Happy New Year!! 2018 was such a busy year for me. I originally wanted to do the end of the year survey tag but then I didn’t read many books last year and didn’t want to sound like a broken record cause most of the questions would have had the same answers. So I decided to do my own version of it, partly inspired by Cait @ Paperfury’s post where I just talk about the year in general and answer some of the questions.
I read 36 books in 2018 and I achieved my Goodreads reading challenge. I originally set it at 50 but after a while, it was giving me anxiety so I reduced it to 35. Shortest book I read was Dream of the Butterfly Vol 1 by Richard Marazano at 112 pages and the longest book read was Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff at 602 pages.
It’s not at all surprising that I read more fantasy in 2018 because so many good diverse fantasy novels came out and I just couldn’t stop myself. I also read a lot of Contemporary novels and so little historical fiction. Pls, recommend me some good historical fiction so I can resolve this.
LENGTH OF BOOKS READ
Most of the books I read were 200+ pages and this just shows I didn’t have so much time to read last year due to Industrial Training. I also read a lot of comics and graphic novels too. What was your favourite graphic novel of 2018?
SOURCE OF MY BOOKS
So most of the books I read were gotten from Netgalley and giveaways. I 100% agree with Cait that you don’t need a huge book buying budget to be a book blogger. Also, I put Eldeweiss together with Netgalley cause your girl has never been approved for an arc there 😭😭
TOP 5 BOOKS OF 2018
- Rosewater by Tade Thompson: Science fiction set in near future Nigeria with psychics, aliens and a plot that reveals itself slowly until you reach the end and then your mind is blown. Definitely rereading this book this year, in preparation for the sequel which comes out this year. Yay
- Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi: I think this book rekindled my love for Contemporary. When I was done reading it my heart was all fluffy and warm.
- The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang : Chinese Gods, War, Drugs and a desperate fight for survival and revenge. This book has it all. Lots of violence and war crimes so be sure to get info about the triggers before reading this but if you can handle that then I highly recommend this book.
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I can’t believe I waited so long to read this. I’m a little late to the party but better late than never. I loved this space sci-fi novel with a murderous AI and one of my favourite female characters Kady.
- We won’t fade into the darkness by T. J. Benson: I wasn’t expecting much but my mind was blown away after reading this. A collection of stories, most of which are centred around a post-apocalyptic Nigeria.
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BLOGGING & LIFE IN GENERAL
- I celebrated my blogs one year anniversary in August. I wasn’t as active as I wanted to be last year cause there were just so many other issues I had to take care of but I’m hoping to be more active this year
- I created a bookstagram account. Taking bookish pics and thinking of nice captions is no easy feat but I’m glad to be a part of the bookstagram community. Here is one of my fave pics I took.
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So let it be known that I will forever stan diverse books especially books written by blacks . Do you see any books you've read or want to read in this #bookstack which is being guarded by Simba from all those people that will borrow book and not return them. Mtcheew… 😑😑 🌟 QOTD: what diverse book would you spend sleepless nights to get? For me it would be the Black God's Drums by P. Djèlí Clark @tordotcompub .I mean steampunk fantasy with female MC, African gods, sky pirates and a secret weapon that could change everything, count me in. #stacksaturday #booksandfunkos #bookstagramtogether #unitedbookstagram #diversereads #diversebooks #stackofbooks #bibliophile #kimmerbooks
- I created a profile on Fiverr where I offer beta reading services. It was kind of scary cause I was putting myself out there and coming out of my comfort zone but I was inspired by Fanna, another great book blogger and beta reader. So if you have a story and you need a beta reader, hit me up 😘
- My most popular post was Celebrating Female Nigerian Authors, a post I wrote to celebrate International Women’s Day. I loved writing it and I’m glad you all loved it as well.
- Another post I really enjoyed making was 6 best books of 2018 recommended by bloggers/bookstagrammers cause it was so much fun to see the different books they loved and I wish this post could get some more love.
- One of my favourite blogs that launched in 2018 is The Quiet Pond which is run by CW, its a book blog with a narrative and the cutest animal drawings. Just check it out and say hello to Xiaolong for me. I also really loved Evelina new bookstagram @avalinahbookbites because it’s nice to see a bookstagram with no theme or arranged captions, just pure unfiltered book love.
2018 was a whirlwind year with so many changes and I’m hoping 2019 goes easy on me. But here are some of my plans and goals for my personal life, blogging and reading life in 2019. Putting this out here so I can be held accountable.
- Go self-hosted: I’ve been thinking of doing this for so long and I’m finally ready so hopefully by next week I should have bought a domain and web hosting and migrated my site. Thanks for all your support last year and I hope you keep supporting me this year.
- Learn Coding: I purchased a coding course at a discount in December and I’m just starting it cause well I procrastinate a lot (help me) but hopefully four months from now I’ll be done with the course.
- Focus more on Bookstagram: So I was posting erratically on Instagram for the latter half of last year but surprisingly I was gaining more followers. This year I’m going to be more faithful in posting and hopefully stick to a schedule.
- Read 50 books: let’s hope this year I actually stick to this and not change it later😂. My focus will be on African books this year
- Attend Ake festival: Its one of the few bookish events we have here and I was so sad to have missed it last year cause so many Nigerian book bloggers and bookstagrammers were there. So I’m definitely going this year.
- Put myself out there: This year I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and force myself to do stuff that’s new and scary to me.
Chat time! How was 2018? What book are you excited to read this year? For me its Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. Are you planning to learn any new skills this year? Which reading challenges are you taking part in this year?