Goodreads 2018 Challenge

I’m a slow reader, so I gave myself a Goodreads Challenge of only 26 books for the year.  Imagine my surprise when I found I had read 39 books!  I love the way Goodreads recaps a year of reading. I’ll bet you recognize a few books in here, maybe your own! Thank you for a year of amazing entertainment.

My goal for 2019 is 30 books, and I’m looking forward to every single one of them!

Happy Reading!

122 thoughts on “Goodreads 2018 Challenge

  1. Sarah says:

    I think it’s time for me to join Goodreads to, makes it look so easy to keep track of the books you read over the year. And doesn’t it feel great when you exceed your own expectations? ! 😄 Happy Reading, Diana! ❤

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    • Hi Sarah. I was delighted to exceed my goal, but the real reason I took the challenge is the summary that Goodreads puts together at the end of the year. It was really fun to look back at the covers and remember the books. It’s not too late to join!

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  2. Wow! Pretty sure you read more than I did (which is why I haven’t done the Goodreads challenge 😉 ) I’ve been trying to do more writing, but reading is one way to procrastinate… Some of these look interesting; so again, my TBR list grows 😮 Thanks for sharing these, Diana!

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  3. Applesauce! That’s a lot of books to me, Diana. If you are a slow reader, then I’m a snail… Awesome collection of books. Thanks for showing them here. Hugs.

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    • Some were very short, Teagan, but I do love to read. I’ve begun reading on my elliptical – it makes me exercise longer! I hope to read as many this year, but we’ll see. It’s not about the number as much as it is about the fun. 🙂 Happy Reading!

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  4. How cool that is to see my novel in the mix! I’ve thought about using Goodreads to keep track of my reading in 2019. Not decided if I’ll set a goal. Maybe track it this year to see what my normal reading is then set a goal? Happy New Year!

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    • I just guessed at a goal and didn’t worry much about it. I love getting these recaps, Ellen, and remembering all the books I read – yours among them! I recommend the challenge. It’s fun. 🙂 Happy Reading!

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  5. Teri Polen says:

    I see a few I recognize – one in particular! I missed my goal by one book – just couldn’t fit it in. Happy Reading for 2019, Diana!

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  6. rijanjks says:

    It’s always a surprise to look back and see how many books we’ve read. What a diverse collection, Diana!

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  7. Happy New Year!! Congrats on 39 books 🙂 It always feels good to beat your goal!! I hope you have a great 2019!

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  8. Adele Marie says:

    I loved Shadow and Bone, fantastic books. xxx

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  9. Daniela Ark says:

    oh you had a wonderful reading year Di! Congrats on you 39 books! There are many of them already on my TBR and the others I want to check out! we have very similar taste in books!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Daniela. All the ones on my summary were highly entertaining, and I love supporting other indie writers, plus digging into my favorite genre – fantasy. Happy Reading to you. Have a wonderful 2019. 😀

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  10. We read a bunch of the same books–Mira, The Storyteller Speaks, The Bone Curse, and more. What wonderful escapes, each and every one.

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    • I love to read, Jacqui, so I’m there with you in terms of wonderful escapes. And it is fun to read the books of bloggers that I’ve come to know so well. Thanks so much for the visit and Happy Reading!

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  11. A great way to “show” the books you’ve read and enjoyed, Diana. Because of your review early in 2018, I consumed A.C. Flory’s books and enjoyed them immensely. I see you read what you write – ie, many fantasy book, but you intersperse them so nicely with Indie books of bloggers we both follow. Well done, bravo, and thank you.

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    • I love fantasy, Pam, but also want to support indie authors, and it does get me reading genres that I normally wouldn’t pick up, which is fun. I love the way Goodreads creates this summary of covers. It’s like a trip down memory lane. 🙂 Happy Reading!

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  12. kimwrtr says:

    Oh and this year I went up to a goal of 50. Haven’t even read one yet but I’m 23% finished with the one I’m reading.

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  13. kimwrtr says:

    I read 48 out of 40 in 2018 and 34 out of 30 the year before that. The only way I can make my goals are to mix short and long books. I read slow too. A long book can sometimes take me a month to read.

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  14. Joanne Sisco says:

    You may consider yourself a slow reader, but you still managed to plow through more books than I did. Well done!
    Last year I read a paltry 24 books – and abandoned 3 others part way through. I started giving myself ‘permission’ to abandon books I’m not enjoying.

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    • I used to finish books no matter what, Joanne. But a few years ago I started abandoning them too. (Ebooks definitely made that easier for me to do). There are so many good reads out there, that forcing my way through ones I didn’t enjoy seemed silly. 24 is nothing to scoff at, my friend. I hope you have a wonderful year of reading ahead of you. ❤

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  15. Mick Canning says:

    Yay! I managed 39 books too! Mind you, my target was 50, but I’ll try again this year.

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  16. Congrats on blowing your goal out of the water!! 🙂

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  17. swalia says:

    Great…I managed 34 out of my goal of 40.

