My 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

Hi, all! It’s the last day of the month which means that after posting this, I will officially be done with my 31 days of posting in December! It has been a lot of work making sure that I posted daily so to those of you who do it on a normal basis, I seriously commend you. I also wanted to thank literally everyone who read, liked, or commented on any of my posts because December was my best month of 2018 here on my blog! I topped my views, visitors, likes, and comments for all other months of the year, so I’m super duper appreciative of that. Everyone on these platforms is so supportive and I’m so glad to be a part of it and to get to show others love as well. ♥

Okay, now to the point of this post: my Goodreads Challenge.

When 2018 rolled around, I had a lot going on and I was worried that with school, my mental health, and day-to-day stuff, I wouldn’t get to read a lot. I shot pretty low with my goal this year: 40 books. This seems so small to me now, but when I decided on this number, I felt like this was something that I would definitely still be proud of (because 40 books is still a lot) but was also something that I felt confident I could complete.

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It turns out that I did 3x my goal! That’s right, as of yesterday, I’ve read 120 books in 2018! I’m pretty proud of that number, honestly. I read 34,522 pages across those 120 books and ended the year with a 3.6 average rating

I will be putting the books in the order of which GoodReads has put them (though I don’t think it’s actually completely in chronological order), but I’m going to exclude dates and ratings because this already going to be a very long list. If I have a review for them, I’ll link it.

Here’s what I read:


OK so this has absolutely been the most tedious post I’ve ever had to make, but there it is: my completed Goodreads reading challenge for 2018! If you’re anything like me, you probably just skimmed through those pretty quick but just know that I had a great reading year and I am truly exciting for all the reading I’ll get done in 2019.

Did you participate in the Goodreads challenge this year? Did you reach your goal? How many total books did you read? Talk to me(:

21 thoughts on “My 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

    1. Thank you!!! And oh my goodness that’s a LOT! That’s awesome. I’m currently a mixture of jealous and proud of you 😂 Have you decided what you’re going to make your goal in 2019?

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      1. You’re truly a champ. I’m still debating but I’m thinking about anywhere from 80-100. I feel like if I aim too high I’ll stress myself out constantly trying to keep up with it, and I’d rather find the leisure time than to force it, ya know?

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    1. Thank you 😭💕 Ahhh that’s awesome; you beat your challenge! Reading can be really hard to fit in while you’re in school. Most of my classes were online this semester so I got plenty of extra reading time which really accounts for why I finished so many! 40 would be a great accomplishment, too. If you’re on Goodreads I’d love to befriend you so I can keep up with your progress! 😊

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    1. Also, I tried to click on your page to check you out and give you a follow back, but WordPress keeps telling me that I do not have access to your page ): Are you private?

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  1. Congrats! That’s an amazing list and accomplishment. I’ve read about two books a month, hundreds of picture books to my children, and loads of student essays 😂. Although that’s not a lot of personal reading for me, I’m okay with that number, but see myself doubling it in 2019 as I’ve discovered my love of audiobooks which means I can double down on paper and audio accomplishing much more while I’m running around with my kiddos.

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    1. Thank you! It sounds like you got a LOT of reading done!! Even if it wasn’t all personal reading, that’s still a ton! Audiobooks are definitely great for those who love books but have very busy schedules, kids, jobs, houses to keep up, etc. because you can listen to them while doing other things. I’m so glad you discovered how much you enjoy them!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you have a fun time with your reading in 2019 as well! As for my reviews: It’s not entirely random, but also kind of at the same time, haha. There was a few months during this year when I wasn’t reviewing at all (even on Goodreads), but I was still reading. That’s why so many of my books this year didn’t get reviews /: But on a normal basis, I usually decide after reading the book. I post reviews for practically all of my reads on Goodreads, but sometimes I don’t have quite as much to say about a book as I do with others, and for those instances, I’ll exclude the review from my blog because I don’t have much input for those looking to get some insight into the book. I usually only post reviews on my blog if I have a lot to say! Every once in a while I’ll make a post with a few mini reviews but in general I like to use this blog for longer ones. Otherwise I just post to Goodreads (:

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      1. Thanks a lot for the explanation! The idea with mini reviews is super nice, I might use it soon 🙂 I usually try to write a review for every book I read, but sometimes I feel there’s not much to be said … thus my dilemma that led to the initial question.

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      2. Of course, you’re welcome! I’d definitely recommend them when it feels like you don’t have much to say about them. I’ll usually just write a few sentences about my overall feel of the book if I’m doing a mini review.

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    1. Aw thanks so much! It was such a hassle posting daily 😂 Five days a week has been a lot easier, especially when I keep up with drafting my posts ahead of time haha. Daily posting gets to be a bit hard, especially when you’re having a bad couple of days and really don’t want to put the extra effort in to blogging!

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