Celebrate Your 2018 Year in Books!

Posted by Marie on December 10, 2018


As the end of the year comes closer, it's time to ask: How was your year in books? What were your favorite titles? Did you discover a hidden gem you wish more people would read? To help you revisit your year of reading, we've created your personalized Year in Books.

Don’t keep it to yourself! Share your Year in Books with friends on social media with the hashtag #MyYearInBooks and help them discover more great reads.

And because so many of you have told us you love this feature, you can find your Year in Books anytime during the year by clicking on the link on your profile page.

If you've got major reading plans over the holidays, never fear! Your Year in Books will automatically update with any books you marked as read in 2018. We understand how important it is to have your complete year of reading.


See Your Year in Books!


We're also highlighting the year's book journeys of extremely passionate readers, including authors, celebrities, bloggers, and fellow Goodreads members. Which of their books do you now want to read?


Roxane Gay's Year in Books
The editor of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Award nominee Not That Bad has read 68 books this year, including Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing and Nico Walker's Cherry.

Bill Gates' Year in Books
This tech titan and avid reader never runs out of book recommendations. His favorite books of the year include Hans Rosling's Factfulness and Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now.

Melinda Gates' Year in Books
This philanthropist and author of the upcoming book The Moment of Lift has read a number of nonfiction picks this year, including Brené Brown's Dare to Lead and Tara Westover's Educated.

Emily May's Year in Books
The most followed reviewer on Goodreads wraps up her eighth year on the site with plenty of memoirs, literary fiction, YA fantasy, and thrillers. "I even surprised myself," she says, "and loved Helen Hoang's debut romance novel, The Kiss Quotient."

Elizabeth Khuri Chandler's Year in Books
Our Goodreads cofounder and editor in chief loves to talk books both in real life and as a host on our podcast. Her 2018 reading picks include Jason Matthews' Red Sparrow and Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See.

Helen Hoang's Year in Books
The winner of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Award in Best Romance for The Kiss Quotient has read many other romance books this year, including Alyssa Cole's A Princess in Theory.

Photo Credit: Kaelan Barowsky

Wil Wheaton's Year in Books
"If I could have a 2018 do-over, I would read even more books," says actor, writer, and Star Trek icon Wil Wheaton. His reading picks this year include the strange and speculative, from John Scalzi's Head On to Jason Zinoman's Shock Value.

Otis Chandler's Year in Books
Our Goodreads CEO and cofounder Otis Chandler has read 19 books this year, including My Family and Other Animals and Crazy Rich Asians. He's also listened to the Born a Crime audiobook.

Veronica Roth's Year in Books
"This year I tried to broaden my reading diet," says the five-time Goodreads Choice Award winner. "The result was an eclectic mixture, from warm, funny YA to tense, tightly plotted sci-fi."

Lori Hettler's Year in Books
Lori Hettler moderates The Next Best Book Club, one of the most popular groups on Goodreads. She's also a Reading Challenge guru. One of her highest-rated books of 2018 is the poetry collection Even Though I Don't Miss You by Chelsea Martin.

Celeste Ng's Year in Books
The winner of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award in Best Fiction for Little Fires Everywhere has read 24 books this year, including the classics Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina.

Sarah Jessica Parker's Year in Books
This year actress and fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker took her passion for reading one step further by launching her own literary imprint. The most popular book she's read this year is The Children Act by Ian McEwan.

Jeffrey Keeten's Year in Books
"I am one of the most eclectic readers you will ever meet," says the third-most-followed Goodreads reviewer and avid book blogger. The 129 books he's read this year include Icelandic sagas, Plantagenet history, Nordic Noir, and Civil War fiction.

Gretchen Rubin's Year in Books
"What a wonderful year of reading!" says the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies. "It makes me happy to look at all the titles and book jackets, to remember all the hours of enjoyment. There's never enough time to READ."

Kristin Hackett's Year in Books
This BookTuber and sci-fi and fantasy expert has read 116 books this year. "I usually tend to read an even mix of fantasy and contemporary YA literature," she says. "But this year fantasy won out by far!"

Bill Kerwin's Year in Books
The ninth-most-followed Goodreads reviewer and Reading Challenge pro has read more than 200 books this year. Some of his favorites include detective novels, short fiction by H.P. Lovecraft and Philip K. Dick, as well as The American Presidents series.

Emma Giordano's Year in Books
"I read a ton of books that I now consider some of my favorite novels of all time!" says this popular BookTuber and tenth-most-highly rated Goodreads reviewer. "I also delved deeper into the world of adult psychological thrillers, which left me eager to expand my reading tastes in 2019!"



Comments Showing 1-50 of 79 (79 new)


message 1: by Dina (new)

Dina I really love this feature and I always check it throughout the year to see my progress, but I wish you would fix the thing where it counts the pages of books I have shelved as audiobooks. My total page count is over 6,000 pages off.


message 2: by Charlie (new)

Charlie I wish my Audible books would automatically list as read! Those from Kindle do!


message 3: by Amber (new)

Amber the year isn't over yet. I'm still reading books so I'm not done with my reads yet. Wish they would wait until new years eve to release it.


message 4: by Noirfifre (new)

Noirfifre Yayyy, it out. No matter how short or long my list, I am always excited to see 'My Year In Books.'


message 5: by Paula (new)

Paula Who cares about Bill and Melinda Gates? They are charlatans.


message 6: by Isabelle (new)

Isabelle Amber wrote: "the year isn't over yet. I'm still reading books so I'm not done with my reads yet. Wish they would wait until new years eve to release it."

