What Lucinda Did…in 2018

Hello Bookworms!

Gosh, I’ve just been flicking through my blog posts from this year and I can’t believe how fast 2018 has gone! I started the year not being particularly serious about blogging, with about 150 followers and no other social media presence. I’m ending the year with over 350 followers, 240 Twitter followers and a far more regular blogging schedule, plus more varied content and participation in the wider blogging community. Oh, and I’m finally writing my posts on a laptop instead of tapping everything out with one finger on my Kindle Fire! I can actually resize images!

I also bought myself this nifty little trolley from Ikea and turned it into a Book Blogging trolley (which the good people of Twitter seemed to really like). I love it so much!

In terms of reading, I’ve read and reviewed 62 books on my blog this year and had several rated five out of five. I was actually surprised at how many poorly rated books I read – something that I’m planning to change in 2019. No more Foxhole Court! I was also surprised at how few books I’d read – I think reading Les Miserables took up quite a lot of time and should count for at least five!

I’ve already talked about my favourite books that I read as part of the Read Harder challenge but I’ve got a few other honourable mentions from my reading total:

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a wonderful novella with layers of symbolism that I found completely enthralling.

Bitter by Francesca Jakobi was a fantastic, twisted book about what happens when a mother’s love becomes obsessive. I was totally engrossed from start to finish by this clever, atmospheric novel.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata was wonderful. I loved the sheer weirdness of this short book – again, the novella was completely multi-layered, packing a huge amount into what initially appears to be a simple story about a woman happy to work in a simple job in a convenience store.

The Lido by Libby Page was a lovely book that feature a rare appearance from a main character who was actually older than sixty! I loved the relationship between the characters and seeing how the community all came together was lovely. It also made me want to take up swimming again!

However, there was one other book that really stood out for me this year that I’m officially naming as my favourite…

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It was Skyward by Brandon Sanderson!

I loved everything about this amazing novel, from the female representation to the complex characters, the world building and the TOTAL LACK OF TEENAGE SNOGGING! Amazing!

I hope you all had a great 2018 too! What were your favourite reads? Let me know in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “What Lucinda Did…in 2018

  1. I thought Skyward was such a great read! My first Sanderson 🙂 I loved the ship, Doomslug and the whole cowardice thing. Also this is one of the few novels (only?) where I could be happen if he proceeds with the relationship that they seemed to be going with. Hopefully 2019 brings us the sequel in good time!

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    1. It was my first Sanderson too 😊. I ❤️ Doomslug too! Hopefully they will have a bigger part in subsequent novels. Isn’t it nice to see a potential romance developing slowly for a change? 😊

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    1. You used to be a librarian? Wow! That’s my dream job (please don’t tell me it was horribly administrative and boring). Convenience Store Woman is great – quite short and simple but very much multi-layered 😊

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      1. I just bought Convenience Store Woman today!
        I think like anywhere else, whether you enjoy being a librarian depends on the place and the people there 😉
        Unfortunately there aren’t as many opportunities now, especially with public library cuts.

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      2. Yay! You’ll have to let me know what you think 😊

        Oh gosh I know – I don’t think Coventry has any council funded library’s anymore, they’re all volunteer lead. Such a vital resource too 🙁

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  2. OMG what an awesome little trolley! I think I need one. You’re a great enabler, lol. I do need something to organize my bookish stuff I do lol. DId it come in that color or did you spray paint? I love that blue but teal would be even better for my sewing/book room ::off to the IKEA site to look::

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  3. I absolutely love your trolley!! It’s a thing of beauty (yes I have weird, bookish-related standards of beauty 😉 ) ooh love your list of best books! I’m excited to see yellow wallpaper on your best list 😀 Definitely want to check out bitter! And am really psyched for skyward 😀 Awesome wrap up!

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