2018 wrap-up survey

Hi bookies and lovers of the literary life,

Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner created this wonderful end-of-year survey and what better way for me to wrap-up 2018 than by answering her questions.

I am going to link to Goodreads reviews or blog posts as much as possible. So, here goes nothing, or everything ….

 

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**2018 READING STATS**

 

Number Of Books You Read

124

Number of Re-Reads

2

The Pit and the Pendulum, E.A. Poe and The Captain Verses, Pablo Neruda)\

Genre You Read The Most

I didn’t actually count them but I’d say it’s either fantasy or horror (especially since my fantasy reads often have paranormal or horror elements).

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

I’d have to say Carrie by Stephen King. I’ve read lots of books with 5-star ratings this year but Carrie just kinda stuck with me! I keep coming back to the plot and the sentiment behind the story and it grips me every time.

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2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

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3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

One Day in December (Josie Silver). This book was so much more than a winter romance read! It caught me by surprise how invested I was in the characters and how much I actually cried. 

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4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

All the books I recommended were recommended to me by my trusty book buddies who are avid readers. I’ve recommended these books to other friends who don’t read as much and I know they’ve been added to their lists but I can’t tell how many were actually read.

Books I’ve repeatedly recommended throughout the year include: and were some of my favorite 2018 reads: The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey), Wintersong (and Shadowsong, S. Jae-Jones), Six of Crows (and Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo), Milk and Honey (Rupi Kaur), I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (Michelle McNamara), The Outsider (Stephen King), and Supernatural Tales (Vernon Lee aka Violet Page).

 

 

 

5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

For sure the Six of Crows duology!

 

 

 

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

S. Jae-Jones. Her twitter account has become my life!

 

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I’ve read two poetry novels in my life. One by Sarah Crossan in 2017 and The Crossover by Kwam Alexander in 2018. I loved The Crossover (and I also loved One but this post is not about 2017). It was an unexpected kind of joy to read this book! And I want every middle school library to stock this book. 

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8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Outsider by Stephen King. I devoured that book!

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9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Carrie by Stephen King!

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10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

That’s a toss-up between Supernatural Tales by Vernon Lee and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. 

 

 

 

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Carrie for sure. I loved her rage!

 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Her prose was mesmerizing!

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13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

My Friend Fear by Meera Lee Patel.

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Also, probably, Carrie 😉 … actually definitely Carrie.

 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo.

 

 

I almost said Carrie again but honestly, I don’t think I would’ve appreciated this novella for what it is during my younger years.

 

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

This right here highlights why I made a 2019 goal to write down quotes from books! I loved many passages of books in 2018 but couldn’t tell you one as I made no effort to note them down (and I can’t even tell you why – I usually do). 

 

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker (32 pages)

Longest: The Song of the Orphans by Daniel Price (748 pages)

 

 

 

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I don’t read a lot of thrillers or suspense but the book that messed with my head the most was The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin. This was an intense, very slow sci-fi read but tackled questions that are truly scary to me; for example, how would Earth and mankind be changed if we had definite proof of alien life!

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18. OTP* OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
*one true pairing

Liesl and her Erlkönig from the Wintersong duology. Ever since a young girl, I’ve been obsessed with the goblin king, brought to you by a Goethe poem!

 

 

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Britta and Dori from Beyond the Green by Sharlee Mullins Glenn. Their love for each other and the heartbreak they go through tugged at my heartstrings. 

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20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

And again, my answer is Carrie. 🙂

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21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.

Wintersong for sure. As I said der Erlkönig is one of my favorite folklores and reading a novel centered around his tales didn’t seem appealing at first as I was afraid the book couldn’t hold up to my expectations. After hearing only good things about it and reading reviews from trusted bookish friends, I finally gave in, and oh boy am I glad I did.

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22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Carrie? I don’t tend to develop crushes for fictional characters. 

 

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. Her writing was beautiful and poetic despite the gruesome theme of her book. I am sad that she has passed away and I won’t be able to read more by her.

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24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. I can’t fathom how good Leigh Bardugo is at setting the scene!

 

 

 

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

That’s a tough one but I’d have to say Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. She reads it herself and I loved the audiobook. She is outspoken and loud. Her jokes are raunchy and honest. I definitely laughed on several occasions about her anecdotes.

