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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When’s the Right Time to Abandon a Book?


As a Lit major and a lifelong lover of books, it took me a long time to feel okay with abandoning a book. I think I became predisposed to thinking that if a book is deemed IMPORTANT, I didn’t want to miss out on the cultural experience. I always want to enjoy a book and find something redeeming in it; but, ultimately, I’m coming around to the idea that life is too short to read a book I’m not enjoying.

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Recent Reads / 05


Recent Reads is a series for me to feature the past few books I’ve read (or experienced) along with my verdicts.

This year, I’ve based my reading goals on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 Reading Challenge (listed here). I like that I was strategic about my book choices on the front end, and so far, so good. I’ve enjoyed almost every book on my list thus far (I’ve only abandoned one book — more on that in another post), and I’ve left enough room for the spontaneous reads that are starting to crowd my Kindle e-shelf.

Here’s my 2018 Reading Challenge list if you’d like to take a look.

Here we go…

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