My 2018 Reading

It’s getting towards the end of the year and this is the time I usually post a summary of my reading. I’ve kept a booklog since 2009, and oh, how I wish I’d started decades ago. I post my booklog to my Dreamwidth blog, which you can find here:

It’s not a serious review site, so don’t expect anything scholarly. I use my booklog to jog my own memory and to give my unguarded first impressions. I also post my booklogs to Goodreads.

As you can see from the list, I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, plus historical fiction. Some of this year’s list are re-reads. There are few non-fiction books, but since I mostly dip in and out of non-fiction for research puroposes, I don’t list them here. The only exception being those I’ve read from cover to cover.

Standout books that I read for the first time this year include: Juliet McKenna’s Green Man’s Heir; Jodi Taylor’s An Argumentation of Historians; John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War; Jim C Hines Terminal Alliance, and Sean Grigsby’s Smoke Eaters.

As I’m preparing this blog piece I’m reading T Kingfisher’s Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War #1) and enjoying it very much. (Edit: Clockwork Boys is now finished and reviewed at: Booklog 55/2018 – T. Kingfisher: Clockwork Boys – Clocktaur Wars #1)

(Edit #2. The Wonder Engine, #2 in The Clocktaur War duo by T. Kingfisher is also now read, thoroughly enjoyed and reviewed here:

Here are my book blogs for 2018. Click on the link to take you straight to the individual reviews on my Dreamwidth blog site.

Books read in 2018


About Jacey Bedford

Jacey Bedford maintains this blog. She is a writer of science fiction and fantasy (, the secretary of Milford SF Writers (, a singer ( and a music agent booking UK tours and concerts for folk performers ( She's also a Home Office / UK Visas and Immigration department licensed sponsor processing UK work permits (Certificates of Sponsorship).
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4 Responses to My 2018 Reading

  1. sjhigbee says:

    Marvellous list, Jacey! I, too, absolutely loved Green Man’s Heir and it’s made my outstanding list for the year. I haven’t yet finalised my list, so I’m not yet completely sure which books will make it on my Outstanding Books post in the New Year, but I thoroughly enjoyed perusing your list.

  2. I shouldn’t try to write on my phone. I dont know where ‘don’tenjoyed’ came from in that paragraph. It should have just been ‘enjoyed’.

  3. That’s an impressive amount of books! I really don’tenjoyed Old Man’s war but the second in the series is the best, in my opinion. It’s what I used to write a review for my university application. It explores some interesting moral questions as well as being a cracking good read.

    I also started reading Green Man’s Heir but had to break off because my reading schedule for the last module was so tight. I need to pick it back up and finish it over the Christmas holidays.

    • Jacey Bedford says:

      A few years ago I realised I’d only read a dozen books in the whole year. That’s when I started book blogging and reading more widely. I do find it difficult to read fiction when I’m writing, so I always try to read something that’s not in the same genre. (Science fiction if I’m writing fantasy and vice versa.) I always have a book on the go, though sometimes it takes me quite a while to finish one. I confess there are books that I don’t finish, but I’ve not listed them here. Do go back to Green man’s Heir – it’s one of my favourites from this year’s list. Also I’m really enjoying Clockwork Boys. It started out well and it’s getting better. Great characters in impossible situations. I suspect I’ll go straight on to the second one as soon as I’ve finished this.

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