My Reading Resolutions for 2018 | How Did I Do?

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Even though we’re almost halfway through the month, it still feels like the first few days of January to me.  No, I don’t know why either.  I thought it would be a fun idea to look back at the reading resolutions I made for myself in 2018 before I think about the ones I want to make in 2019.  Let’s go!

Resolution #1: Read More Thrillers

It feels pretty good to put a big tick next to this resolution. *smug face*  I read a lot of thrillers in 2018 and I even read all of the thrillers listed in my original post – yay!  Even though I started the year with some 3* reads, Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough kicked it up a notch and received one of the few 5* ratings I gave this year.  I knew I could rely on Sarah to give me a thriller that would turn me inside out and she did not let me down.  I hope 2019 brings us another book from Sarah. *crosses fingers*   I also need to give a special mention to Our House by Louise Candlish; a book that nearly took over my life.   I don’t think I’ve seen a bad word against this book yet, and if you are thinking of reading it… DO IT! (and then talk to me about it).

Thrillers I Read in 2018:

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister
Our House by Louise Candlish
Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings
The Surrogate by Louise Jensen
Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Resolution #2: Read More Non-Fiction

Even though I could argue this is a resolution I stuck to, I personally feel that I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to.  Looking through my GoodReads shelves, I know I could have read more than what I actually did.  It’s also quite sobering to see I only read one of the books mentioned above.  Oops.  I’m not going to count the celebrity biographies or self-help books I read, as I do not consider them to be akin to the books I originally wanted to read… if that makes sense?  Looking at my total below, I  am feeling very guilty about my lack of non-fiction reads.   I must do better in 2019.  Someone hold me to this.

Non-Fiction I Read in 2018:

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls #2
Repeal the Eighth Anthology by Una Mullally
Death in Ten Minutes by Fern Riddell
The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts

Resolution #3: Read the Chaos Walking Trilogy

Well, well, well.  What do we have here?  A failed resolution.  *hides head in hands*  In my defence, I did read the first chapter of the e-book of The Knife of Never Letting Go, but I struggled to get into it.  I blamed it on my bad mood at the time, and resolved to try again.  I waited a few weeks before trying again, this time reading the physical copy.  Still no luck.  I’m beginning to think that I am not fated to read it.  I feel guilty for not giving it more of a chance, as I know how much my fellow bloggers and even some of my friends love it.  On the other hand, I genuinely wasn’t enjoying it, even if there was a talking dog.  I will have to have a think about whether I want to see if its third time lucky… or if its the time to donate my copy.

Did you make any resolutions in 2018?  How did you do?

Daniella x

14th January 2019
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