Goodreads Challenge 2018

A few books ago I was notified by GR that I have completed my yearly reading goal. Last year I read a total of 29 books. I see myself as a slow reader and as a result only set myself up for 25 in 2017. At the start of the year, due to the knowledge that not me or my wife knew where we would find ourselves in 2018, I set my goal at just 20 books. I am currently on 23 books read for this year. How the hell that happened I have no idea…

I am extremely proud of this number, seeing as we are just over halfway through this year. I am not so confidant that I will read another 20 as we go along, but I will do what I can. Even if I only read 7 more I already beat my record of last year, thats what I should aim for then maybe.

Out of all 23 read books, I have posted about 19 of them so far. Two posts are still being worked on, but going slow as I work and do it all from my phone. The other 2 I will not be posting untill I have finnished the whole book, I have another two parts to go.

As a result of all this reading I have done, I have decided to collect them all here for those that might have missed them. I will be indicating the date that the post went up. This does not mean I finnished the book on that day, but, in most cases I try do a post soon as I put the book down, so I know at least that I finnished them in that specific month at least.

Lets get into it shall we?

The first book post went up on 13 January it was a slow but fun read for me. This was Doom of Dragonback by Gav Thorpe

17 January saw my review of Kharn: Eater of Worlds by Anthony Reynolds

My next book post only appeared on 3 February, this was due to me traveling to my future wife Milou in our attempts to plan our wedding together. Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor came to light then. I realy enjoyed this tv series up untill it got a bit one sided for me. The book was great.

Horus Rising by Dan Abnett came out 20 February. I remember Milou and I were in Germany at the time and I saw snow for the first time in my life.

Seven days after Horus Rising, my post on Gotrek and Felix came up. This was an anthology by different authors. I have a bit of a soft spot for the dwarf and his human…

On March 7th Angels of Darkness by Gav Thorpe was up. This was my first introduction to the Dark Angels chapter.

About two days later I finished a comic book called Locke and Key. This is quite a big series, my wife owns the first comic and we are listening to the rest on Audible, it is over 13 hours of listening๐Ÿ˜ฑ…

My first audiobook was up on March 11th. Aliens: River of Pain by Christopher Golden was an audio drama. I love the Alien franchise, I had a few problems with the voice acting, but its nothing personal.

On 16 March Milou and I finaly got married, there was not a lot of reading done between hat and till I had to leave the country on the 31st of March. We basicly had only two weeks left after the wedding and it was spent having a surprise honeymoon in Prague. This is where I got introduced to Franz Kafka. I had heard of him before, but I got interested more after we visited his museum and experienced the town he grew up in. I read a short story called The Hunger Artist by him and will definatly be reading more Kafka soon. This was done the day just as we were leavin Prague after our week long honeymoon. The post came up 25 March.

The next review only came on 10 April. Dark Run by Mike Brooks was an audio book that I decided to a reread of. Milou gave me the last book in this series for Valentine’s so I decided to revisit the Keiko in book 1 and 2 before picking up number 3. Dark Sky which is book number 2, was finished earlier this month. I am working on the review still.

19 April saw my review of The Prophet by Kalhil Gibran.

28 April I broke a bit of character and wrote a review for A Natural History of Dragons in a different style. This review recieved quite a few likes and I will try write in the same manner again some time.

Cabals of Blood by Richard Klue was done on 5 May. This was a short story collection in Lovecraftian style horror. It took me a while to get through it all, but I saved notes after each story and did a nice copy paste in my review.

8 May saw Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings. I had 2 books in this seven book series. I will not be continueing the series.

16 May I finished the audio book of The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis. This was very enjoyable and I will do a reread of ther physical some day.

27 May I posted my first ever E-ARC book from Netgally, Peril in Old Country by Sam Hooker was a fun read. Expect more to come from sam as I have news on another book I recievd from NG…

Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings saw the light on 31 May. If you would like to know why I wont continue with Eddings, feel free to read what a friend had to write on my behalf…

5 June saw Fiefdom by Dan Abnett. This is a novel set a 100 years after the Kingdom comics. I have not seen them yet, but will try make a plan.

Lastly we have The Rook by Daniel O’malley. A secret FBI ish group who fight monsters of all shapes and sizes. This audiobook I realy enjoyed.

Those were my 19 posts for the 23 books read this year. Like I mentioned, I still have posts to write on Dark Sky, The Way of Kings part 1 and 2 and lastly Journy to the Centre of the Earth. The last of which was a buddy read with my wife.

What do you guys think? 23 so far is oke right? I know some of you can read 20 in a week…

hope you all had a great Monday

14 thoughts on “Goodreads Challenge 2018

  1. Heck, with how this years been going, the fact that you’ve gotten ANY reading in, much less already beaten your goal, is great. So here’s to another 7 to beat last year’s goal.

    And now that you’ve got Milou, she can support you as a house-husband and you can sit around all day reading and eating bon bons ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. That number is awesome, considering how the average person reads much less than that. I can’t remember all the details from this study I read recently about how many books the average person reads, but it’s a very low number, lol.

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    1. I used to read a book a month, in good years 15 was oke ish. Since i met Milou tho and joining WP its like i subcontiously want to improve and impress…

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  3. That’s a great number of books and a great surprise to beat your goal so soon on Goodreads! ๐Ÿ™‚ Some interesting titles included here, too… I defo have to check out Kafa myself!

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      1. Yes, Metamorphosis would be the most known by Kafka.. there’s even a film or a televised theatre based on the book I believe.. which I’ve seen bits of and it was – whoa, what the hell is going on ๐Ÿ™‚

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