Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Reading Year in Review

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I read 46 individual works, including 20 novels/novellas. There were actually more novels, because one was a trilogy, one was a quadril… quadrol… it was four books, and one is described as a trilogy in four parts, but is in actuality five parts (surreal humor). I also read ten short stories, plus one short story collection, three plays, three poetry collections, four graphic novels, three children’s books, one work of non-fiction, and The Bible. Combined these totaled a little over 15,000 pages

I read 8 novels for my 100 Greatest Novels Quest: Novels #93-100

U.S.A. (trilogy)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (trilogy in four parts, actually five)

***FANFARE*** Thus completing the Quest that was the original purpose of this blog. Read my Quest Wrap-up HERE.

I continue to read novels, mostly classics. Other novels this year:

Of all novels, favorite in 2018, and now all-time #1 favorite: A Tale of Two Cities. Honorable mention: The Stand. Least favored in 2018: The Idiot.

Short Stories: 

Sherlock Holmes Adventures

Other short stories

A Fine and Pleasant Misery (short story collection) by outdoorsman, humorist Patrick McManus who passed away this year; may he rest in peace.

Plays: All Shakespeare


Graphic Novels:

Children’s Books: Introducing my youngest Grandchild Lydia, and her first Guest Book Review (three-in-one review).


The Bible

Shameless self-promotion – Blog Post Classic Lit in Song, part II. You’ll want to read this post – trust me. Ever heard of bands Iron Maiden or Blind Guardian? I tip my hat to them, for their numerous songs based on classic literature.


  1. Wow, you had a grand year, Joseph! Mine is going to be better this coming year. It can't get any worse than 2018. Hope you have a wonderful 2019 full of reading!

  2. That's a fabulous year! Some of my best reads last year were classics. The books I hope to read next year are classics.

    1. Thanks Deb...You had a great year too. I no longer stick exclusively to classics...just mostly. Happy New Year!

  3. Congratulations on the great year of reading. Happy 2019!

  4. Looks like a great reading year! Congrats on finishing the original quest (I somehow missed it) and Happy New Year!


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