2018 In Review: Best & Worst Books of 2018 // recommendations + rants

Welcome to pt. 2 of my mini series “2018 In Review”!

Peoples, I have been waiting to do this post for SO LONG. 2018 shined light on the part of me that loves to read, and for that I’m so grateful. Even though I don’t always have time to read, it’s something I love dearly. Today, I’ll be wrapping up my whole year in all things bookish, and sharing some of the best, worst, mehs, and hopefully some recs for you too 🙂

Let’s dive right in, shall we? *hup*

Just as a quick reminder: some books that I may not have liked may not be the same for you, and I encourage you to read them if you want 🙂

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total number of books read: 52

average rating: 3.05/5

average number of pages/book: 328.5*

number of pages read: 17082

number of reviews: 7

*is this um, possible??

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best books

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I have SO much love for these books, their authors aka parents, and characters – please allow me to gift you with them and shove them onto your tbr list.

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I wasn’t really able to focus on reading when I read SoC, so I’m definitely planning to reread it in 2019. Nothin Left to Burn has a lot left to burn because when I’m angry I turn into a fire-breathing dragon. COSAT wasn’t the best for me because I felt like the murder plot wasn’t the best written out, but it’s just my opinion. Overall, these books (except for SoC and COSAT) to me felt irresponsible flat out.

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 4.56.10 PMbooks that (almost) made me cry

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When it comes to me vs. well written picture books about mental health, I CRY. I don’t think I need to talk anymore about GMOS, TBDATE, and Starfish, because we all know that I love those three to death. TACOA has Taiwanese rep, and I AM SO HAPPY.

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When I got the email from my library that my hold for “Everless” had arrived, I’m pretty sure I jumped around and internally screamed – before then, I’d already given it a 5 star. Post-read, even though it wasn’t as high as I expected it to be, it was a pretty good book with a well constructed world and plot.

I know that I’m late in the game, but I believe I read Caraval about 2 weeks ago and it did NOT disappoint! I’m already screaming in anticipation for book 2, Legendary, to arrive as a hold to my closest library.

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hyped books that I didn’t enjoy

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Like I said, I wasn’t doing that well when I read SoC, so even though YES, I didn’t enjoy it (actually a DNF) at first, I’m planning to reread again. I had such a HIGH expectation fo “Carve the Mark”, but there wasn’t any surprise elements for me – to be honest, an almost DNF.

One of Us is Lying. Goodness gracious.

I had put that on hold for at least 2 MONTHS before I got it, and I had such high expectations for this one. I love a good YA murder mystery, and I was hoping that I could add this to my top books of they year. So um, yeah obviously things didn’t end up that way. I think it was half way I DNF’d, so I just thought “yeah I’m just going to read the back and see who the murderer really was”. But NOPE the ENDING. HAS. ME. SHOOK. IN ANGER. I’m not going to spoil it for you guys, but I just couldn’t stand it, especially the end.

I really need to stop myself before I accidentally spoil things.

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“Sea Spell” is probably one of the few books that I reread once ever few months without losing that “satisfactory” feeling from the first read. It’s a middle grade book – so it’s NOT a YA novel – but it’s good! Very cheesy, but it’s one of the few books I own AND reread.

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best series

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Three Dark Crowns Series // Kendare Blake 

This is one GOOD series. I believe that this is the only series I read this year, so I definitely need to read more of them next year. I’m currently reading the 3rd instalment, and it has a “yes” from me*.

*when I pretend that I’m a judge from America’s Got Talent

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top 3 favourite authors

Akemi Dawn Bowman – Starfish

Stephanie Garber – Caraval

Adam Silvera – They Both Die At The End

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favourite book covers

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I think the covers speak for themselves.

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stats + charts (!!)

