My nerdy little heart is so pleased right now because…it’s time to recap the BEST OF 2018!
I love doing these end-of-year posts. The pie charts! The stats! Lines of pretty covers so I can enthusiastically rant about their goodness!! One of my favourite parts of reading is also making lists of books…so in this post, I am THRIVING.
It’s been both a brilliant and terrifying year for me…because I mean, HI, my debut novel was published with Hachette UK. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it??? I am a pUBLISHED AUTHOR. A lot of people asked me how it felt to “turn from blogger to author!” but in truth it was the other way around: I started blogging while waiting to be published. I do want to do a whole post on how my writing has changed this year…but right now…
I just want to thank you all a monumental amount for supporting A Thousand Perfect Notes!
It’s available on Amazon, Book Depository, Waterstones, Barnes & Noble…and in bookstores! (Asking your library to get it in too is awesome. Do that. I love you.) It’s also coming out in Polish, Slovak, Czech, and Romanian sometime next year! Flaaaaail. It’s still this incredible jolt seeing and hearing of someone reading it. My book!!! MY BOOK !!!!! And next year in April you get The Boy Who Steals Houses from me too.
While this year has been good and epic…it’s also been tough. My mental health has been pretty much the worse it’s ever been. So despite the awesomeness of a book out in the world, Life Things™ have eaten me up and spat me back out like a mangled refried goat. Depression has been really much this year…sigh. And I’ve definitely been quieter in the blogging community unfortunately.
But hey! This year has still been full of good books and I’ve made lovely new friends and I have more bookshelves than common sense in my room.
Which is not hard. I have very little common sense.
Also this post is LONG…but it makes me happy to look back each year so afjkdslad excuse me.
I appreciate how every year Goodreads thinks I’m good at more than just reading, but c’mon Goodreads. Lower your standards of me.
I also read the least amount of books I’ve read in, um, like 3 years. I KNOW IT’S SILLY TO BE SAD ABOUT THIS. But I aaaaam. But I did choose my reads more carefully and therefore read more enjoyable books this year! (I also spent like the first 6 months of 2018 rewriting a book ARGH again and again. So I didn’t have time to read as much as I usually do.)
Honestly it’s been a weird star rating year for me??? Most of my 5-stars were REreads and my “best of the year” goodreads shelf had half the books of last year. This, um, worries me.
I picked up a lot of Good Books, Brent. But not extraordinary books. (And I have no idea if this is the books’ faults or mine, since I’ve had a rough mental health year??? Gah.)
It was the YEAR OF THE CONTEMPORARY! Which actually is also because I’ve tumbled into the author world as a contemporary
monster master so I need to read plenty.
I’ve smoothed all the “fantasy” sub-genres into one — but I read very little epic fantasy this year. MY BRAIN WAS TOO TIRED.
Surprise surprise, I am a fiend of the new and shiny young adult books.
At some point I may eat more adult books per year? I won’t go wild though. I don’t want indigestion.
And I’ve actually read a fair amount of 2019 books already??? WHO AM I. THIS ORGANISED MONGOOSE.
I read mostly YA and it definitely continues to be run by smart women which I am very much here for.
Although tbh, I do like reading boy narrators. It’d be nice to have some more??? And we continue to need more enby rep (but I’m excited for a few coming out in 2019!)
I continue to be successfully tERRIFIED of large books. Around 300 pages is my favourite — not too long and not too short. But I literally read a whopping four books that were over 600 pages lmao.
They scare me ok. I am the delicate spin cycle on the washing machine.
I wholly admit I still love physical books > ebooks. But this is also because I read on a tiny iPod screen aaaand THIS YEAR I finally splurged and bought myself a kindle! So hopefully my ebook consumption will go up (because lol lol I have so many eARCs I keep, um…not reading).
That moment when AMERICA DEFINITELY RULES THE BOOK PUBLISHING INDUSTRY. You couldn’t tell I’m Australian from looking at that country chart on the left AJFSHOhsghslHSG.
