My Year in Books | 2018 in Review

Monday, December 31, 2018

The year is coming to a close which means I get to share my final thoughts on all the books I read this year. I do the Perpetual Page-Turner’s End of the Year Survey every year and also, Bite into Books is hosting Your Year in Books meme which lets you share your Goodreads Year in Books. I've connected both prompts to look back and reflect on the year. So, hats off to 2018 as we welcome in 2019. Here is my bookish year in review:

Number of Books Read:

Star ratings of 2018:

Number of Rereads:

I reread one book this year: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I rarely reread and this just changed my view in why I should reread more. I had a blast with this book the second time around!

Genre Read the Most: Contemporary 

Book Format Read the Most:

Length of Books Read:

First and last reviewed?

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (first) | Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (last)

Best book you read in 2018? 

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn't?

Lucky in Love by Kasie West: I love some amazing Kasie West. And, unfortunately, this one wasn't my favorite. I was expecting some fluffy romance. What we received was an annoying protagonist who spent her lottery winnings on annoying items. And, ugh! I lived for the last 20 pages where the fluff finally appears. 

Most surprising book you read?

Surprised in a good way: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram is a coming of age story that will stir its readers. The friendship, Darius' family dynamic, and the diversity in this book is truly remarkable. This debut goes above and beyond with a masterful plot that is both easy to relate to and heartbreaking.

Surprised in a bad way: Heartless by Marissa Meyer: My expectations for this, after the Lunar Chronicles, were high and I was sorely disappointed when they were not met. I guess, I was expecting something different from Meyer. However, this retelling of Alice in Wonderland was missing its whimsy.

Book you "pushed" most people to read (and they did)?

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: I absolutely loved this book! And if I come in contact with a fellow reader and don't mention A Darker Shade of Magic, there must be something off with me that day. I pushed so many to read it-- getting most of my friends to read it. I even discussed it in length with The Bucket List's annual book discussion!

Best series started? Best sequel? Best series ender?

Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez | Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater | War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Favorite new-to-you author discovered in 2018?

Adib Khorram - Darius the Great is Not Okay: Khorram's debut was fantastic! If his next book is as fantastic as his first, he is quickly on his way in becoming an auto-buy author for me.

V.E. Schwab - A Darker Shade of Magic: It's hard to believe I haven't read any of Schwab's books until now. Like, what have I been waiting for?

Best book from a genre that was out of your comfort zone?

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre: I usually steer clear of science fiction but decided to give this a try because I adored Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series. This book is set in space so you really can't get any further out of my comfort zone than that. And it was amazing! Superb world building! Unforgettable characters! Loved it all!

Most action-packing/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich | The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson | Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Favorite cover of a book read in 2018?

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh | Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater | Nightingale by Amy Lukavics

Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez

Most thought provoking book of 2018?

Sadie by Courtney Summers: If you love thrillers or podcasts, definitely give this one a go. Better yet, read Sadie via audiobook. It has a full cast: told half in podcast and half in narrative. It’s intense, dark, and bone-chilling.

Book I FINALLY read this year?

Catherine by April Lindner: Finally, right? I've been hopelessly putting this on my tbr for years now and 2018 was the year I finally got to it. Wuthering Heights retelling with a contemporary backdrop. Yes, please.

Shortest and longest book read this year?

Most and least popular book read this year?

Favorite book from an author I read previously:

When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen | Bang by Barry Lyga

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting?

The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

Book that put a smile on my face/most fun to read?

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Hidden gem of the year?

A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Books I didn't get to in 2018 but will be top priority in 2019:

American Panda by Gloria Chao | Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Non-debut book I am most anticipating in 2019:

Romanov by Nadine Brandes | Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich | The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

2019 debut I am most anticipating:

We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett | Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon | Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Series Ending/Sequel I am most anticipating in 2019:

Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Perez | Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre | Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen

Happy New Year! What was your favorite book of 2018? What book are you most anticipating in 2019?

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    Looks like you had a great year with 120 books. You made me curious about Heartless and War Storm now!

    Thanks for participating :)

  2. AWESOME stats!! Congrats on your number of books read! Have a great 2019!!