Friday, January 4, 2019

Bedtime Story: A Loud Winter's Nap by Katy Hudson

Read for: 2018 Children's book Challenge

Synopsis: "Every year Tortoise sleeps through winter. He assumes he isn't missing much. However, his friends are determined to prove otherwise! Will Tortoise sleep through another winter, or will his friends convince him to stay awake and experience the frosty fun of winter? Best-selling author Katy Hudson's charming picture book will convince even the biggest winter grouche that winter can be magical if you have friends by your side."

My Review: I have had this book sitting on the shelf for Munchkin for a while, it is now a bit young for his liking but we still read it anyway. It is a cute story to read in the winter, we get to see all the fun things to do in the snowy cold weather. Munchkin liked the beaver cutting down the tree the best. We never really find out why Tortoise doesn't like the winter, other than they usually hibernate I believe. The illustrations have bright, bold colors to attract those little eyes and the story is short enough to read at bedtime. 

My Review: While this is a little young for Munchkin, it would be great for those really little children. It is short for their attention spans with bold images and fun characters.  We give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!

Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Top 5 Wednesday: 2019 Reading Resolutions

Top 5 Wednesday is a group on Goodreads hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Youtube.

So on Monday I took a look back at my 2018 Reading Resolutions and I was very pleased with my success.  So now it is time to set my 2019 Resolutions.  I plan to continue building on my resolutions last year, now that I am building some better habits with them. 

1. Borrow More Books: I have a really bad habit of buying any books I might want to read and honestly that is just not economical and an expense that should be so high! Also, my shelves are out of room, even double stacked and sideways.  I want to get in the habit of borrowing books from the library and only if I really think it needs to be added to my collection actually purchasing it. 

2. Purchase Less Books: I know this sounds a little redundant after the first resolution but I really need to have it written down and check on the progress regularly.  I purchased 219 books last year! That is crazy, and to think it was even less than the previous year, Yikes! So I need to purchase less books, I have plenty on my shelves to read.  So to help me with this goal I am going to follow Harriet Rosie's Book Balance Sheet method.  Each month I must have 5 less books to be read than the previous month, whether it is through unhauling books or reading more than I purchase.  The only exception to this rule is if I read a book over 700 pages that month, since they can take so long to read and they take up so much space I am going to give myself a waiver and a reward for reading a big book. I am also going to limit the number of books I am allowed to pre-order to 3 a month. 

3. Read Big Books: Boy does this sound like the same goals as last year?! Last year I challenged myself to read 12 books over 450 pages, and I blew past that with a total of 15.  This year I want to push myself even more, I want to read 10 books over 500 pages. I have some seriously chunky books on my shelf just waiting to be read and all of my top books this year were up in that page count so there is no reason to be scared of them!

4. Re-Read More: I have so many favorite books that I don't even really talk about here because I read them prior to blogging.  I really want to revisit many of them but feel like I need to keep up with the new releases more so I can chat with more people, but I am going to give myself the okay to re-read those books this year! I would like to re-read at least 15 books this year.

5. Put Less Pressure & Stress on Myself for a Hobby: This is one that will affect not only my reading but also the posts here on my blog.  I am constantly under a tremendous amount of stress, my schedule and days do not allow for downtime for my body and mind to decompress. Normally reading has been my one thing that I do for me, but looking back I have really put a lot of pressure on myself to have enough reviews done to share here. I have worked insanely hard to post nearly every day. Pushed myself way outside my comfort zone to bring you new books, author content and giveaways.  While I have loved every minute of it and am thrilled to see you all enjoying it so much, I need to bring it back to an enjoyment level where I do it for fun and don't put that added pressure on myself. So you may see less of me this year, I will not be going away, I will still probably be posting several times a week but it may not be consistent.  I will also not be hosting big month long events anymore.  I will not be having an RI Author month any longer, I have decided I will shoot to feature a RI Author once a month, maybe more if I get around to it, but that project alone was a huge one. I hope you will all stick with me and bear with me as I work on this goal. I hope you will also appreciate that the times I do post it will be because I really want to share something with you instead of just having something posted every day. This will be my hardest goal to work on but I know it is something I really need to do for my own health.

