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What a Disaster… 2018 Book Roundup

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Hello fellow bookworms! Wow, what a year it’s been! I will happily say that 2018 has been the busiest but best year of my life. I will be eternally grateful for everyone who made my year so wonderful, and everything that came together to made my 2018 so special. I finished and graduated university with a first class degree, I won a design award, got some great work experience, got offered and started my job at one of the top publishing companies in the world, and best of all… I saw Hamilton… twice (yes I rate that experience very highly!). But despite all of these amazing things that I was blessed with, it wasn’t all smooth sailing this year, but this year has made me realise you really have to go through some hard times to truly appreciate the good in life, so I really have to say thanks to 2018, and I really hope you all had an equally fabulous year!

My reading year, however, wasn’t as great, having the worst reading challenge in about 4 years! I read some great books, and I read some really bad books, so this is what we’re really here for. Let’s have a look at my bookish 2018…

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What I read in 2018

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas // 4.5 stars
  • The Book of Tea by Kakuzō Okakura // 4 stars
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas // 3.5 stars
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // 4.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling // 5 stars
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith // 3 stars
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // 5 stars
  • The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // 4.5 stars
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // 5 stars
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman // 5 stars
  • Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham // 5 stars
  • The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin // 3 stars
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins// 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling // 5 stars
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff // 4.5 stars
  • Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz // 4 stars
  • Daughter by Jane Schemilt // 3.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling // 5 stars
  • Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel // 3.5 stars
  • The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín // 3.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon // 4 stars
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch // 3 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton // 4.5 stars
  • The Crimes of Grindelwald: Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling // 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee // 4 stars
  • You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr // 5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • … currently reading A Queen of Air of Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Total books read: 30.5

Average Rating: 4.3 stars

Number of total pages read this year: 10,079 pages (8,663 less than last year… sad face)

Which brings me to a total of 30.5 books this year!! I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 50 books to start with, then lowered it to 40, and then to 35, and still didn’t quite manage that! In my defence, however, the first 5 months of the year where the final months of my uni course which were extremely busy, and 2018 in general has been such an incredibly hectic year, I’m surprised I managed 30 in the end (thank god for audiobooks!) I want a much better year in 2019, and therefore I am upping my target back to 50 books to try and match my previous standards, and I have plenty of books lined up to satisfy whatever cravings I have!

 

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Top 5 books of 2018 (from 5th-1st)

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Talking as Fast as I Can

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You Will Be Safe Here

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Simon vs the Homo sapiens agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I’ve never read any Becky Albertalli books, but I’m so glad I picked this one up! I sped through it and my face hurt from smiling so much! I’m really looking forward to reading some more of Albertalli’s writing in 2019.

I did really struggle to out my top 5 books together, because Illuminae and the Mara Dyer series were very close to making the list…

 

Least Favourite 5 books (from 5th-1st)

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Daughter

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The Call

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The Dinner

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw

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The Silkworm

I really hate to say it, but I’m not the biggest fan of J.K. Rowling writing crime novels. I feel like she is so used to a lot of detail in her fantastical world building of Harry Potter that just isn’t necessary in a crime thriller, and The Silkworm just dragged on a bit too much for me… too much unnecessary detail, not enough crime solving for me I’m afraid.

 

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So that was my 2018 year of books! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year, and here’s to another amazing and positively bookish 2019!

Happy New Year and Happy Blogging!

Until next year…

Jade 🙂

 

By bookmuffin

I like books and tea. MA Children's Literature student.

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