Top 5 Books of 2018

Here are my top five favorite books that I read in 2018 (regardless of when they were published). I know I’m a month or so late, but better late than never! Two of my top five are actually graphic novels, because I got into those last year quite a bit.

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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

Looking back over the year, this one just stands out as a nice, solid read. It was outside my normal pool of books, but was enjoyable. I think it also helps that I read the “Young Readers Edition” which made it a quick read, which, to be honest, I missed. This book is the story of the ballerina, Misty Copeland, and how she got into the art even though she started later than some other children usually do. The dance world is one I’m not familiar with on a personal level, so it was great to get the chance to look into it through this book.

Blameless by Gail Carriger

The more I read Gail Carriger, the more I love her books. I read the first three of the Parasol Protectorate series in 2018. Each book got more and more suspenseful, which is why the third book is the one that made it to the top five list. This story follow’s Alexia, preternatural, as she navigates through steampunk Victorian England. There are werewolves, vampires, ghosts, normal humans, mechanical ladybugs, and so much more! Read it!

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

This book was quite refreshing. Of the comic books/comic book compilations I picked up last year, this one was definitely my favorite. We get to follow Kamala Khan as she develops and learns how to use her powers.

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

This is such a beautiful graphic novel! Both the story and the artwork are great.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I know I’m a little late to the party on this one. But I quite enjoyed this one. Unfortunately I haven’t actually used her policies (yet) but there are a lot of great ideas to be found in this book. If you’re not familiar, Marie Kondo has different methods of decluttering your house (once, not forever) and advocates choosing what to keep by how much joy you get from a particular item. (As a side note, some of her principles are similar to corporate principles such as Six Sigma.)

So there are my top five. What were your top reads of 2018?

โค Annette

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1 Year Blogiversary: My Most Popular Posts

Earlier this month was my one year blogiversary! Hooray!ย ๐ŸŽ‰ย Thanks to all of my readers, followers, and commenters! I can’t wait to see where this blog goes in another year. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are my top five posts from the past year. If you haven’t read them yet, you might want to – others seem to enjoy them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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(book review)

If you’ve made it this far down the post, I’d love it if you took a minute or two to take a survey about my blog! I want to know what you guys want to read! You can take the survey >>>>here.<<<< It’s only five questions long. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for being awesome!

โค Annette


Top 5 Posts of 2017

I thought it would be fun to share my top five posts of 2017 along with a short summary of the post and why I thought it was popular. I started this blog in July, so I only have six month’s worth of material to pull from. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tied for Fifth Place

Book Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

Book Review: Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

These are the only book reviews to appear on this list, and to be honest I’m not sure why it’s these two books. I can guess that Undeniably Chosen was a little more popular because the book isn’t as commonly read and reviewed by book bloggers. End of Days as a book is quite popular, so maybe that’s what it made this list.

Fourth Place

July 2017 TBR

This was my first TBR (To Be Read) post. It may be popular for one of two reasons. One, you guys didn’t yet know it would be a monthly post. ๐Ÿ˜› Or two, it’s been out there longer, and therefore has had the chance to get more hits.

Third Place

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

I very much enjoyed writing this one! It shares my top ten favorite book boyfriends. I linked this one to The Broke and Bookish as a part of Top Ten Tuesday.

Second Place

New on the Stack in August 2017

Books I picked up in August! I went to a book sale that month, so I got many fun books to add to my list. I linked up with The Deliberate Reader, and I believe she shared some of my finds on her post. So yay!

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Ten Book Recommendations for Those in a Reading Slump

I’m not going to argue with this being the most popular! I loved writing it, and I put a lot into it. If you need a book recommendation to get you out of a reading slump, go check it out! I also linked this one with The Broke and Bookish.

What was your favorite post from my blog for 2017? If you’re a blogger, what was your most popular post last year? I’d love to hear from you!

โค Annette

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Top 5 Books of 2017

I read 100 books in 2017!! I can’t believe I actually did it! ๐ŸŽ‰ย Here are my top five favorite books that I read in 2017 (although not necessarily published in 2017).

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Hands down one of the best books for 2017! I read it in one sitting, pausing only momentarily to get food. ๐Ÿ˜› This book is written as a collection of IM records, video/audio transcripts, graphics, files, memos, and more. It is super unique and crazy fun to read. Plus, it’s unexpected and very suspenseful.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

This book is probably tied with Illuminae as my favorite from 2017. This is a young adult novel that follows two seemingly very different characters. One is serving community service to avoid jail time, while the other is struggling to enjoy her former passion, photography, in the wake of her mother’s death. I don’t know how to describe it in a way that makes it sounds better… but trust me, you want to pick this one up! It’s beautiful!

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

This novel (middle-grade, I believe) follows a boy who is chosen to impersonate the lost prince of a kingdom. Along with several other boys, he learns the knowledge needed to pass as the “false prince” in order to ensure that the kingdom doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. I loved this novel because you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

Happily Ever After by Kelly Oram

Cinder and Ella is definitely one of my favorite books of all time, and Brian/Ella one of my favorite book couples. This book is a sequel to Cinder and Ella, and deals with more adult themes. As a couple (yay!) Brian and Ella work through problems thrown their way. On Ella’s side, she’s struggling to love her body, as it’s primarily covered in burns. On Brian’s side comes all of the difficulties that come with fame.

Secret by Brigid Kemmerer and Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Okay, so I’m cheating by including two books, but I just couldn’t choose! These are books four and five in the Elementals series by Brigid Kemmerer. Secret follows Nick Merrick, an air elemental, as responsibility after responsibility, secret after secret piles on his shoulders. I loved how this story built up, and how Brigid Kemmerer is able to get you to relate to any character so intimately. (This is her gift, I swear. Youย become the characters, regardless of whether they’re like you or not.) Sacrifice follows Michael Merrick (my favorite of the Merrick brothers!), an earth elemental. This conclusion to the elemental series does not dissappoint!






What were your favorite reads of 2017?

โค Annette

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