It seems that 2018 has flown by! It was an year of less reading, many exiting author events and a hectic pace as I successfully ran for school board trustee (hence less reading).
Did I meet all my reading goals? Not quite, but I am still pleased to have read 90 books in 2018. Of this reading, 51 books were written by Canadian authors (57% of my overall reading). A third of my reading was non-fiction and I listened to 14 books which kept me engaged as I commuted.
My friend, Kim, had a goal of meeting 50 authors in 2018 as a way of celebrating her 50th birthday. Although I am not quite at this milestone, it was a fun challenge and I had fun meeting 55 authors.
I had a great time at the Canada Reads finale with friends from my in person and online book clubs (and am looking forward to the 2019 long-list announcement on January 10th).
Another fantastic event was the FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity) where I got to meet Kim Thuy (author of Ru, VI, Man), Shannon Bala (The Boat People) and Tanya Talaga (Seven Fallen Feathers).
Over the year, my author highlights included:
- Lisa Genova
- David Chariandy
- Thomas King
- Paula McLain
- Margaret Atwood
- Kate Morton
as well as my husband’s favourite authors:
- Daniel Silva (the biggest event I have ever attended with 1000 people appreciating this spy thriller author in a Toronto synogogue)
- Ian Rankin
If you are looking for recommendations to read in 2019, I would suggest:
You can’t win them all so here are a few books that I would suggest passing on:
Overall, 2018 was a great year of reading, book events, book club meetings, online discussion and books in general. Here’s to more great books and events in 2019!!!
What were your book highlights and lowlights of 2018? Please comment below!