Saturday, January 12, 2019

2018 In Books Round One

Where did I  even steal this from? I copied it from SOMEONE, who borrowed it from SOMEONE ELSE, and I've been working on it for WEEKS, so I apologize for being a slacker about re-discovering the source. Actually, it's been such a project that I got to the end of the first section and decided to share that now, with more to come as I get to it.


Number Of Books Read: 182
Number of Re-Reads: 6
Genre Read The Most From: realistic fiction (aka contemporary)

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Really? The BEST? Maybe Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.


2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Bring Me Their Hearts looked terrific and came with high recommendations, but was just pretty good. Little Do We Know is by an author I've loved before, and I did not like it at all.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

The Steel Seraglio is a book I'd never heard of before it was 'assigned' for a reading retreat I went to, and I can't believe it's not better known. 

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

I've gotten a few middle schoolers to read Salt to the Sea and the graphic novel of Speak, and I'd like to claim credit for AJ of Read All the Things reading How It Went Down, which is a book I LOVE and think flew under the radar, but I don't actually know if that's why she read it.

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 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

starter: Dread Nation
sequel: Thunderhead
finale: Muse of Nightmares
Question: are these all fantasy because I like fantasy more than contemporary even though I read more contemporary, or because fantasy lends itself best to multi-book sagas? Answer: yes. I am pickier about my fantasy, but when it's good, it's the very best.

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 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Dashka Slater, who wrote both the absolutely gorgeous and lovely picture book The Antlered Ship and the poetic and well researched piece of journalism The 57 Bus. That's some impressive range. 

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7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?


 9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Because I've re-read it many times for the holidays: A Christmas Carol.
To prepare for the next book in the series: Two Dark Reigns
Just to make the story more part of me: Hey Kiddo

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

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

the eponymous Matilda

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

No, really!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

I was a huge Roald Dahl fan as a kid, and read a bunch of his (super creepy and weird) adult stories and his memoirs when I was in and just out of college. Yet I'd never read this, probably because it's a kid's book that was published when I was in college. 

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

“But I do not know how to act like a mother.” “Oh, it’s nothing, you just have to provide the gosling with food and water and shelter, make him feel loved but don’t pamper him too much, keep him away from danger, and make sure he learns to walk and talk and swim and fly and get along with others and look after himself. And that’s really all there is to motherhood!”
from Leah on the Offbeat
“I hate when assholes have talent. I want to live in a world where good people rule at everything and shitty people suck at everything.”  

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Longest: A Storm of Swords (1,179 pages)
Shortest: picture books, which are all under 50 pages.

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 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Orphan Monster Spy  Pulls no punches.
Saga Volume 9
(Funny story: my rather reserved in-laws got the first volume of Saga for my son for Christmas, presumably completely unaware that it is definitely R-rated in content, and since it's a graphic novel it's like RIGHT THERE IN YOUR FACE. It's a great series, but definitely for adults, and I say that as someone who has everything from Walking Dead to The Upside of Unrequited on her classroom shelves. But to clarify, the "shock" of which I speak is not being shocked by the naughty bits, but by a completely unexpected ending/cliffhanger.)
Look at that adorable lovingfamily. Now prepare to have them rip your still beating heart out of your chest.

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

Ansa and Thyra in the Imposter Queen series

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Jarrett J. Krosoczka and his grandparents.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

So many, but I'll say Hidden Pieces because I felt it showed such a big leap forward in Paula Stoke's writing.

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

 I read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal based on my niece's enthusiasm for the author , and was not disappointed. Phew!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

 I found both the Big Bad Fox and the Wild Robot to be adorable. 
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23. Best 2018 debut you read?

Can I say There There? I feel like it's cheating somehow, since it was one of the buzziest literary fiction books of the year.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I love the world-building of the Three Dark Crowns series, and I found the WWII settings of Resistance to be vivid for sure.

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

Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue was a hoot, and What If It's Us was as fun as I'd expected.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

Saints & Misfits, Harbor Me, and The Poet X all snuck up on me when I thought I was not super engaged and hit me right in the feels. 

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27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Last year I was a Cybils round 2 judge for YA Spec Fic, and there were several books in there that were terrific (obviously) but I have never heard of in any other context. So if you like strange new worlds and magical variations on ours, do yourself and favor and check out The Rules for Regulating Myth and Magic, (I know, the title and cover are both...not great, but the book is!), Song of the Current, or The Hearts We Sold. Evil Librarian is another fun one that I just happened to pick off the library shelf.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Nest was surprisingly bleak, In Cold Blood was unsurprisingly bleak, and the first 3/4 of A Thousand Perfect Notes is pretty soul crushing.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Ella Minnow Pea is not merely written in letters, it also starts removing alphabet letters in each section.

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

Speak made me mad twenty years ago in novel form, and made me mad again this year in graphic novel form. In a VERY GOOD WAY. And the cliffhanger on Thunderhead makes me mad I have to wait for the next book.

Well, that was fun. I've already read a few super good books in 2019 too, so yay books!


  1. Three Dark Crowns does have an interesting world, I agree. I want to know so much more! And Saga- lol yeah maybe not for little ones haha. 182 books is awesome! And Bring Me Their Hearts I was kinda mulling over, but haven't tackled it yet.

  2. You probably made me read How It Went Down. Pretty much everything I read is because somebody recommended it. I just got Harbor Me. I’ll be reading it this month or next month. I’m mad about the cliffhanger in Thunderhead, too. I’m ready for the next book now!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I love reading year end wrap ups. Hey Kiddo was one of my faves that I fit in right before the end of the year!

  4. I always want to do one of these posts, but don't ever seem to get the time. I need to plan it into my calendar for next year! I have to say I loved the book Lamb by Christopher Moore too! It's been a while since I read it though. You can check out my year end post HERE.

  5. In Cold Blood is such a classic. I remember that one from when I was really young (which I am no longer young, by the way). I am putting Kiddo on hold. I keep seeing it everywhere. I need to read it!

  6. I'm impressed that you categorized so much of your reading. I do a little bit breaking down what I read, but it is such a huge task at the end of the year if I don't keep it up as I go. See what I read in December at Girl Who Reads

  7. I love this post! Seeing all these categories and all the books was so much fun and you made it easy with the excellent organization. I remember reading and enjoying Evil Librarian as it surprised me and was not my usual taste in books.


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