2018 in Review!

2018 has been a crazy year, both on my blog and in my real life. I think I’m actually done with oversharing for now, but I thought it would be fun to do a wrap-up and show my favorite books, top posts, and big events during each month of 2018. I’ll be sharing some more posts talking about my favorite and least favorite books from this year as well as my goals for next year, but for now, without further ado, here is 2018 in review.

Favorite book: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates [my review]
Pages read: 5,084 over 20 books
Average rating: 3.2 stars
Bookish happenings: I just about died in January when I was checking Melissa Chambers’ website to see if she was publishing anything new and found that she’d shared my review of Falling for Forever right there in the middle of the page! It’s been my dream for as long as I’ve been reviewing books to be featured in some kind of promotional materials, and it actually happened. I’m fangirling right now just thinking about it, and this was almost a whole year ago!

Favorite book: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett [my review]
Pages read: 4,950 over 16 books books
Average rating: 3.53 stars
Bookish happenings: Back in February, I won the cutest package from Danielle Ellison! I loved her book, The Sweetheart Sham, and winning a box of stuff from her was such a great surprise! It remains the only Twitter giveaway I’ve ever won and I still have my morning coffee in my PB&J mug sometimes. 

Favorite book: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett [my review]
Pages read: 5,575 over 17 books
Average rating: 3.82 stars
Top post: my review of Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Bookish happenings: March was the month that everything started to change! The biggest thing that happened in March was me getting snowed in, getting bored, researching different platforms, and moving my blog to WordPress! Best decision I’ve ever made.

Favorite book: the whole Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater [my reviews: The Raven Boys | The Dream Thieves | Blue Lily, Lily Blue | The Raven King]
Pages read: 6,917 over 21 books
Average rating: 3.62 stars
Top post: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start
Bookish happenings: One month into my time on WordPress, I hit 100 followers. It took me years to get to 100 followers on Tumblr, and I’m pretty sure at least a third of them were porn bots.

Favorite book: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang [my review]
Pages read: 5,243 over 18 books
Average rating: 3.44 stars
Top post: ARCs: A Beginner’s Guide
Bookish happenings: I actually got ARCs of two of my most anticipated books of 2018! First was The Kiss Quotient and second was The Brightsiders. I ended up loving both books so much!

Favorite book: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi [my review]
Pages read: 5,663 over 18 books
Average rating: 3.61 stars
Top post: Let’s Talk About: BookCon!
Bookish happenings: I went to BookCon and my first author panel! I was also interviewed about my blog and reading habits on camera!

Favorite book: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Pages read: 5,583 over 20.5 books
Average rating: 3.4 stars
Top post: Giveaway because you’re all the best!
Bookish happenings: July was a month of buddy reads! Leslie and I did buddy reads of both Nevernight and Godsgrave and then Daniel and I did a buddy re-read of The Catcher in the Rye!

Favorite book: Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey
Pages read: 5,434 over 19.5 books
Average rating: 2.75 stars
Top post: Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite book bloggers!
Bookish happenings: I did a whole post about my favorite book bloggers! It is, to this day, still one of my favorite things that I’ve written.

Favorite book: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Pages read: 4,725 over 14 books (+ a DNF)
Average rating: 3.29 stars
Top post: Let’s Talk About: Planning out my (blogging) life
Bookish happenings: I shared two of the most popular posts I’ve ever written: a discussion about my spam problem and a discussion about how I plan out my blog posts! I also somehow hit 1,000 followers and celebrated by talking about myself for the millionth time.

Favorite book: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Pages read: 4,982 over 15 books
Average rating: 3.07 stars
Top post: Top Ten Tuesday: Longest books I’ve ever read
Bookish happenings: I reviewed the worst book I’ve ever read by sharing all 170 thoughts I had while reading it.

Favorite book: Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
Pages read: 5,119 over 24 books
Average rating: 3.79 stars
Top post: Tag: 25 Bookish Facts About Me
Bookish happenings: I fell into a pretty huge reading slump in November and really struggled to focus on anything that wasn’t a graphic novel. That said, I did read some really great graphic novels, including Saga and Fence!

Favorite book: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Pages read: 1,082 over 5 books (but the month’s not over yet)
Average rating: 4.2 stars (but the month’s not over yet)
Top post: Tag: End of the Year Book Tag 2018
Bookish happenings: I went to the biggest used bookstore of my life and was basically in heaven. Also, I hardly read anything.

What happened in your life in 2018? Any really standout books? Do you want to share some of your top posts? Let’s talk in the comments!