December Wrap-Up – 2018 in Rewind

It’s no secret that I haven’t been reading much these past months. I am glad to say that I managed to read at least 3 books (two of which were comics) in December. It’s more than I have read in a long time, so I am still quite content. If you’ve missed my mini-reviews, you can read them all here.

  • Heart of Gold (Act I) by Eli Baumgartner/Viv Tanner (5 stars)
  • Venustransit by Hamed Eshrat (3 stars)
  • Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter (4.5 stars)

Heart of Gold Act I  Venustransit  Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby, #3)

Just like in old times, click on the book cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

And even though there really isn’t as much to show as there was in previous years, I still want to share my reading statistics from Goodreads with you! (If you have a Goodreads account of your own, you should be able to find these stats on the right hand side of your profile.)

It has been the lowest amount of books in YEARS for me. As a bookworm/bookdragon, I am not entirely happy with that number, but then again, it’s the most I could have done in 2018. It may not be as much as others have managed, but there are people out there who read 1-2 books a year and they’d surely think I was crazy for reading so much. There’s always two sides to each story.

In addition, I am not surprised my shortest book was THIS short. I have started to read more and more graphic novels and comics and a lot of the time they don’t have an enormous page count. But tomes like Obsidian are rare for me anyway. I whole-heartedly agree with my average page number, because around 300 pages is truly what I feel most comfortable with length-wise with a book.

Lastly, my average rating has also gotten lower in 2018. I was usually somewhere just about 4 and this is the first year that I have ended up below that average. It’s nothing bad per se, it’s still a really high rating overall, but it also means that I wasn’t as good at picking my reads this year. Here’s to hoping 2019 I will get back on track!

2018 once again was a year of very irregular blogging for me. Aside from the trailer posts, I have really struggled to find a work-life-balance that includes this little corner of the internet. No matter how much I tried, I was unable to do more than the bare minimum and engage with everyone (especially on their platforms) the way I wanted to. Still, you showed up anyway and kept this blog from plummeting into nothingness and I am so very grateful for that! 

Just like 2017, this year was also a strange one. Some really amazing stuff has happened, but in the end, 2018 leaves a bitter taste behind. The general atmosphere was filled with loads of anxiety, stress, frustration and sometimes helplessness. I genuinely hope that 2019 will have an overall better vibe, because we all deserve a break, but I don’t want to leave it on a bad note and rather celebrate some really amazing milestones instead.

  • The blog currently has 2,267 WordPress followers, a number that kept growing even when my posts dwindled. Add the 31 people who follow me via e-mail and we are SO close to 2,300. What a nice number!
  • This is post #999, so I will start the new year with a fantastic milestone!
  • I really, really want to give a shout-out to my top commenters, because they are such lovely people and always brighten my day. Thank you Marie, The Orang-utan Librarian, Caro, Savannah, Beth, Marta and Rami!

MOST POPULAR POSTS OF 2018

(click on the title of the post to read it!)

Midnight Sun by Trish Cook (Book Review + Movie Trailer): I am honestly a little bit surprised that my most visited post is a book review, especially for a book that was written FOR a movie and not the other way round. I can’t say this was a favourite read of mine, but I am glad people seem to be curious about it nonetheless.

Still Star-Crossed: Book vs. TV Show: This review was actually written in 2017, but I think it actually got more views this year than when I actually wrote it. I guess people miss a cool historical show with POC characters. Who can blame them?

The Netflix Book Tag: We all love Netflix. No surprise here!

How I See Myself as a Fictional Character: This post was actually one of the most fun to write for me this year, so I am very, very happy to see it resonated well. Eden Rhodes will forever be my alter ego!

Your WIP in Gifs Tag: It seriously warms my heart to know that people want to know more about Arcadia. I don’t know if the success of the post is due to the gifs or not, but I am elated either way. (In case you missed it, I also did my WIP in Gifs for the #witchyWIP, click here to check out that post!)

MY (DECEMBER) POSTS

Lastly, here is what I’ve written this past month:

WRITING RELATED

TV SHOW RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

I hope you had great holidays if you celebrated and even more so, I hope you have a great start into the new year! Do you have any resolutions for 2019? I am going to do best of lists for 2018 in the upcoming days, with a special focus on TV shows and books. I hope you’ll enjoy those posts as well!

