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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 inventory of my 2018 reading life and all the perfect books of 2018, worst books and every part in between — I was so behind in wanting again on and searching ahead (because of my child all of a sudden deciding she’s allergic to sleep) so I’m just doing it alone timing and never worrying if it’s not well timed.

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

I created this finish of yr e-book 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 fun approach to speak by way of 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.



Number Of Books You Read: 40 (plus one million child books with Riley)
Number of Re-Reads: 0 (I reread A LOT of books with Riley though 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 genre I read most of WAY BACK before I started running a blog after which I leaned heavily toward modern or fantasy.


1. Greatest Ebook You Read In 2018?

My favorite adult fiction ebook of 2018 was Next Yr in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

My favourite YA e-book of 2018 was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

2. E-book You Have been Excited About & Thought You Have been Going To Love Extra However Didn’t?

Gilead by Marilynn Robinson. I actually didn’t like this e-book. 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 approach. The approach EVERYONE raved about this factor made me assume I would like it and it might change my life however yeah nooooo. Like under no circumstances. I might inform you all of the ways I hated it. It stunned me additionally how I went from like EH it’s okay because I received a number of issues out of it to OMG PLEASE LET ME NEVER SEE THIS BOOK AGAIN the extra I marinated on it. I’m just stunned how a lot I just slowly despised it increasingly more.

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

In all probability Next Yr In Havana by Chanel Cleeton — so many individuals requested for recommendations and I pushed this one the hardest.

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

I actually didn’t learn many collection e-book in 2018 but the perfect one I started was The Cruel Prince. Additionally I read the entire Darkest Minds collection all this yr and completely enjoyed it.

6. Favorite new writer you found in 2018?

Hazel Gaynor

7. Greatest guide from a style you don’t sometimes learn/was out of your comfort zone?

The Wedding ceremony Date by Jasmine Guillory — this one was arduous to say as a result of I read principally any style and don’t have a lot outdoors of my comfort zone but I’m nonetheless undoubtedly a very informal reader of grownup romances. This ebook was so pleasurable out of the romance I did learn this yr!

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

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

9. Guide You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Doubtless To Re-Read Subsequent Yr?

In all probability Subsequent Yr in Havana

10. Favorite cover of a e-book you read in 2018?

I actually stored being drawn to the duvet for The Different Aspect of Misplaced by Jessi Kirby

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Shirin from A Very Giant Expanse of the Sea — she simply really stuck with me!

12. Most superbly written ebook read in 2018?

Palms down As soon as Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

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

This may be an odd selection however a non-fiction guide I read referred to as Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outside Play Makes for Robust, Assured, and Succesful Youngsters — it really changed my life. I’ve made being outdoors such a priority with Riley and this guide really made me assume SO much about my parenting fashion and the issues we are prioritizing.

14. E-book you possibly can’t consider you waited UNTIL 2018 to lastly read?

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

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Guide 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 E-book 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

(Due to a plot twist, character dying, left you hanging together with your mouth broad open, and so forth.)

Ghosted by Rosie Thomas (didn’t see one 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’ll 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 every non-romantic relationship in As soon as Upon A River

20. Favourite Ebook You Read in 2018 From An Writer You’ve Read Previously

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 Anyone Else/Peer Strain/Bookstagram, And so forth.:

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

22. Newest fictional crush from a ebook you learn in 2018?

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

23. Greatest 2018 debut you learn?

WOW….that is the primary yr I didn’t read any debuts of that yr. WOW.

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

The Woman With The Purple Balloon or Subsequent Yr In Havana

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

Save The Date by Morgan Matson — what a delight! Her books either 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 Other Individuals’s Homes — I can’t consider it took me this lengthy to learn this one!

28. E-book That Crushed Your Soul?

Truthfully there was one thing about The Clockmaker’s Daughter that crushed my soul slightly bit.

29. Most Unique Ebook You Read In 2018?

The Dinner Record by Rebecca Serle — undoubtedly an fascinating and distinctive premise! Or The Woman With The Pink Balloon — simply something felt very unique about it in comparison with numerous the YA books I’ve read. A magical historical read!

30. E-book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily imply you didn’t like it)?

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


1. New favorite ebook weblog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you found in 2018?

@whatmeganreads on Instagram is a delight!

2. Favorite submit you wrote in 2018?

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

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

Endlessly this one:

4. Greatest bookish event that you simply participated in (writer signings, festivals, digital occasions,  and so on.)?

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

5. Greatest second of bookish/running a blog life in 2018?

Just the very fact I stored doing it despite now having a child. I actually thought it might be over through the new child months after she was born.

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

Simply discovering the time for both of those — prioritizing and studying how one can cope with much less time for running a blog and studying! Undoubtedly came to terms with that and it made every little thing better. Helped me to study extra methods to turn out to be more environment friendly.

7. Most Widespread 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 at the end of 2017 that just stored getting views all yr long so I gained’t rely that…but I assume my ebook to film variations for 2019 publish! Remark-wise it was my publish about grieving my very brief breastfeeding journey — this is the reason I love y’all…so much help!

eight. Submit You Wished Received A Little More Love?

I completely was enthusiastic about my ways to continue learning as an grownup submit because I am VERY captivated with maintaining a learning spirit as an grownup!

9. Greatest bookish discovery (e-book related sites, guide stores, and so on.)?

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

10.  Did you complete any studying challenges or objectives that you simply had set for yourself firstly of this yr?

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


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

The place The Crawdads Sing — I was on the freaking library holds queue for FREAKING FOREVER and I ought to be getting it inside the next two weeks I would assume. I can be studying it ASAP.

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

Oh lordy. Properly every little thing on my new adult fiction books to learn for 2019 listing and my new YA guide releases for 2019 lists. What a cop-out answer I know!

But when I had to decide ONE: Regular Individuals by Sally Rooney (grownup) and On The Come Up (YA)

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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

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

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

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

I truthfully hope to offer again to different ebook bloggers extra in 2019. I have a variety of expertise doing this since 2010 and I’ve grown my blog a lot and I’d like to share what I know!

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

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

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

P.S. Did you miss my record of 2019 e-book to film variations? It’s certainly one of my favorite posts to put in writing every year!