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Book Postscript Tag 2018

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Hello lovelies! How are you? I thought I was done with my 2018 wrap up posts, but Rachel @ pace, amore, libri tagged me to do this and I found the questions too interesting to pass up on. I really like that they give me a chance to highlight some of the book I haven’t talked as much about on the blog throughout the year. The tag was created by Adam @ Memento Mori on booktube.

1. The longest book you read this year and the book that took you the longest to finish.

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Longest: Vanity Fair (883 pages.)
Took me the longest: Wives and Daughters (Sept. 29th – Oct. 7th)

2. A book you read in 2018 that was outside of your comfort zone.

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This is such a hard question for me to answer since my comfort zone is very big and grows larger with every book I read that’s outside it. Just a couple of years ago I thought I hated sci-fi and now it’s one of my favorite genres. Still, I’d say Ninefox Gambit was my biggest step outside my comfort zone this year. love reading space-operas, but I find military sci-fi intimidating, since I find space-battles and technological weapons difficult to visualize. This was a challenging read, but so worth it.

3. How many books did you re-read in 2018?

I re-read ten books: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Witches, Coraline, The Bear and the Nightingale, Fairytales for Wilde Girls, I’ll Give You the Sun and Northanger Abbey!

4. Favorite re-read of 2018.

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The Bear and the Nightingale: It’s my favorite and I love it a little harder every time I read it.
Fairytales for Wilde Girls: I’d convinced myself it couldn’t possibly be as good as I remember. It was better.
I’ll Give You the Sun: It’s so beautiful and right. It makes me want to write boldly.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: I’ve always re-read the Harry Potter books all together and in order, but reading just this one for Halloween was so cozy and perfect.

5. A book you read for the first time in 2018 that you look forward to re-reading in the future.

Honestly, so many. But to keep this reasonably long I’ll pick two books I desperately want to re-read for very different reasons.

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Wild Beauty: I just want to revel in it’s beauty again.
The Queens of Innis Lear: This is the kind of richly atmospheric, densely written fantasy book that should be savored, I rushed through it during a readathon and I think it negatively affected my reading experience.

6. Favorite single short story or novella that you read in 2018.

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Evidence of the Affair: A beautiful love story, told entirely through letters.
Opal: Like everyone else, I loved being back in this world. But even more than that I loved being in Opal’s head. I find non-human POVs fascinating.
The Queen of Ieflaria: F/F fantasy with kittens, unicorns and dragons!
Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire (Robots vs. Faries): A story about a magical theme park run by fairies, where unsuspecting humans watch real mermaids and pixies.

7. Mass Appeal: A book you liked and would recommend to a wide variety of readers.

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Maybe I’m biased since it’s my favorite book of the year, but I think The Book of M’s got something for most readers. It’s got fascinating world building, a diverse cast of characters, compelling character dynamics, gripping action scenes, interesting themes and beautiful writing.  It’s also a mix of genres: sci-fi, dystopian, fantasy, magical realism and literary fiction.

8. Specialized Appeal: A book you liked but would be hesitant to recommend to just anyone.

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If Wes Anderson wrote a YA book, it’d be a lot like this: strange, beautiful, whimsical, aesthetic and dark, certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. It also deals with a lot of topics that has the potential to be triggering, the main character suffers from anxiety and most her family members struggle with some type of mental illness. CW: Attempted suicide, self harm, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, abuse.

9. Reflect on your year as a bookish content creator (goals met, good/bad memories, favorite videos blog posts you made, etc).

2018 was the year I fell in love with blogging and the whole bookish community. It’s given me so much joy and I’m so grateful. But I’ve already talked a lot about that in my 2019 goals posts, so I won’t repeat myself here. Instead, I’ll share some posts I really loved writing and that I hope you might enjoy reading.

🏰 I wrote 4 posts with book recs for your Hogwarts house:Hufflepuff. Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Gryffindor.

📚 Then I started my character library series: Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom and Lara Jean Song Covey.

🔮 I made my first quiz:Witch bookish witch are you? If you haven’t taken it yet, please do and let me know which witch you are!

💕 I did two posts with my mom: She picked my TBR and Predicted my 5 star reads. They turned out to be my most popular posts of the year, which I love, cause we had so much fun writing them together.