29 thoughts on “December Wrap-Up – 2018 in Rewind

  1. It’s an honor to be one of your top commenters xD I’m the same – 2018 was a good year all around but I dealt with a lot of stress and anxiety. Hope we both have a better, brighter 2019!

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  2. I definitely feel like 2018 has left a bitter taste for most of us, as it was just a weird and not that great year, but here’s to a better 2019 for both of us 🎆💗 I’m also honored to be among your top commenters ❤ It looks like you’ll start the new year with some great milestones! 🙂

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  3. I’m honored to be one of your top commenters and I hope to keep on being one next year and always, I always love reading and chatting with you in the comments (elsewhere, too, but well… I love comments too, as you know, haha. anyway). I’m sorry that 2018 has left a bitter taste for you and I really, really hope that 2019 will be an incredible year for you in everything, really, you deserve it ❤ ❤ I'll be looking forward to your upcoming lists on the bests of 2018, can't wait! ❤ ❤

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  4. Happy New Year!!! I agree with your sentiment about 2018. A lot of incredible things happened, but there was also a lot of stress and frustrations. I suppose we got to take the bad with the good. I still don’t know how to find that work/life balance, it’s something I really need to work on for 2019. I’ve thought about picking up some graphic novels recently, but have no idea where to start haha. Here’s to an amazing 2019. May it be the best one yet!! 💚😁

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    • HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AS WELL!! I hope we manage to be our best selves in 2019 and if you want to talk about graphic novels, I am here for you! (I have to admit that I am sometimes a lot about style over substance with graphic novels though. My first recommendation that covers both is The Wicked and the Divine! SO good!!)

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  5. I hope 2019 will be an AMAZING year for you with a lot less anxiety and all that annoying stuff Kat ❤️ Also post #999?? That is such an accomplishment and I’m so proud of you. I’m not sure if I’m going to make any resolutions for this year. On one hand I want to, but on the other I also don’t want to pressure myself? Especially since I’m in the middle of a burn-out so I’m not sure if that would be the best idea. Definitely looking forward to your best of posts! ❤️

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    • I hope 2019 will be amazing for you as well! And I’ve been doing this for way too long haha 1000 posts feels ridiculous, even after 5 years.
      I don’t think I am really going to make any serious resolutions either. I want to blog more, but the reality of my current lifestyle just might not allow it. Oh well, we are doing the best we can and that is enough 😀 ❤

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  6. Happy belated New Year, Kat 💜
    I totally relate to your 2018! Especially trying to balance work life with reading and blogging – here’s to hoping we can figure that out in 2019.
    Yay – you are SO close to 2300 followers and I’m sure you’ll reach it in no time. Midnight Sun is on my to watch and to read list and I’m excited to get to it this year x

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    • Happy belated New Year to you as well, Michelle!
      Thank you for your confidence in me haha I have gained some followers since the new year started, but I am not in a rush anyway.
      As for Midnight Sun, I really don’t think it’s strictly necessary to do both the movie and the book haha the book was written specifically for the movie and although I haven’t watched it yet, I imagine it’s basically the same. Not sure how fun that is then.

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  7. I think 36 books is still a solid amount to have read this year, especially based on everything else you’ve had going on in your list this year. Something other things get in the way of us reading (something I’ve experienced a little of in December and November). Plus like you said some people don’t read more than 2 books in a year so you’re up on them at least. 🙂
    I can’t believe you’ve written over 1000 posts on this blog (I’m sure by the time I’m commenting on this post you’ve reached and past that 1000 post milestone) that’s amazing, and thanks so much for the shout-out too. 🙂
    Great recap, and I hope you have a brilliant January and a brilliant 2019 too. 🙂 ❤

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  8. Oh I think your average rating is still really great!! I hope that 2019 is a better year for you- and I’m sure it will be!! Thank you so much for the shoutout- you know I will always love coming here- your corner of the internet is one of my favourite places to be 😀 ❤ Awesome wrap up!!

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