2018 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

The first quarter of the year has just ended and my reading is off on a good start. I messed around and read 21 books this quarter, completing approximately half of my Goodreads Reading Goal of 45 books.

I didn’t expect this to happen and certainly didn’t plan for it. But I tend to read more when worried or upset and this quarter had a lot of frustrating ups and downs in my personal life, so maybe that’s why I completed so many books. But anyway, I’m glad the quarter ended on this positive note. Here are the stats:

Books | Audio Books | Comics

Books by month


Delicious! by Ruth Reichl ★★☆☆☆

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Rober Langdon, book 1) ★★★☆☆

The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang (Tensorate, book 1) ★★★☆☆


Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly (Shadow Weaver, book 1) ★★★☆☆ 1/2

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward ★★★☆☆

The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark (Fairwick Chronicles, book 1) ★★★☆☆


School for Psychics by K.C. Archer (School for Psychics, book 1) ★☆☆☆☆ 1/2

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi ★★★★★

Flotsam by David Wiesner (illus.) ★★★☆☆

The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb (Tawney Man, book 2) ★★★★★

The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer ★★☆☆☆

Audio books by month



A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, narr. by Roy Dotrice (A Song of Ice & Fire, book 1) ★★★★★

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, narr. by a full cast (Lord of the Rings, book 1) ★★★★☆

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, narr. by Finty Williams (Girl with All the Gifts, book 1) ★★★★★


A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, narr. by Roy Dotrice (A Song of Ice & Fire, book 2) ★★★★★

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, narr. by a full cast (Lord of the Rings, book 2) ★★☆☆☆ 1/2

Comics & graphic novels by month



Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (illus.) ★★★☆☆

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez (illus.) ★★★★☆


Audubon: On the Wings of the World by Fabien Grolleau, illus. by Jérémie Royer, trans. by Etienne Gilfillan ★★★★☆ 1/2

Here by Richard McGuire (illus.) ★★★★★

The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo (illus.) and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi (illus.) (Dam Keeper, book 1) ★★★★☆

Favorite of the bunch

The Golden Fool

Least liked

School for Psychics

Did Not Finish

Accidental Quarterback by Charles Curtis

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, illus. by Jim Kay

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

1001 Islands by K.T. Munson

Best stories

The Golden Fool


The Girl with All the Gifts

Best writing


The Golden Fool

The Girl with All the Gifts

Best narration (audio books)

The Girl with All the Gifts

Best illustrations (illustrated books & comics/graphic novels)


The Dam Keeper

Awesome cover

Reading challenges hits ‘n’ misses

Goodreads Challenge

books read = 21/45

Books I must read this year

books read = 1/8

The Golden Fool

2018 TBR Pile Challenge

books read = 0/12

2018 Library Love Challenge

books read = 15 | total so far = 15

Horror Reads

books read = 1 | total so far = 1

Classics Club Reading Challenge

books read = 0 | total so far = 0

2018 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

books read = 7 | total so far = 7

A classic of genre fiction

The Two Towers

A comic written and illustrated by the same person


A book about nature


A comic written or illustrated by a person of color


The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series

Shadow Weaver

A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image

The Dam Keeper

A book with a cover you hate

School for Psychics

Reading stats


Physical = 11

E-book = 5

Audio book = 5


Fantasy = 12

Historical = 2

Contemporary = 1

Horror = 1

Literary = 1

Mystery = 1

Nonfiction = 1

Paranormal = 1

Romance = 1


Mine (bought before 2017) = 1

New (bought in/after 2017) = 3

Friends/Family = 0

Library = 15

ARC = 2

Author gender

Male = 10

Female = 9

Both = 0

Unknown = 2

Protagonist gender

Ensemble = 8

Male = 7

Female = 6

Currently reading

19 thoughts on “2018 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

  1. Curious about your take on The Devourers. I started reading it last year. The cover attracted me, first. The writing was good but then the story started leaving a bad taste in my mouth….oh well.


    1. I’m surprised I got through so much.
      Yea, I thought Black Tides of Heaven was okay. The plot and setting were interesting, but it was a quick read.
      My reading experience with the story was also interesting because it’s the first story I’ve read where a gender neutral pronoun, the singular “they,” is used for much of it.

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        1. Oh yes! I didn’t like the end of Black Tides, but it made me curious about how the story would progress from there and what the antagonist will do next.


  2. 21 books- nice! Ooh The Golden Fool. I remember reading those a few years ago. I loved her world. And yay for Game of Thrones. I thought Storm of swords was a TRIP.

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    1. I love Hobb’s world too and love that it keeps expanding and surprising me.
      Storm of Swords is interesting. I think I liked it on my first read because we get Jaime’s perspective on things because until then, we only got rumors and speculations about him.


  3. I’m thinking of doing this. Don’t usually have the habit but I like the idea for some reason today. You’ve read some eclectic reads and you’ve read tons of books. Maybe I should give up tv.

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  4. Thank you for a really thorough breakdown of your reading stats for the quarter. Yikes – how have we got a quarter through the year already?? You have certainly powered through some hefty reads – I, too, love Robin Hobb’s writing and can see why you chose The Golden Fool as your favourite read:). I hope the next quarter is as productive – though without the turmoil and upset you have endured this last quarter, Zezee…

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