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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


2018 in Review - Looking Back on My Year in Books

This year was kind of a weird one; I moved back to Tampa, FL, where I work, so I no longer had a commute more than 15 minutes.  There went all my audiobook listening.  But I also  read my first picture book for review (Are You Scared Darth Vader by Adam Rex), which was really fun!  Overall, it was a pretty solid reading year. So without further ado, let's look at all the books I managed to read in 2018!

Lucky for me, (as I am lazy and bad at making graphics), Goodreads makes a handy "My Year in Books":

So I read a total of 70 books this year with a total of 18,997 pages.  That's one more book from last year, but 1,669 less pages.  I find that interesting, especially if you go by pages read and not amount of books read.

The average length of my books was 271 pages.  I read mostly YA again this year, but with a few Middle Grade books (which are always shorter) and quite a few graphic novel (I mean my shortest book was a graphic novel at only 24 pages), so that number makes sense.

Overall, I didn't read more than my Goodreads goal, and I had to be sneaky with the graphic novels at the end (I am proud that I read two actual books at the end of December though).  But the point is that I made it to 70, which was 10 more than my 2017 goal.

Here are all the actual books:

My average rating was a 4.2, which is fair as most of these were blog tour books, and I don't post those reviews unless they are a 4 or 5 star.  Additionally, I am an easy reader to please; I tend not to read something unless I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it.  But I'm also not super picky.  Even if the book has predictable tropes, ridiculous plot points, and vapid characters, I'll probably still like the book, if just for the hilarity factor.

So out of the 69 books I read this is how it breaks down format wise:

ARCs - 12
Novels - 28
Graphic Novels - 14
Audiobooks - 14
Picture Books - 1
E-Books - 1

Then, the age-range was:

Adult - 10
Young Adult - 52
Middle Grade - 7
Children - 1

Finally, the genre breakdowns:

Non-Fiction - 5
        Memoir/Personal Essay - 3
        Poetry - 1
        Historical - 1
Fiction - 65
        Contemporary - 25
        Fantasy - 16
        Sci-Fi - 15
        Thriller/Mystery - 5
        Romance - 3
        Mixed - 1 (this was an anthology)

Out of the 70 books, this is how the ratings broke down:

2 Stars: 3 books
  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Who is AC? by Hope Larson
  • The Stone Prince by Gena Showalter

3 Stars: 10 books
  • The Pleasure Slave by Gena Showalter
  • Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations by Matt Bellasi
  • Mercury by Hope Larson
  • Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry
  • Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid
  • Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series by Tyler Knott Gregson
  • Fence (Fence, #1) by C.S. Pacat
  • Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons

4 Stars: 25 Books
  • The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá
  • Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
  • Better Nate Than Ever (Better Nate Than Ever #1) by Tim Federle
  • The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
  • P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han
  • The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig
  • We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  • Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  • Mayfly by Jeff Sweat
  • Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 2: A Recipe for Disaster by Natalie Riess
  • A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom
  • All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell
  • Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut
  • The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg
  • Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara by Kris Waldherr
  • Taproot by Keezy Young
  • Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre
  • Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy
  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
  • Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner
  • Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels
  • Power of Five (Power of Five #1) by Alex Lidell 
  • Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

5 Stars: 32 Books
  • Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi
  • Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
  • Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles #1) by Tamora Pierce
  • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen
  • Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi
  • Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe
  • The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han
  • Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe 
  • You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart
  • Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
  • You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour 
  • Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion by Natalie Riess
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks
  • The Sand Warrior (5 Worlds #1) by Mark Siegel
  • #notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
  • Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Córdova
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
  • Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
  • Star Wars: Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex
  • My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn
  • The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
My favorite books read this year, in no particular order:
  1. Every Heart a Door Way by Seanan McGuire (5 Stars)
  2. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (5 Stars)
  3. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen (5 Stars)
  4. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons (5 Stars)
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (5 Stars)
  6. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (5 Stars)
  7. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson (5 Stars)
  8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (5 Stars)
  9. Sadie by Courtney Summers (5 Stars)
  10. Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks (5 Stars)

I could get more in depth here (I love BooksandLala's Reading Year in Review videos -- check out 2018), but I think this is a good overview.  Maybe 2019 will be the year I'll try to keep track of more information.

I hope your 2018 reading year was awesome, and that 2019 will be even more so! 


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