The Sword and Laser discussion

94 views
What Else Are You Reading? > 2018: Your Year in Books

Comments Showing 1-7 of 7 (7 new)    post a comment »
dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Rob, Roberator (last edited Jan 01, 2019 04:11PM) (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5267 comments Mod
So we have a thread talking specifically about the 2018 Sword & Laser books, but we didn't have one talking about the year in books.

Someone got the good idea a few years ago to add a book series to review your year. Here's this year's: 2018 on Goodreads if you want to write/share your own review.

I just finished my review, which is a mix of my top books and a bunch of stats from my GoodReads Parser Application

Here's the short version:

Top 5 Reads of 2018
1) Red Sister - 5 Stars - (My Review)
2) Wrath of Empire - 5 Stars - (My Review)
3) The Infernal Battalion - 5 Stars - (My Review)
4) Age of War- 5 Stars - (My Review)
5) Blackflame - 5 Stars - (My Review)

Total Books: 101
Audio: 61
Rereads: 8

Average Rating: 3.83
Total 1 Count: 1 (0.99%)
Total 2 Count: 3 (2.97%)
Total 3 Count: 16 (15.84%)
Total 4 Count: 73 (72.28%)
Total 5 Count: 8 (7.92%)

If you're interested you can see my full review and additional stats here: http://gsbyvalentinoschoolwear.co.uk/review/show...


message 2: by Jessica (last edited Jan 02, 2019 06:48PM) (new)

Jessica (J-Boo) | 207 comments My Year in Books

I read 23,000 pages across 65 books and awarded an average rating of 3.6 stars.

I read:

20 by male-identifying authors
41 by female-identifying authors
2 by nonbinary authors
2 by a male and female writing team
6 Nonfiction
7 Literary Fiction
20 Fantasy
15 YA Fantasy
12 Science Fiction
2 YA Science Fiction
1 MG Science Fiction
1 Mystery
1 graphic novel


message 3: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments I read 31 books in 2018. My goal was 25 so I exceeded that. My favorites were Anathem, Parable of the Sower, The Calculating Stars, and Little Women.


message 4: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments Every time I count the books I come up with a different number once I put them into categories. My current number is 126 read, of which 75 were graphic novels, 10 were art books, 1 was a screenplay and 36 were real books.

Yes, I know that doesn’t add up to 126. I don’t know why, either. But I’m tired of recounting.


message 5: by Rik (new)

Rik | 777 comments Assuming I didn't forget to list one I listened to 30 books and I read exactly one book in 2018. Most of my actual "read" time is devoted to working through the history of Marvel comics on their unlimited digital site.

Best of 2018 for me was the Super Powered's series by Drew Hayes. 170 hrs between 5 books and I did it all in under a month as I was so obsessed with it. I really feel like out of the thousands of books I've read / listened to in my life this has taken the top spot for me. As a lifetime lover of comics this series hit all the right notes for me.

Worst of 2018 is a tie between The Late Show by Michael Connelly and the entirety of the Otherland series by Tad Williams. In the Late Show it was very obvious that Connelly was just phoning it in with a hack job as his "new" lead character is just a younger gender swapped version of his long time Harry Bosch character - they have the same personality and backgrounds right down to both being orphans. It wasn't poorly written, it was just so obviously derivative of his other work. Otherland is a series I'd read back when it first came out and I remembered liking it though feeling like it was a little padded. My memory failed me because it was EXTREMELY padded or maybe just felt so because I was listening this time - I really regret wasting 4 credits on audible for this series. There is maybe 1-2 books of story in there surrounded by so much needless padding that does nothing for the plot or story. Became so tedious by the end. Really turned me off ever doing anything by Williams again.


message 6: by Anne (new)

Anne Schüßler (anneschuessler) | 722 comments My Year in Books: http://gsbyvalentinoschoolwear.co.uk/user/year_i...

I read 19,503 pages across 65 books in 2018 with an average rating of 3.6.

I try to read 75 books, but that is kind of stretch goal for me, I know I can reach it, but as long as I read more than 52 (so one book a week) I'm good.

My favorite books were

1) Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
2) The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
3) The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
4) Die Känguru-Apokryphen by Marc-Uwe Kling
5) City of Blades and City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

Actually all but one of them were audiobooks, not sure if that means anything or whether it's just a coincidence.


message 7: by Lance Roberts (new)

Lance Roberts | 3 comments So, checking my Goodreads shelves, I see 90 books in 2018, 5 to date in 2019. Excluding audiobooks that I have not been adding in and really really should remember to do so! That would kick me over the 100 mark, I think.

Helps if you have a job that requires you to travel trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic several times a year...


back to top