The end of 2018 means that blogs are flooded with end of the year posts, and I feel as though I have been looking at all of them. I love knowing what everyone else enjoyed reading this year, hoping to find new recommendations for myself. But, the problem with the format of WordPress is that I see each individual’s lists, and am left wondering what the collective whole thought. Sure, I could look up the best from Goodreads, but I want to know what the bloggers thought. In my search for the best of the best from the WordPress blogs, I have created a word cloud to visually represent the top reads of 2018.
But of course, going through everyone’s lists would be impossible. So, I picked the first 50 lists I’ve found and compiled them into the wordcloud below.
The first thing that stands out is that people have very different tastes in book, and that is shown by all of the small words off to the side. The second is that despite everyone’s differing tastes, there were still some common books.
The first book that jumps out if Circe by Madeline Miller. This did not surprise me, as I have seen Circe everywhere books are sold during the year of 2018. It was a bestseller, and it made it to the top of the Goodreads yearly favorites list. Circe is tale set an ancient Greece in the time of Gods and follows the title character as she hones her occult craft.
Here is where the technology failed me. I also saw the book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid over and over again, but I think the title was too long for the wordcloud so it is not represented. The other name that also did not come up was oddly another Evelyn book, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn HardCastle by Stuart Turton. I guess 2018 was a good year for Evelyn’s. The first, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is about an aging Hollywood icon who tell her story to a Hollywood reporter. The other Evelyn book (The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn HardCastle) is a murder mystery of sorts, about Evelyn’s deaths all 71/2 of them.
Other repeated books of note. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is very large in the word cloud, as is Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, both notable YA releases from this year. Speaking of YA, the queen Cassandra Clare made it on the list three times with Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows and the Queen of Air and Darkness. In fact, most of the books on this list were YA.
I will also be doing this with the top authors and if it is up it will be linked here.
A Thank You to All the Blogs I pulled books From!
Maxxesbooktopia, AShortBookLover, RunawayWithDreamThieves, TheSwimmingWizard, ARavenclawReader, CultureBucket, LearningToBreathe, TheBookCollector, DaydreamingRoux, TheRomanceCorner, BlogOfAWitch, TheBookAndBeautyBlog, CJRTheBrit, Tammy’sReading/WritingLife, PerpetualFangirl, BookishLuna, BookBeachBunny, WrittenBySime, MyLifeWithBooks, ContemplativeNostalgia, ReadingEvolution, Emma’sBookBlog, PaperbackBri, TherapyWithBooks, HannaReads, ReadingUnderTheBlankie, AbbiesBookShelves, BetterHawaii, CoolywobblesandWoolgathering, Muse, AdventuresofABibliophile, TheMisstery, EmilyKateReads, ThePerksofBeingNoura, DreamByDay, PiecesofKBlog, AlwaysDoing, EscapingInPaper, PaperbacksandPlanners, angiesbookblog, AmyKSorrells, DavidWSwansan, WillKelly, Her.CEO, RenneEmerson, ElsbethJMagilton, TheStartofBookBuyer’sAdventureIntoBlogging, forgotsecondbreakfast, Deniseadelek, JohnGreco
Think I missed any notable books with my oh-so-biased cloud? Let me know in the comments.