Goodbye 2018: The End of Year Book Survey, ft. Favorite Books, Disappointing Reads, and Stats and Graphs!!

[screams] I LOVE WRITING THESE POSTS SO MUCH!!!

Every time it’s the end of the year I get so excited because I know I’m going to be able to write these super fun, amazing book wrap-ups. I mean, formatting all the book covers is a pain, but talking about my year??? In books???? So good.

Today I’m linking up with the amazing End of Year Book Survey by The Perpetual Page Turner and answering a bunch of questions about my 2018 in books! (Not doing all the questions, though, because this post is already SUPER long.) I’ll also be talking about some reading stats that I kept track of by myself, with the help of some graphs!!

(Shh I know it’s not the end of the year anymore but it still counts!!!)

UPDATE: This post ended up taking about 5 hours to make and I am exhausted please show this post and ME some love I feel dead.

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QUICK STATS

Number of books read: 100 (technically 99 since I read one book twice)

Number of rereads: 10 (1/10 of my reads were rereads wow!!)

Average rating: 3.83 stars (thank you to Google spreadsheets for doing the math for me)

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FAVORITE BOOKS

Girl Made of Stars  Radio Silence  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo  Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)

  • Girl Made of Stars is, unsurprisingly, my #1 favorite book of the year. You’ve all heard me scream about this book but I think it’s just gorgeous and stunning and an absolute must-read (beware of triggers though).
  • Radio Silence, as the book I feel was written for me and yet also about me, makes my top 2, and it truly deserves its spot. It’s just… so well-written and meaningful to me, and the characters are literally my favorites.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a truly phenomenal book and I don’t know how it wouldn’t be one of my favorites of the year. Evelyn is an amazing character and the messages in this book are so powerful.
  • Girls of Paper and Fire is not only a highly meaningful book to me as a queer Asian, but it’s also just written beautifully and has such important themes and messages. (We’re ignoring that the ending happened.)

The King's Men (All for the Game, #3)  Anger Is a Gift  Autoboyography  On a Sunbeam

  • The King’s Men can basically represent the whole All for the Game trilogy, which I am so horrifyingly obsessed over. It’s really… not the highest quality, but there’s something so ADDICTING (and emotion-destroying) about it.
  • Anger is a Gift is the book I cried the most over in 2018, so obviously it’s amazing. This was such a beautifully written book and also so important and I wish I could shove it into everyone’s hands.
  • Autoboyography would honestly not be on this list if I had not read it at the perfect time. It’s not flawless, but it was so cute and made me genuinely happy in a time I needed it and for that I’m grateful.
  • On a Sunbeam is a graphic novel/webcomic that is one of the most gorgeous graphic novels I’ve read, both art-wise and story-wise. The characters are amazing and I wanted to reread it as soon as I finished!

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LEAST FAVORITE BOOKS

Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)  The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)  Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga #2)  Furyborn (Empirium, #1)

  • Grim Lovelies was just a really yikes book. I don’t even want to talk about it.
  • The City of Brass was supposed to be a new favorite book of mine and instead I literally 1-starred it.
  • Now I Rise (and And I Darken I suppose) was genuinely so boring that I DNFed it.
  • Furyborn was a big disappointment and also did not feel like bi rep to me as a bi person.
  • The Odyssey… is it supposed to be interesting?

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DISAPPOINTING BOOKS

Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)  The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)  Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga #2)  Furyborn (Empirium, #1)

Odd One Out  A Monster Calls  I Believe in a Thing Called Love  The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Most of these disappointing books were my least favorite books so I’ve already explained my thoughts on them but:

  • Odd One Out was a book I expected to 5-star, only to find some mildly biphobic and transphobic comments that made me uncomfortable and characters I didn’t like at all.
  • A Monster Calls was supposedly heartwrenching but I felt pretty much nothing, which was especially disappointing since I have a personal connection to the story.
  • I Believe In a Thing Called Love was a book I thought I would love, and it was just all over the place and dramatic and cheesy but in a BAD way.
  • The Cruel Prince was supposed to be either 5 stars or 1 star and it was 3 stars. Not saying it was horrible (because it wasn’t) but I expected a bit… more?

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BOOKS I PUSHED PEOPLE TO READ

Girl Made of Stars  Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)  Darius the Great Is Not Okay

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FAVORITE BOOK COVERS

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)  Blanca & Roja  The Wicker King  Girl Made of Stars

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MOST SHOCKING BOOKS

Beneath the Citadel  The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)  Anger Is a Gift

The above three books all shocked me because of what happened to certain characters.

