2018 Annual Wrap-Up

How many books did you read and did you meet or beat your own personal goal?
I read 142 books this year. I always set my initial goal at 52, then double it. Once I got to 104, I set my goal at 130 and then 140 when I passed 130. I beat my final goal by 2.

What story stayed with you a long time, left you wanting more or needing time to digest?
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick really stayed with me. It’s about life in North Korea and follows specifically the lives of several people who have defected. I found so much of it fascinating and for several days after I finished it, I just kept thinking about things the people featured have gone through.

What are some quotes that made you laugh?
“It turned out that Blas had spent most of his time wandering around the station looking for things to rob.
Tris knew this because when he saw Blas and asked him what he was up to, the big man replied, “Just wanderin’ around, looking for stuff to rob.”
Which at least made him honest. Kind of.” (Warden’s Folly by Tony James Slater)

“I think the Creator must have an inordinate fondness for beetles.” (Understanding Temple Symbols by Jack M. Lyon)

“Books are the most intensive of all current media. People are willing to spend hours and hours with a book. Additionally, people are still willing to pay for them.” An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green)

“Pipo wondered if it was already too late to teach her how to be a human being.” (Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card)

“‘It’s not acceptable to sell other people’s private parts, especially while leaving your own.'” and “(This often happens while we sleep—the witch children can take our heads and return them before morning, all without us knowing. It’s a serious problem.)” (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba)

Top 5 Books of the Year
Covenant Keepers by Wendy Watson Nelson
God Wants a Powerful People by Sheri Dew
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
In Praise of Wasting Time by Alan Lightman
Half a Heart by Karen McQuestion

Bottom 5 Books of the Year
The Temple Experience by Wendy Ulrich
The Bill of Rights Primer by Akhil Reed Amar and Les Adams
Operation Hail Storm by Brett Arquette
Out of the Blue by Gretta Mulrooney
News of the World by Paulette Jiles

How many books are in your To Read pile right now?
661

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