My Year in Reading - 2018


My reading in 2018 was a mixed bag, just like the year itself. There were periods of nonstop reading and times when it was almost non-existent, which directly correlates with what was going on in my life at the time. In May and June I needed the distraction and was reading constantly. In September I was bogged down with our move and my reading slowed to a snail's pace. I also read less in 2018 than I had in the last five years. And if it hadn't been for audiobooks, the number would have been even lower. I actually don't get all wrapped up in numbers and I never try to "beat" previous reading goals. I purposely low-balled my reading goal last year and did the same for this year. It'll be nice to reach the goal, whenever that happens, and whatever I read beyond that is just gravy. :) But enough chatter. Here's a look at my year in reading...



For the last couple years my longest books have been from Sarah J. Maas, as each book in the ACOTAR series released. She was unseated in 2018! :) 

How is it that only 23 people have read Juniper Skies?! It hurts my heart that this is such an underrated contemporary YA series. If you love contemporary YA, please read Lora Richardson's Juniper trilogy. They're priceless.


Now here's an interesting little piece of data. The same book that is the "Least Popular" is also the Highest Rated (with a 4.68 average!). So obviously not many people read it, but those that did loved it. Now do you believe me when I say you need to read this book/series? :)

And now all the books that made up my year...



I actually now see a book that doesn't belong in the list. This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story was a DNF but I'm too lazy at the moment to go back and fix the graphic. ;)

How was your year in reading?
What was the least popular book you read? The longest? I'm curious! 

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  1. I love how different our reading tastes are, but I have read The Cruel Prince I loved it.

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    1. The Cruel Prince was one of my big surprises last year. I plan on starting The Wicked King next week so my fingers are crossed that it lives up to the hype!

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  2. You've read some amazing books in 2018! Hope your 2019 is going to be at least this awesome. there's a lot you've read that I also already read and loved but there's a lot that I have on my tbr still and can't wait to read.

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    1. Thanks Melissa! Hopefully 2019 will be filled with lots of great books for both of us. :)

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  3. Looks like you read some pretty great books last year. That is interesting that the least read book is also the highest rated. That sounds like a book I need to check out! I set my Goodreads goal the highest I've ever set it for this year but I'm hoping it will still be easily achievable based on my reading habits of the past couple of years.

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    1. The least read book being the highest rated totally took me by surprise! That’s awesome that you were able to up your GR goal. Sounds like you won’t have any problem achieving it!

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  4. 74 is still a lot of books! And I'm glad that your average rating seems to be good; hopefully that means you read lots of GOOD books.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Oh yeah, I’m perfectly happy with 74 books. And an average rating of 4 stars kind of surprised me and also made me happy. :)

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  5. I always feel like my least popular book is always super high rated!looks like lots of great books!

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    1. That little tidbit actually surprised me a lot. But I’m thrilled that the few who did read it apparently loved it. :)

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  6. I also didn’t have the greatest reading year in 2018. I barely read at all last spring and had to scramble in December to hit my reading goal. I hope you have a great 2019 and read lots of good books.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Hopefully 2019 will be a better reading year for both of us!

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  7. You have read some amazing books the past year. I think I did pretty good in 2018 and read 74 books. That is pretty good for me because of university. Here is to another great year!

    Mary

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    1. Too funny that we read the exact same number of books last year. :) I’m fine with that number. I don’t feel any pressure to read a certain amount. I’d much rather have quality over quantity. Hope we both have a great reading year this year!

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  8. I hadn't heard of Juniper Skies, but I'll definitely go check it out now. I hate it when a fantastic book doesn't get enough attention! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. The Juniper series by Lora Richardson is *SO* worthwhile. She and her books deserve so much more attention than they get. Contemporary YA with real emotional depth, tackling issues with being “issue books” and a dose of swoony romance. I love them.

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  9. Oh wow, this is an awesome post Tanya! I love seeing everyone's reading year broken down. Lots of books I need to add to my reading list.

    Happy 2019, I hope your reading is fabulous this year!

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    1. Thanks Rowena! I always love wrap-up posts, too. :) I hope we both have loads of great reads in 2019!

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  10. Great collage of reading! I really enjoyed Epic Love Story, but I didn’t read as many full on novels as you did!

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    1. Thanks Kristin! Hopefully 2019 will be a great reading year for both of us!

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  11. It's cool to see what everybody else read last year.

    My shortest book was Life After Legend 2 (five pages), the longest was Queen of Air and Darkness at 880 pages. Least popular was George Whitefield: Evangelist for God and Empire, with 6 people reading. Average length was 375 pages.

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    1. Wow, five pages is seriously short. :) And Cassandra Clare always seems to write some massive tomes. LOL

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  12. The Julian Chapter was so worth reading. His grandmere broke and warmed my heart.

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    1. Yes it was! I'm so glad you forced me to read it. LOL

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  13. Fantastic year. My longest was a 24 hours audiobook. Foundling.

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    1. Whoa, that's the longest one I've ever heard of. That's a real commitment. :)

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  14. I love this post! My longest books are often SJM also, but not this year! I hope 2019 is an even better reading year for you!

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    1. Thanks Tracy! :) It's hard to beat SJM's books for sheer length. Cassandra Clare gives her a run for her money but I haven't read anything from her in a while, either.

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  15. For me 2018 was a pretty non-existant year for me in terms of reading. Even though I met my GR goal of 60. Numbers aren't important to me anymore, it's all about the quality, right? I've been getting more and more into Manga and Graphic Novels now.

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    1. Totally agree - I'd much rather have quality over quantity!

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  16. So many great reads in your year! Loved Burn For Me and the other books in the Hidden Legacy series!

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    1. I went the audio route for Burn For Me and unfortunately I didn't care for the narrator *at all.* It kind of turned me off the series. :( Maybe one day I'll try again but *not* with the audio. LOL

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  17. I love the stats we got with GR this year. Looks like you read a lot of great books.

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    1. It's always interesting to look back and remember everything you read. And that stats are fun. :)

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  18. Is Maas supposed to come out with a new adult fantasy this year? Maybe she'll top your "longest book" again, haha!

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    1. I think she has an adult fantasy planned for late this year. Crescent City I think it's called? I so need another ACOTAR world fix!

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  19. It's fun seeing people's year in books! I think we all have our ups and downs with reading, but you still managed to read a lot!

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    1. I'm definitely not disappointed in the amount I read. I'll always take quality over quantity. :)

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    1. You can always count on SJM for a chunker of a book! :)

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