So there are my reading goals for the year. After last year, I really liked having general goals to work on as opposed to specific targets to meet, it made me change my habits rather than just check off something on a list. 

What are some of your reading goals for the year?

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2018 Challenge Wrap Up

I cannot believe that 2018 is already over, I had so many more plans for the year and so many more books I wanted to read.  The end of this year was a bit of a challenge for me, a week without reading really made my challenges take a hit but luckily most of my challenges were already complete.  Shall we take a look back at my challenges and all the books read for them this last year? Beware this will be a long post! 

Children's Book Challenge: COMPLETE
30 - 40 books - I definitely managed my goal in this challenge but it always tends to be an easy one.  I would like to limit the number a lot more, especially since Munchkin is getting out of this reading phase. I do really love my Bedtime Story posts though so will continue to read these throughout the year.
3. 5 Minute Star Wars Villain Stories
4. 7 Ate 9
5. The Water Hole
6. Goodnight Little One
7. Scrambled Eggs Super
8. The Snail & The Whale
9. Star Wars Obi-123
10. Horton Hatches the Egg
11.  Goodnight Unicorn
12. Zen Ties
13. Tsum Tsum Book of Haiku
14. Shake, Waggle & Roll
15. The Beginning of Armadillos
16. I Got It
17. If I Built a Car
18. Ezra's Wookie Rescue
19. Llama Llama Loves to Read
20. Shark Lady
21. ABC-3PO
22. Thumbs Up Brown Bear
23. Sunny
24. Tyler's Tall Tales
25. Monster Monster Wants to Roar
26. Do You Want to be My Friend?
27. Roar of a Snore
28. I Will Surprise My Friend
29. A is for America
30. Snail Mail
31. Ocean Meets Sky
32. Jerome Camps Out
33. Pirate Boy
34. No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou
35. Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse
36. It's Not Easy Being a Bunny
37. The Cookie Fiasco
38. Pirate's Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime
39. Pirate's Guide to First Grade
40. Dinosaur Train
41. I am Jazz
42.  Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein
43. Time to Get Started
44. Frankie Stein Starts School
45. You Don't Want a Unicorn
46. Olaf Gives Thanks
47. Turkey Trouble
48. I Got the Christmas Spirit
49. North Pole Ninjas
50. A Loud Winter's Nap
51. The Lost Gift
52. Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas
53. Santa's Underwear
54. A Letter to Santa

Early Reader Challenge: COMPLETE
30-40 books - Again, this was a pretty easy challenge to complete though I would have liked to have read more of these with Munchkin than the picture books. In the future I would like these two challenges to be a little more even.
3. Ice Ice Puggy
4. My Tooth is About to Fall Out
5. Gabe the Dog Who Sniffs Out Danger
6. Star Wars Escape from Darth Vader
7. Sleepy Dog
8. Lego City: Stuck in the Mud
9. Ollie's Easter Eggs
10. Pete the Cat and the Lost Tooth
11. Unicorn Wings
12. 3 Tales of Speed
13. Zeb to the Rescue
14. Sabine's Art Attack
15. Wonders of America: Rocky Mountains
16. Wonders of America: Statue of Liberty
17. Baseball Buzz
18. Pete the Cat - Scuba Cat
19. Biscuit Goes Camping
20. Riff Raff the Pirate Mouse
21. What is a Wookie
22. Flat Stanley at the Bat
23. Pirate Mom
24. Who was Blackbeard
25. Meet Rusty Rivets
26. Wild Kratts: 5 Wild Creature Adventures
27. Ready Set Boo
28. Fall Leaf Project
29. The Pumpkin Patch
30. Pete the Cat Goes Camping
31. Thanks for Giving
32. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
33. Berenstain Bears & the Wishing Star
34. Secret Santa
35. Wonders of America: Yellowstone National Park

Graphic Novel Challenge: COMPLETE
23-28 books - This as always is a challenge that I try to control, it would be so easy to fly through a big stack of Graphic Novels.  I am also finding it easier to read digital graphic novels so I look forward to reading more of these in the future through the library instead of purchasing.

