2018 End of Year Survey

Another year has come and gone! I had a lot of fun in 2018.

2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 70
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

The Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Darius the Great is Not Okay

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Hands down one of my all-time favorite books.

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

smoke in the sun

I read quite a few that I was expecting to love but I think the most surprising one was Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh. I loved her other books but this one I ended up DNF’ing. My best friend read it and agreed that I was better off not wasting my time on it.

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

In a good way, I was surprised at how much I love Darius. I knew that I was going to enjoy it but I was not expecting to cry over it.

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

I was pushing Summer of Salt and The Nevernight Chronicles on a lot of people but alas I don’t think any of them read them.

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

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Best Series Starter:  Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Godsgrave

Best Sequel: GODSGRAVE!!! I am still not over it! I need Darkdawn!!

Kingdom of Ash

Best End:  Kingdom of Ash by SJM

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

So many! Amy Rose Capetta (The Brilliant Death), Katie O’Neill (The Tea Dragon Society), Katrina Leno (Summer of Salt), and Jen Wang (The Prince and The Dressmaker).

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

I was a horrible reader and stayed perfectly within my comfort zone.

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

Kingdom of Ash will probably have to take this because I devoured that book.

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

I am probably going to reread all the books in the series that are continuing in 2019 but I will definitely be rereading Nevernight and Godsgrave to prep for Darkdawn!

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

Circe

The UK Cover of Circe by Madeline Miller

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Ignite the Stars

Out of this whole questionnaire this seems to be the hardest question! I will have to go with Ia Cocha from Ignite the Stars becuase she was the female character that I don’t ever see. She is broody, a wiseass, and trusts no one. Yes, she does have this soft-side but it is hidden deep. She kind of reminds me of Kaz Brekker in the best way possible.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

The prose, tone, and mood made me just want to hug it!

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

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

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

Nevernight and Godsgrave!

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

I could not pick one.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Yiwu by Lavie Tidhar – 26 pages

Longest: Kingdom of Ash – 992 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

This is a tie between American Street and Saga Vol. 9 both due to their endings which I wouldn’t like to spoil for anyone who hasn’t read them yet. But they were painful.

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

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Rowan and Aelin. Did you expect anything different?

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Joanna, Felicity, and Sim from TLGTPAP from M. Lee

I love books about friendship and this squad was awesome!

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

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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

So many! Children of Blood and Bone, A Song of Achilles, The Belles, and Simon vs The Homo Sapien Agenda to name a few.

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

Khalaf from The Bird and The Blade by Megan Bannen

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

Darius.

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

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Clayton has created this multi-dimensional world. I loved the little animals and post ballons and all the court intrigue! I would love to visit but I don’t know if I would like to stay for ever.

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

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All of Katie O’Neill’s books

These graphic novels where so cute and I am pretty sure I squealed multiple times.

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

Darius. I am sorry that this is my answer to like everything but IT WAS JUST SO GOOD! Two runner-ups were They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera and American Street by Ibi Zoboi.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

All the Ever AFters

All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller

I requested this on a whim and read it after a DNF so I was in a reading slump  and not feeling it. I had to push myself through the first 50 pages or so and then I really started to like and it became one of my most memoralbe books this year.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Saga Vol 9

If you read it, you know why.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Cursed Pirate Girl

Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy A. Bastin

I bought this comic on a whim as it was unique and I was intrigued by the cover. The art was so detailed and

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad

Da Vinci's Tiger

Da Vinci’s Tiger by LM Elliott

THIS BOOK HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL! But no it was horribly boring and did not fulfill its promises.

The Book Blog Life

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

So, so many! For booktube, I found G-Swizzel Books, Jesse the Reader, InsaneReader, and BooksandLala just to name a few. Now for blogs and bookstagrams, I honestly don’t even know where to begin because there are so many. I am thinking that this might have to become it’s own post…

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018:

My Top 10 Favorite Myths is my alltime favorite post that I have written! I got to rant about myths and think I had a little bit too much fun!

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:

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I just love how colorful it is!

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

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I loved going to the Morristow Book Festival! I got to meet and talk with Liani Taylor, Ibi Zoboi, Emily X.R. Pan, Laura Numeroff, Emmy Laybourne and so many more!

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

I really don’t know if I can pick specifically one moment as there were many little awesome moments.

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

Juggling my book life with my student life. Ultimately, school one out and I went on a sort of haitus.

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

My Top Ten Tuesday post about books that I would be books or movies.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All of my reviews! It is amusing that the content you think would be popular like the book reviews are actually my least viewed content. For example, if I can get 20 people to look at one of my reviews that is awesome but I know that I can get at least 100 views on my TTT posts easily.

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

GoodReads of course but I do love my library’s website!

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

I did the GoodReads Reading Challenge which was originally 60 but I ended up reading 55 books by October so bumped it up to 70 books and that I did complete. I also challenged myself to Novel Knight’s Beat the backlist of 30 books which I only read 28 books.

Looking to 2019!

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

Vicious

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I started it and I kept saying that I was going to finish it but here I am.

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

Do I really have to pick just one? Well sorry I am picking 5.

Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

Sky without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

I cannot put into words how much I want this book.

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

darkdawn

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

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

WRITE MORE!!

I am thinking of all the blog posts that I haven’t written and all I need for stories! I don’t write enough in general so I hope to fix that this year.

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

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Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

I am about halfway through this book (I desperately wanted to finish it in 2018 but there was no time) but I am not going to shut up about it.

Thank you for reaching the bottom of this massive post! I’m sorry if any links were wacky or not there. WordPress didn’t want to play nice with adding them. All covers came from the GoodRead’s pages of the respective books.

Thank you to The Perpetual Page Turner for creating this! If you would like to fill out the 2018 End of Year Survey or learn more about it go check out her blog!

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