Yearly Wrap-Up | My 2018 in Books

I can’t believe 2018 is actually over. This year was really exciting for me. I started my book-related Instagram and my own blog. And of course, I read a lot of great books.
In 2018 I completed my reading challenge (the only other time I managed that was in 2016)! I exceeded my goal of 24 books with 15,620 pages across 53 books. My average rating for 2018 is 3,6 stars. Pretty good if you asked me.

28 books were written by women.

24 books were written by men.

5 books were rereads.

2 books were required reading.

22 books were graphic novels.

Yeah, this year I discovered my love for manga and anime. I watched Noragami and Tokyo Ghoul and read Death Note and just started on Tokyo Ghoul.

 

Ratings in 2018

1 star reads: 3 🌵

2 star reads: 9 🌵🌵

3 star reads: 9 🌵🌵🌵

4 star reads: 13 🌵🌵🌵🌵

5 star reads: 17 🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵

Yep, this was a good year.

Highlights

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book was so fricking adorable and the movie adaption was great too! You seldom get an adaption that is so true to the source. The only thing that bothered me about the movie (and one of the only things that differed from the book) was the reaction of Simon’s friends when he is forced to come out. That was shitty.

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Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I finally got to read Six of Crows. And it blew me away. I am in love with the whole crew and that didn’t change in Crooked Kingdom. Both these books hold a special place in my heart now and I lost my shit when Leigh Bardugo announced a third book in the series. It can’t come soon enough. But at least we get King of Scars to ease the waiting time.

I’m obviously not the only person who loves this series. There are a lot of readers who are also artists and they bring us gorgeous fan art. That made me start Fan Art Friday. For some lovely art of our favorite crew, take a look at this.

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Schwab did it again! Not surprising to be honest. This is a middle grade novel but reads just as fantastically as every other book of hers. See my full review here.

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Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

You have no idea how much I wanted this book. My expectations were so fucking high, and Schwab met them all. This book got me into a reading slump and I’m surprised that it didn’t last longer than it did. It’s hard to put my feelings for this book into just a few words, so read my review instead. If you haven’t read the first book Vicious yet, I hope I can convince you with my review for that one.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I kept seeing this book everywhere but I somehow wasn’t interested. But then it was part of a Black Friday Deal and I just bought it. And I’m so glad that I did. This is my unexpected favorite of 2018 and I want you all to read it. For more, read my review.

Disapointments

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This book was pretty hyped up and my cousin recommended it to me. I really liked the beginning of the story, but then it just got confusing and dumb. I can barely remember any details and I’m not interested in reading the sequel. Proof that people with otherwise similar reading preferences can have different opinions.

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Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

That was unexpected. I loved Strange the Dreamer (as you can see here) but I did not enjoy Muse of Nightmares. I’m not in the mood to start a rant right now, so if you’re interested in my opinion, take a look at my review.


How has been your 2018? Did you manage to complete your goodreads challenge? With which book are you planning to start the new year?

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