I’m going to say the most cliché thing ever right now, but 2018 went by in a flash. It’s insane how much happened this year!! In this post, I’ll go over everything that happened!!!
I made a lot new friends
This was probably a highlight of 2018! I was a lot more social in the blogging community, and I’ve made some of the best and closest friendships through this blog! I wish I could name all of the bloggers who have made my time here amazing, but then WordPress would probably crash because I would not be able to name everyone!!
I was also a lot more social in real life- I (tried to) stress less about school and instead enjoy time with my friends. While it wasn’t 100% successful, I still made awesome memories with my friends!
I read some REALLY good books
Here are some of my favorites!!
I FINALLY READ THE MOST HYPED BOOK EVER. And BOY, did it live up to the hype!! I did read Six of Crows, and while that was great, Crooked Kingdom was just…. wow. I really can not put into words how FANTASTIC THIS WAS!!
I feel like if I read this book now, I would not enjoy it that much, but this book has a special place in my heart because it introduced me to thrillers!! (This is more contemporary than thriller, but small Sapphire thought that since someone died it was the ultimate thriller filled with LOTS of suspense!!) However, the thing I loved the most about this book WERE THE CHARACTERS!! Everything from Nate’s relationship with his parents to Addy’s development was just.. perfect!
And… my favorite series is over.
I’ve been with this series ever since the second book came out, so it feels like I’ve watched these characters grow up and I DO NOT accept the fact that they will never return.
While this book wasn’t my favorite of the series (it wasn’t because it was bad- the others are just SO GOOD) it made me SO happy to see all of the characters together again and I’m definitely going to demand for another book in this series.
(Also, just look at how gorgeous my beautiful children are on that cover… they’re so precious!!)
So the next book in this series comes out in two weeks and I don’t think I’m emotionally prepared for it.
This book is very near and dear to me because it not only got me out of a reading slump, but it is also probably the best high fantasy books I’ve ever read… and I’ve read a lot of those.
Also, the sequel is supposed to involve more angst and drama between Cardan and Jude and I’m so here for it?? Anyways, you can find me at Barnes and Noble on January 8th buying all of the copies of the Wicked King.
I did not expect to love this book.
I was expecting some student drama and maybe sadness, but I did NOT expect strong family relationships, an epic squad of passionate girl hackers, and a MYSTERY??
I did have some problems with the romance though?? I’m not a huge fan of the friends-to-lover trope, but other than that this was a fun and quick read!!
it also makes me terrified for the college application process though oops.
I got into musicals
This is by far the most random one on this list, but I also feel like it’s super important because musicals have a special place in my heart now! I actually have a full blog post on this coming up in January, so stay tuned!
I used to never really listen to music
other than Disney music lets be real but I really enjoy listening to musical soundtracks now!! Just like books, I love searching for diverse musicals, and there’s actually a lot out there!! If you want suggestions, please comment down below so I can have an excuse to shout and fangirl about them.😊
(Funny story: I’m actually listening to the Heathers the Musical soundtrack right now- coincidence? I think NOT!)
I became more organized
This is actually a huge lie so we’re moving on.
I became more serious about writing
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve started a bunch of writing projects, but this year was the year that I became a lot more passionate and dedicated to writing! My current WIP is at about 23K and 65 pages, which is the longest I’ve ever written!! I hope I can finish it in 2019, but that may require an endless supply of chocolate.
I became more active in the bookish community
I played around with my blog a bit this year, and I’m happy about the variety of posts! I started posting about books more, followed a lot more book blogs, read more popular books, and fangirled with fellow bloggers!
Also, speaking of books, you can find my goodreads here! I have had a goodreads for a while, but I wanted to start fresh (new year, new me!!!*) and create blog related one! I also am going to try (keyword: try) to keep up with 2019’s reading challenge and write more reviews, which is exciting!
*….why am I like this
I HIT 140 FOLLOWERS ON MY BLOG
I am BLOWN AWAY by the support I’ve gotten!! When I started this blog, my goal was to hit 20 followers, and here I am with seven times that amount?? I can’t believe all of the love and support I’ve gotten from all of my followers!!
Now onto looking forward to 2019!!
During 2019, I want to…
- Expand my blog- try blogging more often, trying different forms of social media, etc.
- Read 75 books… will I be able to??
probably not BUT I’LL TRY
- Along with books, I really want to read a book in a different language- I’m fluent in 2 languages and semi-conversational in another, so I hope that I can do this!
- Actually be organized!! (There’s no way this is going to happen.)
- Be more social in real life and get out of my comfort zone!!
- Finish my novel!
- Become skilled in cooking or baking- I love cooking, but I’m SO BAD AT IT. I started a fire making TEA, if you want an idea of how bad I am. 😂
That’s it for this post!! I hope your 2018 rocked, and your 2019 is even better!
Did you read any good books this year? Do you like any musicals? DO YOU WANT RECOMMENDATIONS?!?! Were you actually organized this year? Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?