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My Thriller Reading Year

19th December 2018

You guys, I’ve only read 12 books this year. For a book hoarder, that is NOT GOOD.

I’ve started a lot more than I finished, and those I finished were pretty neat. I’m enjoying what I’m currently reading and looking forward to more books for Christmas.

Let’s talk books.

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2018 was The Year I Read Mostly Thrillers. Apparently.

Currently reading:

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Where The Crawdads Sing , Delia Owens

Honestly I don’t know where this book is going, but I love it.

You should read it if you like beautiful books.  

I started it on our recent road trip, and I’ve been intrigued ever since.

Reese Witherspoon is producing the movie and everyone should read the book first.

What If It’s Us, Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

This is the first YA I’ve read in awhile, but I loved Simon and The Upside of Unrequited, and so, I have to read this one. 

You should read it if you like interesting meet cute scenarios.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton

This is one from my recent book hoard post.

I’m getting an Agatha Christie, Twin Peaks vibe, and my brain is melting. In a good way.

You should read this book. That’s it.

Also working on Christadora, still. But I reorganized my books (yes, really) in preparation for the move we’re still planning on from this post. And I lost a book I was actually reading.

Recently finished books:

And for recently finished, let’s just say these are the books I read in 2018.

Thirteen, Steve Cavanaugh

This might be the most hyped book I’ve ever read. Possibly ever. And now I have a book crush on Eddie Flynn. This is the 4th book in a series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. Having said that I’ve also bought the first in the series.

All The Beautiful Lies, Peter Swanson

Another quick rainy day read. I said as much over here.

The Lying Game, Ruth Ware.

This was a library book that I ended up buying. Really good.

The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin

My favorite book of the year, and one I still think about.

Goblin, Ever Dundas

The only book I have three copies of and my first bookish giveaway. The giveaway is now closed but I talked about Goblin over here.

The Dry and Force of Nature, Jane Harper

The Dry was 10 stars for me, so I had to read Force of Nature. That was different but also great, and I have a book crush on Aaron Falk, too.

The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

My review at the time went like this:  

Clever and honestly twisted, with lots of layers that keep you guessing while your brain catches up with the story. 

The Woman In The Window, AJ Finn

This was my first read of the year, and set the tone for the other thrillers that followed. I actually said ‘wow’ once or twice throughout the book and in my review, which was this: 

Wow. Felt like I was in this story. Figured out the first twist, but not the others. Spent the whole book wondering when this would be made into a movie. Happy to find out it will be!

In the midst of thrillers and YA, I read two blogging books.

The Essential Habits Of 6-Figure Bloggers: Secrets of 17 Successful Bloggers You Can Use to Build a Six-Figure Online Business

and that lead me to:

How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul

And that should be the 12 books I read this year. Please don’t say a book a month is good going, because it isn’t. At least, not for me.

Please also check out these kid-approved book recommendations for young readers.

As for what’s next, I plan to read through The Tournament of Books next year, as well as all the others on my shelves. 

Part of my blogging schedule next year will be more regular bookish posts and possibly some book club action right here on the blog.

What about you? 

What did you read this year?

What are your reading plans for next year?

Also, let me know in the comments if you’d like to read together in some kind of Gin & Lemonade book club thing!


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  • Reply Ritu 19th December 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Er… 63 so far this year…
    And I plan to keep going next year!!!
    Far too much on my tbr pile!!!

  • Reply Losing the Plot 19th December 2018 at 7:14 pm

    I finally broke my reading hex this year. Having always been a prolific reader, after my accident I found I just couldn’t. I tried, but just didn’t have the concentration and gave up for about three years

    But then I started The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness and finished it in less than two weeks.

    It’s a start.

    • Reply Lorna 19th December 2018 at 7:21 pm

      The fourth one is out, too. It’s more from Marcus, I think.

      • Reply Losing the Plot 19th December 2018 at 7:22 pm

        Yes, that’s right, I forgot about that!

        • Reply Lorna 19th December 2018 at 7:24 pm

          Time’s Convert.

          • Losing the Plot 19th December 2018 at 7:33 pm

            I have a feeling that it’s the start of a new trilogy, as you say about Marcus and his wife?

            I seem to have a soft spot for historical fiction – as long as it’s done well. I don’t like a lot of froth, and I’m not keen on Phillipa Gregory’s novels. I’ve read a few but I don’t enjoy them as much as say Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall / Bring up the Bodies.

          • Lorna 19th December 2018 at 7:37 pm

            I think I have Wolf Hall on Audible to get to. I wait til I get six credits and then hit the 2 for 1 deals.

          • Losing the Plot 19th December 2018 at 7:48 pm

            Mark Rylance is absolutely amazeballs in the TV drama if that does it for you at all.
            I totally nerd out on costumes and stuff and get all dewy eyed at the embroidery 🤣

  • Reply HistorianRuby 19th December 2018 at 8:57 pm

    My reading is down the pan but my listening to audible is immense. For someone that ALWAYS had a book on the go since primary school (I was a chain reader!) this is poor. I never seem to put my laptop down to read a book and am forever reading blogs or writing blogs.

