2018 Recap

Happy New Year bookworms! You may have already read my 2018 End of the Year Survey, but I wanted to compile a few more stats for myself to recap the year.

First, let’s look at a few Real Life things that defined my 2018.

  • January – One of my favorite aunts passed away
  • February – I got promoted to a new position (Administrative Professional)
  • June – My parents’ divorce was finalized
  • July – My mother moved back into her condo after spending 7 months with me (in my one bedroom apartment)
  • October – Started another new job with a new employer (Executive Administrative Assistant).

Ok, now the important stuff – books and blogging!

I read 150 books. 8 of those were Re-reads. I DNF-ed 5 books (not included in the 150).

Adult: 100
New Adult: 8
Young Adult: 42

Ratings – This is the first year I’ve had more 4 Star reads than any other rating. Part of it is me being more generous with my ratings, but I like to think that I just read better books this year.

4.5 Stars: 6
4 Stars: 66
3.5 Stars: 27
3 Stars: 33
2.5 Stars: 7
2 Stars: 10
1 Star: 1

Book Source:

Own: 23
Library: 48
NetGalley: 47
Kindle Unlimited: 22
Other: 10


I wrote 69 reviews (though 3 of those won’t post until 2019). This is the first year since my blog’s inception that I did not get more views than the previous year. However, I did have more comments and likes than any previous year.  (So THANK YOU!) I also reached two milestones: I surpassed 1,000 followers and wrote my 1,000th blog post in 2018.

Most Viewed:

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

The Date by Louise Jensen

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

Most Read Author:

Lauren Layne – 6 books

Top 5 Favorite Books of the year (not counting re-reads):

Beartown (Beartown #1) by Fredrik Backman

Us Against You (Beartown #2) by Fredrik Backman

Close to Home by Cara Hunter

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Top 3 Most Disappointing Books of the year:

Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi

My Plain Jane by the Lady Janies

The Date by Lousie Jensen

You can check out my whole year in books HERE.

I had a pretty successful reading year in 2018. Here’s to an even better 2019!

42 thoughts on “2018 Recap

    • Thank you! And we will update our job titles once again this year (hopefully)! (If I can ever get started….I swear, I had very great intentions today, but the evening has gotten away from me and no outlining has happened yet…)

  1. Yes lots has happened to you! I hope you’ll be happy in your new job and I think, just a hunch that as lovely as your mother is, you’re probably very happy to have the place to yourself again :-). I think I have mostly 4-star ratings too, maybe it’s the easiest rating to give? Happy New Year Stephanie and I wish you lots of good to come this year (and books, don’t let us forget about the books!)!

    • Thank you! My mother is lovely, but yes, I am happy to have the place to myself again. She was just telling me yesterday that she misses living with me and how much fun she had and I was like…..um, sure. Haha. But she does love having the condo to herself. I hope your 2019 goes amazing, as well!

  2. Sounds like an eventful year! Hoping 2019 is wonderful and hoping we have lots of enjoyable books ahead. I’d like to do these statistics with my year, but have no idea how to do that. LOL ❤

    • Thank you! I keep an Excel sheet of all the books I read with lots of categories to keep track of. I always want to do those fun pie charts and graphs people seem to do, but they never turn out very well haha. I can do formulas in Excel, but that seems to be about it. Happy 2019 to you!

    • Thank you! I feel like I’ve already broken a couple of my 2019 goals, though, haha. Have you seen that meme going around Facebook saying something like, “I’ve already screwed up. 2020 is going to be my year, though!” ? lol. That’s kind of how I feel.

      I was kind of surprised to see Lauren Layne as my most read author, too! But it does make sense. I had a couple ARCs and then whenever I was in a book slump I would go to see what books of hers were available at the library without a wait.

  3. Happy New Year! You had a lot going on this past year. Hopefully 2019 will be better. I hope you are enjoying your new job. CCPL sent out an email with a list of author visit. Lisa Gardner, Alafair Burke and Heather Morris are authors I am interested in seeing this year. Let me know if you are would like to see any of them and if you found any you are interested in.

    • Happy New Year to you! I’ve only read one book by Alafiar Burke and nothing by the other authors, but I’d still be interested in seeing them. I’ve been meaning to read Lisa Gardner for awhile. I’ll look up the dates and let you know for sure! We have Imbolo Mbue coming in February, but I might work/volunteer for it. I just got her book from the library, but I’m in a really picky reading mood right now and I don’t have high hopes that I’ll read it anytime soon. I’m still crossing my fingers Pierce Brown will come somewhere close this summer!

      • I would love to see Pierce Brown! I don’t think he has come anywhere close to us yet. I have read Gardner’s DD Warren series and I liked it. Well actually I listened to it and that can make a difference. I discovered Burke when she paired up with Mary Higgins Clark. She will be here in April. I need to read more of her books. I need to read more Linwood Barclay. So many books so little time lol. I haven’t heard of Imbolo Mbue. Let me know what you think of the book and if you want to go if you don’t work/volunteer for it. I can text you the specific dates the 3 authors are coming.

      • I think he was in Kentucky (in an area pretty close to Cincinnati) with his third book, but it was winter and snowy so I didn’t even attempt it. I have so many books from the library that all came in at once and I know I’m not going to get to half of them. Bookworm problems!

        I just looked up the dates for those authors and none of them cost anything, so I’m good with registering for all of them and then seeing how the weather goes. One is at Parma, which is easy to get to. The others are at Middleburg Heights and South Euclid. Are those ones we’ve been to before? Can we carpool to either of those last two?

      • Hopefully Pierce Brown will come a little closer sometime. Cincinnati is too far to drive home after a signing unless it is early. Although for him I might spring for a hotel room. He is worth the money lol. We have been to all the libraries before. I had to look them up to be sure. We met in Parma but did carpool to the others which works for me. I was trying to remember who we saw where. I think we saw Leigh in South Euclid, Marissa in Parma and Karin in Middleburg Heights. I registered for all 3. February could be iffy but hopefully April will be fine.

      • Ok, I registered for all three, as well. I did just realize that the April ones are the week before and then right after my niece’s birthday and I might be in Canada for one of those dates, but I’ll let you know when we get closer.

  4. How do you end up with a one-star review? I’m just curious, because if something is that awful, I always DNF it. And since you’re not morally opposed to not finishing a book (it took me until I was 30 to allow myself that) why did you stick with it????

    • I think for this particular book, I’d read three other books by the author that were all 4 stars for me, so I had faith it would get better…and it never did. Also, sometimes I get far enough into a book that I want to see it through and I think I’m going to give it a higher rating, but when I go to write my review I realize that I don’t really have anything kind things to say about it, so I lower the rating.

  5. Definitely sounds like a good reading year. Sorry to hear about your aunt. Congrats on the promotion and new job. It is nice to hear that your mom has found a new place too.

    I am glad to see that we have 3 books in common on our list of favourites. I have 3 Backman titles because I also read A Man Called Ove in 2018.

    Have a brilliant year, Stephanie x

    • Thank you! I have not read A Man Called Ove yet, but I want to. I started it once, but wasn’t in the right mood for it, so I didn’t try and force it, but I know I’ll pick it up again because his writing is amazing. Happy 2019!

  6. You’ve had a pretty busy and eventful year. I hope the new job is still going well. You killed on your reading!! I’m glad you found so many good books in 2018. I’m hoping for the same in 2019!

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