I totally see where you're coming from since I'll also be reading up to and probably through New Year's, but as mentioned in the post it's actually available all year and can be found through your profile. of course, you can always wait until you're ready to look at yours :)


message 7: by Amber (new)

Amber Isabelle wrote: "Amber wrote: "the year isn't over yet. I'm still reading books so I'm not done with my reads yet. Wish they would wait until new years eve to release it."

I totally see where you're coming from si..."



thanks. ^_^


message 8: by Donna (new)

Donna Hewitt Is there anyway to print the year of books ?


message 9: by Riya (new)

Riya Ahhhhhh I LOVE THIS FEATURE SO MUCH


message 10: by Amy (new)

Amy Pardo Donna wrote: "Is there anyway to print the year of books ?"

I agree! I would love to print it.


message 11: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth This is honestly the best feature. I love looking back and seeing what I have read, the longest books I have read, the books others have read. ❤️It.


message 12: by Sandra (new)

Sandra La Madeleine I love this! I am super happy to see I completed my reading challenge this year. I haven't read a single book in the last couple of years, so 6 books in 2018 is HUGE for me.


message 13: by Tasia (new)

Tasia McLeod Is anyone having issues with all their books showing up? Even if the dates have been entered ?


message 14: by Hanne (new)

Hanne Just found this function, thanks to my good friend Christina Meller Nielsen..
It's fun to see such details.. Normally you only focus on the number of books you read, never the pages.


message 15: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse Dina wrote: "I really love this feature and I always check it throughout the year to see my progress, but I wish you would fix the thing where it counts the pages of books I have shelved as audiobooks. My total..."

I asked about this last year and was told by one of the GR librarians that the way they count audio books is one hour equals one page, rounded up. So a book that takes 17.5 hours to listen to only nets you a count of 18 pages. It definitely needs to be rethought. (And without the tiresome "audiobooks aren't real books" arguments.)


message 16: by Paulo (last edited Dec 11, 2018 12:00AM) (new)

Paulo Hi, I love this feature, but I have kind of a problem. I'm currently reading a book whose profile says it has only one page, so when I updated my reading status it became the shortest book I read this year, of course (although I have NOT finished it, and the book has in fact 941 pages). So I tried to create another edition, it worked, but the book remains in my books of 2018 :( Can you fix it? Thank you!


message 17: by Raya (new)

Raya Conway My year in books has been pretty good. I never really updated all the books I read but so far I'm at 59. It'll be 60 if I ever finish Kingdom Of Ash. One of my most hated bookish tropes is in it and it's making me not wanna finish it but I have 200 pages left and I wanna complete it by the end of the week so wish me luck! I have so many other books I want to complete this year and they are all manga so hopefully by the end of the year I've read everything I wanted to read.


message 18: by Mimi (new)

Mimi Sandra wrote: "I love this! I am super happy to see I completed my reading challenge this year. I haven't read a single book in the last couple of years, so 6 books in 2018 is HUGE for me." That really is an accomplishment!


message 19: by Shaun, Community Expert (new)

Shaun Paulo wrote: "Hi, I love this feature, but I have kind of a problem. I'm currently reading a book whose profile says it has only one page, so when I updated my reading status it became the shortest book I read t..."

Hi Paulo! I took a look at your profile and, just to clarify, are you referring to the title "A Nervura do Real"? If so, this error has corrected itself as this book no longer appears on your reading challenge, nor in Your Year in Books. This was most likely a caching delay.


message 20: by Dina (new)

Dina Yaaresse wrote: "Dina wrote: "I really love this feature and I always check it throughout the year to see my progress, but I wish you would fix the thing where it counts the pages of books I have shelved as audiobo..."

It definitely counts the pages of the book on this particular page (not in the regular reading stats.) Like I said, I'm 6,000 pages off my actual page count. It even shows one of my audiobooks as the longest book I read this year at 973 pages. I seem to remember someone mention last year that it counts the default edition, as opposed to the edition we actually shelved, something like that.


message 21: by Paulo (new)

Paulo Shaun wrote: "Paulo wrote: "Hi, I love this feature, but I have kind of a problem. I'm currently reading a book whose profile says it has only one page, so when I updated my reading status it became the shortest..."

thank you, it got fixed!! best wishes ^^


message 22: by Shaun, Community Expert (new)

Shaun Paulo wrote: "thank you, it got fixed!! best wishes ^^"

Glad to hear it — happy reading!


