Books of 2018

Screenshot 2018-12-20 09.04.25In the beginning of the year, I set out to complete the POPSUGAR 2018 Reading Challenge. I did not…do well. The prompts were a nice idea, but I had a lot of books already on my shelf or that I needed to read for contests and whatnot that didn’t fit the categories. I found myself shoehorning the books in, like, sure The Frontrunner counts as a “celebrity book club” pick because the guys on Pod Save America promoted it.

There’s still a week-and-a-half left of 2018, so I hope to add a book or two, but this is the list, for the most part. 31 books. 9 (or so, depending on how the next 11 days go) short of my goal to read 40. In 2019, I’m planning on adding more daytime reading to my routine. Part of the reason my count is so low is because I can’t read for more than ten minutes at night without passing out. Reading Outlander–that beast of a book–took me a whole month, is what I’m saying.

I’d like to read more widely in the new year. For me, reading is part of my job. I’d like to read more outside my genre and really enjoy reading again, for reading’s sake.

Here are, by genre, the books I read in 2018–presented without shame. I am not a high-brow reader, but you probably knew that.

Which books did you read this year? Which were your favorites?


  1. Break Point by Rachel Blaufeld
  2. A Family of Convenience by Amy Ayres
  3. Full Court Seduction by Synithia Williams
  4. Raw Deal by Cherrie Lynn
  5. Snapdragon by Kilby Blades
  6. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  7. Butterface by Avery Flynn
  8. Muffin Top by Avery Flynn
  9. The Eyewitness by Nancy C. Weeks

General Fiction

  1. The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes
  2. Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood
  3. Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
  4. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
  5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  6. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  7. The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory


  1. Raise the Curtain by Kirby Hall
  2. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  3. Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly DeVos (kind of YA, kind of NA–either way, you should read it!)
  4. About Last Summer by Patricia Tighe


  1. The Daily Show by Chris Smith
  2. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello
  3. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  4. This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps
  5. The Frontrunner by Matt Bai


  1. Mini Habits for Weight Loss by Stephen Guise
  2. Book Launch Blueprint by Tim Grahl

  3. Feng Shui That Makes Sense by Cathleen McCandless
  4. Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Karen Rauch Carter
  5. Feel the Fear…and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.
  6. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

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