2018 – A Bookish Retrospective

It’s the last day of 2018, which means it’s time for the bookish memes I do every year.

I read 84 books this year, which is ten fewer than the past couple, but I was travelling for a while and hit a reading slump in the middle of the year. I was also driving less, so while I finally got an Audible account (I’d been holding out but I think it is worth the money), I probably got few fewer audio books.

GoodReads says that my average rating for the year was 3.4, which does reflect the reading slump, but there were definitely some great reads in there, and I’m pleased to share them with you now. You can also see my GoodReads Year In Books.

I’m afraid I haven’t linked to any of the books or  my reviews in this post. There were too many for me to go around hunting for them all. But you can find my GoodReads here, with everything you should need to find them. Feel free to friend me so that my reviews show up in your Friends sections on each title.

Meme 1

Finish each sentence by using the title of a book you read this year.

My family reunions are: Legendary (Stephanie Garber)

At a party you’d find me with: The Other Alice (Michelle Harrison)

I’ve never been to: Station Eleven (Emily St John Mandel)

Motto I live by: Keep Her Safe (Richard Parker)

A happy day includes:  Sugar Spells (Lola Dodge)

On my bucket list is: Caraval (Stephanie Garber)

In my next life, I want to have: A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald (Natasha Lester)

People might be surprised: I Had Such Friends (Meg Gatland-Veness)

In high school I was: Unearthed (Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman)

I will never be:
Your One and Only (Adrienne Findlay)

My fantasy job is:
Girl Reporter (Tansy Rayner Roberts)

I hate it when: Adulthood is a Myth (Sarah Andersen)

At the end of a long day I need:  The Strings of Murder (Oscar de Muriel)

I Wish I had:
Lessons in Letting Go (Corinne Grant)


Meme 2

+ Books read: 84/75

+ The first 5 books that I read this year:

  • False Awakening by Cassandra Page (3 stars)
  • Everless by Sara Holland (4.5 stars)
  • Mr Stink by David Walliams (3 stars)
  • The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud (4 stars)
  • The Hospital by the River by Catherine Hamlin (4 stars)

+ The last 5 books that I read this year:

  • The Midnight Watch by David Dyer (4 stars)
  • Olmec Obituary by L. J. M. Owen (3 stars)
  • Sixty Seconds by Jesse Blackadder (3.5 stars)
  • Wundersmith: the Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (3 stars)
  • The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

+ My top 10 books this year (in no particular order):

  1. The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
  2. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  3. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  4. White Night by Ellie Marney
  5. Nevermoor: the Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  6. Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge
  7. The Midnight Watch by David Dyer
  8. The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

I, uh… only really had a Top 8 this year.

+ Which book surprised you the most in a good way?

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. It took a while to get into but then I was actively looking forward to solo car trips so I could listen to more of it.

+ Any books that made a really big impression on you and that you think you will carry with you for a good while?

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore and The Midnight Watch by David Dyer were two historical novels based on real events. In both cases, I found myself pausing the audio books to google historical figures or events that were referred to. This is why I like historical fiction. I get more out of it than I do from non-fiction history books.

+ Any passage/quote you want to share?

“You were dead convinced you would marry this pianist. That was quite a change of heart, Clara. What happened?”

Clara hesitated, because she didn’t want him to take his hand away.

“I remembered you,” she said, her face burning.

Nutcracker was silent a moment. The snarling rats in the background seemed muffled. Clara didn’t look at Nutcracker’s face, but kept her eyes down, on his hand.

“Such a thing, Miss Stahlbaum. For when the world was darkest, I remembered you.”

The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

D’awwww. 😍😍😍 This bit made me squee a lot.

+ Finally, my top 5 favorite book covers of the year in no particular order:

  • Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • White Night by Ellie Marney
  • Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge
  • The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork
  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner

2016: A Bookish Retrospective

I did these two book memes at the end of 2015 and enjoyed them, so here I am again to apply them to the books I read in 2016. This was supposed to go up on NYE, but I never got around to it, so the Thursday Book Tag spot seemed like a good alternative.

Meme 1

+ Books read: 93/75 – smashed my goal!

+ The first 5 books that I read this year:

  • Somewhere In Between by Katie Li (2 stars)
  • Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairytales by Justin Richards (4 stars)
  • Alternate by Ernie Luis (4 stars)
  • Lucid Dreaming by Cassandra Page (4 stars)
  • The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville (5 stars)

+ The last 5 books that I read this year:

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer (4.5 stars)
  • The Two by Will Carver (2 stars)
  • Elenore by Faith Rivens (4 stars)
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer (2.5 stars)
  • Pyramids by Terry Pratchett (4 stars)

+ My top 10 books this year (in no particular order):

  • The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville (5 stars)
  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (4.5 stars)
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman (4 stars)
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (4 stars)
  • Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson (4 stars)
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (4 stars)
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer

+ Which book surprised you the most in a good way?

Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss. Memoir-types are always a bit hit or miss for me and it took a while to get into this one, but I really liked that Anita challenges my assumptions and made me think about racial relations in Australia.

+ Any books that made a really big impression on you and that you think you will carry with you for a good while?

That’s a good question, and sadly I think the answer is no this year.

+ Any passage/quote you want to share?

“Live your fear.” Why didn’t we teach kids that? Why wasn’t that in a graduation speech? Commencement speakers should start telling the truth: “You’re going to fuck up, but most of the time, that’s all right.” – Mara Wilson, Where Am I Now?

+ Finally, my top 10 5* favorite book covers of the year in no particular order:

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Clearly I have a thing for black backgrounds with vibrant foregounds.

*honestly, I didn’t read too many with covers that really wowed me this year.

Meme 2:

Finish each of the sentences only with titles of books you read this year:

My family reunions are: The Madness Underneath (Maureen Johnson)
At a party you’d find me with: The Raven King (Maggie Stiefvater)
I’ve never been to:
The Life Assistance Agency (Thomas Hocknell)
A happy day includes:
   A Stolen Kiss (Kelsey Keating)
Motto I live by: Catch Me If You Can (Frank Abagnale Jr.)
On my bucket list is: Life in Outer Space (Melissa Keil)
In my next life, I want to have:
Isla’s Inheritance (Cassandra Page)
In high school I was: Fairest (Marissa Meyer)
People might be surprised: I Hunt Killers (Barry Lyga)
I will never be: The Dragon in the Garden (Erika Gardner)
My fantasy job is: Rebel of the Sands (Alwyn Hamilton)
At the end of a long day I need: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge (Paul Krueger)
I hate it when: Seeing Redd (Frank Beddor)
I Wish I had:
More Than This (Patrick Ness)

(I had to stretch a few of these, but I got there in the end!)

2015: A Year in Books

I was going to do a nice retrospective blog post today, but time got away. It’s already 8:35pm, and I’m generally not one for staying up and seeing in the New Year, so I’ll be going to bed at my usual time. However, in various places on the Internet, I found a couple of fun year-in-review bookish memes, so I thought I’d do them myself and post them here to cap off 2015. You can also see my GoodReads 2015 Year in Books.

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