My Year In Books: 2018!

Hi guys!

I’ve been so excited to write this post and share all the brilliant and um…not so brilliant books I’ve read this year.

I think this is the year I rediscovered my love for reading, having graduated earlier this year – I finally have the luxury of reading exactly what I want, when I want. For anyone studying Literature in college or university, you know just how many texts you have to read for class and how time consuming it can be. By the time it’s all done, you’re so tired, reading is out of the question – even for a bookworm like me, I got into a total reading slump and didn’t really read much last year.

2018 has been a great one in terms of books for me, I found a new passion for book blogging and I felt like I finally found my place in the blogging world. So without further ado, lets get on with it!

This year I read a total of 42 books! Now that might not sound like a big amount to some, but for me that’s a pretty big achievement, especially given that last year I barely read anything for pleasure.

My Top Picks:

Favourite Quotes:

We had the stars, you and I. And this is given once only.”  – CMBYN

“But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything—what a waste!”  – CMBYN

“I use the word love loosely, and only because my vocabulary is unequal to the task of describing the precise nature of that maze, that forest of feelings” – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness 

“Why is it,” he said, one time, at the subway entrance, “I feel I’ve known you so many years?”
“Because I like you,” she said, “and I don’t want anything from you.”  – Fahrenheit 451

“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.”  – Fahrenheit 451

Here’s a full list of those books (in order of when I read them):

  • The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • The Day The Sun Died by Yan Lianke
  • The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey
  • Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  • The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
  • Aladdin by Yasmine Seale
  • The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
  • Different Seasons by Stephen King
  • The Selected Works of Abdullah The Cossack
  • Mirai by Mamoru Hosoda
  • Noone Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert
  • The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Women of Resistance by Danielle Barnhart
  • Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes
  • The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
  • The Blind Mans Garden by Nadeem Aslam
  • She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge
  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
  • The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork
  • The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora
  • The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield
  • And We Call it Love by Amanda Vink
  • We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott
  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  • Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant
  • The Fox Girl and The White Gazelle by Victoria Williamson
  • The Colour of Madness by Various Eds.
  • An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
  • Tell the Truth by Amanda Brittany
  • I Invited Her In by Adele Parks
  • The Furies by Katie Lowe
  • 84K by Claire North

What were some great books you read this year? Got any favourites to share or any you were disappointed by? Would love to chat in the comments!

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17 thoughts on “My Year In Books: 2018!

  1. I’ve heard of a couple of these books but I don’t think I’ve read any of them quite yet. Thanks for sharing these! I set myself a goal of reading 100 books this year which was very unrealistic now that I think about it! I think I got to around 40 so very similar to you! I’ll definitely add some of these to my “Books to read in 2019” list!

  2. My favorite three books this year are The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake, and Jackaby by William Ritter.
    I was disappointed by The Night Strangers by Chris Bojalian, The Court of Thorn and Roses, and Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare.

  3. I have a bunch of these on my TBR! What a great year! I love Heather Dixon and really want to read The Enchanted Sonata.

    I have so many 2019 ARCs I could stop requesting them before the year even starts and probably never make it through all of them by the end of next year. LOL oopppsssssiiee

  4. Ooh magical 42!

    I very much hear you on the “studying literature saps all your reading time and energy.” By the time I finished my degree I was ready to give up reading and writing forever and go work on a peanut farm in South America. Mega burn out. But luckily I found my way back. 🙂

    Here’s to a great year of reading in 2019!

  5. Ah you had such an amaxing reading year! I have an arc of An Anonymous Girl waiting for me so I can’t wait to read it, especially it being one of your favourites! I had such a random mix of favourites this year! Hope you have a lovely 2019 x

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

  6. Wow you read some books! I’ve loved reading your reviews this year 🙂 I didn’t hit my Goodreads goal this year because since September I’ve been finding it REALLY hard to read. I’ve only finished one book and absolutely nothing is grabbing me. So hoping to rectify that in the New Year. I’ve read some great ones though, my favourites were probably Bird Box, Vox and The Immortalists. My biggest disappointment was Eleanor Oliphant. I’m still reeling over that book!

  7. Fahrenheit 451! I bought that book early in my quest to renew my love of reading (after high school and before CEGEP, a pre-university thing in Canada). And then I never got around to it. Actually… Huh. I don’t even know where it is now? I don’t remember getting rid of it. I just don’t know where it.. physically is. But I do want to read! Did you enjoy?

    So glad this year brought back your passion for reading! School really can suck away that love 😦

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