Audio Book Challenge: COMPLETE
28-32 books - Okay the past couple of years I have been increasing the number of audio books I read but never did I expect to blow this challenge out of the water like this! I have definitely found my love of audio books and I have also found my preferred length and style of narration and genres. I look forward to a lot more listening next year!
4. Voyage of the Basilisk
5. It's Only Love
6. Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage
7. Ain't She Sweet
8. In the Labyrinth of Drakes
9. Within the Sanctuary of Wings
10. Every Little Thing
11. Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
12. Can't Buy Me Love
13. The Selection
14. Monstrous
15. Anne of Green Gables
16. The Elite
17. The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Stories
18. The Enchanted April
19. My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She's Sorry
20. The Beginning of Armadillos
21. The One
22. Here Comes the Sun
23. Heir to the Jedi
24. From a Certain Point of View
25. Daughter of the Pirate King
26. The Sapphire Affair
27. Sleeping Giants
28. The Joy of Less
29. Circe
30. Daughter of the Siren Queen
31. A Torch Against the Night
32. American Panda
33. A Reaper at the Gates
34. I Capture the Castle
35. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
36. Mask of Shadows
37. Crooked Kingdom
38. Fawkes
39. Down Among the Sticks and Bones
40. Beneath the Sugar Sky
41. The Girl from Everywhere
42. The Ship from Beyond Time
43. The Pirate
44. The Assassin's Curse
45. The Pirate's Wish
46. Peter Pan
47. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
48. And I Darken
49. Waking Gods
50. Now I Rise
51. Binti
52. Ash
53. Stalking Jack the Ripper
54. Ketchup Clouds
55. Hunting Prince Dracula
56. Ruin of Stars
57. Escaping from Houdini
58. This Dark Endeavor
59. Such Wicked Intent
60. Heretics Anonymous
61. Only Human
62. Hope at Christmas
63. Beartown
64. Alaskan Holiday
65. Mammoth
66. The Christmas Secret
67. Christmas Hope
68. Royals
69. For Every One
70. A Family for the Rugged Rancher
71. Jingle Bell Pop
72. Christmas Light

Classics Challenge: COMPLETE
5 books (1 re-read) - While many of the classics that I read this year were shorter ones, I am happy to have dipped my toes back into the world of classics. It has rekindled my love a bit and I hope to read more again in 2019.

Series Challenge: COMPLETE
4 full series & 6 duologies - If you have been around for any amount of time (if not you will soon find out) I love to binge read series. I have a bad habit of purchasing an entire set of books before even reading one.  This year I managed to read 9 series and 10 duologies (at least complete through 2018)! I really enjoyed focusing more on duologies this year but found myself still reverting to trilogies and longer series. Sometimes I want a large series, like with romance, and sometimes 3-5 books is necessary like in a lot of fantasy series. But I do find that I can really appreciate an author who can write a duology that concludes clearly and still feels satisfying to complete.
Memoirs of Lady Trent Series (5 books & 1 novella): Book 1Book 2Book 3Book 3.5Book 4Book 5 - COMPLETE
Butler VT/Green Mountain Series (9 books & 2 novellas): (Books 1-3 read in 2017) Book 4Book 4.5Book 5Book 6Book 7Book 8 Book 9 - COMPLETE (currently through 2018)
Nevernight Chronicles (2 books so far): Book 1Book 2, - COMPLETE (currently through 2018)
Winternight Trilogy (3 books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE (currently through 2018)
Ree Verakai Duology (2 books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
Kingdom of Wrenly (13 books so far): Book 1Book 2Book 3Book 4Book 5Book 6Book 7Book 8Book 9Book 10Book 11Book 12Book 13 - COMPLETE (currently)
Compass Boys Series (4 Books): Book 1Book 2Book 3Book 4 - COMPLETE
Daughter of the Pirate King ( 2 Books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
Six of Crows (2 Books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
Mask of Shadows (2 Books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
Sin du Jour Series (7 books & 1 novella): Book 1Book 2Book 1.5Book 3Book 4Book 5Book 6Book 7 - COMPLETE
Wayward Children Series (3 books currently): Book 1Book 2Book 3 - COMPLETE (through 2018)
Girl from Everywhere Duology (2 books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
High Seas & High Stakes (2 books): Bind Up - COMPLETE
Assassin's Curse Series (2 books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
The Conqueror's Saga (3 books) - Book 1Book 2Book 3 - COMPLETE
Stalking Jack the Ripper Series (3 books currently) - Book 1,  Book 2Book 3 - COMPLETE (through 2018)
The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (2 Books) - Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
The Themis Files (3 books, 1 novella) - Book 0.5Book 1Book 2Book 3 - COMPLETE

