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Favourite Books of 2018:

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Let me start by saying that I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Mine was filled with family time, chocolate cake and lots of books! As it’s drawing to the end of the year, I thought we could discuss my favourite books of 2018. I’ve had a fantastic reading year. As of today, I’ve read 117 books and will surely finish my current read by tomorrow. I’m hoping to squeeze in a couple of Penguin’s Little Black Classics to take my total up to 120, but we’ll see…

Goodreads has kindly summarised my reading year for me. I’ve read 34,409 pages across 117 books (excluding my current read). Jane Austen’s ‘The History of England’ was my shortest book (16 pages), and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell was my longest (1,005 pages). My most popular book was Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and my least popular was Favourite Poems of the Countryside edited by Samuel Carr. My first read of the year was Jane Austen’s Persuasion and my last was Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure.

Most importantly, my average rating was 3.3 stars, so the following books must have been good! Let’s get into it…

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2018 Reading Challenge | Did I Manage It?

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As with most book readers, I told myself that I would finally get round to reading those books that have been sitting on my self for years. So, way back last December, I wrote a post about all the books I wanted to tick off my list in 2018. I thought it’d be interesting to trace my reading over the last year and see whether I actually managed to read them, or if I failed miserably.

Out of 113 books of 2018 (so far), did I manage to read those eight books I picked out? Well, let’s see…


First, I wanted to finish reading all of Jane Austen’s completed and published works. I had already read Pride and PrejudiceNorthanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility before 2018, so I was left with EmmaPersuasion and Mansfield Park. I am ashamed to say that I only read two of them. I am yet to conquer Mansfield Park. I worry it’ll be a story that I don’t enjoy. For some reason, I have my reservations about it. I will, however, get to it in the new year. I loved Persuasion, it quickly came to be one of my favourite Austen novels, but I was a little disappointed with Emma.

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July Reading Wrap-up:

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July has been and gone, and with it comes my reading wrap-up. Around this month’s reading, I have managed to squeeze in graduating from LJMU with a First Class Honours in English, and accepting my offer to study a Masters in Victorian Literature at the Uni of Liverpool! A crazy, albeit small, whirlwind of a month.

This month I’ve managed to read 11 books. I made it my mission this month to read the books that have been gathering dust on my shelf for years. As usual, there will be a review for most of the following books (and they’ll be linked in blue or green if they’re already published). Enjoy!

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