Cue the confetti, because I am extremely excited that I have completed my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge!!
I know that I haven’t talked about this much (or at all?) on this blog this year, but I hope you will still celebrate with me! For the past two years, I have not reached the reading goals I set on Goodreads, even though most of those years included a significant amount of required reading for my university classes. However, this year I did some calculating when I set my goal, and decided to allow myself to tweak it throughout the year if things changed which affected the amount of time I could spend reading. I did this a few times, including once a few weeks ago when I raised it by a few books because I didn’t want to finish too early because I had lowered it a bit several months ago. This time, I decided to let it stand and just celebrate!
It may be a small thing, but this accomplishment makes me very happy. Last year I came so close to my goal, only missing it by one book, and I was disappointed but (obviously) moved on. I can’t wait to set next year’s goal and start working towards it!
To celebrate, here’s a sneak peak of my “2018 Year In Books” (I will most likely do an extended version of this as a sort of wrap-up for the whole year when it gets closer):
Goal: Started at 45, at one point this summer I lowered it to 32, then raised it back up to 38. As of the writing of this post, I have read 39 books.
First Book Reviewed in 2018: The Red Grouse Tales by Leslie W. P. Garland
Book I am most hoping to read before the actual end of 2018: I have been meaning to re-read A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter for a while now, so it would be nice to get to that! More realistically, I want to get through Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar. I started reading it recently, but since it did not come with the expectation of a review in any specific time frame, it keeps getting pushed to the back as I work on other things.
Favorite New Author(s) Read in 2018: I read a lot of new-to-me authors this year, but there are two who really stand out as exceptional. These two have been added to my list of favorites, at least for this decade of my life. They both write historical fiction from a Christian perspective, which is my favorite genre. Furthermore, whenever I interact with either of them, they are always a joy to work with. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two, especially if it means more wonderful books! My favorite new authors for this year are: Julia David (author of the Mighty One series, including Burgundy Gloves, Broken Chain, and Black Coat) and Kellyn Roth (author of The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series, including Beyond Her Calling). You can see each of their Goodreads profiles by clicking on their names. Julia David also has a website which you can find here, although she is currently “on sabbatical” from blogging. Kellyn Roth has an active blog which you can follow called Reveries, and she runs a company dedicated to helping independent authors with all sorts of aspects of publishing at Reveries Co.
Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with me! The community I have found through book blogging has been an inspiration, and I am blessed to be here and share my little successes and so many books with y’all.
Until the next chapter,