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Reading Challenge Completed! Well, not really..

Who completed their 2018 reading challenge? Me! I did!

BUT, if I am going to be REALLY honest, I initially wanted to do one of those super complicated challenges. However, 2018 (and life) were not on-board with my ideas so it ended with me reading the books on my already growing to-read list. So yes, I bailed out on my ambitious reading goals, but at least, I get to read the books that I already own and that I know I’m genuinely interested in. My ‘new’ reading challenge was a walk in the park, I’ll tell you that.


2018 goodreads reading challenge with book covers

The List

Scroll down to see my list! I started the year with Norwegian Wood.

  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Elon Musk by Olivia Tomlinson
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat
  • Then We Came To The End by Joshua Harris
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • People I Want to Punch In The Throat by Jen Mann
  • Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  • The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
  • Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
  • Penance by Kanae Minato
  • Confessions by Kanae Minato
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Q & A by Vikas Swarup
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
  • A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Great Passage by Shion Miura
  • Siddharta by Hermann Hesse
  • I Can’t Make This Up, Life Lessons by Kevin Hart


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Book Favorite

If you are going to ask me which book stood out the most, I’d say it’s the An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. It’s the book that you’d give to friends or to people you care about because the book has bits and pieces of you in it and you’d think that if they get to read it, they’d be able to understand you more, know you more. I thank the book gods for the gift that is Rabih. If I am to mention one more book though, it’s Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. 🙂

2018 reading challenge bell jar

I realized that there is also a story behind how the books appeared on the list. An author appearing back-to-back on the list (Gillian Flynn and Kanae Minato) means two or three consecutive days of sleeping late because ‘I can’t stop reading’ and ‘I want more’. Valid arguments, if you check with the reading community. A noticeable number of Japanese authors are also present on the list because of Haruki Murakami, whose work I read at the start of the year, and again, because ‘I can’t stop reading’ and ‘I want more’.


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Book Deals!

All books on the list are available on Kindle and Amazon. Some of these books are on deals (as of this posting) so if you are also interested in reading them (for your 2019 reading challenge maybe?), check the links below:

2018 goodreads reading challenge murakami

What are your reading goals for 2019? Let me know! Please. Really, let me know. And none of that read-a-book-written-by-your ex-boyfriend-about-his-pet-bird type of challenges again.





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