My Year in Books / 2018

2018 was a great reading year. I had a goal of reading 60 books and used Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 Reading Challenge as a base to plan which books I’d read. 

Success! As of this week, I’ve surpassed my goal of 60 books by 5.

Failure! Although I hit my number, I stuck to only half of the books I intended to read. 

Lesson learned! I definitely over-planned. Who knew? I’ll have to keep my 2019 goals a little looser and allow for those “impulse reads” I enjoy so much.

I read a lot of good books this year but here are 15 of my favorites, in no particular order.

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Desert Road Trip: West Texas, Arizona, & New Mexico

Chris and I (and Honey!) took a little desert road trip last Thanksgiving, and this year I’m reminiscing hard. We are planning to stay in town for the holidays this year, but it sure is fun to revisit past trips.

Last year around this time I felt the need for a getaway and a desert road trip fit the bill. I find the desert to be restorative, and it was just fun to hit the road, listen to a great audiobook, and slow down just a bit before the rush of the holiday season.

I’ve put together a little photo travelogue if you’d like to take a look…

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My Favorite Home Purchases

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I put a list together of my favorite things I purchased for our new house. We made some big purchases, like a sofa, a king bed, and a dining set, but the items I listed below are mostly budget buyswith a few splurges that would work for a new home or even a refresh for a current home. Most importantly, these items are the details that helped our house feel like ours

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My Favorite Books

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Choosing my favorite books feels like Sophie’s Choice *dramatic*. How can I possibly choose? This list is the best I can muster, and I hope it shows you a bit about my tastes and what impacts my heart. I’ve listed my Top 10, although maybe I’ll schedule a Part 2 post in the coming months.

In line with my methods and thought processes for rating the books I read, my favorite books are those that have changed or impacted me in a meaningful way. These are books that I would recommend that anyone read — books for the ages!

A few of my students asked me to list my faves, and I thought it would also serve as a worthy blog post. I’d love to hear about your favorites, too! Let me know in the comments.

Without further ado: My top ten favorite books.

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