2018 Book Summary

I set my 2018 book goal at 45 books and I sort of reached that goal. If you count all the comics, a few plays, and a short story then I exceeded it at 68! But that number is mainly just because Goodreads counts everything read as one “book.” I always add comics so I can track when I first read them, but really I only read 37 books this year.

I’m glad I switched to putting my 2018 book reviews in a monthly post, instead of a post per book like I was doing. I still got to write my reviews but it was a LOT less stressful.

Below are the books I read in 2018 that I own, minus the comics.


Click here for my 2017 book summary.

Click here for the full list of what I read in 2018. If you don’t want to click the link, here’s a quick breakdown.

  • 42 books

  • 26 comics (Darth Vader & Saga #9)

  • Of the 42 books…

    • 4 were Shakespeare plays

    • 1 was a short story (The Star)

    • The rest were “normal” book length

    • 11 were non-fiction or memoirs/autobiographies

  • Everything was new to me, except for Black Beauty and The Star

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In random order, my 2018 favorites:

  1. The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson - Last year, Mistborn made the cut and in 2018 I loved loved LOVED The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Edgedancer. I’m very much looking forward to Oathbringer.

  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - This book is just beautiful. I feel inadequate to have read it, much less review it. If I were an English teacher, I’d teach it.

  3. Star Wars media - I finally read one of the Darth Vader comic series and adored it, plus the original Thrawn series and one of the newer books. (I still have Thrawn: Alliances to get to.) Being back in the Star Wars non-movie universe was like being back home.

For the first time since I started this blog, I thought I’d share my least favorite reads from this year. I don’t want to be negative, because we all have our preferences, but this also helps me look back and remember.

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - This is Twilight for eighteen-year-old boys who socialize mostly through video games and have never had a girlfriend. Listen, I was a late bloomer myself and I’m an introvert. I’m not trying to be mean, but this was poorly written and books that are basically just a list of 80’s references aren’t my cup of tea.

  2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - People on bookstagram love this one so I had high hopes, but even my normal leniency toward the YA Fantasy genre couldn’t save it. It was boring, the magic was completely undeveloped, and by the end the only thing that had caught my attention was the flippy coat.

So that’s it! My 2019 Goodreads goal is 40 books. That goal is high enough to keep me motivated to read and not just browse the internet in the evenings, but it’s not such a high number that I stress out.

For fun, my Instagram top 9 is below! All were book related except my two year wedding anniversary post.

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