Special Episode 12: 2018 Year in Review

reading the newberys year in review

In this special episode of Reading the Newberys, we share our favorite (and least favorite) books we read in 2018. We also talk about our reading goals for this year, and we share some of our listener feedback! Get cozy, grab a cup of tea and some berries, and join us for this fun episode!

Books we loved in 2018 (5:01)

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Elevation by Stephen King

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Becoming by Michelle Obama

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

How to Think by Alan Jacobs

In His Image by Jen Wilkin

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

The Sister Circle by Cheryle T. Ricks

The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Emma by Jane Austen (Audible Audiobook narrated by Emma Thompson)

Books we did not love (28:28)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

JELL-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Favorite Newbery Books (43:59)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Least Favorite Newbery Books (49:41)

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

Favorite Episodes of 2018 (52:56)

14: The Graveyard Book

23: Kira-Kira

19: Bud, Not Buddy

18: The One and Only Ivan

21: The Giver

16: Ginger Pye

Reading Goals (58:31)

Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Reading Challenges (1:07:35)

The Reading Women Podcast 2019 Reading Challenge

Currently Reading Podcast 2019 Reading Challenge

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2019 Reading Challenge

The Unread Shelf Project 2019 or #unreadshelfproject2019 on Instagram

Currently Reading (1:12:55)

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Artisan Cake Company’s Visual Guide to Cake Decorating by Elizabeth Marek

Angel and Bavar by Amy Wilson

Displaying Books Backward (1:16:01)

Would You Display Your Books Backward?

The 2019 Youth Media Awards will take place Monday, January 28 beginning 8 a.m. PT/10 a.m. CT (1:18:59)

YMA: ALA Youth Media Awards

YMA Live Webcast

I Love Libraries Facebook Page

YMA Pajama Party

Our Next Book(s) (1:21:20)

Benji’s Review of Smoky the Cow Horse on Goodreads

Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry

Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer

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Our personal contact info: 

Leah Clapp – https://www.instagram.com/readheadedreader/

Mandalay Parkman – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalayfauxreader/

Lauren Keen – https://www.instagram.com/jedireader1138/

And look for each of us on Goodreads!

Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Interval Music: “Carefree Kevin” MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound



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