Requested Reviews:
No more than 25 - This was not really a challenge more of a tracking for me.  I had said I wanted to accept no more than 25 books but I got an influx at the end of the year of some really great sounding books, and it did push me way to far. I still have several that I need to read and a couple of reviews still to write. I am going to have to be a lot pickier about the books that I say yes to, not that all of the books I receive emails about aren't fantastic sounding books but I just cannot put this much pressure on myself again.
3. Little Tails on the Farm
4. Survive the Night
5. Tess of the Road (DNF)
6. Tarnished City (DNF)
7. Sky in the Deep
8. Grey Sister
9. Boying Up
10. Enchanted Chest
11. Out of Left Field
12. Three Shoeboxes
13. Grace & Fury
14. Fawkes
15. Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse
16. The Traveling Cat Chronicles
17. Brave Enough
18. Seafire
19. Through the Fire
20. Secret Project
21. Football Season Ticket
22. The Piraroo
23. Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets
24. Sweep: A Story of a Girl and her Monster
25. Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas
26. Time to Get Started
27. Homer and the Holiday Miracle
28. Mutts and Mistletoe (DNF)
29. The Frankenstein Adventures
30. Snowhook
31. Watersnakes
32. The Winter Riddle
33. Aversion
34. Outrun the Wind
35. The Snow Witch

RI Authors:
I like supporting my local authors and also host a RI Author Month - Again, not so much a challenge but a way to track. I love reading and supporting my local authors and have worked extremely hard to spotlight them for a whole month each year.  This is going to have to change (more on this later) but I again, it is an insane amount of work and pressure for a hobby. I do plan to continue to support and spotlight my local authors.
1. And I Love Her
2. You'll Be Mine
3. It's Only Love
4. Southern Spice
5. Ain't She Sweet
6. Monster Monster Wants to Roar
7. Every Little Thing
8. Can't Buy Me Love
9. Dinosaur Racing
10. Here Comes the Sun
11. Shake, Waggle & Roll
12. Emma's Dream
13. The Trail
14. Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death
15. One White Lie
16. Red Racecar
17. Tyler's Tall Tales
18. Sunny
19.  Diapers, Daycare and Deadlines

Not really a challenge but I want to keep track of how many books I re-read this year - I really enjoyed re-reading some of the books from the past again, but I wish there had been more! Many of these are even recent re-reads, and I loved revisiting old friends!
1. Breath of Fire
2. Poison Study
3. Every Little Thing
4. The Selection
5. The Elite
6. Frankenstein
7. The One
8. An Ember in the Ashes
9. A Torch Against the Night
10. Mask of Shadows

Library Books:
Again not really a challenge just want to see how many books I borrowed but didn't own -  This was to help me track for my resolution in 2018. I am happy to see that I borrowed so many books but would like to see this number grow in the future.
1. You'll Be Mine
2. Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
3. Adventures in Flat Frost
4. Beneath the Stone Forest
5. Let the Games Begin
6. The Enchanted April
7. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
8. Secret World of Mermaids
9. The Bard and the Beast
10. The Pegasus Quest
11. Envy of Angels
12. Daughter of the Siren Queen
13. American Panda
14. Beneath the Sugar Sky
15. The Pirate Pig
16. Peter Pan
17. Magic Marks the Spot
18. Gluttony Bay
19. Taste of Wrath
20. Binti
21. File No. 002
22. Only Human
23. For Every One

