2018 was not a year of reading for me, although I really wanted it to be. I thought it would be the year that I conquer my goal of reading 100 books in a year, but nope. I only read five books! Five books, that’s it! I can’t believe it because I was constantly adding books to my ‘to read’ list on Goodreads. But I didn’t have an idea of the types of books I wanted to read. So I just went into the year with no structure and a hefty goal. Also, if you’re curious about what I read in 2017, I wrote all about that here.
One of my main goals for this year is for it to be the year that I get back into reading more and re-ignite the fire that I used to have when it came to reading. I would like to read all of the books I’ve discussed previously for my summer and spring reading lists since I didn’t get to most of them.
I have chosen the goal to read 25 books this year. I got this idea from Anna from The Anna Edit since she is reading 30 books because she’ll be 30 this year. So, I chose 25 books. Basically I just need to read two books a month to hit this goal. I’m almost done with my second book and we’re only 2 weeks into January! So, for right now I’m doing great. I think my mindset this year is better and I’ve chosen categories for the types of books I want to read each month. Also, if you have a Goodreads account add me so we can connect on there! (BTW, the images in this post look better on desktop)
all of the books i read in 2018:
1 | the year of cozy: 125 recipes, crafts, and other homemade adventures by Adrianna Adarme
I absolutely love this book! It was a super quick read. I’m pretty sure I went through the entire book in a day. There are so many good recipes and easy ideas that anyone can incorporate into their life easily. This is one of those books that you constantly go back to over time.
2 | milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
This is a poetry book, so if you’re into that you might like this book. I think I resonated with this one more than the other book by Rupi (listed below). Her books are constantly being recommended by everyone so I thought I’d give it a try! Especially since Rupi is known for writing female-centered and empowered poetry. But even though, I read it in a day it wasn’t an enjoyable read for me.
3 | we should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I read this book on a whim since I’ve heard so many mixed reviews about Chimamanda’s work. But I was curious to see if her work resonated with me. I thought this book was really good and powerful. There were aspects that I did not relate to because she is from Nigeria. So a lot of the book was from the perspective of an African person that moved to America. Still, I enjoyed this book and I think everyone needs to read this.
4 | the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
Like I mentioned above, this is another book by Rupi Kaur that I read this year. I read this book in a day, it was a pretty quick read since it is poetry. I was hoping that I would like this one more, but unfortunately, I didn’t. I don’t think poetry is for me, but I plan on giving it another try with a different author.
Recommend? No, unless you like poetry.
5 | the financial diet: a total beginner’s guide to getting good with money by Chelsea Fagan
I was so upset that I did not like this book since I have been an avid follower of The Financial Diet’s YouTube channel for years. But unfortunately, I didn’t resonate with this book at all. I felt like it was all over the place and the information given was not actionable. I thought it will be similar to their YouTube channel, but it wasn’t really like it at all. This book was very disappointing, to me. But I am still subscribed on YouTube and enjoy watching their videos weekly.