Review 2018

I read 76 books. Though I’m not sure that some are even “books” — a few were Audible Originals so a print version might not be available. And I count my DNFs.

     Here we go!

Total pages ~16042.

Female/Male:  54/22

Fiction/Non: 54/22 (well, isn’t THAT interesting?!)

New to Me Authors: 63        Repeat Authors: 13

Classics: 10 (See previous post.)

Audiobooks: 28, ~255 hours

Shortest book: A graphic novel,  Adam and Andy by James Asal. I gave it 5 slices of pie!

Longest book: Vanity Fair by Wm Makepeace Thackeray, 32 hours and 18 minutes.

I gave more 5 slice pie ratings than last year and 4 and 5 slicers comprised over 70% of my reads! Not bad.

Audiobooks dominate!


I finished a series! The Broken Earth Series by NK Jemisin. Highlighly recommended.

I didn’t do any readalongs? Huh. I didn’t read any Stephen King?! Wow. I did finally read a book by Tracy Kidder, one of my favorite nonfiction writers. I read two books written by friends.

I did a fair job of reading books for the March Tournament of Books – always a wonderful time of year. I’m not doing so hot this year. I’ve read one and about 1/3 into another one. 

My top favorites to share are:

Jane Eyre narrated by Thandie Newton. Beyond fabulous! 

Circe  by Madeline Miller

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine –  participated in one of the best book club discussions I’ve ever experienced! Very fun.

Anthony Marra’s  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – the book I’m telling everyone to read.

and PriestDaddy  by Patricia Lockwood, a book I think I want to reread but in print. It was one that stayed with me and still perplexes.

Finally, PIE.

and the WINNER of my best book with pie is  THE IDIOT by Elif Batuman!!!

Honorable Mentions:  Tin Man and Manhattan Beach


One more thing:

I read 4 books in 2018 that were on the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die:


Happy New Year! Read and enjoy a slice of pie – in real life or in a book. pieratingsml


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15 thoughts on “Review 2018

  1. Look at all those magnificent PIE charts! A good year of reading for you. I loved the Broken Earth Trilogy too. So very satisfying. Happy New Year!

    1. I really do have to agree! SO I didn’t hit my book count goal – who cares? That really isn’t the TRUE goal, right? Thanks for your constancy in book-blogging-friendship. 😀 Happy New Year!

  2. Yay! I love that The Idiot takes the prize! Love your stats and charts. I hope to try the Broken Earth Trilogy but first I feel I need to read the last book in a couple of other SFF trilogies I have going.

    1. I was so much better at keeping good records on fabulous pie mentions early in the year… (Do you hear what I’m not saying and trying not to?) BEST to you on all your challenges and series completions and of course: THANKS for being so awesome with being a TOB enthusiast with me.

  3. Sounds like a great year in reading! I was looking at the Tournament of Books shortlist for this year, and man there are a lot of books on that list that I have no interest in. I’m disappointed! I always look forward to it and this year there’s so little I care about.

    1. Well, darn! I honestly, have not dived in to my usual level of immersion but I am liking Milkman – it is very thought-provoking beyond the ‘what is happening’ and what you may think of as the established plot description. It is very much in the head of the young female protagonist and her thoughts of ‘the troubles’. Fascinating.

    1. yes! its actually got a comic side that tickled the funny bone. And now I get all the cultural references so I’m glad about that.

  4. Looks like a pretty good year to me despite the lack of read-alongs! Eleanor Oliphant made my list and when I finally get around to a Jane Eyre re-read, I’m going to listen to the Thandie Newton. Hoping to read Anthony Marra this year. Happy 2019, Care!

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