Empress of All Seasons  Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)  The Fever King (Feverwake, #1)  The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

The above four books all shocked me because of how it ended. (I feel VERY strongly about how Girls of Paper and Fire and The Fever King ended.)

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FAVORITE OTPS

(Am I obsessed with queer ships? No.)

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FAVORITE NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS

(Am I obsessed with friendship squads and found families? No.)

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BEST RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us, #1)  The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1)  The Song of Achilles

  • The Abyss Surrounds Us [rec’d by Elise!]: This was a lot different than I was expecting but I also loved it so much more than I thought I would!!
  • The Foxhole Court [rec’d by my irl friend, backed by many people]: I hate her for recommending it to me and everyone else in this community for not stopping me
  • The Song of Achilles [rec’d by the same irl friend, backed by many people]: You all SUCK for making me think I could make it through without crying.

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BEST DEBUTS

I pretty much enjoyed two 2018 debuts??? Yikes. (2019 has so many amazing debut authors though!!)

Anger Is a Gift

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Anger is a Gift is genuinely amazing and I don’t know WHY you guys AREN’T READING IT it’s just so beautifully written and important aaaahhh.

Darius the Great is Not Okay is phenomenally written and I am so excited to see what Adib Khorram writes next because I know it’ll be amazing!

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BOOKS I CRIED OVER

I made a whole post on this so I won’t go into much detail, but here are the 8 books I cried over this year!!

Girl Made of Stars  Summer Bird Blue  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo  They Both Die at the End

The Song of Achilles  Darius the Great Is Not Okay  Anger Is a Gift  The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)

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HIDDEN GEMS

There are a lot of underhyped books that I read this year, including ones I’ve already mentioned, so I’m going to include some books that I haven’t talked about much already but were absolutely amazing and deserve more love!

Blanca & Roja  The Wicker King  Beneath the Citadel  Dear Martin

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#1 PRIORITY BOOKS FOR 2019

Summer of Salt  Sadie  For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire, #1)  Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1)

Mirage (Mirage, #1)  Shadow of The Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1)  Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)  Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse, #3)

The first two books are books I got in December that I’m really excited to read! (I’ve actually already read Summer of Salt and it was amazing!) The second two books are books I own but haven’t read yet. Mirage and Shadow of the Fox are my two eARCs that I didn’t read in 2018 and NEED to, and the last two are sequels that I need to read (don’t really want to read R&R, but I will for King of Scars!).

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NEW FAVORITE BOOK BLOGS

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FAVORITE POSTS I WROTE

Okay I am way too lazy to look at all the posts I wrote but I know that I love all the below posts and am proud of them!!

sjm stans  privilege ya  bday

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MOST POPULAR POSTS

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This is my most popular post by far, not just of 2018 but of all my blogging years, and seeing how many views it got literally put me in shock?? I legitimately teared up, no joke. I knew it was a popular post but 930 views* popular???? STILL IN SHOCK. Anyways, I’m so glad this is my post popular post because I know it’s helped a lot of people with their WordPress formatting!!

sjm stans  apah books  spreadsheets track  1 yr blogiversary

*It’s now at 967 and I’m even more in shock.

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FAVORITE BOOKISH PHOTO

(Also known as the photo that made SJM stans come after me. But LOOK AT ALL THE ASIAN BOOK GLORY!!)

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STATS AND GRAPHS

Possibly my most favorite part of book wrap-ups?? (I’m a nerd I know.)

For the sake of making it easier on my life, I’m going to use the number 100 to represent how many books I read, though I read Girl Made of Stars twice this year.

First up, ratings! Like I’ve talked about before, I definitely rated books a lot higher this year. (Though, let me be clear, I rated all 10 of my rereads 5 stars so that would bring the percentage down to 11%!) Honestly,4 stars is just my default “I enjoyed it” rating, and I enjoyed most of the books I read this year!!

 

I’m very happy that I read more fantasy than contemporary—by 3 books—since I didn’t last year! (There were a lot of genre overlaps, though, like contemporary sci-fi and historical fantasy.) And of course, I read a LOT of YA this year, and most of the MG I read was rereading PJO. (N/A is for non-fiction/poetry, while NA is New Adult.)

 

I think the formats graph is really interesting. I don’t count “online” as an ebook (“online” is for things like webcomics), but I reallythought I’d read a lot less ebooks, but it’s 50 (physical) : 40 (digital) as the ratio, which is surprising!

And of course, my library saves the day. (And also a lot of free stuff! Not pirated, don’t worry, more like webcomics and short stories you can find online.) I am not privileged enough to be able to afford to buy many books for myself, but I am so privileged that I’m able to get books from my library, publishers, and other people, andI feel so thankful!

