Books and blogging: 2018 in review

It’s every book blogger’s most difficult task… the end of year review! I began this blog in August 2018. I’ve read a total of 64 books this year and reviewed 22 of them on the blog.


My favourite books published this year:

In Miniature by Simon Garfield

Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Step by Step by Simon Reeve


My favourite books read this year (older than 2018):

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark

In Pursuit of the Truth by Clive Driscoll

Down Under by Bill Bryson

I See You by Clare Mackintosh


Most popular blog posts:

I’ve published 54 blog posts this year (including this one) and these were the most popular:

Pineapples and toilets: Weird books from my shelf

It’s my 30th birthday! Here are my top 30 books…

Review of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green

Recommended author: Daphne du Maurier

The Liebster Award: See my answers to 11 curious questions


I’ve also trained in first aid, been on the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour, revisited books from my early years, mused upon poetry, discovered a weird party game from the past, invited myself to J K Rowling’s house for coffee, challenged some myths about writing fiction and travelled in time. What a wonderful and strange journey it’s been…

I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported my blog – email subscribers, Twitter followers, casual readers, and fellow bloggers. There are so many of you – again, thank you! I really appreciate it. An extra special shout-out to these folks for supporting me and contributing to the success of my blog: The Write Reads, Avalinah’s Books, Jee @ Hooked on Bookz, Alexandra @ Reader Witch, Stephen Writes, BW Reviews, Bibliobeth, Nemesis Book Blog, Jennifer @ Sleeping SuburbFictionophile, What’s Non Fiction, Herding CatsDrew @ The Tattooed Book Geek and Zooloo’s Book Diary.


27 thoughts on “Books and blogging: 2018 in review”

    1. There were some good twists in the book and it’s a great example of a psych thriler 🙂

        1. Not yet – it’s on my shelf!
          Also I have an ARC of Let Me Lie, which will prob be my next read.

    1. Thanks Stephen – I have really enjoyed blogging and ‘meeting’ other blogggers 🙂

  1. Glad to see A Far Cry from the on your list. I read it in 2017 and it made my list this time last year. I’m planning on reading some Daphne Du Maurier soon as I bought one not long ago and then received two more for Christmas, so lovely to see you are a fan.

    1. I’d like to read some more Muriel Spark. I hope you enjoy the du Maurier books!
      Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes for the new year!

    1. Thank you! Yes, not bad for my first (partial) year of blogging. I look forward to reading lots of great books this year 🙂

    1. Thank you! And I really appreciate the support of yourself and other bloggers 🙂

  2. Congratulations on a successful 2018! Sooo many good books read – I love Muriel Spark, Bill Bryson, Sara PInborough..also loved your weird books feature (which I’d still love to copy for my own blog!)

    1. Thanks for your kind words! Much appreciated. I think we have a similar taste in books 🙂

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