2018 End of the Year Survey

2018 wasn’t my best reading year, as I had a few reading slumps here and there. Luckily, I still did read some great books and it’s always nice to look back and really take in everything that I read.

If you wish to do this survey, please be sure and link back to the original creator, Jamie @ PerpetualPageTurner.


2018 Reading stats

Number Of Books You Read: 65
Total Pages Read: 27,977
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

Best Book You Read In 2018?

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The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

I think after all of my praises for this book, it’s going to be no surprise that this was my favorite read last year. I cannot wait for the release of the sequel!

 

 

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

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The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Everyone raves about this book but it just didn’t work for me. I’m not sure if it was McGinnis’ writing style or just the story in general, but I felt very disconnected from the story. And let’s be real, that’s the exact opposite you should feel about this subject.

 

 

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

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Furyborn (Empirium, #1) by Claire Legrand

This book was getting so many mixed reviews, that I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it. I. WAS. SO. WRONG. I loved this book so much. I liked how the story was told in different POVs in different timelines, which seems to be what most people didn’t enjoy.

 

 

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

I’m not really sure that I pushed one specific book on multiple people. I pushed multiple books on different people depending on what I think they might enjoy. I gave my boyfriend Red Rising and I’ve let my dad borrow tons of books like The Queen of the Tearling trilogy and Skyward.

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

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Best Series – The Diviners Series by Libba Bray

I first read this back on its first release but could not remember anything that happened and so I did a reread and fell in love. Historical fiction mixed with the paranormal and a dash of romance? Count me in!

 

 

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Best Sequel – Black Moon (Zodiac, #3) by Romina Russell

I will die for this series, seriously. I still haven’t picked up the finale yet because I’m just not ready for the story to be over, but I plan to pick it up soon as its probably time for me to say goodbye. READ THIS SERIES, Y’ALL!

 

 

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Best Series Ender – The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3) by Erika Johansen

This entire series blew me away, but I have to say that the finale was something amazing especially. Johansen did a really interesting job on twisting your typical YA ending around and I loved that it wasn’t your typical fairy-tale happy ever after ending.

 

Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

I wouldn’t say that I’ve newly discovered her, but Rachel Caine has really solidified herself as a new auto-buy author for me. I’ve been such a big fan of her The Great Library series, but her newest scifi series written with Ann Aguirre, The Honors, just proves how awesome she is.

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

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Y’all know that I’m not the biggest contemporary reader, but I cannot praise this book enough. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful and a story that I know I will never forget. I also recommend listening to the audiobook version of this as well!

 

 

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

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Defy the Worlds (Constellation, #2) by Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray can do no wrong. Seriously. Her science fiction novels are always so exciting, with stories that you don’t want to end. After this latest book, I can’t wait to see where this series is going to next!

 

 

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

Ehhhh, I’m not usually one for re-reading books, but I may have to do a quick brush up on the previous books in The Witchland series by Susan Dennard before the release of Bloodwitch. I am crazy excited for this next installment!!! I can’t believe it’s been two years already since Windwitch.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

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Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

This book was a bit of a letdown for me, but you can’t deny that that’s a flashy book cover. If you’ve seen it in person, you’ll notice that it has a sparkly holographic cover and it definitely matches what the book is about. It’s so pretty!

 

 

Most memorable character of 2018?

Hmmm… I think I might have to go with Kelsea from The Queen of the Tearling trilogy. She’s extremely smart and cunning. It was nice to see a YA heroine who doesn’t fit the typical tropey mold that you usually find.

Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

This wasn’t as engrossing of a read as her previous work, but you can’t deny that Novik has such a lovely way with writing.

 

 

 

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

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

I really didn’t want to repeat any books on this survey, but no other book affected me quite like this one did last year.

 

 

 

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

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These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Historical fiction? Check. Mystery? Check… Yup, I’m still kicking myself for putting off this book for so long because I really enjoyed it. I need more books just like it, so if you have any recommendations then please send them my way!

 

 

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

“These people are so damned proud of their hatred! Hatred is easy, and lazy to boot. It’s love that demands effort, love that exacts a price from each of us. Love costs; this is its value.”


– Erika Johansen, The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

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Shortest Book – Brunette Ambition by Lea Michelle

This is really just a book about Michelle’s childhood and growing up on Broadway, as well as health and beauty tips from herself and her team. I loved that she even includes recipes! Though there isn’t any behind-the-scenes info from her time on Glee.

 

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Longest Book – Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7) by Sarah J. Maas

I don’t think anyone is surprised by this, because this book is MASSIVE. I thought it was a really good finale for the overall series as well.

 

 

Book That Shocked You The Most

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Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3) by Morgan Rhodes

Honestly, this entire series is just full of twists and turns. I never know what to expect will happen because it never ends that way! I plan to pick up the finale soon and I’m not ready!

 

 

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

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The Dark Days Deceit (Lady Helen, #3) by Alison Goodman

I will forever ship Lady Helen and Lord Carlston. They compliment each other so well – she’s feisty and independent, while he’s brooding and intelligent. I love their interactions so much.