    • Reply Lorna 19th December 2018 at 9:01 pm

      I love Audible. Have you listened to Yes, Please , by Amy Poehler? My first listen and still my fave.

      • Reply HistorianRuby 19th December 2018 at 9:30 pm

        No, I’ve not listened to that – I’ll check it out.

  • Reply fancypaperblog 19th December 2018 at 9:20 pm

    I totally did a thriller splurge this year too- reading The Wife Between us Now and read Thirteen too- post to come

    • Reply Lorna 19th December 2018 at 9:34 pm

      I have the Defence coming up. And I want an Eddie Flynn TV series, ha!

      • Reply fancypaperblog 19th December 2018 at 9:36 pm

        Must get that. Eddie Flynn rocks. Total bad boy of the law and who I want on my side! More trustworthy than the other lawyers.

        • Reply Lorna 19th December 2018 at 9:38 pm

          I liked the judge dude, too.

          • fancypaperblog 19th December 2018 at 9:40 pm

            Oh but they were total buds which made sense. I hated the killer’s story though. Totally hopeless.

      • Reply fancypaperblog 19th December 2018 at 9:39 pm

        Thirteen was good. I read it between the annoying Couple Next Door and I think the other was called Stranger in the house. It was superior to both really.

        • Reply Lorna 19th December 2018 at 9:53 pm

          The Couple Next Door was pointless until the last two pages. And then just dumb.

          • fancypaperblog 19th December 2018 at 10:14 pm

            Worse ending. It made me mad

  • Reply johnrieber 19th December 2018 at 10:50 pm

    I have been on a fairly consistent reading schedule in 2018 – I travelled a lot and it made it easy to stay up on stuff…I only read fiction when I know my schedule allows me to dip into the book every day or two in order to stay up on the plots…nonfiction is not an issue…I am planning to post one book review per week next year – I kinda did that without trying in 2018…

  • Reply Anindya 20th December 2018 at 10:35 am

    You are doing great with so many books already you have finished or are currently reading. I am a slow reader and hardly finish one book a month :)….In your list, I have finished The woman In The Window, and loved that one, waiting for the movie of that one to come on screens. I have so many books waiting in my Kindle to be read, hopefully will start soon.

  • Reply hotmessmemoir 27th December 2018 at 3:59 am

    So I have a long commute and listen to Where the Crawdads Sing. It’s depressing, uplifting, hopeful, everything. I can’t believe they are making it into a movie! Yeah! The Great Alone is pretty amazing too!

    • Reply Lorna 30th December 2018 at 8:22 pm

      I’m halfway through, and it’s totally different to what I thought it would be when I started, but I LOVE it. I also need to read The Great Alone. I was on a JP kick there for a while!

      • Reply hotmessmemoir 30th December 2018 at 9:54 pm

        The Great Alone is dark but so well written! There are some similarities between TGA and WTCDS.

  • Reply Debbie Harris 30th December 2018 at 10:44 am

    Hi Lorna, I’ve done well on my reading list this year! I loved The Dry and Force of nature, and there’s a new one out byJane Harper called The Lost Man which I’m sure you’d like too. It’s to be made into a movie soon. I recently read The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse which was very sad and want to read the Woman in the Window. Currently reading The Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas for some light relief! All the best to you for 2019 x

    • Reply Lorna 30th December 2018 at 8:30 pm

      I know! I’m kinda gonna buy/read everything on your list, you’ve inspired me, ha. I have The Lost Man on my Kindle somewhere, but no Falk or Rako. 🙁 Also want to read both SJM series!

      • Reply Debbie Harris 1st January 2019 at 7:18 am

        I can’t put down the latest SJM, it’s taken over my life 🙂

        • Reply Lorna 1st January 2019 at 4:08 pm

          Woke up early, and didn’t get out of bed til I finished Where The Crawdads Sing. Thoroughly recommend it. Happy New Reading!

  • Reply The Plagued Parent 7th January 2019 at 8:14 pm

    At the library I have picked up and put down, several times both The Immortalists and The Wife Between Us. Next time I go, I’ll be checking them out, thanks!!

    • Reply Lorna 7th January 2019 at 8:16 pm

      Both excellent, hope you enjoy, Christina.

  • Reply Laurie Stone 8th January 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Always looking for good books. Can’t wait to dig in!

    • Reply Lorna 8th January 2019 at 10:03 pm

      I loved them all! Enjoy.

  • Reply broadsideblog 9th January 2019 at 12:44 am

    aaaaagh, I feel illiiterate. Have been reading A Bright Shining Lie (a legendary history of the VietNam war) for…a few years. OK, it’s VERY thick. Also slowly reading and very much enjoying the letters of the late journalist Martha Gellhorn. And…now reading a Louise Penny murder mystery set in rural Quebec (Xmas gift.) I tend to blow most of my attention on newspapers, the web and movies.

    Generally just not much of a fiction fan. Trying to read more of it but too often disappointed, even when books have gotten RAVE reviews.

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