   

And here is probably my favorite graph! I am so so proud that I read literally93/100 diverse books this year. (Some books like non-fiction and some poetry can’t really be “diverse”, but I included it as diverse if the author was marginalized!) Last year, I read 55/100 diverse books, so this is definitely an improvement!

As for diversity type,a lot of the diversity types overlapped, aka a book had more than one kind of diversity (which is great!). And “other” includes religion, abuse, and fat rep! I really want to find more books that have mental illness and disability rep for 2019, though.


shall we chat

if you made it through this long post, CONGRATS!! do you like reading stats / end-of-year book wrap-ups? how many 5-star books did you have in 2018? did you read a lot of diverse books?? and what are your favorite and least favorite books of 2018??

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40 thoughts on “Goodbye 2018: The End of Year Book Survey, ft. Favorite Books, Disappointing Reads, and Stats and Graphs!!

  1. QUITE THE YEAR! I’m showing ALL THE LOVE cos even without knowing how long this post took you, you can just tell how much effort it takes to make these posts!! Plus it is always fantastic hearing about everyone’s year in literature and whatnot. You really accomplished a lot!!

    I am sorry you didn’t like Now I Rise, though, especially!! (I liked And I Darken but I haven’t made it to Now I Rise yet.) And also any of the books you didn’t get into. It’s no fun having iffy experiences with books! But yesssssssss, I am right there with you loving on The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It’s pure brilliance.

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    1. Aw, Jessica, thank you so much! Your words mean a lot to me ❤ The post definitely took a long time to make but it was so worth it!! And I'm also super sad I didn't love the Conqueror's Saga — so many of my friends love it and I really wish I wasn't an outlier 😅 (But I do hope you enjoy Now I Rise if you get to it!) And the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is absolutely amazing! I don't get how someone can write that brilliantly

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  2. ugh how are you so organized??? your bookstagram pics and your pie charts and graphs, what a fancy rat. literally every book on your favs is causing me grief bc i havent read the majority of them and now i HAVE to so thanks a lot for that
    ALED AND FRANCES AND EVELYN AND HARRY OH MY SWEET CHILDREN, they all caused me so much pain, how dare this happen??
    REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BR MIRAGE HAHAHAHAH im going to scream when you read clockwork prince fjdklajfa YOU BETTER LOVE IT

    okay thats it, i hope your 2019 is amazing and beautiful and ily 💖💖

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    1. SHUT UP MAY I HATE YOU 💕💕💕💕💕 and listen I haven’t read all your favorite books either so…..we’re even (I SWEAR I will read Emma Mills this year though)

      WAIT FSLFSJL OH MY GOD I forgot we planned a BR for Mirage that was a disaster I’m literally the worst I can’t believe this and jfsdlfj if I weren’t SLUMPING I would read Clockwork Prince but no!!!

      hhhhh I guess I love you too

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  3. um, wow. i can definitely see why this took you 5 hours but excuse me, a). it’s worth it and also b). thanks for making the rest of us feel like we’re not organised enough bc damn girl, those graphs and stats? 👌👌

    the fact that so many people (at least in the blogging community) read TFC this year and became the most insufferable addicts™ is the reason i got to bed in tears, thinking about andrew and neil and rereading half of ‘the king’s men’ in half a night (oops?) for the thirtieth time bc what else is left to do amirite *(I’m fine)*.

    omg aled and francis were such a breath of fresh air. here is an example of the perfect platonic friendship and i want to sit down and talk about aled and francis’ wardrobe and amazing fashion sense and also cry over how anxious the book made me feel towards the end until i wanted to sign a petition to wrap aled in bubble wrap.

    everyone has already read or is reading ‘the fever king’ and i feel deprived and dehydrated until 2019 but oh well, good things take time.

    wow soz for the rant, hope you have a kick-ass 2019 !

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    1. Nimika, you are so so sweet, thank you so so much!! And omg fhslkfhsdh I mean it wasn’t my intention to make you all feel bad but I do like to show off how well I track my reading 😎😎

      And oh god I’m so happy and also so mad that I read TFC this year because there is no way I can get out of its grip now!! Getting other people to read it has been the best part though (if I’m going down they all go down with me!!) And yes I love Frances and Aled so much! Platonic relationships are so underrated for some reason but they are. so good?? (I agree Aled is so precious I love him so much!!)

