Goodreads tells me that I read 55 books and 10,650 pages in 2018, although I suspect this doesn't include the 600ish pages I read of Les Mis as I failed to finish it. That is perhaps my biggest disappointment of 2018- that I didn't finish the Les Mis Chapter A Day Readalong. I will still finish Les Mis some day, I'm still just not sure when. I love it every time I pick it up again, I just don't pick it up all that often at the moment, and certainly not every day. I need to try to get back to that habit again, and get it finished. Then I'm tempted to listen to the audiobook...
Also, many of the books I read were audiobooks. I slipped easily into the arms of audiobooks as my actual reading dwindled. A lovely way to keep "reading".
I also had a bad year of rating my reads, so this is year in review is made all the trickier. I like to wait until I do my review to rate, but then if I don't do the review, the rating doesn't happen and then it all falls away like grains of sand. So what were the books that I gave 5 stars to? Or those that I think I should have given 5 stars to if I had bothered to rate them at all?
The Pigeon. Patrick Suskind
Les Misérables. Victor Hugo
The Latecomer. Dimitri Verhulst
Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris. Megan Hess
Big Little Lies. Liane Moriarty. Audio
The (audio)book, the TV series, the soundtrack. I love it all.
Migration. Mike Unwin. Jenni Desmond
Poo: A Natural History of the Unmentionable. Nicola Davies. Neal Layton (illustrator)
The Art of Frugal Hedonism. Annie Raser-Rowland. Adam Grubb
Life After Life. Kate Atkinson. Audio
5 stars for the audiobook performance. 4-4.5 stars for the book.
The Art of Living Alone and Loving It. Jane Mathews
Any Ordinary Day. Leigh Sales. Audio (the tea slurping edition)
Do I have a book of the year? I'm not so sure. I really liked all these books, but I'm not sure that any particular one shines more than the others.
11 (12 including Les Mis) of my 54 reads were, or should have been, 5 stars! Not bad for a bad reading year.
5 Aussie books
9 Adult reads
3 Picture books
0 Verse Novels
4 Audio Books
5 Nonfiction Books
8 Female Authors/Illustrators
7 Male Authors
11 New to Me Authors
I appear to have let another year slip by without reading any Jackie French. How can this be? What an egregious oversight. It must not happen again this year.
I'm not sure why you use the word tempted to listen to Les Misérables. Why not? audiobook is a legit format of book, as long as you pick the unabbreviated version.
I read it decades ago, and am rereading it right now with a student who asked for it! Basically a chapter a day. Rereading it makes me see all the humor and connections I didn't see the first time
I used the word tempted because I've just spent the last year reading the actual book. I should have finished it already, but fell way behind, and then spent most of the year feeling guilty about it. I've listened to a theatrical BBC version previously- it was great.
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