2018: Lists and Numbers

It’s time for my annual navel-gazing post – indulge me as I look back at my year in reading…

2018 new-to-me authors

I read 45 new-to-me authors over 2018, a huge jump from 2017’s 36 (which in turn was way up on 2016’s 21).  A large part of that was due to my Kindle Unlimited subscription, which was a cheap way (cost-wise, if not time) of trying new authors.

Of this group, the authors I’m really glad I discovered over 2018:

Robyn Bennis: Loving her steampunk-ish mil-fantasy series, and cannot wait for the next ones

Anna Butler: I’m potentially starting to sound a bit like a broken record, but I suspect I’ll read anything she writes in any genre.

Aster Glenn Gray: Her Beauty and the Beast retelling appears to be her only release at the moment, fingers crossed for more from her.

Rachel Neumeier: I know.  I could have sworn I’ve read her books before, but no.  Love her style of fantasy (and they’re standalone books as well!).

Megan Reddaway: I finished her take on Pride & Prejudice on Dec 31, and it was the best way to end the year.

Author most glommed over 2018

MCA Hogarth – I read ten books of hers (and yes, that boxset thing applies, so technically twelve?).

Next was Glynn Stewart (who topped my 2017 list) with nine books – I thought I had swept through his backlist in 2017, but he somehow managed to release nine(!) new books in 2018.  I’m not complaining.

Also worth mentioning is Mercedes Lackey – I (re-)read eight of her books (or technically ten – those boxsets are really messing up my counts!).  I did go on a bit of a Valdemar re-read spree over 2018 with mixed results – some were as good as I remembered, others less so

Kindle Unlimited usage

I’m sneaking this in as a new section, as last year was the first full year of KU for me.

As I said earlier, it was a low-risk way to try new-to-me authors, but I also had quite a few duds (and DNFs).  I read books by 23 KU authors, of which eleven were new-to-me – that’s a pretty high proportion.

I finished 43 KU books over 2018 – at £7.99/month, that equates to around £2.30 a book (not counting DNFs, which I don’t track).  Rating-wise, around a quarter was 4* or higher reads for me, so I think that’s a win!

I do suspect I finished a lot more 2* books than I normally would have though.  I’m going to make sure that I’m better in 2019 at calling it quits as opposed to forcing myself to finish a book (or series even).

And as for the numbers…

I read 179 books (give or take a few boxsets and short stories/novellas), slightly down on last year, but still a relatively high number for me.  Just over half of these were published before 2018 – yay for the backlist.

Breakdown by genre and numbers over 2018:

2018

And finally 2018 v. previous years – I’ve basically rediscovered my love for SF over the past couple of years:

overall

And that’s it – another annual tradition completed!  If you want to have a look at my 2018 reads in more detail, my Goodreads summary is here, with a few more random stats.

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