Grace ⭐️confirmed book addict ⭐️ How do you access this in the app?


message 24: by Donette (new)

Donette searching my profile for this summary was unsuccessful. Only after a google article gave me a link did I see my summary. If it can be accessed through the app, I would like to be able to find it that way.


message 25: by Luke (new)

Luke Thank you, Goodreads, for this brilliant feature. I'm always looking forward to it. :)


message 26: by Carlos (new)

Carlos Marin Isabelle wrote: "Amber wrote: "the year isn't over yet. I'm still reading books so I'm not done with my reads yet. Wish they would wait until new years eve to release it."

I totally see where you're coming from si..."


I looked my profile, but isn't update.


message 27: by Carlos (new)

Carlos Marin Tasia wrote: "Is anyone having issues with all their books showing up? Even if the dates have been entered ?"

my last book isn't show up.


message 28: by Happy (new)

Happy I always look forward to seeing My Year In Books! 😘


message 29: by Paul (new)

Paul We, my wife and I, are too busy reading to keep up with such things. Sorry. We read or re-read a book a week at a minimum. We try to be discerning readers in any genre we read.


message 30: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Stoeckel Charlie wrote: "I wish my Audible books would automatically list as read! Those from Kindle do!"

I wonder why as well. Since Amazon owns both GoodReads and Audible, why our Audibles don’t list is beyond my pay grade I guess


message 31: by Sarahmarie (new)

Sarahmarie Harwood Andrea wrote: "Charlie wrote: "I wish my Audible books would automatically list as read! Those from Kindle do!"

I wonder why as well. Since Amazon owns both GoodReads and Audible, why our Audibles don’t list is ..."


That is what bugs me as well. I have had several books get listed with the number of pages listed as "unknown" this year even though the Kindle store clearly shows that detail. Happiness in 2019 would be full sharing of information between the Kindle Store and Goodreads.


message 32: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Stoeckel Sarahmarie wrote: "Andrea wrote: "Charlie wrote: "I wish my Audible books would automatically list as read! Those from Kindle do!"

I wonder why as well. Since Amazon owns both GoodReads and Audible, why our Audibles..."


Yes! It’s like I am reading Rodin’s Lover and they think it has 309 pp, it have just under 200.


message 33: by Robin (new)

Robin I wish it would print out as it appears on the screen. I'm surprised Goodreads wouldn't think people might what to print out this fun feature.


message 34: by Lynne (new)

Lynne I also like this feature. Reading through the comments & suggestions, I would also like to see our lists at the end of the calendar year. I can read a few more books between now & Dec 31! A way to print the books we've read would be a nice feature too.


message 35: by Mike (new)

Mike Morgan Note that 12 females and 5 males got their “books” entered. I would guess that the ratio of female to male authors is even higher in the past three years. Don’t be dismayed guys as it is quality and income from books that counts.


message 36: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Maynard This is a great feature!


message 37: by Kari (new)

Kari Trenten Hidden gems...there were a lot of them. The biggest was All Night Party, which I found in a used bookstore. I learned a lot about the early 20th century literary scene in New York City and some of the women who made it spectacular. Quite an eye opener!


message 38: by Sam (new)

Sam Charlie wrote: "I wish my Audible books would automatically list as read! Those from Kindle do!"

TOTALLY AGREE


message 39: by Linda (new)

Linda Paula wrote: "Who cares about Bill and Melinda Gates? They are charlatans."

Hmmm . . . Melinda Gates read some of the same books I read (and liked), so I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.


message 40: by Linda (new)

Linda Well. The “most popular” book I read was the one I liked least. Says something about me, I guess.


message 41: by Mike (new)

Mike Morgan “Six Years” by Harlan Coben is a winner and “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sulivan cannot be nudged out either.


message 42: by Valerie (new)

Valerie McColgan Love this feature so much!


message 43: by Ken (new)

Ken Noirfifre wrote: "Yayyy, it out. No matter how short or long my list, I am always excited to see 'My Year In Books.'"

Yea is the word.


message 44: by Ken (new)

Ken As fascinating as it is to learn that Sarah Parker's middle name is Jessica, I trust that - whoever she is - she enjoys a peaceful Christmas.


message 45: by Britta (new)

Britta Böhler I love this feature but unfortunately, there is no link on my profile page. Maybe because I have an author's page? Anybody else having this problem?


message 46: by Lizzy (new)

Lizzy I love this feature. I'm not seeing how to set the 2019 reading goal.


message 47: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Stoeckel Lizzy wrote: "I love this feature. I'm not seeing how to set the 2019 reading goal."
Not up yet, which is unusual.


message 48: by Katie (new)

Katie Hardiman I have at least 10 books not showing up! I’ve added the timeline - what’s the deal?


message 49: by Tatiana (last edited Dec 29, 2018 01:09PM) (new)

Tatiana I ADORE the Year in Books feature. Looking at the 'data' of my books each year is always entertaining. (I also am fond of the Reading Stats page; it feeds my OCD-like nature for statistics.) It would be so lovely if the YIB feature would also calculate the oldest and newest books you read in a given year, based on their original publication date.


Cathie (ClassyLibrarian) This feature is just so fun! I am reminded of fond memories, seasons, places that I visited based on the covers of the books that are listed. I can't wait to start the 2019 challenge, hopefully will find some new gems and definitely will be re-visiting some old friends as well.


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