2018 in Review | Books, Films, and Other Stuff You’d Forgotten About

Hellooooo, book world!

2018 has been a long burning dumpster fire, and while I can’t believe it’s already over, it also feels like it’s lasted about twenty years.

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So, to kick off this post, here are some things that happened this year that you probably forgot about (I know I did).

Tide Pod Challenge meme in January.
The Hawaiian government accidentally sent an emergency text to every resident in the state to stay inside because a ballistic missile was headed for the island in January.
The Winter Olympics in February.
The Super Bowl in February.
The last male white rhinoceros died in March.
Stephen Hawking died in March.
The Golden State Killer was apprehended in April.
Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in May.
A raccoon scaled a building in June.
IHOP became IHOB for less than a week in June.
The Incredibles 2 came out in July. (I STILL haven’t seen it)
A Thai soccer team was rescued from a cave in July.
The World Cup happened in July.
Christopher Robin was banned in China in August because political dissenters have been comparing Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh.
The spectacular emergence of Plaid Shirt Guy in September.
Kanye West was literally in the Oval Office in October.
Banksy shredded one of his most famous works as it was up for auction in October.
The Brexit Secretary resigned because the deal he negotiated was so bad in November.
We all learned about a giant cow living in Australia in November.
Grinch of the Year, Donald Trump, basically told a 7-year-old child that Santa doesn’t exist in December.
Some people in a Hertfordshire Tesco attempted to stop a booze thief who proceeded to run over two people in their Citroen C3 and then drive away in December. Two people were sent to the hospital (one with a broken back) and as of this writing, the thieves (attempted murderers???) have not been found.


This second part is dedicated to all the books I read this year. My Goodreads goal was set at 50 books and I read 55  (I read one book twice)! Here they are, organised by the month in which I finished them. If I’ve reviewed them on my blog, the link is there, along with the star rating.

January:

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen – 5 stars
Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach – 5 stars
The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story by Richard Preston – 5 stars

February:

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik – 2.5 stars
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – 5 stars
Fellside by MR Carey – 2.5 stars
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley – 5 stars
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – 3 stars

March:

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell – 5 stars
House Mother Normal by BS Johnson – 5 stars
Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry by BS Johnson – 3 stars
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – 5 stars
The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley – 5 stars

April:

Bear Town by Fredrik Backman – 5 stars
The Dinner by Herman Koch – 5 stars
I See You by Clare Mackintosh – 5 stars
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh5 stars

May:

Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay1.5 stars
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix – 5 stars
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel – 5 stars
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel – 5 stars
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel – 5 stars
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – 3 stars
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay – 5 stars
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh – 2 stars

June:

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – 5 stars
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde – 5 stars

July:

The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde – 5 stars
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman – 5 stars
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – 4 stars
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney – 4 stars

August:

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan – 4 stars
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler – 3 stars
Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell – 4 stars 
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde – 5 stars

September:
Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson – 3.5 stars
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson – 5 stars
Charlotte Says by Alex Bell – 4 stars
The Haunting by Alex Bell – 2 stars
Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson – 4 stars
Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay2.5 stars
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – 5 stars

October:
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage – 4.5 stars
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix – 5 stars
99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter – 2.5 stars
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – 4 stars
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach – 4 stars
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan – 4 stars

November:
Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin – 4 stars
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – 5 stars
Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward by Dr. Elizabeth Ford – 4 stars
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston – 5 Stars

December:
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – 1.5 stars
Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson – 4 stars

— Now, I know it looks like the books I read toward the end of the year weren’t as good as the books I read at the start, but that’s not quite true. What changed is the way I choose to rate books, and some that I would have given five stars when I first started blogging are now four stars because I’m reserving my five stars for **THOSE** books.

— I didn’t write any reviews in November or most of December because I was essentially living in Slumpsville for 7 weeks.


This last section – and if you’ve stayed with me this far, props, I know this is LONG – is all about the film and tv that has made 2018 FABULOUS for me. It’s nothing too in-depth, but I wanted to showcase this stuff all the same.

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