My Year in Books | 2018


In 2018 I rated 6 books with 5 stars, which makes up 14% of all my 2018 reads. My first 5 stars read of last year was in January and it was Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroftfascinating fantasy novel. Next, I listen to audiobook What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. It was read by the author herself, which made the whole experience quite special. April brought us third and final instalment of The Illuminae Files, and I  simultaneously read and listened to Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’m sad that the series ended, but I’m excited about next release from the authors. In June I read and loved bizarre YA fantasy novel – The Call by Peadar Ó GuilínLast two 5 star reads of 2018 come to me in August, when I read Polish mystery novel Żmijwisko by Wojciech Chmielarz and novel about nurse accused of a serious crime – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.


This is the busiest category, I’m most likely to give books I like 4 stars. So in 2018, I rated 17 books with 4 stars, that make up 40% of all books I read. So together with 5 starred reads, most of the books I read in 2018 were great reads! Check out my reviews for some of the books here. I need to give an honourable mention to Notes on a Scandal by Zoë HellerThe Kiss Quotient by Helen HoangThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne and The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. Those books are right now on top of my favourites list for 2018.


Books I rated 3 stars are always Ok, but nothing exceptional. I quite liked reading them, but there’s nothing to remember about them. It’s unlikely that one of those books will come up to me when I’ll be asked to recommend something. In 2018 I read 11 books that I rated 3 stars, which makes up 26% of all my reads.


We’re getting close to the worst books I read. Those rated 2 stars were pretty bad, but not catastrophic enough to warrant 1-star review. Check out my ranty reviews for Artemis by Andy Weir and The Witch Elm by Tana French.


Ah, here we are. Two books that were so horrible and painful to read that I rated them with only 1 star. Even with those two, there is some hierarchy because I believe Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is way worse than The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon.

What are your 5-star and 1-star reads of 2018?

13 thoughts on “My Year in Books | 2018

  1. Rafaela | theportuguesebibliophile says:

    I have lots of 5 star reads from 2018, though they are mostly rereads. Obsidio, however, is among them as well! The Illuminae Files is one of my favorites, especially Illuminae. Also, The Kiss Quotient.

    I’m sad to see you disliked When Dimple Met Rishi. I only hear great things about it and I’m really looking forward to it, but I suppose sometimes there’s more hype than actually good content. It’s certainly happened to me before with these popular contemporary YAs.

    And for the first time this year, I had a 1 star read. It’s Peach by Emma Glass. (It sounds good, the reviews are mostly good and then it was absolutely the worst thing I’ve ever read in my life).

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  2. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer says:

    Happy New Year Ola ❤ I’m happy I haven’t read your one and two-star novels. Well I haven’t read your five-stars either but that can be rectified :-). I don’t have one stars but I did have at least two two-stars I remember which were The Last and The Story of Us.

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  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery says:

    I can’t recall a 1-star rating in the books I read, which means you have been quite unlucky with those two choices – but at least you can take some comfort from the fact that the greater part of your 2018 books were in the 4- and 5-star zone. Here’s to a far better 2019!
    Happy reading 🙂


  4. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    I think this is the first time I’ve seen someone give Circe less than 5 stars! Not for you eh? I am dying to read it, but hope I enjoy it a bit more than you did lol Did you ever read her first book, Song of Achilles?


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