Hey there guys, gals, and non-binary pals! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT 2018 IS OVER? Because I sure as hell can’t! Seems like just yesterday I was toying with the idea of starting a book blog. And here I am, a little over ten months later, now with an audience, now a part of a wonderful community. I can’t believe how far I’ve come along! I am so happy, y’all!
Book blogging has become such a huge and important part of my life. Not only have I met so many wonderful people and made so many new friends, I’ve also improved my reading habits (making efforts to read diversely, critiquing books in a more nuanced way, viewing literature through a more contextual lens) and actually met my Goodreads challenge!
So overall, 2018 was a good year to me and my blog, and here’s how it went:
2018 for The Backwards Bookshelf
GIIIIIRL! I’ve literally never read this many books in one year! (Well, ten months actually, since I started in March!) And I surpassed my goal of 50 books. Yaaaaaaaaaas.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what I read this year:
As you can see, my most-read genre this year was romance, followed by fantasy. Not too bad for someone who had never read a romance novel before this year!
I was pretty nice this year – I mostly rated books 4 stars or 5 stars.
To see more, you can check out my Goodreads. Go ahead and add me up!
For a character to be counted amongst the representation I indicated below, they had to be: a) part of the “main cast”; and b) unmistakably and irrevocably stated to be queer, POC, or disabled.
Although I’m doing quite well on reading books with POC characters, I still need to be doing some improvement with queer and disabled characters. If you’d like to recommend some titles, I’d greatly appreciate it!
(Note: I considered doing something similar for tracking how much I’d been reading POC authors, queer authors, and disabled authors, but I thought that might lead to gatekeeping, forced outing, and all those similar issues, so I eventually decided against it.)
So that was my 2018! And now I wanna hear from everyone else!
🥂 Where are your year wrap-up posts? Link me in the comments!
🥂 Which of your reading stats have you been tracking?
🥂 And how was your 2018? Was it great, or not so much? Let’s talk!
Manigong bagong taon sa inyong lahat!
Love and light,