I meant to do this last year. I think I even actually finished it, but didn’t post it because I didn’t have my featured image things ready -_- This year, I’m prepared! Well, slightly more so than last year, at least 😛
This survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, and honestly, I look forward to seeing people do these posts, starting the last few weeks of the year.
Grab a drink and/or a snack and get comfy, because this is going to be a long one. (I am trying to keep each answer brief, though.)
I started this on the 29th with the intention of scheduling it for January 3rd, but it’s the 31st now and I don’t think I’m going to finish more books than my current read. If I do, I’ll come back and update it tomorrow 😛
2018 READING STATS
Number Of Books You Read: 82
Ok, sorry, but I’m not going through my list and counting the short stories and fairy tales, and besides that, I count everything I read anyway, no matter the length. So, I’ve read 82 things that exist on goodreads, most of which were novel-length.
Number of Re-Reads: 15
Just counting novels. If I counted short stories and fairy tales, it would actually be 20 or 21, I think.
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
Best in Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
I had several favorites this year, but I think I’m going with The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. (I can’t even break this one down by genre because there would be ties for at least a couple )
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee I had such high hopes for it, but it was just ok for me. I think I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Diviners by Libba Bray 😦 I expected it to be a 4-5 star book for me, but it ended up being barely 3.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Probably Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I don’t think anyone read it because of me, but I’m trying really hard to get husband to read it.
5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
Vicious (from the Villains duology) by V.E. Schwab (This was a conteder for favorite of the year)
Sequel I Read:
The Suffering by Rin Chupeco (This is also a contender for favorite of the year, and a series ender, but I can’t think of anything else, besides my choice for the next bit, that I enjoyed more.)
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff(This one was another possibility for favorite of the year.)
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
Rin Chupeco! I read both of the Girl from the Well books and fell head over heels, and I’m very much looking forward to reading more. (Rin Chupeco isn’t a new author, but her books were new to me.)
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. I don’t really read contemporary often, but this book ❤ (This one was definitely my favorite from a genre I don’t read often.)
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
There were actually a couple, but I’m going to say Night Film by Marisha Pessl. (My review, if you want to know more.)
9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I am a re-reader, but I really don’t know. There are a few I could potentially re-read next year, but none really jump out.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, maybe. There were like three stand-out covers for me this year, but I’m trying to limit the number of times I reuse a book for these questions.
11. Most memorable character of 2018?
Almost certainly Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
My brain totally froze on this one, because I couldn’t remember any particularly beautifully written books, but… I’m going to say The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. Loved the writing in this one.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?
Even though I didn’t love it, I’m going to say The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. It was probably my most quoted book of the year. Lee knows what it’s like to be a woman, and that inequality has always been an issue.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien!! I waited way too long. (This one was also a favorite of the year.)
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?
You’re trying to play a game designed by men. You’ll never win, because the deck is stacked and marked, and also you’ve been blindfolded and set on fire. You can work hard and believe in yourself and be the smartest person in the room and you’ll still get beat by the boys who haven’t two cents to rub together.The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
I’m excluding fairy tales and short stories from anthologies/complete works, so the shortest individual thing I read was The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs at 32 pages.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien at 1,220 pages.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The entirety of Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, omfg. If I had to describe this book with a single statement, it would be “WTF?!” (Reviewed here)
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I’m not much of a shipper, even with canon ships Probably Percy and Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Maybe Sydney and Dol (or Mitch or Victor) from Vicious by V.E. Schwab.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I’m going to say Heartless by Gail Carriger, but I actually think the first Parasol Protectorate book–Soulless–is my favorite (but, that was a re-read, and I wanted to use something that wasn’t a re-read.) I also used this one to keep from re-using the same few books for many prompts 😛
21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
None. I don’t pick up books without knowing something about them, no matter how highly recommended they come
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?
Is Victor Vale a weird answer? I don’t care. He’s the only character I can think of.
23. Best 2018 debut you read?
DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker (Reviewed here)
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I’m really not sure. Probably either the Illuminae Files books or The Lord of the Rings?
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I don’t care much for Cinderella, but this book was really cute and fun.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo oh my gosh.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman! I had an eARC of this one last year, but didn’t finish it until earlier this year, and it was really great. (Reviewed here)
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha ugh. It crushed my soul because it was just…really not great. I didn’t expect amazing, but yikes. (Review here)
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
To avoid an obvious answer (which has already been used), I’m going to go with Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Ugh, maybe Kill Creek by Scott Thomas. I wanted to like this book so much, but the more I think back on it, the more I hate it and want to lower my rating from 2 stars to maybe 1-1.5. (Review here)
1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?
This one was so hard, but I think Book Roast on YouTube. She’s not a new booktuber, but somehow I’ve gone all this time being aware of the Magical Read a Thons she hosts, but never knowing who started them until a few weeks ago:/
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?
3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:?
I didn’t take many this year, but I think it’s this one of the reading planner from the December OwlCrate (my unboxing post is here):
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
Maybe the last round of Tome Topple? It was the first successful round for me, and I more than exceeded my expectations. It was a great time 😀
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?
I’m going to say Monday, December 17th. That was the day of the tumblr log-off protest, and I haven’t been back since. It was also when I officially started dedicating more time to this blog, instagram, and twitter, which is why I’m using it for this question. I needed something to change, and it did.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Lack of motivation to do any of it It was not a great reading or blogging year.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
The post with the most views was my 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge Book Recs.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
All and none of them haha. (This is a small blog, and I haven’t devoted as much time to it as I meant to, but I’m also super critical of anything I create.)
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I don’t actually think I have one Maybe the Gobstone Alley Flying Parcel boxes? I feel like those are my most likely book-ish boxes to buy, after OwlCrate.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Haha, no. Unless you count the goodreads challenge, but I started setting my goal at 12 books a couple of years ago because I found the pressure to read more and more was killing my enjoyment.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?
I’ve been thinking about this one for days, and I honestly don’t know. There were so many. So. Many! Possibly Vengeful by V.E. Schwab, or Becoming by Michelle Obama. I don’t own either of those, and it’s looking like I won’t get them this year
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern!!
I have waited so long for another book, and I literally screamed when I heard one was set to come out next autumn.
3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Weirdly, I can’t think of any I’m really anxiously anticipating Maybe The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees?
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen also sounds really good.
Oh and Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan has been getting some buzz.
But, I’m not super desperate for any of them. I’ll probably read them, but I’m not dying to get my hands on them or anything.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?
I don’t think I’m anticipating any,… Ooh wait! In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?
Regular posting to this blog! I’ve done well, I think, this month, and I would like to continue the trend through next year. As for reading, I’ve been setting myself the goal of reading 30k pages in a year, and I would love to finally reach that next year.
6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I haven’t read any yet, so this one is not applicable.
And we’re done, whew.