Inspired by the Indextrious Reader here is my year in review as revealed by the first line of my first blog post for each month of 2018.
I have decided on 5 reading challenges for 2018 (in addition to the Canadian Book Challenge which ends on Canada Day)
[from 2018 Reading Challenges]
The latest in this wonderful mystery series focuses on Quebec's Surete and the opioid crisis. [from Glass Houses]
“And yet , the burden of perpetual apprehension that she had carried around for years - of suddenly receiving news of death - had lightened somewhat." [from The Ministry of Utmost Happiness]
This is the first novel about Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, a police officer in the Yorkshire Dales. [from Gallows View]
“I often ask myself, Will anyone I know be happier if I save this?” [from The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning]
This book is a bit of a hodge-podge as it includes essays on how to be an historian as well as essays about various historical issues. [from Practicing History]
"The wind began to rush violently as he moved on, and he became aware of other creatures in the darkness." [from Sword of Shannara]
"He took down the picture, carried it toward the window, related some curious facts about it." [from The Portrait of a Lady]
This was the 50th book I read for my Classics Club list! [from The Scarlet Letter]
This book tells the story of a small group of people who come into the world of Count Dracula and end up fighting for their lives and their eternal souls. [from Dracula]
"Our lives really do seem strange and mysterious when you look back on them." [from Killing Commendatore]
This book was published in 1963 and is the history of Monte Carlo and its famous casino. [from The Big Wheel]
In gathering these lines I realized that I have gotten into the habit of starting my reviews with quotes. Not sure if that's good or bad, but it seems to be. I was also focusing on my various challenges at the beginning of each month as most of these posts relate to one or another of my reading challenges. Generally I would say I had a good reading year.