50-75 books that I already own as of 12/31/2017 - While I did complete this challenge with 54 books, I would have liked to see this number higher, I have so many fantastic books waiting on my shelves.  As always with every reader, this is a continued battle with our TBR shelves!
1. Breath of Fire  (re-read)
12. Nevernight
13. Crewel Work (DNF)
14. Vengeance Road (DNF)
15. It's Only Love
16. Landscaper Series
17. The Star Touched Queen
18. Southern Spice
19. Ain't She Sweet
20. In the Labyrinth of Drakes
21. Within the Sanctuary of Wings
22. Can't Buy Me Love
23. Anne of Green Gables
24. Addie on the Inside
26. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
26. Dinosaur Racing
27. The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Stories
28. Godsgrave
29. From a Certain Point of View
30. The Trail
31. One White Lie
32.  Red Racecar
33. Diapers Daycare and Deadlines
34. House of Four Winds
35. Six of Crows
36. Invention of Hugo Cabret
37. Crooked Kingdom
38. Waiting for Unicorns
39. Nate the Great
40. Letters to Sam
41. Go Ask Alice
42. Stalking Jack the Ripper
43. Hunting Prince Dracula
44. The Haunted House Next Door
45. Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
46. A Cup of Christmas Tea
47. The Christmas Secret
48. Christmas Around the World
49. Stupid Christmas
50. Hope at Christmas
51. Christmas Note
52. The Night Before Christmas
53. Merry Christmas and Other Stories
54. Family for the Rugged Rancher

