Goodreads Challenge [‘half way’ update]

So I’m a little bit [very] late with this one, seeing as I wanted to do a ‘half-way update’ and it’s already half way through August, but I thought I’d do it anyway – so here is what I’ve read so far in 2018!

I was doing really well – ahead of schedule by at least a book or two, according to Goodreads – up until a few weeks ago, when life kind of got in the way of reading, as it sometimes unfortunately does. I’m currently 3 books behind schedule but with lots of train travel up to a wedding and a bank holiday weekend both coming up next week, I’ll have more time – whether it’s whilst travelling or just lazing in bed – to read more… hopefully!

  • So far this year I have read 85 books
  • My aim is to read 140 books in 2018

From most recent at the top [with links to Goodreads]:

While I Was Sleeping by Dani AtkinsVox by Christina DalcherThe Liar's Room by Simon LelicSomething in the Water by Catherine SteadmanWatching You by Lisa Jewell
Sticks and Stones by Jo JakemanFactfulness by Hans RoslingIn The Dark by Cara HunterDeath in Dulwich by Alice CastleThe Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
You Were Made for This by Michelle SacksBelieve Me by J.P. DelaneyThe Dead Ex by Jane  CorryLast Time I Lied by Riley SagerThe Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown
The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie WalshThe Tall Man by Phoebe LockeThe Cliff House by Amanda JenningsKiss Me, Kill Me by J.S. CarolLove Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Seddon
Your Closest Friend by Karen PerryFriends and Liars by Kaela CobleRedemption Point by Candice FoxIn Bloom by C.J. SkuseThe Fifth To Die by J.D. Barker
Snap by Belinda BauerThe Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy KoomsonDays of Wonder by Keith StuartThe Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. HarrisCross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
The Craftsman by Sharon J. BoltonOur Kind of Cruelty by Araminta HallWhistle in the Dark by Emma HealeyGone Viking by Helen RussellYou Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaghtPaper Ghosts by Julia HeaberlinNow You See by Max ManningTurn a Blind Eye by Vicky NewhamDrift Stumble Fall by M. Jonathan Lee
Skin Deep by Liz NugentTwo Steps Forward by Graeme SimsionA Breath After Drowning by Alice BlanchardDeadly Secrets by Robert BryndzaThe Next Girl by Carla Kovach
Anna by Amanda ProwseThe Wildflowers by Harriet EvansBriguella by Vicki FitzgeraldEntanglement by Katy MahoodTwin Truths by Shelan Rodger
Hangman by Daniel ColeThe Stranger by Kate RiordanThe Memory Chamber by Holly CaveThe Fear by C.L. TaylorMy Mother's Secret by Sanjida Kay
The Darkness by Ragnar JónassonThe Perfect Girlfriend by Karen HamiltonThe Friend by Dorothy KoomsonExhibit Alexandra by Natasha BellBring Me Back by B.A. Paris
Emma in the Night by Wendy   WalkerThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonThe Dark Lake by Sarah   BaileyOnly Child by Rhiannon NavinThe Year that Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly
The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet AshtonEverything Is Lies by Helen CallaghanThe Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv ConstantineStill Me by Jojo MoyesFragile Lives by Stephen Westaby
The Dark Angel by Elly GriffithsHome by Amanda BerrimanEverything I Know About Love by Dolly AldertonTrying by Emily PhillipsThe Woman in the Window by A.J.  Finn
Our House by Louise CandlishNo Turning Back by Tracy BuchananThe Feed by Nick Clark WindoVeronica's Bird by Veronica Bird & Richard NewmanThe Dry by Jane Harper
Fear by Dirk KurbjuweitAnything You Do Say by Gillian McAllisterThe Confession by Jo SpainHydra by Matt WesolowskiForce of Nature by Jane Harper


View my progress on Goodreads

Are you doing the Goodreads Challenge? If so, how is yours going?



  1. I set my challenge at 156 (three books per week) and so far I’m doing better than that having read 122 already. But I prefer to set a target and exceed it than set one too high and struggle to meet it. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from book blogging it’s that you need to keep your expectations realistic because otherwise it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed, and that’s no fun. You seem well on track, so well done for that. And of course the important thing it’s that we enjoy as many as possible of the books we read. It’s not just a numbers game.

    • Wow! That’s incredible – well done! Yes definitely agree- I’ve had quite a few overwhelmed moments like that over the past few years, it really takes the shine and enjoyment out of reading, so at the moment I’m trying not to request too many Netgalley books in one go (failing at that already) but most importantly not stressing if I’m behind on my reviews compared to their publication dates (which I always am!)

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