10. Tag some fellow bookish content creators.

I tag Avery, Savanna and Gerry. (Only if you want to do it!)

capture-20181230-004950How many books did you re-read last year? Did you read any books that were outside your comfort zone? Please let me know you’re favorite post you wrote in 2018 so I can check it out! I love visiting your blogs 💕
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28 thoughts on “Book Postscript Tag 2018

  1. I can’t believe a little over a week is the longest you took to read a book all year!! Did you like Vanity Fair? I want to read that at some point but the length intimidates me… Anyway, I loved reading your answers! I really need to read The Book of M in 2019!

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    1. That’s only counting the ones I actually finished! I have some I abandoned that’ll definitley take me longer. I liked Vanity Fair, it got a little too moralizing for me sometimes and like most books that long, it definitely could’ve been shorter. But overall I enjoyed it and I think Becky’s wonderful! Thank you! I hope you love it if you do 😊

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      1. But still!! It took me 4 months to finish two different books! Then again I read like 5 books at once so I do go for weeks without picking them up, sometimes.

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  2. …Ninefox Gambit was completely out of my comfort zone too, at the time. I was convinced I wasn’t going to like it, because adult sci-fi is too complicated! And so I discovered I liked “complicated”.

    I had some mixed feelings about The Queens of Innis Lear too, and while I ended up liking it, it’s definitely not the kind of book you want to speed through. I also think it’s the most boring book I’ve read in all of 2018 (it’s either this or Too Like the Lightning), I loved the writing and liked the characters but I just wanted it to end.

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    1. And now it’s your favorite book! That’s really cool. Reading outside the comfort zone can lead to some wonderful reading experiences.

      I was so frustrated at my reading pace I wanted to scream. But I still think about the world and characters sometimes, so I think it’d be interesting to revisit them. If I still just want it to end (cause SAME) – I’ll know it’s the book, not my reading stress.

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    1. If you want to do it, consider yourself tagged! Yes, Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite too ❤️ It introduces my faves, Sirius and Lupin. That’s part of the reason I reread it, but I also just thought that out of all of them it would make the most perfect Halloween read.

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  3. I haven’t re-read anything in years but now Arden’s trilogy is coming to an end, I am planning on re-reading it all over again. Maybe in December once I forget it a little bit and when winter comes back again.

    I enjoyed reading your post, more inspiration for my future reads, thanks! ❤️

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    1. I’m planning to re-read the first two before reading The Winter of the Witch, so I can really savor the series before it comes to an end. If I can restrain myself that is, I might just devour the third book as soon as I can get my little hands on it!

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy The Queens of Innis Lear if you pick it up! I haven’t read Anna-Marie McLemore’s first book (The Weight of Feathers), but I’ve heard it’s not as good as the others. So I’d recommend starting with one of the other three! My favorite is Wild Beauty, but they’re all beautiful and so similar in style, I think if you love one you’ll love them all 😊 Happy reading!

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  4. My heart does a little flip whenever I see The Book of M on any of your posts. 😀 ❤️ And I totally agree about it being a book that would appeal to everyone. Also, I somehow missed that it’s your favourite book of the year??? AHHHH

    And I definitely want to get to Girl in the Tower and maybe Winter of the Witch this month. I heard the series gets better and better with each book so I’m excited.

    And I’m not sure what my “outside of the comfort zone” book would be either. Domestic thrillers or Canadian lit, maybe? 😛

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    1. You’ll be seeing a lot! I still can’t seem to shut up about it ❤️ I read a lot of wonderful books this year, but that’s the only I can’t get out of my head, you know?

      I’m thinking about re-reading the first two this month, before reading The Winter of the Witch! The first one’s my favorite so far – but it could be cause I’ve read it like 3 times now and it keeps getting better.

      That’d be outside my comfort zone too, I think. Especially domestic thrillers, though I have liked one or two!

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  5. This is such a fun post! I did the Witch witch quiz and I got Hermione Granger! (By the way, it was definitely an aesthetically pleasing quiz. I loved the photos used!) What I liked best about this post is your answers for question 9. Those posts you’ve written are really creative and I loved reading them! To end this comment full of exclamation marks, I’ll say that if I were to summarise this entire post in a few words I think I’d say “so many books!”

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    1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun picking out the photos, so I’m glad you found them pleasing! And thank you so much for taking the time to read my posts, I’m really happy you enjoyed reading them! I love exclamation marks and all the books!!! So I think that’s an excellent summary ❤️

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  6. Thanks for tagging me! 😀 Can’t wait to do this one!

    I enjoyed your posts from 2018 like the Witch Quiz, the character library series, and the posts with your mom! So unique!

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