December 18th, 2018 by Jan

I’m quite impressed with both the amount of reading I did this year, and the quality of books I read. Sure there were a few dogs, but there were also some great reads. So, toot-toot!

Reading is reading to me — but, I’ve listed the audio books separate from the book books. I happen to think audio books are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Without audio books, I wouldn’t even attempt books like Anna Karenina or Kristin Lavransdatter for example. Plus, I can “read” while I sew and I like that a lot.

I marked my favourites with a * and put a # by titles I did not finish.

My number one author this year is Drew Hayden Taylor! My favourite read this year was either Floating in my Mothers Palm by Ursula Hegi or The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. I will say The Never-Ending Present and Moby Dick were boring! Winter Stroll and Mistletoe Promise were holiday fluff and I’m a little embarrassed I actually read them.

I will say, I am grateful. Being able to read is the greatest gift and having a library card is the bow on the package.

There are still a couple of weeks left in the year and I’m still reading, so this list will be a book or two longer when 2019 comes a calling.

These books were audio
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriaty
Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
A Gentleman in Moscow by Armor Towles
* The True Story of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
* The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
* The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah
* Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
* Run, Hide, Repeat by Pauline Dakin
# The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie & the Tragically Hip by Michael Barclay
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
The Wanderers by Meg Howey
# Moby Dick by Herman Melville
* Bless me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
Mistletoe Promise by Richard Evans
# Becoming by Michelle Obama
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen

The following books were book books
A Number of Things by Jane Urquhart
Woman Enters Left by Jessica Brockmole
Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit by Jessica Raya
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
* The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
* Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Day After Night by Anita Diamant
The Whole of His Life by Elizabeth Hay
Paper Shadows by Wayson Choy
Light Lifting by Alexander McColl Smith
* Me Funny by Drew Hayden Taylor
# Barbarian Days – William Finnegan
A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Mrs. Queen takes the Train by William Kuhn
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
# Own the Day by Aubrey Marcus
Let me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
The Closer we are to Dying by Joe Fiorito
The Year of Living Virtuously by Teresa Jordan
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
Don’t Let Go by Harlen Coben
# The Man Who Carried Cash by Julie Chadwick
Other People’s Houses by Abby Waxman
The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
* Berlin Blues by Drew Hayden Taylor
* The Baby Blues by Drew Hayden Taylor
* 400 Kilometres by Drew Hayden Taylor
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
# Tiger Tiger by Johanna Skibsrud
Love over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith
# Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
* The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
* Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
Keeper by Mal Peet
The Zoo by Christopher Wilson
* The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
* The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
* Floating in my Mothers Palm by Ursula Hegi
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
I’ll be there for you by Kelsey Miller
The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

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