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: https://jacey.dreamwidth.org/

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: https://jacey.dreamwidth.org/605428.html)

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

 

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About Jacey Bedford

Jacey Bedford maintains this blog. She is a writer of science fiction and fantasy (www.jaceybedford.co.uk), the secretary of Milford SF Writers (www.milfordSF.co.uk), a singer (www.artisan-harmony.com) and a music agent booking UK tours and concerts for folk performers (www.jacey-bedford.com). 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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