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reading year in review '18 || words with rhapsody

One of my favourite booktubers, Ariel Bisset, every year does a reading year in review. I thought I’d give it a spin since it’s fun and cool and nice and dandy.

To start off, as Ariel does, here are my bookish highlights of the year!

  • Interviewing Amie Kaufman at the Melbourne Writers Festival has to be one of the coolest most amazing things I’ve EVER done. It was so inspiring and I hope hope HOPE that they invite me back to chair a panel/discussion again another time.
  • I wrote a book! Yup, a full 70,000 words. I’m still editing it and it’s been a long time coming, but it will be nicely wrapped up to send to an agent/publishing company or something soooooooon (fingers crossed)
  • The Inky Awards! It was so exciting to meet all of the judges. You’re all amazing intelligent people who are GOING PLACES heck yeah.
  • Inside a Dog and the Dog Advisory Board in general have been amazing as always, I don’t know where I would be without them but it certainly wouldn’t be here.

Now there’s a few little facts about the books I’ve read this year:

The shortest book I read was Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley. A beautiful sweet comic about a girl finding herself on a road trip, with a couple of supernatural escapades along the way.

The longest book I read would have to be Emma by Jane Austen, it was for school. It was alright. I don’t have much else to say about that actually.

The prettiest book I read was We Are Okay by Nina LaCour OR Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, for We Are Okay it’s the most beautiful cover and the hauntingly brilliant writing. For Heartstopper it would be the art and the story. Truly heartwarming and one of the best comics I have ever read.

My favourite author is by far Alice Oseman. Her most recent book I Was Born For This came out last year and is way up in my favourites. You might (probably) know that my favourite book Radio Silence is also by Alice Oseman. What can I say, she’s a brilliant and amazingly talented writer.

My favourite genre would have to be YA Contemporary. I figured that it’s my favourite genre to write about, so I’ve been reading a lot more of it and I’m enjoying it a lot.

Most disappointing read would be, sadly, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth. I went into this book thinking it would be an amazing lesbian coming of age story and a queer classic, but I came out of it slightly annoyed. NOTHING HAPPENS and a lot of the stuff just doesn’t make sense? I don’t know, it wasn’t for me.

AND NOW
DRUM ROLL PLEASE
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

In 6th place is We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. What a beautifully haunting book, it truly blew me away.

5th place goes to The Drivers Seat by Murial Spark. What a journey this book took me on. The ending had me dangling off a cliff over sharks after going on a nice simple Sunday drive. I did NOT expect that.

For 4th place would be Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia. Dark and grungy, I loved the aesthetic and post apocalyptic story.

in 3rd place is We Were Liars by E Lockheart. THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE. I have never read such a brilliant thriller/dark mystery novel this good before. The ending had me sobbing.

2nd place woohooo, this obviously goes to I Was Born For This by the one and only Alice Oseman. What can I say, she’s amazing. The representation? The story telling? The characters? Amazing. Wig snatched.

AND FINALLY

THE ONE AND ONLY

1ST PLACE  goes to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. Okay, technically I finished this book this year, but I read most of it in 2018 so I’m gonna let it slide. This book didn’t just change my life. It changed my whole viewpoint, on humanity, on technology, on extraterrestrial life. Jumping directly onto my all time favourites, now being my Third Favourite Book Of All Time Please Read It It’s Amazing Holy Moly I’m Blown Away.

That is it my fellow humans! What were you’re favourite books you read in 2018?

See you on the other side,

Rhapsody

7 comments

damnedmonkey

Whoo! Brilliant 1st place review that just surged to the top of my TBR. Awesome roundup, we've got something in common in that I loved meeting you and everyone else at the Inky Awards in person too! Have a happy 2019!

2w ago
rhapsody

Ah yes pls read AART by Hank Green! It's very doctor who as well so I'm guessing you'll definitely like it ;). It was sooooo cool meeting you!

2w ago
hermione

I love thiiisss i just put a bunch of those on my tbr *claps gleefully*

1w ago
rhapsody

ooo yay! tell me when you get round to reading them!

6d ago
hermione

In reply to rhapsody

i also love how you answered questions - i'd love to do that for this year!! also hella cool wallpaper thing xx

6d ago
ladybird

I’ve already got Hank Green’s book next on my tbr pile. He makes cool youtube videos as well you should have a look.

4d ago
rhapsody

Yeh that's how I knew about his book, it's so damn good and worth ALL the hype

4d ago