2018 Year In Review

Hi there! Long time no see! I know I haven’t posted a lot lately (that’s an understatement.) But now I’m here, in the new year, ready to change that!

In my last reading update, I told you guys that I was going to change my reading goal to something larger. And I did that! My final reading goal for 2018 was 90 books! Even better, I beat that! In 2018, I read 100 whole books!
While a few were comics and not actual “books” I decided to keep them. Because I don’t care what anybody says, comics actually have a lot of words. And of course I only counted full volumes, not individual issues.

Anyways, one thing I love about New Years is tracking my firsts.From the first song I listened to (New Year’s Day by Taylor Swift), to the first movie I watched (Crazy Rich Asians) I love tracking them all! And while I haven’t read my first book for 2019 yet, I can definitely tell you my first read of 2018! And that book was … Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio! This book I had actually started in 2017, and continued into the new year. Brooding YA Hero is based off of twitter account @broodingYAhero, a fun satire of classic YA. A three out of five star read, it’s definitely full of laughs!

And since you know my first book of 2018, I guess that means you have to learn my last! My final read of 2018 was Aquaman, Volume 2: Black Manta Rises by Dan Abnett. Another three star read, it wasn’t too shabby. I enjoyed the AquaMera content. (Also known as one of DC’s best couples.) And the storyline was definitely interesting. With certain ridiculous plot points that were simply there to cause drama/tension taken out (I’m looking at you, Mera/Prophecy!) this definitely could’ve been a four star read! But alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. But on to more interesting things …

My end of year reading challenge/tag thing. I’m never sure what to call it, honestly.

  1. Best Book You Read in 2018

Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi! Though this spot is technically supposed to go to “solo book” I don’t care. A wonderful series written by a wonderful author filled with wonderful characters! Do you ever check out a book from the library, open the book to the first page, and immediately place a hold on the next book in the series because you know it’s going to be amazing and you don’t want to wait for the second book? That was me when I read this. There’s something so enchanting about Taherah’s writing that you can’t help and stop everything to keep reading it. While The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer almost got this spot, I had to give it to Shatter Me if not all because of Kenji Kishimoto (I love you, Kenji.)

                2. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2018 To Read

The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin! While quite a number of books could be given this spot, I gave it to Mara Dyer just because I love it so much. This series is … amazing, heartbreaking, romantic, and angsty. With a definite emphasis on angsty. As I read the final page of the final book, with tears rolling down my face (i’m not exaggerating) I thought to myself “This is one of my new favorite series of all time.” There was just something so addicting about the feeling of sadness I had in my heart while I read those books. I don’t care if you don’t like angst. I don’t care if you don’t like crying. I don’t care if you don’t like YA. Read this.

                3. Best 2018 Debut You Read

Your Destination Is On The Left by Lauren Spieller! While this wasn’t one of my favorite reads of 2018, it was definitely my favorite Debut! It was cute, and certainly enjoyable. With a main focus on family instead of romance (a nice change for once) the book isn’t set … anywhere. The main character lives with her family in an RV travelling around the states. I wasn’t exactly able to relate to a lot of what Dessa, the main character, was going through but I still liked it!

             4.  Worst Book You Read in 2018

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar. I certainly expected a lot from this book, from it being adapted into one of the most iconic CW shows ever, but it didn’t deliver. At all. Honestly, I don’t remember much but some bits where Serena and Blair both act equally annoying. If you want to read this book because you love the TV show so much and want more, I suggest you don’t. It simply isn’t worth it. Though the book does remain on my bookshelf, but out of loyalty to the TV show – not the book.

            5. Best Comic You Read in 2018

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More. By Kelly Sue DeConnick. With Captain Marvel being my favorite superhero, it really isn’t a big surprise that I chose this volume for this slot. Showing the attitude, strength, and humor of the Carol Danvers that we all learned to love – this is a definite must read for anyone who wants to get into Captain Marvel .

…. And that’s 2018! Happy New Years and here to a (hopefully) happy, well read 2019!


2 thoughts on “2018 Year In Review

  1. Hi Kenzie,

    Unlike the other guy, I’m actually a real human being who stumbled across your twitter recently. Thought I’d check the blog out.

    Impressive that you read so many books! I actually find it difficult to keep track of the number of books I read in a year. I’m embarrassed to even try and count because it probably won’t be as high as yours!

    And sometimes if it’s really juicy, I’ll let a book marinate in my head for awhile. Which stops me from moving on to getting a new one. Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes was one of my faves for the year (it’s been out for quite some time now).

    And I agree, comics DO count as a books…….just as long as there are words 😀

    1. I didn’t even realize a bot had commented! Thank you for letting me know! And again, thank you! I had actually not started tracking my reading till the beginning of 2017! Once that happened, I became a bit obsessed with it! And no need to be embarrassed, no matter the number of books read you’re still reading! That’s more than I can say for most people.
      Also, I can sort of find myself doing that? But in a way that still involves me reading other things, lmao. There’s this book I read, titled Sadie, that even though I read it a couple months ago I can still find myself thinking about it.
      Glad that you checked out my blog! I’m looking forward to (hopefully) seeing more of you in the future!

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