2018 Reading Challenge & Book List

Happy Sunday (again)!

Two posts in one day… who the heck am I? I do love that both are about books.

The end the year on a high note, I compiled a list of the books I completed in 2018! This past year my goal was to read 50 books in 2018 & this past year I read 44 books (44.5 if you count The Pale Horseman).

I always love having a goal to challenge myself. By having a reading challenge in 2018, I kept track of the books I read (which was new to me) & helped me renew my love for reading.

Another big thing that happened with reading in my life this year was I started listening to audiobooks (which is something I never, & I mean never, thought I would do), & enjoyed them. I found myself listening to them in the car, while I worked out, before bed, at work, you name it. I was so shocked. I couldn’t believe myself.


2018 Reading Challenge Book List:

  • Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
  • Balancing Acts by Zoe Fishman
  • Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding
  • The Husbands Secret by Lianne Moriarty
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Darker (50 Shades as Told by Christian) by E.L James
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner
  • Lost Along the Way by Erin Duffy
  • Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Slash by Slash with Anthony Bozza
  • Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews
  • Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
  • The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Neil Stauss & Motley Crue
  • Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart
  • Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer
  • The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  • The Light we Lost by Jill Santopolo
  • Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart
  • Crazy, Rich, Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels
  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman
  • Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
  • Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop
  • Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  • Get Your Shit Together by Sarah Knight
  • The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
  • It’s Not Okay by Andi Dorfman
  • The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
  • Corralled by Lorelei James
  • Well Read Black Girl by Gloria Edim
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero

I am so proud of myself for this list. There is a little bit of everything & different genres. I found some new authors I fell in love with & got through some of my bookshelf (I say some, because I keep adding more & more books, oops). I also loved ending the year by reading ‘You Are A Badass At Making Money’ I feel like I am all set to start the year off on a rolling start, ready to just go get em. Achieve everything I’m slowly planning for 2019.

I can’t wait to start my new reading challenge for 2019 tomorrow!
I’ve set my reading going for 50 books again (really planning on accomplishing that goal in 2019).

Also do you have Goodreads? Let’s be friends, I love seeing how everyone is doing on their challenges & what your reading!

What is your 2019 reading goal?

Happy New Years Everyone!
& Thank you for reading!
xo cd

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15 thoughts on “2018 Reading Challenge & Book List

  1. Congrats on reading that many books! Any tips you can share about how you read so many? haha I think from briefly looking at my Goodreads, I read 25 books. I haven’t read any that are on your list; do you have a few that you’d highly recommend?

    My reading goal is to read at least two books a month, so I’d have at least 36 books total for the year. I’m back on a reading kick and I really like it. Plus I like to go to the library, because I’m a nerd.

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    • Thanks love! I have always usually read around 50 year, I just try to read about 4 books a month minimum usually. I always try to have some on my phone or my ipad (the free apple books for emergencies or trips). This year I decided to try out audio books (I was always that person that was hell bent on never reading books that way) but that helped me reach my goal this month. I found this app that connects to your local library & you can take out ebooks or audiobooks for free which is pretty cool!

      hmmm, I would totally recommend:
      – The Longest Ride (one of my favourite books)
      – any of the Lianne Moriarty books
      – The Husband Hour was awesome.
      – Bridget jones Series hands down
      – The Light we lost made me cry it was so adorable.
      – I think I can keep going!

      You can do it girl! Just take it one book at a time & you’ll pass your goal in no time!

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      • So I actually read “The Light We Lost” over the summer and was very disappointed with it. I basically just skimmed it to finish it just to see what happened. And I tried reading one of Lianne Moriarty’s books and couldn’t get into it… it was the one with water on the cover, “Truly Madly Guilty.” (Sorry for shooting down your recommendations haha…)

        I went to the library this morning and found a few books that look to be like easy reads. I also added a few to my “Want to read” list on Goodreads so when I go back I can look for them. I don’t know how I feel about audiobooks. I think I’m going to stick with actual books for now.

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      • Don’t even worry, books are tough to recommend I find, everyone has different tastes 🙂

        I saw, the books on your godreads look pretty good! I do the same, I always end up forgetting titles of what I want to read!

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  2. Great stuff Cass.

    Well done! I’m excited to read in 2019 too! In fact, I’m setting some goals for myself. My general goal is to read more books. I read a ton of papers and magazines already, so I’m wondering if I need to cut back on those or what. Something’s gotta give. (Is that a name of a movie?) Maybe that’s my answer. Cut back on TV and movies. Boo! I don’t wanna do that. Who am I kidding?

    I don’t think I can hack 50 books a year, or even Becky’s goal of 25 or 36 or whatever she stated. I’m looking at more like 10, or maybe 20. We’ll see.

    Thanks for the motivation! I’m gonna post my list soon!


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      • Working on it. I started with the “Hawk” Harrelson autobiography. I’m a non-fiction guy. I rarely read fiction but will try some this year. Thanks and Happy New Year! Have fun out there! Post pictures!


  3. Wow! Congratulations on reading so many books this year. The most I think I’ve ever read was 32 in one year… and now I’m not sure how I did it. My reading goal for the upcoming year is 24 – two a month which I think is quite doable.
    I really wish I could get into audiobooks, but there is just something about a hardcopy that makes me love reading so much more. I feel like I would get distracted if I were just listening to a book rather than interacting with it.
    Good luck in the New Year with your new challenge!

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    • Thanks love!
      Two books a month is the perfect amount & totally doable. I’m nervous about attempting 50 again, but we’ll see how that goes.
      I felt the exact same way about audiobooks & then one day I decided to listen to one at work while I was answering emails. I realized i could totally listen to books at work, sometimes I listen to them on my runs (depending on my mood). Sometimes it’s confusing, but I use it as a backup option now.

      Good luck with your reading as well!

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