Books I Need to Read 2018 – A review | Blogmas #21

Posted December 21, 2018 by Jordann @thebookbloglife in blogmas / 0 Comments

So each year I set myself the goal of reading 12 books that have been sat on my shelf for a long time, with various rules and conditions, 2018 rules were:

  1. If the book is the first in a series, only the first has to be read.
  2. The first 100 pages have to be read before declaring it a DNF
  3. A book that needs to be read should feature in each month’s TBR.
  4. Any books that aren’t read by the end of the year will be unhauled.

So I thought that seeing as we’re almost at the end of December I thought it would be good to look back over the year and do an overview!

Burial Rites

I loved Burial Rites, I thought the book was rich with detail and the characters were more than three dimensional. This was a definite winner, especially from a historical fiction point of view. Completely different from what I expected but in a good way!

The Name of the Wind

Overall I really enjoyed The Name of the Wind, I did think it was a little lacking in the action department and I thought there could have been more done with the actual story and plot. I loved the narration style and the magic system, so definitely a keeper.

Paper Towns

We are at our first unhaul of the post. John Green is officially not for me, I enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars but hated Looking for Alaska. Paper Towns was the tiebreaker and I really didn’t enjoy the book or even care about any of the characters. The whole premise of the story annoyed me and I won’t be picking up another.


Outlander was a HUGE success I ended up reading two other books in the series. I love the characters, I mean who can say no to Jamie Fraser. I certainly can’t. I love how complex the characters are and the world that they find themselves in.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Another winner, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was a great historical fiction piece with great characters and plot. I loved the relationships and the chemistry that came through the narration was fantastic. Would definitely recommend it as a book that needs to be read.

The Diviners

The biggest problem with The Diviners was the setting, there was no explanation or development of the story or the characters I struggled with this one. So it was a definitely a unhaul and I definitely don’t think I will be carrying on with the series.

The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden

So this one might break the rules in a big way! I haven’t actually read or attempted to read this book, it’s supposed to be unhauled. But something is telling me to make sure I pick it up so I might give it another year and if I still haven’t read it then it goes!

Grasshopper Jungle

Another unhaul. Grasshopper Jungle was one weird book and definitely not in a good way! I didn’t understand what the point of the plot was and by the time I got to the end I wasn’t sure what the idea was or what I was supposed to get from it. 

A Clockwork Orange

I found A Clockwork Orange to be really enjoyable. I thought it was a really interesting subject matter and I actually learnt a lot from the book, it made me question an awful lot about right and wrong and good and evil. I will definitely be rereading!

The Illiad

Another unhaul unfortunately. I tried to read this one, and tried another translation but I didn’t really enjoy it. I didn’t want to spend too much time trying to read it especially as it was so long and I had struggled with it for a while.

Who Could That Be At This Hour?

This one I think was the biggest disappointment of them all! I was so looking forward to jumping into another Lemony Snicket series, but for some reason this one doesn’t quite sit right with me. So I will be donating this one. 

The Gunslinger

I couldn’t even get through a hundred pages of The Gunslinger the timeline didn’t make much sense! I didn’t like the writing style at all and I couldn’t get into the story at all! So this one is very firmly stuck in the donate pile!

Were there any books in your 2018 reading that disappointed you or surprised you? Let me know in the comments!