Reading Outlook

Reading Outlook in Review: Part Four

Hello, dear friends!

My goodness, has it been a while. I can’t begin to explain how much I’ve missed blogging during my almost month-long hiatus, in order to catch up on my own writing, SPFBO commitments and holiday shenanigans. I am so ready to get fully back into it, including catching up on all of your blogs (if I can) and getting back into blogging fully as 2019 hits.

But, as we’re nearing the last few days of 2018, there are two posts I wanted to make sure I got out beforehand: a reflection post from the year (coming tomorrow) and this post: my last wrap-up post about my reading goals for this year and how I did in my list of books I wanted to read.

If you read Update Three, you might remember that I was only able to cross off one additional book from my list of books I wanted to read during the previous three month span before these past three. Guess who has a list that looks identical to that one after three more months have passed?

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List, for reference:

Series To Complete
The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett
  • The Daylight War 
  • The Skull Throne 
  • The Core
The Shattered Kingdom by Evie Manieri
  • Blood’s Price (reread)
  • Fortune’s Blight
  • Strife’s Bane 
Gentleman Bastard by Scott Lynch
  • The Republic of Thieves
  • The Thorn of Emberlain
Re-Reads
The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James A. Owen
  • Here, There Be Dragons
  • The Search for the Red Dragon
  • The Indigo King 
  • The Shadow Dragons
  • The Dragon’s Apprentice
  • The Dragon’s of Winter (first read)
  • The First Dragon (first read)
The Kingkiller Chroncile by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Name of the Wind (10th anniversary edition)
  • The Wise Man’s Fear 
The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Way of Kings
  • Words of Radiance
  • Oathbringer (first read)
Twelve Houses by Sharon Shinn
  • Mystic and Rider
  • The Thirteenth House
  • Dark Moon Defender 
  • Reader and Raelynx
  • Fortune and Fate
New Series
The Fitz and The Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb
  • Fool’s Assassin
  • Fool’s Quest
  • Assassin’s Fate
Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
  • Assassin’s Apprentice 
  • Royal Assassin
  • Assassin’s Quest
Solider Son by Robin Hobb
  • Shaman’s Crossing
  • Forest Mage 
  • Renegade’s Magic 
On the Bones of Gods by K. Eason
  • Enemy
  • Outlaw
  • Ally
Birch Hall Romance by Kathleen Kimmel
  • A Lady’s Guide to Ruin
  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Scandal
More Books
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
The Kraken King by Meljean Brooks
The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
Storm and Steel by Jon Sprunk
Shadow’s Son by Jon Sprunk
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
Nevermore by Rob Thurman
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker
The Deviant Heir by Melissa Caruso
A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
Outriders by Jay Posey
Blood Requiem by Christopher Husberg

So, out of the 58 books I had on my list that I wanted to read, I ended up reading…8 of them.

Aha.

Ahahahahahaha.

*dies*

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Yeah, I didn’t knock out nearly as many as I was expecting, honestly. I also got into a bit of a reading rut towards the end of the year, not reading nearly as many books as I wanted to since…mid-October, honestly. I also hadn’t expected to assist as a judge in SPFBO, so I also read 17 books for that contest, which is not a small number, my friend. That took up a lot of my reading time and the rest of my free time was spend frantically finishing edits for BLOOD PRICE (not just playing Assassins Creed: Odyssey or Fallout 76, I promise).

So yeah, I still have a lot of books on my TBR list that I really want to read. But I also read a lot of great books this year and read 56 books out my goal of 40, so I’d definitely say I crushed my overarching goal of wanting to read more this year–even if it wasn’t really at all what I expected I’d be reading. That being said, I definitely plan to read even more next year by limiting some social media usage…but let’s save that for my goals post coming up next week, shall we? 😉

I hope you all enjoyed the books you read this year and hope 2019 looks even brighter! Thanks for following me on this journey. I look forward to ranting, raving and panic flailing about more books with you next year!

Read on!

4 thoughts on “Reading Outlook in Review: Part Four”

  1. You read 56 books this year, 17 under SPFBO pressure, and you’re kinda bummed that it wasn’t as much reading as you wanted? I think you did great! Especially with Blood Price in progress. I am just now on my 56th. I think I can finish it by the end of the year. That means the last book of 2018 for me is Tamer Animals by Justin M Woodward. So far it’s okay. People say it gets really good, really scary. We’ll see!

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