2018 Wrap-Up: Statistics & Top 13 Books

It took a long time (most people posted them in December and here’s me in February…), but the wrap-up is finally here. All in all, 2018 was an excellent year for reading. I surpassed my last year’s number of books read by 4, found a new all-times favourite, began reviewing every book I read, and, of course, started writing a blog on June 17th, which is something I’ve been planning since 2016.

  • New books read: 64, which is 4 more than in 2017
  • Books reviewed: 39, give or take a few
  • DNFs: 10
  • Out of books read, 39 books (61%) were written by female authors, 23 (36%) by male authors, one (1.5%) by a non-binary author, and one (1.5%) by a mixed-gender team
  • The longest was The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, with 430 378 words and the shortest was The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman T. Malik with 22 366 words. Both according to the Calibre counter.
  • 23 books (36%) were not part of a series
  • 16 (25%) books were self-published

Top 13 Books Read in 2018

I didn’t want to limit myself to any commonly used arbitrary number, so here’s not 5, not 10, but 13 books I loved the most out of all 64 books I finished last year. Titles link to my reviews.

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett


The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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City of Lies by Sam Hawke


The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

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Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

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The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles

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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

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The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

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Review to come later in February.

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

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City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer

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The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

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A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

…and, of course (did you really think I’d omit it?):

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

Finished Jan 1st 2018 and not only it killed my will to read for a month, but in the whole of 2018 nothing came quite close (and I doubt in 2019 will either, though I’d sure like if it would). It was just that good. Highly recommended to anyone looking for school settings, literary fantasy, trippiness, masterful use of multi-POV, books with more layers than an onion, and disability representation.

21 thoughts on “2018 Wrap-Up: Statistics & Top 13 Books”

    1. Yup πŸ˜› It’s a bit confusing but really really good.

      And for me, it’s always fun/interesting getting new people into it because pretty much everyone I talked to about it had a slightly different reaction.


    1. Awesome! I plan to read Words of Radiance sometime later this year, reading challenge allowing. Then probably a big break before Edgedancer and Oathbringer. I do like those books, but man are epics draining.

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        1. Took me a mortal age as well. Lots of information + slow pace and…yeah. I wasn’t struggling at any point unlike some, it just wasn’t fast going. I might have to read a couple novellas or something mid-WoR if I want to keep the blog alive…

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  1. yay for awesome reading years! (and as for wrap-ups … better late than never 😜) I love seeing everyone’s stats for the year, and it looks like yours were much more diverse than mine haha. the only book on your list that I’ve read is Lady’s Guide – which I LOVED – and I’ll have to check out some of the others!

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    1. Wrap-ups and toplists are always so fun to look at, agreed. And yeah, it’s a funny thing – my reading list used to be a complete sausagefest until I did a 50-book Bingo challenge in 2017/2018 where I aimed to have over 50% women and ended up with 75%. After that, I don’t even have to try anymore, it just sort of swung in the other direction on its own.

      Lady’s Guide is amazing too.

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      1. that’s definitely interesting! my stats also skew very female (I think also around 75%, at least according to BookSirens 😜) so this year I’m looking more at own voices authors: cultural, LGBTQ, etc. it’s definitely great to add diversity to your reading experience like you have!

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        1. Yeah, this is a very good idea, too! I’m unlikely to spice up my yearly Bingo challenge with additional criteria when it resets in April, since I’ll dial back down to one card to focus on sequels and other stuff I neglected because I was chained to a 50-book challenge, but I recently got the suggestion to focus and review more forgotten, older writers, especially women, to hopefully help out a bit – I really like the idea.

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  2. What a great reading year, and I loved reading your statistics — especially that you read a good number of self-pubbed/indie books! I have ARCs for Foundryside (I had to set it aside monthhhssss ago and never got around to picking it back up) and The Bird King, it excites me that they topped your list & I’m excited to read them.

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    1. I had one of the two Bingo cards in a challenge I’m doing focused on indie and underrated books and it definitely shows. Though the results have been…mixed.

      Hope you enjoy them too! I honestly need to reread The Bird King to review πŸ˜…


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