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Whether or not you 've had time to write your own reviews, here 's a chance to review your entire 2018 reading and post it under this title so that others can see what your reading year was like. Together, all the reviews of 2018 on Goodreads should make an nteresting and varied atalogue of books to inspire other readers in 2019.

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It 's Old World and folklore focused, insulated from America and its superheroes.Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello ( B+) 78%| Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 01/06/2018Notes: It endows humanity upon gods, who, in their cold divinity, admit forsakenness and love as fountainheads to motive.Wonder Woman, Volume 3: Iron by Brian Azzarello ( B+) 78%| Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 01/9/2018Notes: Soap-operatic, it feeds off the milk of family dysfunction, and amasses its fellowship by empathy and common cause.Wonder Woman, Volume 4: War by Brian Azzarello ( B+) 78%| Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 01/12/2018Notes: It uses villains as soundboards, distillers of character, against whom heroes quench mettle in waters of peril and fear.Wonder Woman, Volume 5: Flesh by Brian Azzarello ( B+) 79%| Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 01/14/2018Notes: A ook of burdens, against which characters crumble, rage, withdraw, resign, cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war.Wonder Woman, Volume 6: Bones by Brian Azzarello ( A-) 81%| Very Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 01/18/2018Notes: Eschewing the real world, it goes full sword and sorcery, innerving pathos and woe with the primal viscera of myth.Wonder Woman, Volume 7: War-Torn by Meredith Finch ( B-) 70%| Satisfactory| ⭐⭐ – 01/22/2018Notes: Puerile and simpleminded, it chokes on ineptitude, sinking listless in the quicksand of its own visual self-indulgence.Wonder Woman, Volume 8: A Twist of Fate by Meredith Finch ( C+) 66%| Almost Satisfactory| ⭐⭐ – 01/29/2018Notes: Tedious and maddening, it blunders along tangled in the dregs and chaff of feckless fickleness: all fatuity and hot air.Wonder Woman, Volume 9: Resurrection by Meredith Finch ( B-) 68%| Satisfactory| ⭐⭐ – 02/02/2018Notes: Regressive and dreary, it 's a cold, flavorless, curdled gruel of soggy dialogue, canned sentiment, and half-baked plot.The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan ( A-) 82%| Very Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 02/06/2018Notes: It 's sugar and caffeine: a dulcet pop sonnet moved by rhyming couplets of worldbuilding and perilous confrontation.The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan ( A-) 80%| Very Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 02/10/2018Notes: It finds emotion and character in shame and open wounds; set beyond humanity 's shores, adrift in primeval bedlam.The Titan 's Curse by Rick Riordan ( A-) 84%| Very Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 02/14/2018Notes: It deals in decision and destiny, drawing by doubt, defeat, and demure desire the draining disquiet of deep devotion.The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan ( A-) 83%| Very Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 02/18/2018Notes: It 's about awakenings, transgressive cracks, and how dread, desire and death indwell the formless chaos of potential.The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan ( A-) 84%| Very Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 02/24/2018Notes: A battlefront ballad to salvation in sacrifice, where willing oneself to weakness wins affinity, accession, and affection.Teen Titans, Volume 1: It 's Our Right to Fight by Scott Lobdell ( B) 74%| More than Satisfactory| ⭐⭐⭐ – 02/28/2018Notes: Bright, buoyant pablum colored by contrivance and quirk, it lacks teeth and flesh: seeking in vain to be hip and edgy.Teen Titans, Volume 2: The Culling by Scott Lobdell ( C+) 66%| Almost Satisfactory| ⭐⭐ – 03/05/2018Notes: Slapdash and scattershot, it 's a piddling patchwork of partial plots, perniciously pointless, and palatable by art alone.The Culling: Rise of the Ravagers by Scott Lobdell ( C+) 64%| Almost Satisfactory| ⭐ – 03/07/2018Notes: Musty, monotonous slop, it 's asinine and slumbersome, blighted by the benumbing cud of incessant speech-fighting.Aquaman, Volume 2: The Others by Geoff Johns ( A-) 80%| Very Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 03/10/2018Notes: Art takes the storytelling wheel, while speech punctuates pathos in its infrequency: by sharpness and negative space.Birds of Prey, Volume 1: Trouble in Mind by Duane Swierczynski ( B) 75%| More than Satisfactory| ⭐⭐⭐ – 03/12/2018Notes: Distinctly ordinary, it pays no mind to raison d'être; while both characters and art lack depth, detail and roundedness.Superman, Volume 1: What Price Tomorrow?