As for book sources ➸ you can definitely see the the majority of my books are GIVEN or BORROWED. Huge reminder you don’t have to have a huge book buying budget to be a blogger!!
I still read nearly 50 books that had NO diversity in them…and, mate. This needs to be improved.
Also it still pains me a lot how often disability gets left out of the diversity conversation. This isn’t just happening in publishing — the book community barely looks beyond sexuality and race. And I DO NOT want to put those down at all. But we need way way more disability and mental health rep. We need to talk about it.
Still there are so so many important and amazing diverse books out there and I’m SO GLAD I got to read so many of them!
I’ve read 207 books so it IS HARD to try and mention everything good! I’ll do my best. ALL THE RECS.
ALL COVERS LINK TO GOODREADS
Ace Of Shades ➸ magnificent con artists and badass girl gangs and soft boys omg
The Cruel Prince ➸ mURDER FEY, honestly Holly Black can do no wrong
The King’s Men ➸ ridiculously addictive, sport…and then the MAFIA. Neil/Andrew tho. Seriously how is anyone even aLIVE after all the stupid things these boys do. I don’t even LIKE SPORT AND I LOVE THIS.
Muse Of Nightmares ➸ aka a literally DESSERT. it’s so delicious and clever and the character arcs are a+
The Wicker King ➸ one of my top 5 books of EVER. I CAN’T SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS…mental illness, neglected tragic boys, everyone is queer, unique formatting that makes the book a visual feast as well aHHHHHHHHHH
Iron Gold ➸ ruined the first trilogy for me…no joke I wish I hadn’t read it ahgosrhggh
Ship It ➸ everyone is awful and so much fetishing of m/m that’s not called out…um…
A Semi-Definitive List of Worse Nightmares ➸ problematic af, mocks mental illness and makes suicide jokes.
Miles Away From You ➸ again…so problematic to trans people not to mention the protagonist is entitled and disgusting
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing ➸ lmao i just had NO idea what was going on and April May was nasty??
Bright We Burn (#3) ➸ tHIS WAS PERFECT. Radu!! Best arc. And Lada jafkdlsa stabby monster but I still love her
Obsidio (#3) ➸ again, brilliant ending. THE PARACHUTE OK. And Nik/Hanna remain my favourite. Total 5-star trilogy!
Legendary (#2) ➸ loved it waaaay better than Caraval and the villains are lovely…I mean, um, bad (SHH LOVELY)
Smoke and Iron (#4) ➸ ending better have been a typo [SOBBING] but so good! I’m so (not) ready for the finale next year.
The Ask And the Answer (#2) ➸ this trilogy is gOLD and brutal and such a journey. I ache for Todd in this one so much. I only finished the trilogy for the first time this year and my opinion, entirely, is yes.
Keeper Of The Bees (#2) ➸ ok I absolutely am in love with this one and I did not expect it??? but tragic unwilling antiheroes and mental illness books are my FAVOURITES so !!
Pacifica ➸ I hadn’t loved the author’s previous books but tRASH PIRATE SAND FRIENDSHIPS. Pure gold
Anger Is A Gift ➸ omg this was brutal and powerful and super queer and super here to make you cry
The Foxhole Court ➸ again, dude, did not even expect to like this lmao and now I’m wholly addicted
Bring Me Their Hearts ➸ this was witchy and sassy and just a good ol’ fantasy romp!
An Enchantment Of Ravens ➸ ok I only saw negative reviews but I LOVE fey books so…I tried it. And it’s AMAZING. Magical and a little dark. Artists! Swords! A completely endearing stupid immortal prince! And Isobel’s sass gives me life. SO excited for her next book Sorcery of Thorns this year!
Boomerang ➸ am utterly crYInG. This one will break you. I immediately bought the author’s toher book, These Gentle Wounds, and will read everything by here tbh.
Sadie ➸ this was my first Courtney Summers book?? I MUST READ EVERYTHING BY HER OMG SHE IS BRILLIANT.
Fawkes ➸ I will sell my right eyeball for more historical retellings so YES to this one! Also the author is lovely adfjskald and so kind to me in my debut year!!
