2018 in Review

Good evening and welcome to my final post of 2018. For years I’ve been doing the same little NYE post as a kind of recap of the past year, and I enjoy it more and more every year.

Non-book-wise, this was a pretty busy year. My girlfriend and I celebrated 3 years of dating. We also worked at the same place for over 6 months and managed not to kill each other. We went to see one of our favorite local bands, Motherfolk, in the summer. In the fall, I met two of my favorite humans/writers in the entire universe: John and Hank Green. My family also expanded this year when my girlfriend and I adopted our dog Nova, the most adorable American Staffordshire terrier in the entire world. I also turned 22 this year, so you know I’ve been jamming to Taylor Swift all year long. Oh, and last but certainly not least, I started a new job last month! I finally get to work with books, and it’s the happiest I’ve been in a long time. So, yeah, it’s been a pretty good year!

Book-wise, though, less than impressed. I only managed to read 38 books this year, once again not hitting my goal! In fact, I read fewer books this year than last!

Next year I’m going to kick it into high gear for real. No matter how busy I get, I never want to neglect reading. Despite reading so few books this year, it was a good year of reading! And here is a little survey to show you what kind of bookish stuff I got into in 2018.

First up, my Goodreads Year in Books:

I’m also going to post this Statistics Survey that I did last year and the year before. I saw this on Read and Treats‘s blog in 2016, in case you’re wondering where I got it from.

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2018 in Books

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  • Number of books read…
    • Under 250 pages: 13 (okay look half of those are manga…)
    • Between 400-449 pages: 0
    • Between 450-499 pages: 0
    • Over 500 pages: 1
    • Over 1000 pages: 0
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks: 12 (I still don’t love audiobooks, but I found they really helped me get through the day at my old job.)
    • Re-reads: 1
    • DNFs: 0
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars: 15
    • One/Two Stars: 4
  • Number of authors met in 2017: 2 (John and Hank Green!!!! Literally best day of my life)
  • Number of book events attended in 2017: 1 (Hank’s book tour)
  • Number of books you read in one day: 6
  • Number of books that made you cry: 0 (This surprises me! I love emotional books. I guess I just didn’t find any this year.)
  • Number of 2019 books you have on pre-order: 0 (I really need to do some research to see what comes out next year… I am so behind!)
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  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): No vacation this year, sadly. The furthest I traveled from home was West Virginia, which is where my girlfriend’s family lives, so we visit a lot. I read the first couple Scott Pilgrim books there.
  • Book that took you the longest to read: The longest to read was probably The Night Circus, as it was also the longest book I read all year. Long books get me so bogged down! But I guess short books can, too, seeing as it took me 4 months to finish a measly 200 pages of Scott Pilgrim, #3.
  • Book that you personally connected with the most: Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing was a little too real. Like, I think Hank stole my life. The main character, April, is dating her best friend/college roommate. Um, SAME.
  • Book that made you love the villain: None of the books I read this year had villains that I sympathized with. I guess you could say I found a shred of sympathy in Tom in The Great Gatsby for once, but I still hate him with all my might.
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: Moby Dick. I started it in 2016 and still haven’t gotten past the first 200 pages. In fact, I haven’t picked it up since 2016. I still say I’m reading it, though…
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: Actually, none this year! I was so busy catching up on older book that I didn’t read a single ARC.
  • Book you read on your birthday: In May I was finishing up the Southern Reach trilogy, reading Acceptance.
  • Book with a character who shares your name: None again this year. Still haven’t found an Alyssa recently.
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): I’m always honest with my reviews. There’s no point in embellishing. And I always finish a book I start.
  • Book you read in 2018 but already want to re-read: Maybe in Another Life by Tayor Jenkins Reid. I actually listened to the audiobook version and loved it more than I thought I would. I think I would enjoy actually reading a physical copy. I hope to do so someday.
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: None. I don’t borrow books often. My girlfriend has a stack of books I read, but she lives with me so I don’t have to technically borrow them.
  • Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again: The Great Gatsby. I’ve now read it 3 times and find something new every time. I remember reading it senior year of high school but not really remembering exactly what I thought, other than just liking it. I wish I could go back and remember.
  • Most books read by one author this year: I read 6 of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s books! Short and sweet and one of the best mangas ever.
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  • Happiest & saddest: Happiest—Maybe in Another Life | Saddest—The Animators
  • Longest & shortest…
    • By page number: 512 (The Night Circus)| 11 (How to Talk to Girls at Parties)
    • By title: Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite SadnessBird
    • From buying to reading: Release (8 months) Bird Box (1 day)
  • Best & worst…
    • Average rating on Goodreads: 3.9 stars (same as last year!)
    • Books you read/your rating: Best—5 stars (there were multiple books) | Worst—The Sun and Her Flowers with 1 stars
    • Series enders: Only finished one series this year: the Miss Peregrine series, and it was a fine ending.
  • First & last…
    • Reads of 2017: First—The Animators | Last—Bird Box
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): First—The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy| Last—The Lucifer Effect
  • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise: Most disappointing—Release. Patrick Ness is one of my favorite writers, but this novel was…not my cup of tea. It was odd, and not in the good way. I just couldn’t get into it like I could his other works. | Biggest pleasant surprise—The Animators. I read this for the Tournament of Books and had no idea what it was about, but ended up really enjoying it! Can’t wait for next year’s ToB!
  • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned: None for either.
  • Series you picked up & series you quit: Picked up—Area X and Scott Pilgrim. Started and finished both! | Quit— ZOM-B and The Program. Started both of these series this year. Hated the former, enjoyed the latter, but didn’t read anything further from either series
  • Most lenient & harshest ratings: None. I’m pretty good at sticking to my ratings, being honest, and not being too mean.
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Most hyped—An Absolutely Remarkable Thing| Under the radar: Dear Cyborgs
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  • Book you read that is red: ZOM-B
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z: ZOM-B
  • Book you hugged when you finished it: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. The Green brothers are really good at writing huggable books.)
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room: ZOM-B. It was horrible. Too bad it was an audiobook…
  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: Garlic bread after reading Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life. “Bread makes you fat??”
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone: Dear Cyborgs. I read it for the ToB and thought it sounded really strange, but ended up liking it. It was not something I would have read without the tournament.
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself): The Go-GetterIt was less of a recommendation and more of my new boss giving me (and every employee before me) a copy.
  • Forced yourself to finish: The Sun and Her Flowers.
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year): Area X and Scott Pilgrim!
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  • First…
  • Last…
    • Post of 2018: This one!
    • Review of 2018: Bird Box
  • Number of posts in 2018: 66
  • Number of reviews posted this year: 40 book/movie/TV/adaptation reviews
  • Least coherent review: All of them lol
  • Post with the most views (posted in 2018): The Tournament of Books 2018
  • Post you wish you could re-write: All of them… I am never happy with what I write.

Aaaaaaaaaaand wow, I’m done! Only took me 2 hours………. It was a lovely year, and as always, thank you to anyone who reads even one post of mine. It means the world to me, and I’m excited to see how 2019 goes. I plan to blog more, read more, and be more. Love you all! Happy New Year, and happy reading!

5 thoughts on “2018 in Review

  1. Wow, congratulations on your three year anniversary! That’s huge. And getting a dog 🙂 we just got a puppy and it’s both the most amazing thing ever, and the hardest haha I love this survey! I wish I knew about it when I was doing my wrap up 🙂

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