Books Added to Shelves in 2018:
As I read the books I purchase this year I will add a link (I will also note the month they were purchased/ read) - This was a challenge I really wanted to focus on this year. Last year 2017 I tracked the number of books I purchased and if I read them, in 2018 my goal was to be more aware of reading books as they came in.  I think I did a much better job of this than I had in previous years but this certainly needs a lot of work. There is absolutely no reason I need to be adding over 200 books to my already overwhelmed shelves every year, especially when many of them end up being unhauled or DNFed anyway, or worse left unread. I am happy to say that of the 219 books that I added to my shelves this year (either through gifts, purchases, trades or book boxes) I have read 115 of them (over half) and unhauled 14 of them. 21 of those books were also purchases specifically for challenges in 2019.  So that left only 69 books that should have been read in 2018 but weren't.  That is much better than the 147 (I think) from 2017. My greatest weaknesses were of course the book subscription boxes, which I have worked extremely hard to read when they come in; and book festivals and events.  I am fortunate to live in an area where there are several book events each year that I can attend and I often go overboard with purchases to be able to get them signed by the authors. So that will be my focus in the future, less books purchased in general, especially at events and via subscription boxes! 
1. Plague of Giants (Jan./April)
2. Moonsilver (Jan./ Jan.)
3. Silver Thread (Jan./Jan.)
4. The Silver Bracelet (Jan./ Jan.)
5. Mountains of the Moon (Jan./ Feb.)
6. Practical Magic (Jan./ Oct.)
7. I Love My Love (Jan./ Feb.)
8. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (Jan./ Feb.)
9. Gods of the North (Jan./March)
10. We Have Always Lived in a Castle (Jan./Sept.)  UNHAUL
11. Life Changing Manga of Cleaning Up (Jan./Jan.)
12. Heart on Fire (Jan./ Jan.)
13.To the Sky Kingdom (Feb./ )
14. Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Feb./Feb )
15. Letters from Wolfie (Feb./March )
16. Ketchup Clouds (Feb./Oct)
17. Dead Man's Walk (Feb./ ) - 2019 Series
18. Luck Love and Lemon Pie (Feb./ ) UNHAUL
19. Beartown (Feb./Nov. )
20. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake (Feb./ Feb.)
21. Listen, Slowly (Feb./March) - DNF
22. Ravenous (Feb./ ) - UNHAUL
23. Monstrous (Feb./March )
24. The Astounding Broccoli Boy (Feb./March )
25. Terrier (Feb./ ) - 2019 series
26. Lonesome Dove (Feb./ ) - 2019 series
27. As Brave as You (Feb./ March )
28. Smuggler's Run (Feb./Feb. )
29. The Lost Stone (Feb./March )
30. The Scarlet Dragon (Feb./ March)
31. Sea Monster (Feb./March )
32. Daughter of the Pirate King (Feb./May )
33. The Wolves of Winter (Feb./ May )
34. Heaven on Earth (Feb./ Feb. )
35. Into the Fire (Feb./ March)
36. Still Waters (Feb./April )
37. Red Sister (March/March)
38. Reflections of Yesterday (March/)
39. Sleeping Giants (March/May)
40. Heir to the Jedi (March/April)
41. Jedi Search (March/)
42. Heart of Iron (March/April)
43. Here Comes the Sun (March/April)
44. Hermes: Tales of the Trickster (March/ March)
45. The Witches Curse (March/March)
46. Emma's Dream (March/May)
47. Eko (March/June)
48. Star Wars: Moving Target (March/May)
49. Caging Merrow (March/) - 2019 series
50. The Fifth Season (March/) - 2019 series
51. His Dark Endeavor (March/ Oct.)
52. The Traveling Cat Chronicles (March/July)
53. Greedy Pigs (March/ July)
54. Lustlocked (March/June)
55. Black Powder War (March/) - 2019 series
56. Throne of Jade (March/) - 2019 series
57. The Scandalous Mackenzies (March/) - 2019 series
58. The Stolen Mackenzie Bride (March/) - 2019 series
59. The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (March/) - 2019 series
60. Lady Castle (March/May)
61. Frankenstein Alive, Alive #4 (March/ Sept)
62. Frankenstein Alive Alive Trio (March/ Sept.)
63. Long Walk to Valhalla (March/April)
64. Hard to Serve (March/)
65. Mastering Her Senses (March/)
66. Theirs to Take (March/)
67. The Sapphire Affair (March/May)
68. The Joy of Less (April/May)
69. Nightblade's Vengeance (April/)
70. Circe (April/ May)
71. Tomorrowland (April/)
72. The Wolf (April/)
73. My Lady's Choosing (April/)
74. Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death (April/May)
75. Sky in the Deep (April/April)
76. Beyond the Darkened Shore (April/)
77. Defiant Heir (April/)
78. True North (May/)
79. The Sorting Room (May/ )
80. Lost Stars (May/ )
81. Down Among the Sticks and Bones (May/July)
82. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day (May/August)
83. Frankenstein Dreams (May/)
84. The Belgaraid (May/)
85. The Rhode Island Short Story Club presents The Club (May/June) *
86. Death Sworn (May/)
87. Sherlock Holmes and the Army of Dr. Moreau (May/) - UNHAUL
88. A Court of Frost and Starlight (May/May)
89. Prince of Persia (May/July)
90. Zenith (May/ )
91. In the Heart of the Sea (May/ )
92. The Queen of Sorrow (May/ )
93. I Capture the Castle (May/ June)
94. Cruel Prince (May/)
95. Onyx & Ivory (May/) Unhaul
96. Princesses Behaving Badly (May/)
97. Fight for Everything (May/)
98. Catching Stars (May/) Unhaul
99. Light as Air (May/Dec)
100. Marriage Arrangement (May/May)
101. Furyborn (May/)
102. Sweet Tea & Sympathy (May/)
103. Half Drowned King (May/) - 2019 series
104. A Reaper at the Gates (June/June)
105. The Orphan Queen (June/ )
106. The Mirror King (June/ )
107. The Thief (June/ ) - 2019 series
108. The Queen of Attolia (June/ ) - 2019 series
109. King of Attolia (June/ ) - 2019 series
110. A Conspiracy of Kings(June/ ) - 2019 series
111. Pride's Spell(June/June)
112. Idle Ingredients(June/June)
113. Guardian of Whills(June/Sept. )
114. Such Wicked Intent(June/Oct )
115. The Girl From Everywhere(June/July )
116. The Ship Beyond Time(June/July )
117. And I Darken(June/August)
118. Frostbite(June/Oct. )
119. The Assassin's Curse(June/August)
120. The Pirate's Wish(June/August)
121. Pirateology(June/July)
122. Polly and the Pirates: Vol. 1(June/July )
123. Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein(June/ )
124. Every Heart a Doorway(June/ July)
125. The Tiger's Daughter (July/July)
126. Grace & Fury(July/July) 
127. LifeL1k3(July/) Unhaul
128. Sweet Black Waves(July/) Unhaul
129. The Bird and the Blade(July/)
130. The Slow Regard of Silent Things(July/) - 2019 series
131. The False Fairy(July/July) 
132. The Sorcerer's Shadow(July/July) 
133. The Thirteenth Knight(July/July) 
134. Waking Gods(July/Sept.)
135. Alone(July/July) 
136. You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone(July/) DNF
137. Now I Rise (July/Sept. )
138. Gunslinger Girl (July/) - UNHAUL
139. The Pirate (August/August)
140. Unhooked (August/)
141. Bob (August/ Sept.)
142. George (August/Sept)
143. These Rebel Waves (August/) Unhaul
144. All Systems Red (August/Nov.) 
145. Uprooted (August/)
146. Spinning Silver (August/)
147. Ruin of Stars (August/Oct.)
148. Peace Like a River (Sept./)
149. Lies of Locke Lamora (Sept./) - 2019 series
150. Red Seas Under Red Skies (Sept./) - 2019 series
151. Assassin's Gambit (Sept./)
152. Refugee (Sept./)
153. And The Ocean Was Our Sky (Sept./ Sept.)
154. Bright We Burn (Sept./ Sept.)
155. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Sept./)
156. Isle of Blood and Stone (Sept./)
157. Heretics Anonymous (Sept./Oct.)
158. None of the Above (Sept./)
159. Words We Don't Say (Sept./)
160. The Light Between Worlds (Sept./) - UNHAUL
161. Misty Inn Collection Books 1-4 (Sept./Nov.) *
162. Adventures of Laura and Jack (Sept./Oct)
163. Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas (Sept./ Sept.)
164. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Sept/ Sept.)
165. Escaping from Houdini (Sept/Oct.)
166. Not Even Bones (Sept./)
167. Fierce Fairytales (Sept./Oct.)
168. May B. (Oct/Nov.)
169. Home of the Brave (Oct/Nov.)
170. The Dogs of Christmas (Oct/Oct.)
171. The Christmas Light (Oct/Dec)
172. Young Scrooge (Oct/Oct.)
173. Phoenix Empress (Oct/)
174 Royals (Oct/Dec)
175. Boneless Mercies (Oct/) - DNF
176. Kill the Farm Boy (Oct/) - DNF
177. 14,000 Things to be Happy About (Nov./Nov.) 
178. Alaskan Holiday(Nov./Nov.) 
179. Monster: The Story of a Young Mary Shelley(Nov./)
180. Mammoth(Nov./Nov.) 
181. Seasons Galloping(Nov./Nov.)
182. Anything but Okay(Nov./)
183. The Storyteller(Nov./)
184. The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey(Nov./Nov.) 

