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#2018 Reading Wrap up

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Welcome to my reading wrap up of 2018. It was a huge year for me reading wise. I achieved my highest annual total to date, with 271 books read and logged in via Goodreads. With a goal set at 255 books at the start of the year, it is safe to say that I well and truly surpassed my goal. If you are interested in checking out my year in books via Goodreads, here is the link:   https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2018/16323644

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This year I am setting my goal at a modest 260 books for the year. Wish me luck!


Another challenge I succeeded at completing, above and beyond my initial goal, was the Australian Women Writers Challenge. This is a challenge I am incredibly passionate about. My goal for this one was 50 books to read and review for the challenge, but on final count, I submitted 154 books to the Australian Women Writers Challenge. My challenge completed post for #aww2018 can be viewed here.  I have signed up for another round of the challenge and I can’t wait to share my #aww2019 books with you!

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Book Bingo is the brainchild of Theresa Smith Writes, a fellow book blogger and dear friend. In 2018, we launched our first ever book bingo card and it was a success! For me personally, the 25 books I read for this challenge really extended my reading habits, which was a great achievement. Here is a breakdown and the corresponding links attached to my completed Book Bingo 2018 results:

A book based on a true story: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

A book with a mystery: Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

A book with a yellow cover: The Country Wedding by Barbara Hannay

A book with a number in the title: The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

A memoir: The Country Wife by Anne Gorman

A book by an author you’ve never read before: A Certain Light by Cynthia Banham

A book written by an Australian woman: Stars Across the Ocean by Kimberley Freeeman

A book set more than 100 years ago: Into the World by Stephanie Parkyn

A book with themes of culture: The Lace Weaver by Lauren Chater

A book everyone is talking about: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

A book with a one word title: Lovesome by Sally Seltmann

A book written by someone over 60: Sanctuary by Judy Nunn

A book written by an Australian man: The Love That I Have by James Moloney

A prize winning book: The Nowhere Child by Christian White

A book that became a movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

A foreign translated novel: Your second life begins when you realise you only have one by Raphaelle Giordano

A book more than 500 pages: Southern Ruby by Belinda Alexandra

A non-fiction book: The Suitcase Baby by Tanya Bretherton

A funny book: The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

A collection of short stories: Echo Springs by Leisl Leighton, Daniel De Lorne, TJ Hamilton and Shannon Curtis

A book written more than 10 years ago: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

A forgotten classic: Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner

A book with non-human characters: Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey

A book written by someone under 30: The Yellow House by Emily O’Grady

A book that scares you: It by Stephen King

Book Bingo is back in 2019. It is also bigger and better, with 30 squares to complete, occurring on a fortnightly basis.  This year Theresa and I welcome Ashleigh from The Book Muse on board, along with a number of fellow reviewers and bloggers. I’m really looking forward to this one!

book bingo 2019

Another challenge I participated and successfully completed (a little after the deadline) was the a-z author challenge. With my eastern states based bookworm friend Sue, together we read our way through the alphabet. To ensure that we read a book for each letter of the alphabet (using the author’s surname) this worked out to two reviews a month, with extras in July and December. I really enjoyed this challenge. It helped to expand my reading choices and at the same time, it allowed me to evict a number of long term residents from my immense TBR pile! Here is a breakdown of the books I read for this challenge:

A Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

B We That are Left by Lisa Bigelow

C The Prodigal Daughter by Jane Carter

D Sign by Colin Dray

E The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

F The Lily and the Rose by Jackie French

G Lost Girl by J.C. Grey

H April’s Rainbow by Cathryn Hein

I Breaking the Drought by Lisa Ireland

J The Road to Hope by Rachael Johns

K Black Diamonds by Kim Kelly

L Unexpected Delivery by Leanne Lovegrove

M The Love That I Have by James Moloney

N See You in September by Charity Norman

O Almost Love by Louise O’Neill

P Liar, Liar by James Patterson & Candice Fox

Q The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

R The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley

S Past Perfect by Danielle Steel

T  Cedar Valley by Holly Throsby

U Under My Skin by Lisa Unger

V Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic

W The Last Hours by Minette Walters

X Behind Closed Doors by Catherine X and Sue Smethurst

Y Yesterday by Felicia Yap

Z Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

This year Sue and I will be scaling back our challenge. Sue will be travelling more this year and I want to concentrate on keeping my review pile under control!  We decided to read 12 books written by Australian male writers over 2019, one a month, which forms the 2019 Aussie Male Author Challenge. With so much of my reading and blogging time devoted to Australian women writers, it will be great to see what our Aussie male authors have to offer!

In previous years I have delivered a best of, or a top 10/top 20 list. As I have read over 270 books this year, I find this task virtually impossible, as so many of the books I read were highly rated and worthy of a place on top reads list. Instead, I will reveal to you that my most favourite read of 2018 was:

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton.

(read my review here)

Other reading highlights me this year have included book club meetings, the big book tea party, the first West Coast Fiction Festival, countless author events including my own first in conversation with Kirsty Manning and all the wonderful books I have been able to review for Beauty & Lace Book Club and Just Write for Kids.

Here’s to a bigger year of books in 2019, happy reading and thanks for your continued support, Mrs B x



12 thoughts on “#2018 Reading Wrap up

  1. Woohoo well done I love reading your reviews and adding to my already toppling TBR pile, I didn’t register for the AWW challenge last year but I did put all of the reviews up I did and there were over 100 so I have gone in it this year and am hoping to read at least 100, I am also in a couple challenges on Goodreads, which should be fun

    Good luck I am sure you will get your new challenges done go you

    Have Fun


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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and extending your support Helen, it is always appreciated! I also add to my huge TBR via your reviews and contributions to AWW, so thank you!

      I’ve just been compiling my first yearly wrap up for romance for AWW. You came out as our top reviewer, congrats! I’m in awe of all the books you have read and reviewed!

      Good luck with your challenges, I’m sure you will smash them!

      Amanda 🙂

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  2. Excellent wrap up Amanda. So many challenges I don’t know how you fit them all in!
    Wow, your favourite was Kate Morton’s book! I’ll have to read it one day. I did compile a top 10 list and my most favourite of 2018 was Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser. Xoxo

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    1. That’s great to hear you enjoyed my challenge wrap up! I don’t know myself how I fit them all in. I was tempted to sign up for a couple more that caught my eye, but I don’t want to overwhelm myself! I also want to concentrate on my review pile and my massive tbr that grows by the day!
      I look forward to your top 10 list, well done for tackling that one. I copped out this year, far too hard. I manage to get to a top 30 and gave up! Lovely personal choice for your top read!
      You must read The Clockmaker’s Daughter!!


  3. Awesome achievement Amanda, still don’t know how you do it 🙄 Interesting to see that you also are concentrating on the TBR pile and review pile. I’m actually going to try not to accept any review books this year – it will be hard but if I don’t start reading what I’ve got I never will. Let’s see how I go!

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    1. I do like you goal for reading this year very much, good luck! I wish I could do the same but it’s impossible for me!

      I don’t know how I do it either sometimes, but my love for reading and I’m a fast reader to all plays into it.

      I’m hoping to concentrate on that review pile and my tbr mountain shelves. So far no luck. I bought two new non review books and I’m reading those lol!


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