Hello loves! It’s finally 2019!!! This is so insane to me how is time passing so quickly?? I started blogging in 2018 too, so it’s absolutely insane that I’ve stuck around for so long?? Anyways, I’m here to give a quick wrap up on my past year! I’m a little late, but that’s not abnormal for me so here we go!
I’ve already posted a few posts about this past year! I talked specifically about My Favorite Covers of 2018, My Least Favorite Books of 2018, and My Favorite Books of 2018, as well as just the general End Of Year Survey with info about my favorite books and characters and plots and stuff, so if you’re interested in my favorites, be sure to check those out! Now though, I just want to talk generally about the year!
In 2018, I read 117 books! I set my Goodreads goal at 100, so I managed to exceed it by 17 books, which was just amazing! Of these, 13 were rereads, including the seven Harry Potter books, which I adored!
The shortest book I read was Oedipus Rex, at 75 pages, and the longest one was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, at 870. Quite a difference there! The average book length was 390 pages. And I read a total of 45,675 pages, which is just mind boggling to me!
My average book rating was 3.8 stars, which I thought was really good, and I enjoyed most of the books I read, and really only hated a few haha.
Here are all of the 117 books I read!
This was my first year blogging, and it was amazing! I made a bunch of friends, wrote my first reviews, tags, discussions, and more! I wrote over 200 posts this year, which is just crazy to me!
Most of my most popular posts (in terms of reads) are Top Ten Tuesdays and discussions! My post popular post is Top Ten Favorite Book Blogs, which is so amazing because it shows so many people got to see so many amazing bloggers! My second most popular post is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Casting || Being Biracial, which is also so amazing because of all my posts, this is really the one that came most from my heart and I was most passionate about/involved in, so it was so amazing to see it getting so much love!
I had so much growth in writing blog posts, and I can’t wait to write more this year!
I don’t talk much about writing on this blog, but it is a book blog and it’s a huge part of my life so I thought I’d touch on it! This year, I wrote a full novel (around 60,000 reads, I think), which was my 4th novel I’ve written, and my first contemporary. I wrote my first novel when I was 13, and it certainly wasn’t with the intent to get published, just to practice writing because I love it! Now though, I’m a bit older and in 2019 I really want to write a second draft of my 2018 book, and maybe, just maybe, work on getting published in the future!!
I can also confidently say that blogging has helped my writing! I’ve written a bunch of reviews where I’ve really analysed authors’ writing and thought about what makes a book good or bad, instead of just how I feel about it without really considering why, and I’m applying this to my own writing, so yay!
Life In General
2018 was probably the hardest and most stressful year of my life. I’m getting ready for college, and this year had to deal with taking SATs and APs for the first time, taking the hardest classes I’ve ever taken (such as the dreaded Calculus…hard for a bookworm like me to do math haha!), and working on college apps!
On the flip side though, it had many wonderful experiences! I took two vacations this year, one to Taiwan and another just recently to go skiing, and both were so much fun! I had so many wonderful experiences with my friends, and I even discovered that one of my closest friends is as much as a bookworm as me and had so many wonderful book talks with her! And of course, I’ve already said this but I’m so happy to have discovered so many amazing people and books through blogging!
How was your 2018? How many books did you read this year? I’d love to chat in the comments below 🙂