Well, this has been a year. Due to the emotional roller-coaster of my personal life (now thankfully settled down), I did not get as much reading done as usual. But when I was able to muster up the time and energy to open them books were always there for me, with their messages of wisdom, meaning, and hope, widening my perspective, helping me learn and grow. I’m so grateful for them and for all of you in the book blogging community, who reminded me of a greater world connected to the things I care most about.
Here are the books that stood out for me this year. Below, I answered some questions from the year-end survey hosted at The Perpetual Page Turner. (I omitted many of them — the full list is a quite extensive!) Please feel free to join in and link up with TPPT here, or share some of your own responses in the comments.
Also linked in Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl
Other books read in 2018 –
Historical Fiction: The Blood of the Martyrs
Multiple Time Periods: The Maze at Windermere
Books everyone should read: I Don’t Want to Talk About It
Science and Nature: Animals in Translation
Reread: The Earthsea books
Fantasy (among other genres): Jane, Unlimited
Fiction in Translation: Les Miserables
Children’s: It’s Like This, Cat, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Activism: The Art of Waging Peace
Spirituality: The Kingdom Within
Book Design: Uncle Silas
Classics: Invisible Man
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Left Hand of Darkness – I was surprised at the lack of feminine experience in this “feminist” novel (shows how different things were back in 1969)
Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Circe – at least a lot of people have said they want to read it!
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Uncle Silas – it got silly at the end but still kept me compulsively reading.
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
Shortest – Octavio’s Journey, 95 pages
Longest – Les Miserables, 1330 pages
Book That Shocked You The Most
Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
The Art of Waging Peace – based on a Facebook comment
Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Nero’s Rome in The Blood of the Martyrs
Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?
Seeing an event I created (Witch Week) get taken up by two other wonderful bloggers
Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Do you re-read? (56 comments)
Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?
Born a Crime
Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?