I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but we’re already halfway through 2018. How the heck did that happen so quickly? It seems like just a month or two ago it was the beginning of the year. And, yes, I know it’s a sign I’m getting old that I start saying (writing) things like that.

Long time readers here might remember that I like to do a little reading challenge each year. I try to read 52 books per year – one for every week.

Check out my 52 books from 2017 here

I’ve completed that challenge pretty easily for the past 3-4 years, so I decided to ramp it up a bit for this year. For 2018, I’ve challenged myself to read 60 books. That’s 8 more than I have done in previous years.

So, now that we’re officially halfway through 2018 I thought I’d share a little update on how the challenge is going. Answer: surprising easy!

I’ve actually only read about 5 books in the last two months, meaning I read the first 25 in the first 4 months of the year. If I’d tried a bit harder in the last two months I could be well ahead of my target. I’m not really sure why I slowed down? Perhaps I knew at the pace I was going at I’d easily surpass 60 books in 2018? Who knows. Sometimes I do go through little spells of reading less, but I’m happy to say I’m back devouring books at my usual speedy pace now.

Here are all the books I’ve read so far in 2018…

  1. Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson
  2. Evil Never Dies by T.R. Ragan
  3. Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
  4. He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
  5. Beware The Past by Joy Ellis
  6. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  7. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
  8. Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh
  9. The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine
  10. The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft
  11. His Kidnapper’s Shoes by Maggie James
  12. Come A Little Closer by Rachel Abbott
  13. What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
  14. At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider
  15. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  16. The Woman Next Door by Cass Green
  17. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  18. All The Good Things by Clare Fisher
  19. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  20. The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
  21. Close to Home by Cara Hunter
  22. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
  23. The Good Samaritan by John Marrs
  24. Checking Out by Nick Spalding
  25. The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans
  26. Deadly Lies by Chris Collett
  27. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
  28. Innocent Lies by Chris Collett
  29. Vanished by Kendra Elliot

As I’ve made it to the halfway point of the year having read 30 books fairly easily, I wonder if I should up my total? Maybe to 65 or even 70? 70 sounds like A LOT, but I don’t think it would be too much of a stretch. What do you think?
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My Favourite Reads (so far!)

The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine has absolutely been one of my favourite reads of 2018. I whizzed through it in just over a day and loved it. It’s a psychological thriller (one of my favourite genres) and has a really juicy and shocking plot twist that I adored. The characters are interesting, the plot is intriguing and I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. If you’re looking for a really great holiday read, this would be ideal.

Another of my most stand-out reads of 2018 so far is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. It’s a novel about a newborn who dies and the subsequent lawsuit of one of the nurses in the hospital. It raises the themes of racism, prejudice and power and made me question so much about how I think and the way the world is. So thought-provoking. And! I’ve just heard this is going to be made into a movie with Viola Davis and Julia Roberts. I can’t wait!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman might just be my number 1 read of the year! Eleanor is an eccentric person, with no friends and a strict self-imposed routine. The novel follows her as her life spirals downwards then transforms into something so much better. Eleanor was a character I totally resonated with and really found myself liking. It’s all about loneliness and how human kindness can change everything. A must-read.

Can you recommend any books for me to read for the remainder of my 2018 reading challenge? Let me know in the comments below…