As I'm trying to get myself back into the habit of sharing a few blog posts here, I hope you guys will be patient with me. Because I've been doing exactly what you see above. Well, maybe if you put a Kindle in her hands or some wireless headphones in her ears. Ha!
I guess what I'm saying is that this one will be short and sweet. Not too much detail, but some links if you'd like to find out more about the books that appear on my 'favorites of 2018' list.
I didn't keep detailed statistics about my reading for 2018. Just my reading journal. I did take time to note title, author, date finished, and the first and last sentence. The first and last was something I tried this year and I like it. Helps me remember more about the book.
I read a few less books this year - 138. Still, that was a decent number. I remember the years when 40 or so were amazing. Many of the 138 were audiobooks or read/listen combos. I'm liking that at times. I suspect that close to 50% of my reading is in audio format. I know that it's tough for some to concentrate or whatever, but I really like listening while walking or driving or folding clothes. It might take practice, but if you haven't gotten into audiobooks, you might consider them.
OK, let's get to the list of 'favorites'. These are in no particular order and the link included is to my thoughts on the book in another post.
by Anne Bogel
If I had to pick a most favorite, this would be it.
by Ann Hood
by Eowyn Ivey
by Gail Honeyman
This is the only book that's not linked to a review by me. I didn't write one as this was a book I read much later in the year. It was for a book group discussion that I ended up not getting to attend. I loved this book. So quirky and different. Funny, sad, emotional. It was especially interesting for me as the guy who 'taught' Eleanor how to relate to others was a IT guy. I'm married to a IT guy and though he is not as 'typical' as many of his staff over the years have been, these individuals are often just not as good at relating to people. They are great with software. If you get a chance to 'meet' Eleanor and Raymond, take it!
by A.J. Pearce
by Kate Morton
by Maureen Johnson
by Lori Rader-Day
by Robert Galbraith
by Nicci French
That's my 'top 10' - have you read any of them or do you think you might? If you do, hope you enjoy them. I've had a good time seeing what others have put on their lists. Now, it's 2019 and it's time to get back to reading...where did I put my Kindle?