2018 Reading Challenge Results

Woohoo, it’s a new year! Happy 2019, everyone. Waaaaay back in 2013, I realized I had seriously fallen off the reading bandwagon and felt like I was barely reading at all.  I decided to start tracking the books I finished and discovered at the end of the year, my grand total was 12. The worst part was, it wasn’t even a dozen books I was excited about and they were almost all on audio. Some of them were winners (Madame Secretary by Madeleine Albright, some Malcolm Gladwell selections), but not much. I was barely interacting with actual paper books I loved. My tracking method was ultra simple: a note in Evernote, which I could download as an app on my phone and carry with me everywhere. Going into 2014, my goal was to greatly increase the number of finished books and I did it! I read 31 books in 2014, including re-reading the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series and all of Liane Moriarty’s books. Those were almost the only fiction I read, though, so going into 2015, I really wanted to step away from my beloved memoir and history books a bit and find some new fiction and complete a few more books. In 2015, I participated in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Annual Reading challenge for the first time and really enjoyed it. I read 37 books and found many fiction selections and authors I loved. Notably, Sarah Addison Allen and Kate Morton. In 2016, I set the goal of 52 books, or 1 book per week for the year and I managed to finish 57! Progress, friends. In 2017, I finished 51ish books (I counted the entire Beverly Clearly Ramona series as 1 book). In 2018, I hit my lowest number in years: 48. Still a very good number of books finished, but I am so disappointed to have come so close to my goal and miss it again. A few factors contributed to this. I was pregnant for most of 2018, and there was a long stretch where I fell asleep every time I sat down to read. Then we had an extended hospital stay and a newborn, and well, life happens.


The adorable reason for a slower than usual reading pace.

I didn’t meet my goal or finish the MMD Reading Challenge, but I did read books in most of the categories and a few categories I actually read more than 1 book. And so, friends, here are those titles:

A classic you’ve been meaning to read
Anne of Avonlea
A book recommended by someone with great taste
Hannah Coulter
A book nominated for an award in 2018
A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection
Calypso by David Sedaris
A book you can read in a day
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, Dream More by Dolly Parton
A book that’s more than 500 pages
A book by a favorite author Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
A book recommended by a librarian or an indie bookseller
Station Eleven
A banned book
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A memoir, biography, or a book of creative nonfiction
Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew;
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot; Becoming by Michelle Obama
A book by an author of different ethnicity, race, or religion than your own
The Hate U Give, Americanah
Just for posterity’s sake, here’s the complete list of everything I read in 2018. I don’t have time to edit this so hopefully the format is readable!
1. Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew-1.7.18-library
2. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Barry-1.22.18-library
3. Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey-2.9.18-audio
4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith-2.12.18-mine
5. The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Gouge-3.1.18-kindle (book club)
6. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls-3.8.18-library (book club)
7. Still Me by JoJo Moyes-3.14.18-library
8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows-4.9.18-library (book club)
9. Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny-4.30.18
10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas-5.8.18-library (book club)
11. Dream More by Dolly Parton-5.12.18-library
12. Mr. Poppers Penguins-5.15.18-audio
13. The Read Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie-5.24.18-audio
14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling-5.25.18-audio with kids
15. The Beverly Cleary Collection-6.4.18-audio
16. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh-6.5.18-mine (book club)
17. Educated by Tara Westover-6.6.18-audio
18. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel-6.11.18-library (book club)
19. Like Living Among Scorpions by Jennifer Fulwiler-6.14.18- Kindle
20. Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody-audio-6.15.18
21. One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler-6.16.18-audio
22. Something other than God by Jennifer Fulwiler-6.21.18-kindle
23. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist-6.24.18-audio
24. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling-7.1.18-audio
25. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg-7.7.18-library (book club)
26. Calypso by David Sedaris-7.8.18-library
27. Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD by Pinsky-7.16.18-mine
28. Know and Tell by Karen Glass-7.17.18-borrowed
29. The Little Oratory-David Caldwell-7.18.18-borrowed
30. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot-7.21.18-audio
31. Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery-7.22.18-own
32. All of a Kind Family by Sidney Taylor-8.7.18-audio with kids
33. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-8.10.18-library
  1. Rethinking School by Susan Wise Bauer-8.19.28-library
  2. How to Raise the Perfect Dog by Cesar Millan-9.3.18-library
  3. Dr. Dolittle -9.14.18-audio
  4. An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter-9.26.18-audio
  5. I’d Rather be Reading by Anne Bogel-10.7.18-mine
  6. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny-10.14.18-kindle
  7. The Importance of being Kennedy by Laurie Grabam-10.22.18-kindle
  8. In Julia’s Kitchen by Pamela Heyne-10.27.18-borrowed
  9. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty-library-11.17.18
  10. Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly-11.20.18-library
  11. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah-11.30.18-kindle
  12. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo-12.19.18-audio with kids
  13. Becoming by Michelle Obama-12.21.18-library
  14. The Peaceful Parent by Lisa Smith 12.22.18-kindle
  15. Make Your Bed by William McCraven-audio-12.27.18

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