Haden Blackman ( B+) 76%| Good| ⭐⭐⭐ – 04/09/2018Notes: It 's about family in all its manner and monstrosity: layering depth and flesh by reunions, concessions and absolution.Batwoman, Volume 5: Webs by Marc Andreyko ( B) 72%| More than Satisfactory| ⭐⭐ – 04/16/2018Notes: An exsanguinous pasteurization, it staggers listless and ramshackle, aspiring to adequacy in the most ordinary ways.Batwoman, Volume 6: The Unknowns by Marc Andreyko ( C+) 64%| Almost Satisfactory| ⭐ – 04/20/2018Notes: It 's sham storytelling: a puppet show parody, perfidiously phony, and not pretty enough to camouflage its stupidity.Batman, Volume 2: The City of Owls by Scott Snyder ( A-) 83%| Very Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 04/26/2018Notes: A Wagnerian opus of fervor and delusion, weaving amongst all its crash and rumble resonant beats of emotive song.Batman: The Dark Knight, Volume 1: Knight Terrors by David Finch ( B) 74%| More than Satisfactory| ⭐⭐⭐ – 05/02/2018Notes: A brag-book artistic showcase, it 's formulaic eye-candy, portioning by plot a daisy-chain of cheesecake and fisticuffs.Nightwing, Volume 2: Night of the Owls by Kyle Higgins ( B+) 77%| Good| ⭐⭐⭐ – 05/07/2018Notes: A modern arrangement of classical tunes, it sings pallid renditions, elevated by art and intriguing only in its changes.Batgirl, Volume 2: Knightfall Descends by Gail Simone ( A-) 80%| Very Good| ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 05/13/2018Notes: Delightfully colloquial, it finds melody in the offbeats: accentuating imperfection and playing the past for poignancy.Red Hood and the Outlaws, Volume 2: The Starfire by Scott Lobdell ( B+) 76%| Good| ⭐⭐⭐ – 05/18/2018Notes: It lives off dialogue, art and irreverent charm: a watery brew, all sugars and creams, with no body or kick to its plots.Birds of Prey, Volume 2: Your Kiss Might Kill by Duane Swierczynski ( B) 73%| More than Satisfactory| ⭐⭐⭐ – 05/21/2018Notes: A schlocky series of splinter stories and sour, slapdash sundry.

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Thinking about life with books, attempting to recapitulate the reading year for the tenth time, maybe just one word could do for 2018: Middlemarch.

In the afterglow of it, reading Zadie Smith ’ s essay on the boo in Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, I caught myself nodding at Smith ’ s eulogy: In Middlemarch love enables knowledge.

I managed to read a for me agreeable mixture of familiar and newly discovered authors – next to George Eliot, I greatly enjoyed reading Fleur Jaeggy, Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald, Maeve Brennan, Han Kang, Angela Carter and Nora Ikstena.

- Poes, poes, poes ( ***); Sinclair, May- Life and Death of Harriet Frean ( ****1/2); Slimani, Leïla Adèle ( ***); St.Clair, Kassia- The Secret Lives of Colour ( ****); Strout, Elisabeth- English Lessons: A Memoir ( **); Smith, Zadie- Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays ( ****) T: Tsushima, Yuko- Of Dogs and Walls ( ****); Tsushima, Yuko- Territory of Light ( ***) U: Ugrešić, Dubravka- Baba Yaga Laid an Egg ( ***) ( 04.06.2018); Ulmer, Renate- Alfons Mucha, 1860-1939: Master of Art Nouveau ( ***) V: Vorpsi, Ornela- The Country Where No One Ever Dies22206 ] ( ****) W: Wharton, Edith- Xingu ( ****); Wharton, Edith- Roman Fever ( ****) X: Xie, Jenny -Eye Level: Poems ( ****1/2) ( Y: Yourcenar, Marguerite- Coup de Grâce ( ***1/2); Yourcenar, Marguerite- A Blue Tale and Other Novels ( ***); Yanique, Tiffany- Wife ( **); Yelin, Barbara- Irmina ( ****) Z: Zeh, Julie- Unterleuten ( *****) Which means 62 out of the 160 distinct works I have read were written by women ( the ones marked in bold I have written a review about).

I enjoyed reading Julian Barnes essays in Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a hort Tal, so much that I now look for more essayistic work ( currently Zadie Smith).

Maybe, like a friend did earlier this year, I also will look back on this year as a bittersweet one, but I still feel blessed and grateful for this life with books as it was and is the life of my choice.

And it is her essay that now points me where to head for in the year 2019: I will read more on music and composers and particularly return to listening to music, considering to go back to singin as well if I see a chance to.

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This ear I have discovered so many amazing new authors and returned to old favourites- it 's been a really good year for books.

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This was the first year I 've read 200 books and I really ca n't believe it!

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I ca n't tell you how many times I 've been in a really bad spot mentally and I 'd open Goodreads and read a comment from someone saying that they 've picked up a book upon my recommendation and they loved it, or saying that they 've enjoyed reading my review, or just a message from a complete stranger in my inbox wishing me a lovely day and all of it is a gentle reminder that there 's kidness still in the world and many hings to live for and it ’ s really what helps me keep going.

I hope the universe gives you all this much kindness in return.Now, let 's talk about books!

I ’ m so sorry, I wish things were different so I could love you.- Shoutout to all the unread books on my shelves.

I ’ m gla you ’ re stuck with an idiot who buys a bunch of books that she has nowhere to put and no time to read.- Shoutout to me for being a reader because that ’ s literally the only exciting thing about me.- Shoutout to my friends with whom I don ’ t feel weird about sending an essay length text screaming about my favorite fictional haracter.

You ’ re the real MVPs.But, mostly…- Shoutout to all the diverse and inclusive books that allowed me to see myself and my community reflected on the age and told me that I deserve to take up space in the world, that I deserve to be represented and valued and celebrated.

Thank you.This year has been amazing book wise.

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