185. The Carols of Christmas (Dec./)
186. Special Gifts(Dec./)
187. Pioneer Sisters(Dec./)
188. Animal Adventures(Dec./)
189. Laura & Nellie(Dec./)
190. School Days(Dec./)
191. The Lost Queen(Dec./Dec.) *
192. Carne the Ruby(Dec./) 2019
193. Wolf Kiss(Dec./) 2019
194. Wolf Fire
(Dec./) 2019
195. Wolf Vow(Dec./) 2019
196. Wolf Angel(Dec./) 2019
197. Waiting for You(Dec./) 2019
198. All of Me(Dec./) 2019
199. Pangaea: Sunslinger (Dec./) 2019
200. Pangaea: Revelations(Dec./) 2019
201. Wastelander: Awakening(Dec./) 2019
203. Come, Bos (Dec./) 2019
204. The Promise: A Perilous Journey(Dec./) 2019
205. Grinch of Starlight Bend(Dec./Dec.)
206. Wrath(Dec./) 2019
207. Dashing Through the Snow(Dec./)
208. Santa Cruise(Dec./)
209. Dreadful Young Ladies and other Stories(Dec./)
210. I'd Rather be Reading(Dec./)
211. Outrun the Wind(Dec./ pre-read Nov.)
212. Fire and Heist(Dec./)
213. The Storm Crow(Dec./)
214. Amber and Dusk(Dec./)
215. I Want to Hold Your Hand (Dec/pre-read 2017)
216. I Saw Her Standing There (Dec/ pre-read 2017)
217. And I Love Her ( Dec/ pre-read Jan)
218. It's Only Love (Dec/ pre-read Feb)
219. Ain't She Sweet (Dec./ Pre-read Feb)

This has been quite a year! While I am sad to see 2018 end so quickly, I am excited to look forward to 2019 and all the potential it holds.  I have learned a lot about myself this year with all of the extra tracking I have done and am I excited to put that information to use as I work to continue to improve my blog, my reading habits and myself personally.  

How did you do with your 2018 challenges? Have you discovered anything about your reading habits this last year that you will put in use while planning 2019?