      I hope you get to read The Fever King soon or at least when it comes out! It is DEFINITELY worth the wait, though, I can tell you. And no don’t apologize for the long comment, I love it! ❤ Have an amazing 2019 too, lovely!! ❤

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  4. I absolutely loved reading this post, May! You mentioned SO many incredible books – I’ve read 4/8 of your favorite books (GMOS, Radio Silence, Evelyn Hugo, and Autoboyography) and I love all of them so much. 😍 (And all the other books are on my TBR!) And it’s amazing that you read 93/100 diverse books this year!! Congrats ☺️ I read more diversely in 2018 than I have in previous years, and I definitely want to continue this in 2019.

    Also oh my gosh, thank you so much for the shoutout!! I’m honestly very, very honored that I’m one of your new favorite bloggers. I love all of the other bloggers you listed, too. Ahhh totally made my day 😭💞 Thank you again, May!! I hope 2019 will be a wonderful year for you; you deserve it 💕

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    1. Aahh Dezzy, I’m so glad you loved reading my post!! And yesss reading 4/8 of my favorite books is great!! I’m so glad you loved them as well ❤ And thank you so much!! I'm really surprised but also super happy by the amount of diverse books I read — I hope you (and I) can keep reading diversely in 2019!

      And of course, Dezzy!! Your blog posts are always so much fun to read and you as a blogger and friend are so great to talk to! Hope you have the best 2019 ❤

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  5. WOW this post was so fun to read! So many of the books you loved I have on my immediate TBR! Also thank you so much for including me in your favorite new blogs list! I’m truly honored for your friendship and I’m so happy we got to become friends in 2018! I’m wishing you nothing but the best this year and I’m excited for any future buddy reads too! ❤️❤️ (Oh and we will always have Grim Lovelies to booo over! Hahahaha)

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  6. Congrats on reading 100 books! (wow, what a beautiful number 100 is)

    I just added The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo to my TBR and I got Girls of Paper and Fire for Christmas, so I’m glad to see them both on your favorites list! ❤

    And oooh, I remember reading your WordPress tips & tricks post and finding it SUPER HELPFUL! I should probably save the link so I can refer to it in the future (cuz let's be real: I'm not a tech savvy person).

    I hope 2019 will also be another great reading year for you! 🙂

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  7. LOOK AT THOSE AESTHETIC CHARTS ❤ THE BEAUTY!! MY EYES ARE IN LOVE 😍Also *blushes* I'm so honored to be one of your favorite new book blogs!! You're too kind but also mwhahahha my ego. And afjlksfjaklsjf there are so many wonderful books that I still need to read, and your lists are another reminder for me to get to them asap.

    Also, I remember reading your SJM post and I'm so sorry for all that you had to deal with 😦 I was a huge SJM fan earlier this year because I loved the books, but after learning about the problematic things she's done, it was difficult to continue supporting her. Your post honestly helped me realize that sometimes you can't support a person and their content if they're problematic because, at heart, they're connected. And I really appreciated how much you stood up for the Asian community as a whole (IF THAT AT ALL MADE SENSE IDK BUT IM TRYING TO CONVEY THAT YOUR POST WAS REALLY GR8 AND IMPORTANT)

    BUT IN OTHER NEWS…I can't believe I only read 1 of your 8 favorite books?? *goes to hide in shame* 2019 will be a better year. I've also been hearing such great things about The Fever King from you and Lily, so I'm making it a mission to read it sometime soon!! ANYWAY MUCH LOVE. STUDY HARD. HERE SOME MANGOES ❤

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  8. I’m so glad you had such a great reading year! It is always fun to look back at what you’ve read over the year and to see other people’s end of year posts. I’m currently reading Radio Silence and it is AMAZING!! I also put On A Sunbeam on my to read list, as it sounds really good! I have always wanted to get into webcomics, do you have any other suggestions or places you find them?

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  9. you had quite a reading year! i feel like my average rating decreased each year, 3.83 sounds like a dream to me xD i’ve been hearing amazing things about darius the great, girls of paper and fire, and of course radio silence, i really want to get to them in 2019!

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  10. RADIO SILENCE. I love this one so, so much and I’m so happy it is one of your favorites! I haven’t read the other ones in your favorites, but tey’re all on my TBR except for Girl Made Of Stars, because I probably can’t handle the trigger warnings for that. I also so need to read Autoboyography, it sounds incredible!
    I agree that Odd One Out was a bit of a disappointment, I expected a bit more from it :/
    I NEED to read Darius The Great, and Summer of Salt and For A Muse of Fire are on my TBR just as well, I can’t wait to read them all!
    This is such a great post, I loved reading it so much! ❤

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  11. I’m glad you had such a great reading year!! And also you just read so many books I love! I’m OBSESSED with Radio Silence and Evelyn Hugo and All For The Game!!! And also Song of Achilles shattered my heart into TWELVE MILLION PIECES.

