My 2018 reading review

In 2018 I read 128 books according to my notebook however I seem to remember that my Goodreads Challenge tallied up to 131 at least, but that challenge thingy seems to have disappeared, along with the previous years so I can’t check it. Seventy-five by female authors

Female authors
– 76
Male authors – 52

I read fourteen books originally aimed at children, but if you had asked me I would have said I had read a lot more than that. There weren’t any duds in the children’s fiction, but that’s to be expected as they were all classics really, or had been Carnegie medal winners.

Only twenty-four books were written by Scottish authors – I must do better in 2019. I intend to catch up with Ian Rankin’s Rebus series this year so that should bump up my tally.

Only fourteen books were non-fiction. I think that’s pitiful but I’m putting that down to all the Brexit chaos not being conducive to reading anything that you have to put much thought into. I’ve definitely been finding solace in light reading recently.

I think my favourite non-fiction was The Oaken Heart by Margery Allingham, her account of life in rural Essex during World War 2. I really liked the Diana Athill books that I read too.

Casting my eyes down the pages I must admit that some of the titles don’t mean a lot to me. No doubt if I read the blurb or even my own scanty thoughts on it then it would come back to me. Others are still very vivid in my mind.

I’d like to read more books by new to me author Amor Towles as I really enjoyed his A Gentleman in Moscow. I also read Rose Tremain for the first time and I’d like to read more by her.

I’ll definitely read anything by Andrew Taylor that I can get my hands on.

The classic book that disappointed me most was The Leopard by Tomasi de Lampedusa. I didn’t hate it but it just wasn’t as good as I expected it to be.

The series that I enjoyed most was the R.F. Delderfield trilogy A Horseman Riding By. I hope to read more by him soon.

The saddest book was The Red Pony by John Steinbeck.

Penelope Lively is becoming one of my favourite authors.

I loved King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett. The only things holding me back from reading her Niccolo series is the heftiness of them and the fact that you have to really concentrate on them.

I’m going to continue reading D.E. Stevenson’s books. I think they’ll be perfect for the chaos to come in this Brexit year.

My 2019 reading didn’t begin well, my own fault for being seduced by a library book that I knew nothing about. This year I definitely intend to concentrate mainly on my own books, the unread piles are just getting out of hand despite me being much pickier about what I buy nowadays. New bookcases are desperately required!