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This reading year was quite good. I read 47 books, which included history, literature, popular science, philosophy, fantasy and light reading. Even though I did not read as much philosophy as I wanted to, I did read some rather difficult books such as the Kalevalla, A Beautiful Question by Frank Wilkzek, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, The World of the Shinning Prince, The Waves by Virginia Wolf, and the Oresteia by Aeschylus. I have also been meaning to read Cosmos by Carl Sagan for a long time, and 2018 was not the year; I will have to rectify this in 2019.

I did read Contact by Carl Sagan, which everyone says it is a dry read, but I don't really care as it is such an inspiring book. I also re-read my favorite book of all time: The Lord of the Rings. Other books I would like to highlight are The World of Odysseus, books by Sarah Addison Allen, The Life of Bees by Maeterlinck, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, books by Herman Hesse, Room with a View by E. M. Forster (which became one of my favourite books of all time), Martin Heidegger by George Steiner, and The Book of Tea (which is a fascinating read for anyone interested in Japanese culture and Zen Buddhism). ( )
  Clarissa_ | May 11, 2021 |
Not sure whether to be happy or sad.
My 'Want to Read' list is getting out of hand due to the interesting books read by the rest of you. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
2018 has been a very rough year for me, personally and professionally (new function, new responsibilities, big hurdles, ...). When I set the challenge at 50 books, I thought it would be a piece of cake. Thanks to the holidays period, I could indeed complete the challenge; see here. It was a very close call. Sure, I could add a few more, if I want to, but I'm not going to rush things, as I've had to rush and solve problems enough this year.

50 books read, or rather, 50 stories. Short-stories came to the rescue for the statistics, once again. Not that I mind, because they allow you to read something in-between or discover new authors. What is clear, though, is that the majority of those 50 stories consists of French ones, not in the least because my French TBR-pile has grown a lot this year. The French language will most likely also have a dominant role in 2019.


Summary of 2018, although it probably won't change any more:

* Dutch (original or translated): 7 (with [b:Olla Vogala|40096431|Olla Vogala (bilingue français/neerlandais)|Wido Bourel|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1525974364s/40096431.jpg|62147860] also counted on the French side, as it's a bilingual book)
* French (original or translated): 29 (including Olla Vogola)
* English: 17


2018 was also the year in which I read a SFF-magazine (well, two) for the first time: [b:Bifrost n° 91 : Spécial Fictions|40848331|Bifrost n° 91 Spécial Fictions|Jean Baret|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1531752307s/40848331.jpg|63520880] (France) and [b:Solaris 206|41943174|Solaris 206|Martine Bourque|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1537340806s/41943174.jpg|61853451] (Canada, Québec). Of these two, regardless of the respective issues, I find Bifrost a bit better - also because of their putting an author in the spotlights with each issue - and have recently purchased a few of the previous issues.

I'm not going to make a Best Of, as I've read many great books, as I do every year.

An interesting feature on Goodreads, next to the Challenge page, remains My Year in Books. Sure, there's also the Statistics page via My Books, but that's of a different category. Maybe GR should think about combining these three pages, as they have overlapping data.

I've decided to take a different approach for 2019: make a shelf (see here) with books that I really want to read, a non-exhaustive list. Otherwise, many of those books will continue to wait to be read. This doesn't mean I can't read other stuff in-between, but it will make me more attentive to certain books. I will also put a lower number for 2019's Reading Challenge and use this only for administrative purposes, not to push myself to read so many books or more than the set number. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
I could have sworn I already started this at the beginning of the year. Maybe my reading outlook for 2018 was not up to GR standards of optimism, so it was deleted. Whatever......

Anyway, my reading resolution for 2018 was threefold:

1. Not start reading a book to find out that it has an empty plot, devoid characters and a social justice message designed to BLOW ME AWAY with concepts of human decency that I embraced long, long ago.

2. Not be burdened with Mary Sue Badass characters for the empty show of having "strong females" in the plot. Newsflash: Bitches like myself don't find it necessary to carry weapons ......we ARE weapons, and don't need to be handed any egregious bullshit.

3. Avoid participating in group reads/challenges that do not include my tbr books. Having people to discuss bad books with is no consolation for reading the bad book in the first place.

So, seven months in, how is that working? Fabulous, thank you!

After the abysmal reading year of 2017 I have pretty much eliminated making any of the same mistakes this year. I am limiting my reading to tbr books published before 2000 and this seems to be working beautifully. I haven't had to dnf or rate any one star books this year......yay!!!!

I haven't had much time to read, there has been so much going on and I've been busy with lots of projects. When I have had time to sit down and read I've been enjoying Robin Hobb and Grrrrm and short story collections. With this sort of success I think I will continue down this path. Don't despair, dear authors of the twenty first century; I'm not ruling you out, there are plenty of new books on my tbr. If you've written something I would want to read, I will find it.

More to come, if this review remains in situ and doesn't 'disappear' like the last one.

9/14/18 Update
I'm back to report more success! Turns out I love Robin Hobb and I'm going to start Guy Gavriel Kay next.

One strange incident to report; a YA Week debacle. YA Week was annoying as fuck and I was repeatedly shamed and bullied by adult fans of YA literature for not giving the new books a chance. So I did; I read one of the highest rated and recommended YA fantasy books, [b:A Court of Thorns and Roses|16096824|A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)|Sarah J. Maas|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1546406962s/16096824.jpg|21905102]. I hated it; proving my point........It's Not For Me!!!. Hopefully, after giving one of their Holy Texts a scathing one star review, they will leave me the hell alone to read what I want. It's on them to deal with the fact that not everyone has the same tastes. More to come!

Update 10/12/18
Having just finished Horror Week I am doing a re-read of the horror classics. I can't find anything new in the genre, but I still keep looking, and hoping. I hear that the trends are going back to more supernatural influences, but haven't seen any actual evidence of this. It's still all the same psycho stalkers, hillbilly cannibals, and killer clowns; all with the same teenage slasher movie mentality. How.......not frightening......still. Do I ever hear a strange noise late at night and think, "Oh, no; I'm afraid to look......there could be a steaming gut pile out there!" Yeah, never, because steaming gut piles aren't scary, just kinda gross. Lotsa people still confusing nausea with dread and unease.

I have, however, noticed more of my GR friends who are self-professed fans of horror reading more dark fantasy. I'm not the only one after all!



Update 10/30/2018

So now the opening round of the Goodreads Choice Awards has started. Unfortunately, I haven't read anything published this year, so I'm going to skip the voting. Likely I won't pay any attention to it after that, because what would be the point?

The good news is that I have an inspiration for NaNoWriMo, which starts the day after tomorrow. I've always wanted to read about a quirky, gothic, Edward Gorey inspired small town, so it looks like I'm writing myself a new book. A standalone this time. I've already got a couple of maps drawn, some characters created and some gothic elements for the storyline. This is going to be fun!

Update 1/2/2019

In full twelve month retrospect, 2018 was one of the best reading years I've had since joining GR in 2012. I must have finally figured out how to use this site to my own advantage; at any rate I've learned how to negotiate the pitfalls ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
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