This is the first of a series of posts about the books I read during 2018. Of course, we’re not quite at the end of the year, yet, so there may be a couple of books yet to come, but so far I have read 73 books, which is probably a record for me (though maybe not, I read voraciously in my teens). I expect to make it to 75 books.

Anyway, I thought it might be interesting both for myself and any readers of this blog, to talk about the books I read this year and break them into categories.

To start with, here’s a massive image of the cover of every book I’ve read so far this year, or which I expect to complete before 31 December.

Click on the image to zoom in.

As you can see, there’s a huge variety there. Don’t worry if you can’t make out what some of them are; I’ll spend the next few posts breaking up this list and talking about the various categories of books, and I’ll try to nominate what I thought were the best in each category.

Some brief statistics/facts:


Some 50 books I read as ebooks rather than physical books. That’s two-thirds or 67%. Mostly I like ebooks for reading ‘popular’, easy-to-read fiction, physical books for material which is a bit harder.

15 books or 20% were paperbacks.

9 books or 13% were hardcovers


Some 38% of my reading was in the crime/thriller genre (biased quite a bit by the Sherlock Holmes works I produced for Standard Ebooks).

30% was SF/Fantasy (this honestly surprises me, I thought I read much less of this genre than this).

Standard Ebooks productions:

Some 23 books or about 30% were productions I did of public domain works for the Standard Ebooks project. I’ll explain more about this in the next post.