A little over halfway through the last month of the year, and it’s time to see how my bookish year has gone so far. I set myself an easy Goodreads challenge to read forty books in 2018 but soon upped it to fifty-two as I passed the first benchmark well within forty weeks. I’ve reviewed 53 books for the Goodreads challenge, but I’ve actually read two more, with two reviews in preparation (titles by Kate Atkinson and Natalie Babbitt). I may well hit fifty-six or more by year’s end as I’m reading two more at the moment.
Of course, I know I’m a lightweight compared to many of you so these are just observations (obvs!) and not a boast.
Another goal I’d set myself for this year was to even up the gender balance in terms of authors read. How did I do?
Well, here are the male writers read:
Eric Ambler, Anton Chekhov, Arthur C Clarke, Joseph Conrad, Otto Coontz, Edmund Crispin, Jasper Fforde, Neil Gaiman, A C Grayling, Peter Haining, Seamus Hamill-Keays, Simon Haynes and Tim Godden,* Henry James, Robert Macfarlane, Edwin Moore, Garth Nix, Leonardo Olschki, Grayson Perry, Terry Pratchett, Christopher Priest, Philip Reeve, Georges Simenon and R L Stevenson. Total: 23.
And here are the female writers:
Joan Aiken, Kate Atkinson, Natalie Babbitt, Nina Bawden, Eleanor M Brent-Dyer, Siobhan Dowd, Eleanor Farjeon, Patricia Highsmith, Gail Honeyman, Tove Jansson, Diana Wynne Jones, Daphne Lee, Ursula Le Guin, Hope Mirrlees, Fiona Mackenzie Moore,** E Nesbit, Jan Newton, Jeannette Ng, J K Rowling, N K Sandars, Mary Shelley, Sarah Singleton, Vanessa Tait, Marina Warner. Total: 24.
I know what you’re thinking: 23+24 does not make 53. The fact is, I’ve read several titles by Joan Aiken (you may have noticed) and by Henry James and Robert Louis Stevenson, hence the higher figure.
Now, these are not the only goals I set myself way back when. I also aimed to fulfil as many categories for the 2018 Ultimate Reading Challenge. Desperate as I know you are to see how I’ve got on with that, I shall share that with you a couple or so posts on as I may have a couple or more categories to add to my tally.
That’s all, folks!
* Haynes and Godden count as one author as they co-authored their Guidebook.
** Fiona Mackenzie Moore and Edwin Moore also co-authored, but the former wrote about the art entries and the latter about literature in their dictionary