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The Best, Worst And Everything In Between Of What I Read In 2018

Finally I’ve gotten time to take a seat right down to take stock of my 2018 reading life and all one of the best books of 2018, worst books and all the things in between — I was so behind in wanting again on and searching ahead (because of my child all of the sudden deciding she’s allergic to sleep) so I’m simply doing it alone timing and not worrying if it’s not well timed.

This week I talked about how this yr was probably the most rich and full studying life ever despite the fact that I learn WAY much less so undoubtedly examine that submit out as a result of I detailed why I assume that. I like reflecting on that type of stuff, too, as an alternative of simply specializing in numbers and what books I read. Just the overall FEEL of my studying yr.

I created this end of yr guide survey again in 2010 and through the years others have joined in to fill it out and speak about their studying yr. It’s a enjoyable strategy to speak via what you learn this yr! You will get the template here in case you’d wish to fill it out. So immediately I’m talking about the perfect books I read in 2018 — and in addition every little thing in between.



Quantity Of Books You Read: 40 (plus one million kid books with Riley)
Variety of Re-Reads: 0 (I reread A LOT of books with Riley although haha typically a number of occasions a day)
Genre You Read The Most From: Wow! I learn extra historic fiction this yr than anything which is a style I learn most of WAY BACK earlier than I began running a blog after which I leaned closely toward modern or fantasy.


1. Greatest Ebook You Read In 2018?

My favorite grownup fiction guide of 2018 was Next Yr in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

My favorite YA guide of 2018 was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

2. Ebook You Have been Excited About & Thought You Have been Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Gilead by Marilynn Robinson. I really didn’t like this guide. Felt nothing for it.

three. Most shocking (in a great way or dangerous means) guide you read?

Woman Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis — in a nasty method. The approach EVERYONE raved about this factor made me assume I would like it and it might change my life but yeah nooooo. Like by no means. I might inform you all the ways I hated it. It stunned me additionally how I went from like EH it’s okay as a result of I received a number of things out of it to OMG PLEASE LET ME NEVER SEE THIS BOOK AGAIN the more I marinated on it. I’m simply stunned how a lot I just slowly despised it increasingly more.

4. Ebook You “Pushed” The Most Individuals To Read (And They Did)?

In all probability Subsequent Yr In Havana by Chanel Cleeton — so many people asked for recommendations and I pushed this one the toughest.

5. Greatest collection you began in 2018? Greatest Sequel of 2018? Greatest Collection Ender of 2018?

I really didn’t learn many collection e-book in 2018 however the most effective one I began was The Cruel Prince. Also I learn the whole Darkest Minds collection all this yr and completely loved it.

6. Favourite new writer you discovered in 2018?

Hazel Gaynor

7. Greatest ebook from a genre you don’t sometimes read/was out of your consolation zone?

The Wedding ceremony Date by Jasmine Guillory — this one was exhausting to say because I learn principally any style and don’t have much outdoors of my consolation zone however I’m nonetheless undoubtedly a very casual reader of grownup romances. This guide was so pleasant out of the romance I did read this yr!

eight. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable e-book of the yr?

I might NOT put down The Couple Next Door (however I hated the ending soooo)

9. E-book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Possible To Re-Read Next Yr?

In all probability Next Yr in Havana

10. Favourite cover of a guide you learn in 2018?

I actually stored being drawn to the duvet for The Other Aspect of Lost by Jessi Kirby

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Shirin from A Very Giant Expanse of the Sea — she just actually caught with me!

12. Most superbly written guide learn in 2018?

Palms down As soon as Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

13. Most Thought-Scary/ Life-Altering Guide of 2018?

This is perhaps an odd selection but a non-fiction guide I learn referred to as Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outside Play Makes for Robust, Confident, and Succesful Youngsters — it really changed my life. I’ve made being outdoors such a priority with Riley and this e-book actually made me assume SO much about my parenting fashion and the things we are prioritizing.

14. Guide you’ll be able to’t consider you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

The Darkest Minds collection!! That was such a enjoyable journey!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Ebook You Read In 2018?

“I wish for my child, for all our children, a world where they can be who they are and become their most loved, blessed, appreciated selves.” — This Is How It All the time Is by Laurie Frankel

16.Shortest & Longest Guide You Read In 2018?

Shortest: My Sister, The Serial Killer (226 pages)
Longest: In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken (535 pages)

17. E-book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character dying, left you hanging together with your mouth vast open, and so forth.)

Ghosted by Rosie Thomas (didn’t see one a part of it coming) or In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken — rattling you Alex I didn’t see one thing coming and was not emotionally ready.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Shirin and Ocean from A Very Giant Expanse of Sea

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Yr

Omg pretty much each non-romantic relationship in Once Upon A River

20. Favorite Ebook You Read in 2018 From An Writer You’ve Read Beforehand

Keep Candy by Siobhan Vivian or Sadie by Courtney Summers

21. Greatest Guide You Read In 2018 That You Read Based mostly SOLELY On A Suggestion From Someone Else/Peer Strain/Bookstagram, And so forth.:

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

22. Latest fictional crush from a ebook you read in 2018?

Hmmmm I don’t even know. I don’t even know that I did.