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26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – I wept almost the entire time! One Day in December by Josie Silver also gave me a good cry. 

 

 

 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist. I never would’ve discovered this book (and the series) wasn’t it for the Popsugar reading challenge prompt “a book read by a stranger in public“. I am so happy I saw this stranger in November holding a well-loved copy of this book! I totally fell in love with Feist’s storytelling and writing. 

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28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Milk and Honey – some of Rupi Kaur’s poems were just too real!

 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Picses by Melissa Broder because who knew that I needed merman erotica in my life. 

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30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Hands down The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. What an awful, awful book! No one should read this ever! It was full of terrible stereotypes, the wrong kind of advice, and some of the worst science explanations I’ve ever read. Here is my blog review where I rant in detail why this book sucks!

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1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

Book Roast on YouTube. I love her Harry Potter themed readathons!

 

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

I feel like my most helpful blog post was one about signing up for Dewey’s readathon and how to prep for it. I’ve linked to it on several occasions across platforms and have gotten good feedback about its helpfulness. 

My personal favorites are the guest-posts I get to do during Dewey’s readathons. Here are just a few:

April warm-up post

April hour 10 and 11

Reverse readathon hour 16

October hour 16 and 17

And for good measure, and maybe my all time favorite, an homage to Dewey’s 10 year anniversary in 2017. 

 

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

I don’t really post a lot of photos online but I do love this one that I took during the April Dewey’s readathon. It combines two of my favorite things: coffee and books. Here you can see the opening line of Six of Crows – which is still one of my favorite openers ever. 

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4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

All the damn readathons! See my blog for many, many mentions. 🙂

 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

I am nearing 100 followers. I know that’s not a lot but it has taken me a long time to get my footing with this blog. I am super enjoying my TTT posts and the interactions I get there with other bloggers. I am hoping to break the 100 follower barrier in 2019. And I’d like nothing more than conversations with everyone about books here on my blog. 

 

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Increasing my blogging footprint. I do really want to provide a fun, accepting, diverse, and informational platform for everything books. 

In part, I believe I need to be more active but I also still struggle with my blog layout. I do think a visually pleasing blog is the key! And I don’t feel I am there yet. 

 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most viewed post is the one on how to prep for Dewey’s readathon. I think my post with the most interactions (i.e. comments) is a TTT about my favorite reads of 2018.

 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I don’t have a particular post. I am always looking for interactions. Generally, my monthly wrap-ups get the least love. 

 

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, bookstores, etc.)?

I’ve finally started ordering books from Powell’s – not sure what took me so long!

 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I was able to complete all my goals for 2018. I had set a goal of 100 books for the year and surpassed that by 24. I also wanted to read and review 10 ARCs, read 25 books from my own shelf, and read 10 books from the 1001 book list. I surpassed all of these as well. Here is my breakdown. I was able to finish the advanced Popsugar reading challenge with my last book on December 31st at 10pm!

 

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

The Stand by Stephen King. I had slated this for several readathons and for the Popsugar reading challenge but just couldn’t get to it! This one is a must for 2019!

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2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden! I am dying to read the last book in this series. I can’t believe I had to wait sooooooooo long. If you haven’t read the first two books in the Winternight Trilogy, drop everything, and do that right now. 

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3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I can’t think of one. 

 

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

Like I said, The Winter of the Witch! January 8th cannot be here fast enough. 

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5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

I want to break the 100 follower barrier. I want to interact with more book bloggers. And I want to work on my writing skills. 

 

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I am currently ready Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson. It comes out in the next few days. It’s a cute read so far but I can’t tell yet if it’s gonna be an impactful book.

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2 thoughts on “2018 wrap-up survey”

  1. So many science fiction books make aliens so BORING. Cixin Liu’s entire series is just so existentially terrifying.

    “a book read by a stranger in public“
    That is such a cool way to pick a book. (Also a good way to wind up reading The Da Vinci Code or 50 Shades of Grey, but strikes and gutters.)

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    1. It’s actually surprising (or maybe not) how difficult it is to see someone read a book in public. I’ve traveled some and saw eReaders but couldn’t tell from that what book it was.

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