One of the 2018 reading goals I set out for myself at the beginning of this year was to read about 100 books (wow, you say). Of course I didn’t know how I would go about it but nevertheless it was a set goal.
I even joined a readathon challenge on instagram and I must say it perked me up. This is because every time I see a book upload from other participants, through the #readathonwithoa, I would retrieve my book and begin to read again.
I am also grateful to members of the Bloggers Advocate whatsapp group, who consistently share and discuss books. The numerous and diverse discussions have no doubt, increased my knowledge and awareness of new content across the different media platforms.
Okada Books App and its Instagram page also help in keeping me up-to-date with new books, authors, and book humours in 2018. I owe them for the plenty screenshots of writing humors and my book wishlist.
Although I didn’t attain the 100 benchmark of my reading challenge, the reading challenge is an incredible journey I am glad I took.
So to brag a little and motivate someone, here are some of my 2018 reads.
Books I Read In 2018
- The Holy Qur’an
- Rebirth by Olayode Juliana: It is an autobiography and a recount of the author’s struggles, as well as a way to dispel rumours surrounding her virginity, as an advocate of sex in marriage.
- We are Going to Need More Wine: An autobiography of Gabriella Union. Read the review here
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: A traditional-mordern Nigerian story, bordering on love and current events in the country. One of a kind from a Nigerian, and I am eagerly awaiting the next in the series.
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: The book is a recount of one woman’s struggle to find peace when she decided to quit her marriage. She takes the readers on her travel experiences from in Italy, India, and Indonesia. Her account comes with a deep narration of the beauty, culture, food, people, and lifestyle of each place, and how she eventually found peace.
- The China Rich Girlfriend Triology by Kevin Kwan: I read all three stories in the series of the lifestyle of a wealthy fictional Asian society. It also dwells on the love story of the beloved grandson of a rich woman, who found love in the arms of a woman he met abroad. This led to a conflict with his grandma, and complicated by family members who envy him.
- Sins of the Innocent by Jamie McGuire. I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about the book. It is a story of romance between Lucifer’s son and a girl that is supposed to be the saviour of the world.
- Electrify Your Sex Life is actually for couples but there is no harm having a previous knowledge about it, right? And because it was a gift, I read it totally.
- Kikelomo: A memoir of the author, Kikelomo Woleosho, as an abused girl who rose above the odds to be a prominent child photographer.
- The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
- On Becoming by Toke Makinwa
- Smart Woman Money by Arese Ugwu
- 29, Single and Nigerian
- City of Lies by Namita Navai
- Welcome To Lagos by Chibundu Onizo
- Decked by Carol Higgins Clark
- The Stanislaski’s Trilogy by Nora Roberts
- Second Nature by Nora Roberts
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Hanson
- All the Bright Places
- Thinner, Leaner, and Stronger by Micheal Mattews
- It Started with a Friend Request by Nagarka Sudeep
- Screaming Room by Thomas O’Callaghan
- To All The Boys I Have Loved by Jenny Han
- The Hairdressers of Harare by Tendai Huchu
- One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhaghat
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Adichie
- The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Adichie
- What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Leslie Nneka (poetry)
- Becoming Michelle Obama
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okoroafor
- The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wivesby Lola Shoneyin
- No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe
- Dear Husband by Tomi Adeshina
- 100 Questions on Salat
- The Aso-Ebi Chronicles by Sharon Salu
- The Business Coach by Bradley Sugars
- All The Things You Will Never Know by Christie Jay (poetry)
- In My Country, We Are All Cross-dressers by Olakunle Kayinsola (poetry)
- Reflections of a Man by Amari Soul
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
- Still Can’t Do My Daughter’s Hair by William Evans (Poetry)
My less than 100 reading list is aside academic books, magazines, journals, and some previous books/novels I re-read. Yes, I am bragging… Lol.
Discovery From 2018 Reading Goals And Challenge
My 2018 reading goals took me on a journey I could liken to the popular discovery channel. This is because I was very much on a different terrain. However, through my 2018 reads, I navigated the murky waters of diverse genres, authors, and books.
These, in turn, taught me new lessons, enriched my knowledge base, and expanded my mind. Some of my recent discoveries include:
Diverse Reads: Previously, my reading goals used to be only novels and self-help books. However, I am glad that this changed in 2018, as my reading lists extended to diverse reads. I read thrillers, fantasy stories, romance, crime, among others. I also read quite a number of poetry collections from Nigerian authors. In fact, my 2018 reads took me on a rollercoaster ride.
African Authors: I also found a new love for African authors and books, and even extending to African as a whole. Maybe because they are easier to relate with, or because the ones i read write so well. But all in all, I have got a new found love.
Autobiographies: My 2018 reads includes many autobiographies like that of Michelle, Tiffany, Juliana and others. I enjoyed reading these books and I have come to a realization of how much insightful thoughts are packed in them. So, fingers crossed for more in 2019.
What I Learned From My 2018 Reading Goals
- Shoot for the moon, even if you may not get there. Even though I set my 2018 reading goals at 100, and it doesnt seem like I made it that far, I have read more books this year than ever.
- Try something new or different. Discover yourself. Explore and expunge.
- If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together. This is where reading buddies, book clubs, and readathon groups comes in.
So, there you have the smashing of my 2018 reading goals.
Now, over to you. How many books did you read this year? Did you meet your target? Which of these books did you read? Which of these do you want to read? Tell me all about it and please recommend one for me to include in my 2019 reads!