23. Greatest 2018 debut you learn?

WOW….this is the first yr I didn’t learn any debuts of that yr. WOW.

24. Greatest Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Yr?

The Woman With The Pink Balloon or Subsequent Yr In Havana

25. Guide That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Save The Date by Morgan Matson — what a delight! Her books both make me actually comfortable or sob like a baby…this one was all smiles!

26. E-book That Made You Cry Or Almost Cry in 2018?

This Is How It All the time Is by Laurie Frankel

27. Hidden Gem Of The Yr?

The Odor of Different Individuals’s Houses — I can’t consider it took me this lengthy to learn this one!

28. Guide That Crushed Your Soul?

Truthfully there was something about The Clockmaker’s Daughter that crushed my soul just a little bit.

29. Most Distinctive Ebook You Read In 2018?

The Dinner Listing by Rebecca Serle — undoubtedly an fascinating and unique premise! Or The Woman With The Pink Balloon — simply one thing felt very unique about it in comparison with a whole lot of the YA books I’ve read. A magical historical read!

30. Ebook That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t essentially mean you didn’t like it)?

Sadie by Courtney Summers — I LOVED THIS BOOKS but poor Sadie!!


1. New favorite e-book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

@whatmeganreads on Instagram is a delight!

2. Favorite publish you wrote in 2018?

I wrote so many that I liked to be utterly trustworthy. Could be blogging much less but love every part I’m putting out. I gained’t embrace my motherhood posts I wrote this yr, will stick with ebook stuff, however in all probability either my e-book membership concepts to refresh your guide club posts OR my newfound guide organization hack!

3. Favourite bookish associated photograph you took in 2018:?

Ceaselessly this one:

4. Greatest bookish occasion that you simply participated in (writer signings, festivals, digital events,  and so forth.)?

The only two ebook associated things I did this yr have been going to a Gayle Forman event which was my FIRST guide occasion after having Riley and she or he’s a favourite so it was DELIGHTFUL. And I also began a e-book club in my new town! So YAY!

5. Greatest moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Just the very fact I stored doing it regardless of now having a child. I really thought it will be over in the course of the newborn months after she was born.

6. Most difficult thing about blogging or your reading life this yr?

Simply discovering the time for both of those — prioritizing and learning learn how to cope with less time for running a blog and reading! Undoubtedly came to phrases with that and it made every thing higher. Helped me to study more methods to develop into extra environment friendly.

7. Most Fashionable Publish This Yr On Your Blog (whether or not it’s by comments or views)?

Properly my most popular submit view-wise was a publish  I wrote on the finish of 2017 that simply stored getting views all yr lengthy so I gained’t rely that…but I assume my guide to movie variations for 2019 publish! Comment-wise it was my publish about grieving my very brief breastfeeding journey — that is why I love y’all…so much help!

8. Submit You Wished Obtained A Little More Love?

I completely was excited about my ways to continue learning as an grownup publish because I am VERY captivated with retaining a studying spirit as an adult!

9. Greatest bookish discovery (guide related websites, ebook shops, and so on.)?

Hmmm..I did uncover a used bookstore in my new area so THAT…as a result of I can’t think of anything.

10.  Did you full any reading challenges or objectives that you simply had set for your self at first of this yr?

I did hit my reading objective of 40 books just within the nick of time at like 11pm NYE.


1. One Ebook You Didn’t Get To In 2018 However Will Be Your Number one Priority in 2019?

Where The Crawdads Sing — I was on the freaking library holds queue for FREAKING FOREVER and I must be getting it inside the next two weeks I would assume. I shall be reading it ASAP.

2. Guide You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Oh lordy. Nicely all the things on my new grownup fiction books to read for 2019 listing and my new YA ebook releases for 2019 lists. What a cop-out reply I know!

But if I needed to decide ONE: Normal Individuals by Sally Rooney (grownup) and On The Come Up (YA)

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Truthfully in all probability either The Artwork of Dropping by Lizzy Mason or We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal as a result of I’ve recognized them both in the ebook group and they’re fantastic individuals and I’m legit so excited for both of their books!

four. Collection Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

I NEED THE WICKED KING by Holly Black more than anything!!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Studying/Blogging Life In 2019?

I truthfully hope to offer back to different ebook bloggers more in 2019. I have plenty of experience doing this since 2010 and I’ve grown my blog so much and I’d like to share what I know!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Advocate To Everyone (if applicable):

WELL I’m presently reading Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard and when you haven’t read this collection YOU STILL HAVE TIME. This collection continues to only be a should learn.

Tell me about your favorite books of 2018!! Did you learn any of the same that I did??

P.S. Did you miss my record of 2019 guide to movie variations? It’s considered one of my favorite posts to put in writing every year!