Year in Review // Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes – 2018

2018 sucked total ass and I’m glad it’s over.

But I can’t deny that it didn’t have some high points like this blog for one, and the fact that I finally got the changes I so desperately needed.

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Reading Status Format Rep

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Stats

☁️ This year I read 23,900 pages across 104 books!

☁️ I DNF’d 5 books.

☁️ The shortest book I read was 32 pages long and the longest was 563 pages long!

☁️ But I averaged out to about 215 pages because graphic novels are great and this year I didn’t have the attention span for long books apparently!

☁️ My average rating was 4 stars which is honestly not that surprising because I read so many fucking books that I loved!

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Diversity

☁️ 96 of the books I read were diverse in one way or another.

☁️ 63 had LGBT+ rep of some form.

☁️ 29 had f/f rep which really fucking great considering before this year I had only read two books with f/f rep and they were both from last year!

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☁️ 63 had POC rep of some kind!

☁️ 29 had Neurodiverse characters.

☁️ 5 had a disability of some kind.

☁️ 19 portrayed a character who had been abused in some way.

☁️ Only 2 books I read represented religion of some kind which makes me disappointed in myself.

☁️ 11 books had fat rep.

☁️ 19 were books I considered feminist.

I would have done graphs but I don’t know how to do that in Google Sheets and I can’t remember how to do it in excel.

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My Top Ten Nine

To see my reviews click on my star ratings!

dangerous girlsFar From You│Tess Sharpe│📚│★★★★★│Read May 14│🏳️‍🌈🧠│
Aka the book that was ME! The MC is bi, an addict and has chronic pain!!! That’s a whole three of my identities in one character. That never happens. 

Dangerous Girls│Abigail Haas│📚│★★★★★│Read May 20│
Aka the book that got me into YA thrillers, and also just thrillers in general. 

Dangerous Boys│Abigail Haas│📚│★★★★★│Read Jun 24│🧠│
Aka the book that wasn’t as good as it’s predecessor but turned out I was fucking wrong. 

girl made of starsThe Nowhere Girls│Amy Reed│📚│★★★★★│Read Jun 29│🏳️‍🌈🔆🧠🚺➕│
Aka a book that should be taught in every school and be considered a fucking feminist classic god damn it. 

Down Among the Sticks and Bones│Wayward Children #2│Seanan McGuire│📚│★★★★★│Read Jul 6│🏳️‍🌈│
Aka the aestheticy sapphic Frankenstein retelling of your dreams.

All Out│Saundra Mitchell + So Much More│📚│★★★★★│Read Jul 17│🏳️‍🌈🔆🧠│
Aka the anthology I’ve been waiting for. Aka the best anthology will you ever read. Aka the home of my fave Robin Hood retelling. 

Girl Made of Stars│Ashley Herring Blake│📚│★★★★★│Read Sep 24 │🏳️‍🌈🔆🧠🚺│
Aka the book that made me sob and cry and just hurt. So much hurt. 

the seven husbands of evelyn hugoBad Romance│Heather Demetrios│📚│★★★★★│Read Oct 8│🏳️‍🌈🔆🧠│
Aka the book that came at the perfect fucking time. Aka the book that helped heal me. Aka the book that had me crying from start to finish. Aka the book that literally everyone needs to read. Aka the book I wish I had as a teenager. 

Book of the Year

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo│Taylor Jenkins Reid│📚│★★★★★│Read Aug 7│ 🏳️‍🌈🔆🧠│
Aka the Slytherin Queen. Aka what do you mean she’s not fucking real???? Aka the character I would lay down my life for. 

I was going to do a bottom five list as well but I really didn’t read that many bad books and I felt like it would just end up being a list of the books I DNF’d.

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Highlights

Reviews

Book Review // Girl Made of Stars – I Am Broken

Book Review // The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – What Do You Mean She’s Not a Real Person???

Book Review // All Out – History Has Never Been as Straight As You Think

Book Review // The Nowhere Girls – Girls Are My Religion

Book Review // Dangerous Girls – A Powerful Commentary on Female Friendships

Book Review // Far From You – Girls Loving Girls is My Jam

Bookish Bits

Bookish Bits // Favourite Graphic Novels

Bookish Bits // Fave Reads!

Bookish Bits // Why I Read + WTF Is An Empath?

Bookish Bits // Annotating Books – I’m a Book Monster

Bookish Bits // Owned TBR – It’s Official. I am a Book Dragon

Grey Watches

Grey Watches // Love, Simon – Why Representation is God Damn Fucking Important

Grey Watches // I Went On A Marvel Cinematic Universe Adventure – And Got Lost

Grey Watches // Guys, I Watched So Many Films – How Many Movies Can One Gal Watch in A Month

Ancient Archive

Ancient Archive // Harriet Tubman – Modern-Day Moses!

Ancient Archive // Mulan – The Dark Story Behind the Disney Classic

Ancient Archive // Micaela Almonester – The Installment Where I Swear Loads

Ancient Archive // Hypatia of Alexandria – That Bitch of 300’s Era Egypt

Personal

Personal // Pride Month – How I Came to Terms with My Sexuality

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2018 Goals

☁️ Get a full-time job

I didn’t get a full-time job. Instead, I went to one group interview, had an anxiety attack the entire time and called my mum crying as soon as I got out.

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☁️ Goodreads Reading Goal of 50 100 books. ✅

I didn’t read as many books as last year but I for sure beat my goal!

☁️ Start a book blog ✅

I mean this one is obvious.

☁️ Review all of the books I read ✅

I’ve been pretty good at keeping up to date with all my reviews. I do fall behind a little but I always catch up!

☁️ Read more diverse books ✅

I read more diverse books in 2018 than I did in 2017 even though I read more books last year total.

☁️ Get through my physical TBR

AHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I hate myself.

☁️ Read more anthologies ✅

I read 4 this year! Last year I only read 1.

☁️ Don’t be afraid to DNF books ❓

I definitely DNF’d books but there are some I kind of wish I had DNF’d instead of wasting my time finishing them.

☁️ Continue blogging

I’m still here! I took many breaks but I’m still here!

I Did Stuff

2018 has been a heck of a year. I have been possibly at one of the lowest points in my mental health to date.

I started seeing a therapist and although it helped, I still was facing a lot of darkness.

If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t think I would get to 2019.

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I knew if things didn’t change in a big way and quickly I would lose all hope of them ever changing, or even being able to survive my situation.

But things did change and I did survive I have no fucking idea how.

Turns out I was just waiting for my parents to separate.

And once that happened???

Everything has gotten so much brighter.

I can finally see a future worth fighting for!

I’ve lost some pretty big people in my life, but I’ve gained myself.

No, I’m not crying, you are. 

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I am now eating better, sleeping better, exercising, putting myself first and I don’t remember the last time I was this close to happy or was this hopeful about my future.

Somehow, 2018 has been the darkest and yet brightest year of my life and I’m really looking forward to what 2019 has in store for meor should I say, what I have in store for 2019.

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2018 was a hell of a year for everyone! 

What did you do this year?
What did you read?
What posts did you write that you’re super proud of?

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