Before I start, I think we should all just give ourselves a pat on the back for making it to the end of the year. Whether 2018 was the best year or the worst year of your life, finishing another calendar year is really something to be proud of.
As I do every year, I’m wrapping up 2018 with a look back at my favorite music, books, video games, blog posts, and other moments that made the year special. I do my best to keep it brief, but let’s face it… there’s a lot of great things to be thankful for.
Top 5 Albums
5) Cold Like War – We Came As Romans
Favorite songs: Cold Like War, Lost In The Moment, Promise Me
4) Legacy – Hope For The Dying
Favorite songs: Aurora/Setting Sun, Narcissus
3) Disease – Beartooth
Favorite songs: Disease, Afterall, Clever
2) On The Run – Children 18:3
Favorite songs: Moment to Moment, We’ll Never Say Goodbye, Jenny
1) Dark Skies – Fit For A King
Favorite Songs: The Price of Agony, When Everything Means Nothing, Oblivion
Top 5 Books
5) A Tyranny of Petticoats – Jessica Spotswood (Editor)
This short story collection featured tales of young women throughout American history, written by some of my favorite authors.
4) Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman
Even though I read this book as part of a class assignment, the way Shusterman approached the topic of mental illness helped me enjoy it in its own right.
3) Warcross – Marie Lu
It was wonderful to read a book with endearing characters, an interesting concept, and a virtual reality video game I would love to play.
2) Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia
This is one of few books I’ve read that actually understands internet and fan culture. But more than that, I fell in love with following these characters’ journeys.
1) Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
I love heist stories to begin with, and Leigh Bardugo executed one so well in Six of Crows with her fantastic cast of characters.
Top 5 Video Games
I haven’t done one of these lists before, but I ended up playing a lot of different video games this year.
5) Pokémon Ultra Moon – Game Freak/Nintendo (3DS)
While not necessarily my favorite Pokémon game, I had a lot of fun building my dream team in this one.
4) Metroid Prime – Retro Studios/Nintendo (GameCube)
I took another stab at this one over the summer and with some help, I came to love it more.
3) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Bandai Namco Studios & Sora Ltd./Nintendo (Switch)
A latecomer in the year, but well worth the wait. Everyone really is here.
2) Moonlighter – Digital Sun/11 Bit Studios (Switch)
I don’t play a lot of indie games, but this one caught my attention with the combination of dungeon crawling and shop simulation.
1) Okami – Clover Studio/Capcom (Switch)
An HD remake of a game I loved but never finished, I loved trying my hand at Okami again this year.
Top 5 Blog Posts
I love (most) everything I put up here, but here are a few of my favorites from 2018, in chronological order.
20 Things I’ve Learned in 20 Years
I share some life lessons that I’ve learned for myself in my 20 years on Planet Earth.
More Than a Damsel in Distress: A Look at Two Iconic Princesses
I examine two of gaming’s most iconic ladies, Princess Zelda and Princess Peach to show how they’ve become more than a hero’s objective.
YA Tropes: Scrap or Save?
10 character tropes enter, only 5 can be saved. Also includes a quiz to help you finally learn which trope you are!
I Took a Vacation And I Refuse to Feel Guilty About It
I enjoyed a weekend with some friends, and yet found myself feeling guilty when I returned to school on Monday – I decided that wasn’t going to last for long.
When The Words Won’t Come
I talk about dealing with writer’s block and why I decided I needed to take a break for a while.
Favorite Moments & Memories
Getting a job at the Writing Center (February)
I worked as a writing tutor at my school for a semester, and although I wasn’t able to stay after that, I made a lot of great friends while working at the writing center.
Finishing Breath of the Wild (March)
I finally completed the main storyline of Breath of the Wild this spring, and it’s one of the most satisfying resolutions I’ve seen in a long time.
Working on cosplay (March/April)
When I was home for break in March and April, I made some progress on my cosplay project for Link from Breath of the Wild.
Going to City Rockfest 2018 (May)
As a birthday gift to myself, I went to see Disciple and As We Ascend on the City Rockfest tour – and I got to meet both bands (and some of the others) afterwards!
Paul’s graduation (June)
Winning Camp NaNoWriMo twice (April & July)
While I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo in November, I did write a total of 64,821 between doing Camp NaNo in April and July.
Summer game nights (July/August)
I hosted some game nights in my dorm over the summer, and it was great to play MarioKart, Uno, and Banannagrams with my friends.
Hershey Park (September)
I spent the day at Hershey Park with my friends – we rode all of the rollercoasters, visited Chocolate World, and had a great day together.
Disciple’s acoustic show (September)
I drove out to see my friend Hannah, and we went to see Disciple play an acoustic show together. We got to meet the band afterwards too!
Watching new shows (October/November)
I guess it’s not technically a “new” show for me, but I watched the new season of Doctor Who featuring Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor and loved it. I also watched Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, an anime someone recommended to me, and devoured it in about 3 weeks.
Watching The Game Awards (December)
I watched The Game Awards in its entirety this year, and even though most of my favorite games weren’t in the running to win anything, I enjoyed watching all of the announcements and awards.
And that wraps it up for 2018! Thank you to everyone who’s followed my blog through the past year – I always appreciate the comments and feedback you have. I’m looking forward to 2019!