Writing my 2018 book wrap up was harder than I thought it would be. I couldn’t remember half of what I’d read and spent most of it staring at my Goodreads shelf working out if I enjoyed the book. However, it was also fun – reminding myself of the books I’d loved and seeing how my tastes had altered as the year went on.
So, what’s a girl to do other than put herself through the torment of doing it again this year? January suddenly feels a long time ago now that I’m looking back on what I’ve been reading.
I’m using the Goodreads “your year in books” shelf again for some of the stats, but I’ve noticed a couple of bits seem to be inaccurate, so I’m hoping the rest is okay!
Here’s my year in books:
Shortest book: The Dark Rival by Jude Watson
Longest book: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Average length: 400 pages
First review of the year: The Fork, the Witch and the Worm by Christopher Paolini
Last review of the year: Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Looks like I read slightly less, but with the books being a little longer – makes sense!
That’s my wrap-up. But here are the ones that really stuck with me this year:
Favourite stand-alone book (the impossible question)
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is a clear winner: the most unique plotline I’ve come across this year. The book kept me hooked, I loved the characters, I was completely intrigued about the way it unfolded and I haven’t stopped raving about it since. Seriously – go and read!
I’ve had so many fantastic series come to an end this year! Sticking to my rules of books I’ve read just in 2019, it would be Peter Mclean’s War for the Rose Throne‘s trilogy. While only the first two (Priest of Bones and Priest of Lies) are out at the moment, I loved the intense plot and the reluctant heroes and can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Favourite new author
Brandon Sanderson. He’s been on my TBR list for ages, but I finally got around to Skyward and I loved his writing. I’m looking forward to diving into his fantasy work!
Favourite re-discovered author
Ouch this is hard. I’ve done a lot of re-reading this year as trilogies come to a close and I decided I had to re-read them all before I could finish the series. I’m going with Brent Weeks. It’s been years since I read his Lightbringer series but the first four books blew me away for the second time.
And finally, my most popular book review for the last 365 days is: Pendragon by James Wilde.
How has your year gone? What are your top reads? Let me know in the comments!