author: Heather Morris

 

 

 

 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.I loved Lale and Geta and the other prisoners we were able to meet.  This book showed the strength of the human spirit in the darkest of circumstances and I recommend it for everyone.”

If you’ve posted a best of list this year please leave a link so I don’t miss it!

11 thoughts on “2018 Book Favorites and Stats

  1. Lloyd Russell says:

    Really interesting report, Stacy. Of your 5 favorites, I also really liked Before We Were Yours. I am reading Eleanor Oliphant for a book club in January. And I’ve got the Tattooist of Auschwitz sitting in my TBR pile. 3 out of 5! Not bad.
    Happy New Year.

  2. Kay says:

    I’ll add my praise for Eleanor Oliphant. It will make my favorite list for 2018 as well. That won’t be up until either late this week or possibly early next week. I’ve also read Number the Stars many years ago. Think I ought to read that one again. And I already own the Wingate and Morris books as well. Yes, you had a lot going on this year, Stacy. Hope that 2019 will be a little calmer in most respects. Enjoyed your stats. 🙂

  3. Literary Feline says:

    I enjoyed reading your stats and favorites list, Stacy! I haven’t read you top five, although most are on my wish list or TBR pile. I am glad you liked the Hoffman book. I really like her work. Here’s to a great New Year in books!

  4. Les in OR says:

    I loved Eleanor Oliphant and Before We Were Yours. I’m hoping my book club chooses The Tattoo Artist of Auschwitz later this month when we put together our list for 2019. I’ve heard nothing but great things about that book!

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