 

 

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

Zara and Nadim (a living ship) are just the perfect little team. I loved how antagonistic their relationship began and then how they grew to work together. They’re such little rebels!

 

 

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

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Give the Dark My Love (Give the Dark My Love, #1) by Beth Revis

So this book took me a while to get into, but once the plot really got going I was hooked. This is really a dark story focusing around the development of the antiheroine. It wasn’t really what I was expecting but I am really excited to see what will happen in the next book!

 

Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure

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Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) by William Ritter

My friend Brittnee has been pushing me to pick this book up and I finally did last year. It was a fun read and I plan to continue on with the series at some point soon. I especially enjoyed Jackaby’s character.

 

 

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Rowan… Let’s just say that I’m a sucker for a sexy Irishman. That accent. *insert heart eyes*

 

 

 

Best 2018 debut you read?

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Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

This was such a lovely atmospheric book. It was heartwarming and definitely brought up feelings of nostalgia of childhood fairy-tales. If you haven’t read this book, then trust that the hype is all true!

 

 

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2) by Erika Johansen

While this entire series is amazing, this book in particular expanded on the world-building so much! It brought in a historial POV that really rounded out the story. I loved it.

 

 

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

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Legendary (Caraval, #2) by Stephanie Garber

I honestly couldn’t put this book down. It was so engrossing and I didn’t know that it was possible to love more than the first book, but I did! I am so excited for the finale to come out this year. It’s going to a wild ride… (I hope!)

 

 

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

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Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) at Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I think we all know that I cried just because this series was over.

 

 

 

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5) by Susan Dennard

This one probably fell by the wayside because it’s only a novella. However, it really does feel like a complete story and I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into a different part of the world. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.

 

 

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I don’t think I really read a book this past year that crushed my soul. However, I’m sure 2019 will be an entirely different story.

Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

I’m going to have to pick this one because it centers around a post-apocalyptic Indian reservation in the American Southwest. I feel like American Indian culture doesn’t have much of a presence in novels and so I loved that the entire story revolved around Indian myths brought to life.

 

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

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Iron Gold (Red Rising, #4) by Pierce Brown

I loved this book. I’m just pissed that now I have to wait until July for Dark Age to be released because Brown has pushed the release date back twice already… Pierce, you are such a TEASE!!!!!!

 

 

Blogging/Bookish Life

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

I don’t know if I really discovered a new favorite this past year. I don’t follow bookstagram anymore and I tend to stick with my usual booktubers.

Favorite post you wrote in 2018

I’m probably going to have to go with my Talk Me Into/Out Of… Books on My TBR post. I really liked doing that and plan to do another round sometime this year.

Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018

Not a bookstagrammer anymore so this doesn’t really apply to me.

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

BookCon 2018, baby! I mean, what could top that?!

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018

Meeting author Grady Hendrix and him telling me to stop dating musicians… Yes, that really happened. Haha!

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

I don’t really keep up my stats like this, though I probably should. I might be a better blogger if I did..

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love

Probably just any of my reviews in general. Book reviews don’t typically get as much views as tags do. But I promise none of my reviews ever have spoilers!

Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)

I finally got to experience The Strand Bookstore in NYC while I was there for BookCon and I can attest to the amazingness of that place. I think left with like six books because I have no self-control.

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

No… and I’m so disappointed in myself for it, too.

Looking Ahead

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

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Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1) by Ken Follett

HAHA. The joke is on you because I’ve actually already completed this one. Lemme just pat my own back for a second here…

 

 

 

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

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Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3) by Susan Dennard

I’ve been waiting two years for this book. Now it’s time to GET. IN. MY. HANDS.

 

 

 

2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

I wish I could explain to y’all just how excited I am about this debut novel. It sounds beautiful and amazing. And can you think of a more beautiful cover? I’m really excited to dive more into this Chinese-inspire fantasy.

 

 

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019

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Defy the Fates (Constellation, #1) by Claudia Gray

Like I mentioned, Claudia Gray can do no wrong and I just know she is going to destroy me with this finale.

 

 

 

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

I really want to continue reading more diverse novels, as well as getting back into more adult novels. I used to read a lot less YA than I have been since I’ve started blogging and I’d like to get back to that. I also really want to focus on reading a lot of backlisted books that have been on my shelves for a long time… the problems of a mood reader.

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

I haven’t read any 2019 releases yet, but I am currently reading The Wicked King!

 

10 thoughts on “2018 End of the Year Survey

  1. I really loved reading this post, you’ve featured some great books too so based on your 2018 end of year survey I’m betting you had a great 2018! 😀
    The City of Brass is an all-time favourite of mine, I read it in 2016 and I’ve had to wait the longest time for the sequel but there’s not too much longer to go now. Also Sadie was a book outside of my comfort zone I picked up last year and it ended up being a favourite read of mine. It’s an unforgettable story but oh that ending. I’m still not over that ending.
    Great post, and I hope you have an amazing 2019 too. 🙂 ❤

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