2018 End of Year Bookish Survey

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Welcome to the 2018 End of Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner! This is the third time that I have participated in this fun yearly event. I am always amazed at my reading stats and I look forward to finding out yours as well!

2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 2: Cinder and Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult Contemporary

BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green! This book is such a wild ride. I am so excited to read the next book in the series.

 

 

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

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green is one that I read for the Summer TBR Wipeout last year. I enjoyed the book, but it just didn’t seem to have a wow factor for me. I usually enjoy John Green’s novels a lot, so this was a bit disappointing.

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

Sadie by Courtney Summers. This is one book that has had so much impact on me! The writing is amazing and it is all about love and revenge. I highly suggest it.

 

 

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

I seem to read a lot of books that have been adapted to movies. The audiobook for Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is narrated by Wil Wheaton and it is amazing! It is perfect for anyone who enjoys a little ’80s nostalgia and video games. A definite must-read if you haven’t already.

5. Best series you started in 2018?

I read the entire Illuminae series by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman last year and absolutely loved it! It is original, complex, and has amazing characters as well. There is just so much to love about this one.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Hank Green!! I have always enjoyed his Crash Course videos, so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing really blew me away.

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

When I received an unsolicited ARC of The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor, I read the synopsis and immediately thought that I was not going to like it. After perusing a few early reviews on Goodreads, I decided to give it a try. It is a really dark read that has lots of Stranger Things vibes. Not a book for everyone, but I enjoyed it!

8. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t usually re-read books. However, if I were to potentially read one over again it would be Truly Devious to refresh my memory before reading the second book in the series.

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

The cover for Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott is so pretty! I am also really excited about the upcoming film. It is a wonderful contemporary about a character with cystic fibrosis.

10. Most memorable character of 2018?

Leah from Leah on the Offbeat! Becky Albertalli just seems to have a knack for creating fun and quirky characters. Leah is one that I found to be really likeable .

11. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is another audiobook that I recently listened to. The story is so well-crafted and gripping. I hope that the film does the book justice when it is released.

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

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! I have had a love-hate relationship with long books lately and have put off so many series because of the commitment involved. Last summer I carved out the time to finally read all of the books in this series. I am so happy to have read this fantastic collection. It is one of my favourites.

13.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Sock it to Me Santa is a mere 56 pages. The Lunar Chronicles is a whopping 2977 pages!

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

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera really created a sweet and fun read with What if It’s Us. This is one to read if you enjoy character driven stories set in New York.

 

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

The Beauty That Remains by Ashely Woodfolk definitely made me ugly cry. It is a book about grief that is so well-written. One that will require copious amounts of tissues if you read it.

BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE

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

I hosted the Summer TBR Wipeout again this summer and it really was so much fun. I always enjoy the encouraging comments the participants give to one another. It really helps to keep me set to a reading and blogging routine over the summer.

LOOKING AHEAD

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

I really wanted to read Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy ahead of the Netflix movie. I am putting off watching the movie until I have read the book, so I hope that this incentive will push me to read it soon. I have heard great things.

2. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Four Dead Queens!! I have been hearing about this book quite a bit. It has also been a long time since I have read a fantasy novel. This one sounds like it will be the one to pull me back into the genre. It is supposed to have aspects of Divergent and The Hunger Games, so I am really intrigued.

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

I would really like to try to add one more reading challenge into my schedule. It really helps me to keep motivated to read and blog, especially during the holiday months. Also, I would like to hop back into social media more. Twitter became really toxic, so if you’re wondering where I went, that is why. Reading is my happy place and I want to keep it that way.

4. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?

You Won’t See Me Coming by Kristen Orlando! This is one series that I hope everyone tries. This Black Angel Chronicles has a bit of everything. It is a spy story with a bit of romance and mystery. I am so sad to see it end.

 

 

What are your reading goals for 2019?


28 thoughts on “2018 End of Year Bookish Survey

  1. sabina edwards says:

    I read ,Ready player one before it was a movie and I heard that the movie wasn’t even based on the book now lol..weird

  2. anovelglimpse says:

    I want to listen to Between Shades of Grey! I’m happy to know you liked the audiobook. I listened to Salt to the Sea and thought it was fantastic. I need to get into the mood to listen to this one soon.
    Congrats on a great year!

  3. Irena BookDustMagic says:

    OmG, you read so many books during the year. I kinda envy you, but in a good way. I read a half of what you did.
    I agree, Between Shades of Grey is such a beautiful book and I hope the movie will also be good.
    I relly like this survey and I think I will do it too, but of course I’ll give a credit to you and to Jamie.
    Irena BookDustMagic recently posted…Best books I read in 2018 #BookBloggers #BookLovers #reading #BestOf2018

  4. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books says:

    I love your answers here! I am so happy you mentioned Hank Green’s book, I loved it SO much 😀 I’m also eager to read more from him.
    Oh and The Beauty That Remains was such a beautiful book, I adored it SO much, I’m glad you did too 🙂
    Happy reading! <3

  5. Raven says:

    I’m so glad to see Sadie in this list! That book was pretty intense! Congratulations on finishing Lunar Chronicles! I’ve read the first book in this series and really loved it. I’m hoping to finish rest of the series this year. I’m so glad you loved The Illuminae Files! It was one of my favorite series. I’m quite excited for their next upcoming series The Aurora Cycle.
    Great Post! 🙂
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  6. Lindsi says:

    Between Shades of Gray destroyed me when I read it a few years ago. I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a signing, and she was amazing. Have you heard what she did for research? If not, you should look it up. It was intense!

    I really enjoyed Sadie as well, although “enjoyed” might not be the right word. I thought it was powerful and intense, although the ending left me wanting more. I like having more of a resolution, but I can see how it worked for the story.

    I expected more from Turtles All the Way Down, but still liked it. I finally read all of The Lunar Chronicles, so I can see why you’d want to do a re-read! The Illuminae series is on my list for this year! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it! Happy reading!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬
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  7. ShootingStarsMag says:

    I finally read Winter last year, and the first Wires and Nerve. Now I just need to read the second Wires and Nerve and Stars Above and that will be all of the Lunar Chronicles! I love them though. I have Dumplin’ out from the library to read – that will be my next book. My book club is reading it, so that’s good motivation – and the movie!

    -Lauren
    ShootingStarsMag recently posted…Glossies Made Me Listen to…True Crime Podcast, Broken Harts

  8. Jaime Lynn says:

    The Chalk Man sounds awesome, and so does Four Dead Queens! Four Dead Queens is on my list already, but The Chalk Man is a new one and I am looking forward to it! And by the way, DUMPLIN ROCKS! I adored it so much, and I hope you do, as well!

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