Well I actually exceeded my Goodreads Reading Challenge! I set my goal at 35 books I think and definitely surpassed that, so I changed my goal to 45 books and surpassed that too! I hit 50 books this year!
I am continuing my effort to read predominantly female/women identified writers but I’ve expanded that goal to also include more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous or People of Color) too! I think I did pretty well. Always room for improvement and as usual I have stacks of unread books at home.
Total books read: 50
Breakdown of books this year:
Books by women: 44
Books by BIPOC: 9
Books I listened to as audiobooks: 4
A few favorites:
It’s no secret that I love pretty much everything MJ writes, but I especially loved this mystery set at a boarding school! I am recently discovering I like some murder/suspense/mystery novels but it definitely has to be the right one, so I really enjoyed this.
I actually won an ARC of this through a Goodreads giveaway and I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. So much of this book transported me back to my teen years (although the story is set in the main character’s early 20’s). It was nostalgic and heartbreaking and beautiful in all the right ways. I also had multiple favorite quotes from this book, which I think speaks to it’s greatness.
This was a gorgeous piece of historical fiction based on true events/people. I haven’t really read a whole lot set in Ancient Egypt but I really enjoyed this story and some of the others by this same author. But I have to say I enjoyed Nefertiti the most, especially since it was told through the eyes of her half sister. I love gorgeous, evocative historical fiction and this book definitely checks the box.
I picked this book up in the airport on a whim and I finished the book in less than 24 hours! I haven’t had such a riveting, page turning read in a long time! I can’t even put my finger on what I loved so much about the book, other than I love the examination of female friendship, longing for what someone has and the instagram/influencer culture. I devoured this book.
I picked this one up for my beach vacation in October and I finished this one in about two days. The was a fast and intriguing read. I usually hate sort of unresolved endings but I actually didn’t mind this one.
I borrowed this audiobook from the library and I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t expecting to like it so much but I really did. If you like memoirs and/or celebrities you should definitely check it out! And I think the audiobook is really very good.
I loved, loved, loved this book. This book articulated so many feelings I’ve had since the 2016 election and the ensuing chaos. It also focuses so much on female rage and the power of it. I’ve found myself so full of rage quite a few times in the last few years, and it’s such an out of control feeling and I also wonder why I’m so full of anger, but i’m working to reframe my anger and use it for good.
I really loved this book. I like watching Trevor Noah on the Daily Show and I decided to request his ebook from the library. I waited a while to get it but it was so worth it! I loved reading his stories about growing up in South
Africa and I learned a lot about apartheid. I also just really enjoyed his voice and style of writing.
I’m currently working on my first book of 2019 which is Stamped From the Beginning: A History of Racism in America. Definitely not a quick read at about 500 pages. I set my goal for 2019 at forty books! I can’t wait to see what I end up with.
What books are you excited to read in 2019??