Biannual Bookish Wrap Up

2018 has been a pretty great reading year for me so far. I started actively using Goodreads, which has been really useful in tracking my reading (despite me forgetting to update it for weeks on end), and actually made my first reading challenge goal. 2018 so far has been all about setting goals and figuring out what I can do to make those a reality, and my reading life has been no different.

Books I’ve read this year so far…

Total: 97

Goal: 200

Favourite reads of 2018 so far…

I’ve read so many incredible books this year, but these ones really stand out to me as being a step above the rest. I definitely recommend checking these out if you haven’t read them yet!

Least favourite reads of 2018 so far…

I was pretty disappointed by these ones. Perhaps steer clear if you weren’t sure whether to read these ones or not!

Books I reread…

I don’t often have the time to reread books because of my daunting TBR, so the ones I choose to reread are my ultimate favourites.

Anticipated releases for the rest of 2018…

After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson: August 1st

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: August 28th

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman: September 11th

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab: September 25th

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White: September 25th

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen: October 2nd

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: October 2nd

What if It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera: October 9th

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare: December 4th

Top posts of 2018 so far…


YA is full of stereotypical characters. Which type of character would you be defined as?

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Have you ever felt like star ratings just don’t do your feelings justice? Find out why I think gifs should replace stars!

Misconceptions about YA

There are so many misconceptions about YA, and I’m mad about it. Check out my post!

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Want to know how I manage to read 200 books a year? Check out my post to find out!

Writing progress of 2018 so far…

This year I’ve managed to do quite a bit of writing, which is very exciting! Although I have less time to write than I’d like, as I’m studying Professional Communications, doing two internships, and working two jobs part time, I’m still on track with my writing goals for this year. My aim was to write and edit two novels this year, so I’ve already written one, as well as a 25k novella, and I’m a quarter through the first draft of my second YA novel of 2018!

Last year I finished writing my NaNoWriMo 2016 story, as well as complete another YA novel, which meant I wrote around 100k last year. I’m so thrilled that I’ve already written about 110k so far this year, meaning I’ve already beaten my personal best for writing (which I’m so thrilled about!). I can definitely see the improvement in my writing from this time last year, and I’m so excited to continue working on my WIPs. All writing is good practice, and I’m looking forward to seeing where my stories take me.


How’s your year been so far? Are you pleased with your reading progress this year? Have you been working on any projects this year? What else do you hope to achieve in the next six months? I’d love to know!


6 thoughts on “Biannual Bookish Wrap Up

  1. My year is okay! I had a really low goal, of 120 books, because I didn’t know how busy I’d be with uni. Spoiler alert, not busy enough to stop reading! I haven’t done as much ~work on novels~ as I would have liked, but I’ve been doing lots of other kinds of writing, so I try not to beat myself up about that. I’d like to revise at least one novel by the end of the year–and maybe submit some of my other writing, poetry and humour and essays etc, for publication in journals? let’s see! I hope the rest of the year is great, Sarah!

  2. Thank you for the idea for this blog post! I loved seeing you biannual bookish wrap up and my year so far is going great. I’m really happy with my reading, my blog and my BookTube channel 🙂

  3. The Price Guide to the Occult is one of the pleasant surprises I discovered this year, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did! I can’t wait for Vengeful too, it’s going to be epic. 2018 has been a better reading month for me compared 2017, I’m really happy about that!

  4. Wow 97 is a lot of books! Good luck with your goal! You can do it! 😀 I just read A Darker Shade of Magic and I loved it! I never had much interest in A gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue but I really want to read a Ladies guide to Petticoats and Piracy so I think I will pick up the first one!

  5. Wow you’ve read so much, that’s incredible!! I’m stuck somewhere in the 60s right now 🤷‍♀️ Leah on the Offbeat and I Was Born For This have also been some of my favorite reads of this year, and many of your anticipated books for the rest of the year are also DEFINITELY on my list!!

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