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In January, I set a goal to read 100 books this year, and I think it was about 2 months ago that it was unreasonable and unattainable for my current situation, and that seeing that I was x number of books behind everything I checked Goodreads brought me down. I changed to a goal of 60 books after that, and to be honest, it feels good to set a reasonable goal 🙂

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As y’all can see, almost half of my books are Contemporary, with Fantasy coming in second. By this, I think that I can say that my favourite genre to read is contemporary? I’m looking forward to exploring more books in 2019 and crossing off many from my already exploding TBR list. border

One of my blogging goals this year was to post more reviews and bookish discussions/tags. I think looking back, it was a good start 🙂

  1. 7 Bookish Scenarios that Literally Kills Me on the Inside // ft. plenty of ranting + The Office
  2. REVIEW: Girl Made of Stars // stunning writing, beautiful message + feminism (I actually almost cried)
  3. Tags Galore: Life In Books Tag + The Shuffle Music Tag // surprising results + choose my next review!!
  4. 7 Ways to Deal With Bookish Dissatisfaction // cures and remedies
  5. MID YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG // after mid-year but it’s okay + lots of book recs // reflecting reading stats
  6. REVIEW: Three Dark Crowns // murderous sibling rivalry + a new ship (??) // announcement
  7. REVIEW: The Conspiracy of Us // experiencing existential crisis + unexpected plot twists
  8. REVIEW: If There Was No Tomorrow // lots of kleenex needed + devastatingly beautiful // #humboldtstrong
  9. REVIEW: Exit, Pursued by a Bear // #TimesUp movement // important discussions about rape, sexual abuse

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In conclusion, reading has taught me a lot of things, and definitely has been life changing. Reading about different representation has opened up many doors for me, and some have also given me hope 🙂

To me, being a reader/bookworm isn’t about how many books we own, how many books we’ve read, if we completed our Goodreads Reading Challenge, or even our bookstagram posts. It’s simple, in fact: our love for reading.

What makes the book blogging community so wonderful is seeing and sharing our love for literature. In our generation, technology and phones have taken over a lot of things, and there are less and less people, especially teens, who enjoy and appreciate books. Seeing people around my age sharing recommendations, or even rants about some problems that are present in the literature world makes me so grateful that many, like me, still love reading.

Being able to read and to have books to read is a privilege, and we should all cherish and celebrate how amazing it is. Because seriously – what other thing can take us on a journey and transport us to another world without leaving? 


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what are your top reads this year? who’s your favourite author? thoughts on the ones mentioned above? do you reread books? what’s your favourite part about reading? comment away!

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13 thoughts on “2018 In Review: Best & Worst Books of 2018 // recommendations + rants

  1. OMG YES IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW IS SO UNDERRATED BUT SO GOOD!! I’m sorry I literally can’t with books I love haha 😂 Girl Made Of Stars was so good too dbdgysiajavgsj – so sad but empowering. Contemporary is my favourite too – I only like realistic fiction and ik you’re gonna hate me but I can’t even with fantasy- idk I just can’t sit through them? I have yet to read a lot of the ones you mentioned – thanks for all the recommendations.

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  2. Ahhh wonderful post, Kimberly!! I’m so glad you (re)discovered your love of reading in 2018; you read so many amazing books this year!! ☺️ I’m so glad you loved Starfish and Girl Made of Stars; I read both in 2018 too and loved them both, for different reasons 💓 (And ikr, their covers are absolutely gorgeous 😍) And I’m honestly so excited to read The Astonishing Color of After and They Both Die at the End!

    I hope you’ll enjoy SOC when you reread it! I haven’t read it yet, but it’s such a hyped book and everyone loves it so much, so I hope I’ll love it too when I read it someday, haha. Love this post!! 💞

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  3. I’ve read 4/8 from your best book picks! And I SO agree (and u know it!) Aaaah is it even possible to fangirl over how fabulous your stats and charts 😍 Love it!! ❤

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  4. […] Hello friends, and happy Sunday! I hope that you’re all doing well 🙂 As you can probably tell, we are reaching the end of my mini-series “2018 in Review”. In case you’re not aware, basically what “2018 in Review” is looking back this past year and, like the name, reviewing it. If you haven’t read the past 2 posts in this mini-series and are interested, you can find it here, and here. […]

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