The Wicker King ➸ shh gonna squeeze this one again because WILL DO ANYTHING FOR K. ANCRUM AND HER BOOKS.
Maggie Stiefvater ➸ 6 (The Raven Boys, Blue Lily Lily Blue, Opal, Ballad, Lament, and Shiver)
Lemony Snicket ➸ 5 (books 5 – 9 in A Series of Unfortunate Events)
Patrick Ness ➸ 7 (Chaos Walking trilogy, Snowscape, A Monster Calls, Release, And The Ocean Was Our Sky)
Tahereh Mafi ➸ 5 (Shatter Me, Unravel Me, Destroy Me, Furthermore, Whichwood)
Lots of rereads here and I am pLEASED.
The Falconer (2014) ➸ I’d always vaguely known of this one but I finally read it and WOW AM I IN LOVE. Scottish fairies and stabby heroines. This is my language yes please and thank you.
The Iron King (2010) ➸ And I’d meant to read this one for YEARS and finally!! I did!! And it’s totally cliche and a bit trashy (the heroine is the last interesting part ha ha, um, oops) but it was so much fun. Again with the stabby fairy courts!!
Every Last Word (2016) ➸ this has brilliant OCD/anxiety rep and ajfdksla I just did not expect to fall so hard for it.
Carry The Ocean (2015) ➸ aww this was so wholesome and uplifting while also being really dark at times about mental illness. PERFECT social anxiety + autism rep!
Complicit (2015) ➸ Stephanie Kuehn books are SO messed up…but yet. I love them. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The Cruel Prince ➸ Holly Black is a FAVOURITE and she did not disappoint with this backstabby masterpiece.
Ace of Shades ➸ I loved Amanda Foody’s Daughter of The Burning City last year!!
I Was Born For This ➸ ALICE OSEMAN IS PRECIOUS AND CAN DO NO WRONG.
The Trials of Apollo ➸ I am so so traumatised. I come to Rick Riordan books to have a good time jafkdsl what was this (LOVED IT THOUGH…also love that I never grow out of the Percy Jackson world!)
Summer Of Salt ➸ I have yet to meet a Katrina Leno book I didn’t like!
The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy ➸ not as good as Monty’s (shh sorry) but still epic girl gang and I LOVED it. I adore Mackenzie Lee’s style.
Ok yes I reread a LOT this year. And I’m super happy with this! Sure it means I didn’t read as many new books as I, um…needed to. But good books should be read often! I refuse to feel guilty for rereading now. Also a ton of these are audiobooks which is my most very favourite way to reread. (What If It’s Us and The Wicker King got reread 2 x this year lmao I am unstoppable.)
Least to say these are all BRILLIANT and 4 or 5 stars!
I just…read a lot of contemporaries ok. These are my standouts and I thoroughly recommend them all. Also how incredible are all the diverse contemporaries YA has these days??? RULING THE WORLD.
To be truthfully, I didn’t read as much fantasy this year (my brain has been tired gah) but these were pure marvels and delights.
I’m particularly DEAD about Queen of Air and Darkness…but in my defence, (a) firstly it took forever to arrive, and then (b) I’m still rereading Lord of Shadows, and lastly (c) it’S A SHEER BRICK SO I’M BUILDING UP COURAGE. I’m so so stressed over it afjsdklafd it is my favourite series. DID I MENTION AM THE STRESSED.
And see the sheer amount of epic fantasies I’ve avoided? TIRED BRAIN. I’m hoping next year is better.
WE ARE GETTING 3 CASSANDRA CLARE BOOKS NEXT YEAR. IT IS THE YEAR OF LIFE. I AM SO EXCITED.
…and of course there’s a very very special book called THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES (long extended scream) coming from yours truly in April 2019. I’m SOBBING. I CAN’T BELIEVE I WILL HAVE TWO BOOKS OUT. This story means so much to me and
I can’t wait to break you all again.
I won’t pretend to know when the cover reveal is anymore lmao but…January maybe!!
ok WOW this was a mammoth post and cake for you for surviving (if you did…i am bold to assume)