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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
10. Tag some fellow bookish content creators.