My 2018 Bookish Wrap Up

My 2018 Bookish Wrap Up

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I love the end of the year. It’s like ending an experiment and reviewing all the data to find trends on what happened. Is that too nerdy? It might be too nerdy. Every year, I put together a list of my favorite books from the year.

But when it comes to my reading life, I want to make sure I don’t have any gaps in my reading. I want to read vastly and balanced between all the genres I love to read. It’s hard when you’re a mood reader to keep up with one genre or another. So luckily, I can look at my numbers over the year and see what I can improve upon next year.

Anyway, let’s get to it!

  • Number of books read this year: 93
  • Number of books written by an author of color: 32/93 or 34%
  • Number of nonfiction books read this year: 7/93 or 7%
  • Favorite new (to me) author: Christina Lauren
  • Most read author of the year: Marissa Meyer (on account that I read the entire The Lunar Chronicle series).
  • Author I fell in love with: Octavia Butler, Helen Hoang, and NK Jemisin!

My top 15 favorite books of 2018

It was really tough to try and pair down my reading list from 93 to 15 favorites. I started this list with 30 books and I’ve been able to dwindle it down by half. I definitely struggled with finding my top 15 and I think this is the best list I can make. I hope you enjoy these books yourself!

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My end-of-year insights

This year, I read more books than I’ve ever read in my entire life. I started the year with the goal of reading 50 books. When I hit 50 books, I increased my reading challenge to 75. After that, I shrugged my shoulders and decided “heck, let’s try for 100.” While I didn’t quite make 100, I’m completely fine with it. I think it’s because my intention for this year was to read 50 books and I read that. Everything after 50 was just a bonus and it was a bonus that got me close to 100 books.

Like I mentioned before, this is the most I’ve ever read in my life. This also accounts for the years I was in college. I don’t even think I read this much in college. Every book was so unique and differently. While not everything was a favorite, many were. I think it says something when you have more books you loved in a year than you didn’t like.

I continued my exploration into speculative fiction. I’ve got to say that science fiction and fantasy are two of my favorite genres. This year, I wanted to find more authors of color representing these genres. I was so glad to find some authors and I can’t wait to explore others in the future, but I still feel that genre fiction is dominated by white male authors. I do hope that this changes in 2019.

There were a lot of books I didn’t read this year too. I wanted to bring light to this because despite all of my efforts to read what I have, I didn’t. I think this is something I can work better on in the future and I honestly feel like it’ll be a challenge with the number of books I receive on the daily, but I’m devoted to getting my TBR under control.

You can see all the books I’ve read on Goodreads.

October 2016 Book Wrap Up

 And like that, October is over. I’m going to miss this sweet month of warm/cold weather, good Fall vibes, and even greater reads.

September and October feel like the same months. It’s getting a little bit colder, but not enough to necessitate a heavy coat or many layers. In fact, the weather has been so erratic this month that just yesterday my boyfriend was wearing shorts outside. This morning we woke up to the chill that comes with winter. We’re still a ways away from that and I hope it doesn’t arrive for quite some time.

Anyway, onto the books. I love that I create these TBR lists or book hauls with full intention of reading them all within the month, but the truth and reality of it is that I’m a slow reader with a changing fascinating with genres. I can’t stick to what I set myself out to read!

Here’s my reads from October 2016:

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The Girls by Emma Cline (3.5/5 stars) – Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

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The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (4/5 stars) – Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (4/5 stars) – One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (5/5 stars) – Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.