    And I read Girl Made of Stars after seeing you screaming about it and just WOW. I was so blown away. It was SUCH a powerful book! And also I just finished Girls of Paper and Fire a few hours ago and I’m still processing it but it was sooooo good and I loved it so much!

    Also just like all the ships you mentioned? Are so amazing? I’ve read all of them except The Fever King, and I’m very very obsessed with these ships!!! (Just queer ships in general if we’re being honest. And why do I not believe you when you say you aren’t obsessed with queer ships? 😂)

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  12. I love this post. All the graphs in general make me so happy. Anger is a Gift is so good and just ugh I want more people to read it and cry because I hurt. Also Furyborn ughhhh. I don’t even think I realized that either of the main characters were supposed to be bi. It also took me like three weeks to read because it was just such a slog. You have so many good books in this post, and I hope you read many more this year.

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  13. ahhhh yesss I love stat posts and I aPPRECIATE the immense pain it is to put all the covers nicely lined up etc etc…so you did amazing *sends cake* also omg so much love for The Wicker King, it is the best and I read it twice and still cry thinking about it. Also those freaking Foxes?!? I LOVE THEM and it feels like a trashy series but also puts so much time and love and complexities into creating the cast I just…??? yes please give me more. (I seriously hope the author writes something else someday because MOAR.) I also used my library a lot *flails* Even though i was actually stealing my sister’s library for most of it, but eh. We do what we must. And so so glad you liked Auotoboyography (another fave for me too) and Anger Is A Gift (omg that one wrecked me) and Radio Silence (WHOLESOME PERFECTION).

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  14. Wowsers! What a blog post! Graphs *and* prettiness?? That’s two of my favourite things! I’m going to have to read your post about the SJM stan that attacked you now because… wowsers. In a different way completely. I’m not a SJM fan at all because I feel that her books are just… awful, if I’m honest. I like some of her characters though and am fascinated by a few of them because I want to steal them away into stories that have more potential with writing that doesn’t make my eyes bleed and into character arcs that will develop them. Am I being too harsh here?!

    I had the opposite reaction to you with A Monster Calls where I did some epic crying (even though I knew I was being emotionally manipulated)! It’s not for everyone though and I get that completely. Have you read any more Patrick Ness?

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  15. You seem to have had a great reading year May, you certainly got through some amazing books. The King’s Men (and actually all of the All for the Game trilogy) is on my favourites list for last year, and you definitely got me to read Darius the Great is Not Okay and that’s another one that made it onto my favourites list. I’m sorry to see you didn’t enjoy The City of Brass or Now I Rise, I really loved those two, but I guess there are plenty of other amazing books out there we both have in common. 🙂
    I hope you manage to get around to all your priority books in 2019, I read Sadie last month and it was incredible. I really hope you enjoy it.
    Great post, and happy new year! 😀 ❤

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  16. This is actually the most pleasing content wise AND visual wise book survey I’ve read yet. Also, seeing so many books we read together (both love and hated)… I’m soft and weak! 2018 was such an amazing year just because it brought me your friendship, May. I am so thankful for you. And I know I’ve been MIA because things have been wild these last two weeks, but you honestly bring so much joy into my life. You, Ju, Em, Elise? All such blessings, and I feel like the luckiest person alive to call you all my friends and get to gush about books with you! And I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us! Happy reading, love! And amazing post! 💗xx

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  17. Can I just say…this post is a MASTERPIECE, oh my goodness, I enjoyed reading it so much! All the graphs were so beautiful and just…I loved it.😭💓

    I really, really want to read Girls of Paper and Fire. I saw it at Barnes & Noble the other day, and it was so beautiful, but it was hardcover and I either need to get it in paperback or from the library, it was so hard to walk away. *cries* The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Anger is a Gift, and Autoboyography are all high on my TBR too!

    Also, your post on WordPress formatting saved me?? I STILL go looking for it sometimes when I’m writing a post and think of a tip from it that I want to double check.

    Again, great post, May, I loved reading it!

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  18. I have to make it a priority to get my hands on a copy of Girl Made of Stars. I also have to get to Sadie in 2019, but I want to wait for the audiobook. Maybe I’ll do both mediums of reading. Those graphs are popping!

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  19. omg may I finally had a moment to read this post AND GIRL YOU READ SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS LAST YEAR I AM SO PROUD

    this post is so nicely put together and the colors are so aesthetically pleasing and I love it and can 100% see the effort you put into it!!! and omg it is so sweet I’ve loved meeting YOU last year thank youuuuu <33333333

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