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    • That’s awesome, Shaloo. It’s not really making the goal that counts, in my mind anyway. It’s all about reading and celebrating books. I hope you have some wonderful finds this year. 🙂 Happy Reading!

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  18. Mae Clair says:

    I love the Goodreads challenge. I do it every every year (although I fell short last year). It’s such a great way of tracking books. Congrats on all of your reads (thanks for including Cusp of Night on your list) and happy reading in 2019!

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  19. dgkaye says:

    Fabulous job Diana! And what an extra treat to see one of my books in your great reading list ❤

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  20. Ocean Bream says:

    How pleasant that you surprised yourself buy reading more than 10 books over what you set yourself! I set myself a challenge to read 100 books because my brain is still 13 years old and thinks I don’t have adult responsibilities haha – I only managed about 43!

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  21. Anonymous says:

    How pleasant that you surprised yourself buy reading more than 10 books over what you set yourself! I set myself a challenge to read 100 books because my brain is still 13 years old and thinks I don’t have adult responsibilities haha – I only managed about 43!

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  22. arlene says:

    I had this report too but mine is too long, all of 151 books in 2018.

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  23. Looking great! ❤ Happy New Year reading & writing, Diana… xo

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  24. acflory says:

    Oh…my…-gasp-
    Diana, I’m speechless. Your review of Miira made my whole month, but to see The Godsend up there as well is icing on the best cake of 2018!!!
    Thank you, and I hope you don’t mind if I tweet this like crazy. -massive hugs-

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  25. That’s a diverse collection of books Diana. Kudos on reading so much while you blog write and publish.

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  26. I’ve never joined the challenge at Goodreads, but if I did, it would encourage me to read more than I do. As another nighttime reader, I don’t get far before the old eyes close. Thanks for sharing Diana (and including my book).

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  27. Steven Baird says:

    That’s an impressive number, Diana. I haven’t been reading as much as I should, so this is inspiring. If I could write just one book a year, I’d be pleased.

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  28. Thank you for reading and including my books on your post, Diana, and thank you too, for the suggestions of good reading. I’m always wondering what’s a good book to read and it sure helps to have recommendations from people who have read a good one and are sharing their finds.

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  29. Anneberly says:

    That’s awesome. I am not so certain that I can read that many in one year. I feel like I am a super slow reader.

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  30. Those are wonderful titles. A few I am looking forward to reading. Thanks for the list, Diana. My best time to read is when I go to bed at night. Congrats on reading all of these books in 2018. Happy day to you.

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  31. trentpmcd says:

    Pretty good. I do very little with Goodreads. I should pay more attention to it and use it for things like this: I have no idea how many books I read last year! And you just reminded me that you read Seasons of Imagination – I think I missed your review! Thanks!

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  32. For the past 6 years, I’ve kept a journal of the books I read each year. In 2018, I only made it to 35, but with so much going on in my life, that wasn’t too bad, I suppose. It’s nice to see so many familiar books on your list, Diana.

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  33. That is great, Diana. We share 9 common books for 2018. I must go into Goodreads and see how many I read last year.

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  34. balroop2013 says:

    Diana, I never challenge myself and take a book like a friend who should stay with me as long as it can but Goodreads is a wonderful platform that keeps track of us and this year I was conscious! I have read 48 but some of them are poetry books that I devour in a day. But I would still call myself a slow reader, as some books consume a full month. My book is shining there in your list and that makes me happy!
    Seven of them are common with me. 🙂 Happy reading!

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    • 48 books is great, Balroop. Some of my reads were poetry books and children’s books, too. And really this isn’t brain surgery, it’s just plain fun, so who really cares if we make our goals. Yes, your book is there! It was a “Goodread!”

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  35. Ashleyhouck says:

    I see a lot of people give themselves a number for the amount of books they want to read in a year. I have never done that because I have no idea what would be a realistic number. I’m a pretty quick reader and read all the fifty shades of grey books in a week but that only happens every now and then. I don’t always have the same amount of time. My goal for this year is to just read as much as I possibly can. Last year my reading number was low so if I could at least do one book a month that would be more than last year.

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  36. Some great choices here, Diana. So many wonderful covers!

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  37. I’m terrible at remembering to update Goodreads and I never hit my targets. Problem is I book hop and then don’t actually finish very much. Well done on beating your target.

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  38. Jina Bazzar says:

    Congrats on that achievement. I never challenged myself on goodreads. I don’t even know how many books i read a year, or rate every book i read. Some book i forget to rate – especially if i’m in the middle of a binge read – others just didn’t reserve a 3 star, so i don’t rate them.

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    • I’m the same way, Jina, about books that I don’t enjoy – I don’t review them. Partly because I rarely finish reading them. I post reviews on Amazon and copy them into Goodreads, so it’s not that much extra work. And I love the year end recap. It’s a trip through memory lane. 😀 Happy Editing, my friend. ❤

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  39. Amanda Cade says:

    I just started using Goodreads to track my reading, and I’m loving it. In the past I’ve kept my list on paper, and this is so much easier!

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  40. I started reading my thirtieth book for 2018 just before New Years Eve. Congrats on exceeding your expectations!

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