My 2018 Reading Challenges – an update!

Haven’t been checking in much with my Reading Challenges of 2018 so far – consider myself told off!! – so it is time for me to catch up and see how I’m going – and see what is left to be read and should I be panicking already!!
This is from the GoodReads group The Book Vipers and the challenge is to read a book that fits the titles below! There are 3 levels that can be done – 9 squares, 16 squares or the full 25! I’m aiming for the 25 so we will see how we go!
Thankfully my reading choices so far in 2018 have helped me fill in a few of these squares so will add the titles of the ones I’ve already completed. Will leave the others blank as I’m still not 100% decided on what to read in these categories – any suggestions still greatfully received and welcomed of what you think I should add to the list!!



A Classic  – 
A Book About Money – 
A Book Under 100 Pages – The Victorian Chaise Longue by Marghanita Laski 
A Book Of Poems – Helium by Rudy Francisco
Free Choice – The Antipodeans by Greg McGee
A Book Set In Another Country –  The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi
A Translated Book – We Were The Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard / David Warriner
True Or Fictional Crime – Too Close To Breathe by  Olivia Kiernan
A Book With An Animal In The Title – The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young
Book Vipers Monthly Read  – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Non Fiction Book –  The Last Wilderness by Neil Ansell
A Debut Book – The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
Book From A Small Publisher  –  
A Biography – 
A Book You Have Borrowed   
Free Choice – The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans
A Banned Book – 
A Book with a Food in the Title  –  
Free Choice – The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse
A Shortlisted Book – 
A Book Over 500 Pages  – 
An Award Winner – 
Second Book In A Series – 
A Book About Books  – 
Science Fiction Or Fact  – READY PLAYER ONE by ERNEST CLINE
I think I’m doing better than I thought! Still lots to hunt out though and keep me entertained for the rest of the year!

Top Ten Tuesday – My Reads of 2017… so far!

Howdy!! GoodReads has informed me today that I’ve reached the number of 100 books read this out on my challenge!  I was shocked too LOL!  I always set a number on the challenge each year but never take much notice of it until I get the reminders!  I’ve found more time to read this year due to my ill health (I have M.E so that involves a lot of ‘resting’ and being stuck indoors) and Insomnia (what else is there to do at 2am other than read?!), but also I’ve found I’ve definitely been watching less TV as there hasn’t been many series that have grabbed me and I’ve spent many a happy evening with a bar of chocolate, a cup of tea and another book off the TBR mountain and that has really helped me reach this goal!  Plus I’ve also left the ‘chunkster’ (those massive brutes of a book that scare you when you look at how many pages there are!) books on the shelves and know I need to get round to reading them so maybe the numbers will tail off slightly when I start attacking those!!

And what a year it has been already book wise!  I’m sure I say it every year, but the quality of stories (and beautiful covers!) definitely seems to improve year on year, so as a reader I feel I’ve been spoilt for choice this  year in deciding what to read – and as my bookshelves will testify – there are still plenty of wonderful stories out there for me to discover!

Just thought I’d try and make a Top Ten out of the 100 as to my favourite reads of the year so far, and as I’ve scanned through the GoodReads Challenge list I have found it very difficult (VERY, VERY DIFFICULT!!)  as there have been so many fabulous reads this year! BUT, here goes with my Top Ten of books that have tugged at my heart strings, made me laugh, made me cry, given me chills or have

just  stuck with me a little more than others – in no particular order …..  click on the title if you’d like to read my review on GoodReads!

1.  The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull

3.  The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

4.  The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

5.  We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

6.  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

7.  The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

8.  Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

9.  Little Teashop of Horrors by Jane Lovering

10.  Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Nice little selection there eh to cover most genres!! Have to say I’m a big fan now of mixing up the genres that I read! Some of the books this year have been a little emotional so it has been nice to then go to something lighter and more ‘hopeful’ to give me a little break!  Been such a tough task though as, happily, I’ve managed to read a ton of fabulous books so far this year and just hope the second half of the year throws up just as many great reads!! 

What has been your read of the year so far?!  Would love to hear your thoughts!