So the year is quickly coming to a close which means another end of year book survey!!! This tag was created by the perptualpageturner and I’ve been doing it for the past two years and it’s filled with some really great questions. So without further ado let’s get into the amazing books I read this year.
**2018 READING STATS**
Number Of Books You Read: 155
Number of Re-Reads: 15 Books
Genre You Read The Most From: Probably realistic fiction but I’m not sure.
1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
It’s really hard to chose just one book it’s the one that I just keep coming back whenever I think about the question so I think Sadie by Courtney Summers. I mean all of her books are amazing but this one just blew me out of the water.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
About A Girl by Sarah Mccarry. The cover was of two girls kissing and I was like “awesome, this is going to be gay af and I’m going to love it” And while it was very gay, it was also weird as fuck and I had no idea what was going on 99% of the time. I was really disappointed.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
More Than This by Patrick Ness. I had no idea what to expect going into it and only had like a really vague idea of what it was about. This book blew me out the water and I was really surprised by the awesome turn it took.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I don’t really recommend books to people I know IRL because I know they won’t read it so let’s pass this one.
5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
Best Series: Scythe by Neal Shusterman. That series is fucking amazing and I need the third book ASAP
Best Sequel: Leah on The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. This book is the perfect conclusion to the simonverse and I love everything about it.
Best Series Ender: Of Monsters and Men by Patrick Ness. This series ruined me and I loved it.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
Katherine Locke. The Balloonmakers duology is the best thing ever and I can’t wait to read whatever else she comes out with.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Frankenstein was one the only classics that I read by choice this year and I loved it so much!! It was so fascinating and I could talk about it for hours.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This book was so thrilling and there were so many twists and turns that had me reeling. It’s one of the most cleverly executed thrillers I’ve ever read.
9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Probably Bridge of Clay. A year that goes by without me reading Markus Zusak isn’t really a year at all.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
probably Far From The Tree by Robin Benway. It’s really simple but I love it.
11. Most memorable character of 2018?
Probably Sadie From Sadie by Courntey Summers. Everything that that girl went through hurt my soul and I just want to protect her at all cost.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
Bridge of Clay By Markus Zusak. Hands down. His writing will never cease to amaze me.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Everybody needs to read this book. It’s so important and beautifully written and just such a relevant book for our current political climate.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
Station Eleven by Emily St-John Mandel. I’ve heard about this book for years now and I never really understand what the hype was about. But when I read it , I finally understood. THis book is amazing and arguably the best postapocalyptic story I’ve ever read.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?
” “I’m Not anything if I’m not writing, Mr Hemingway.’
‘Ernest,’ he said.
‘Ernest,’ I repeated, thinking, in the end, the writing was the only thig that saved me, that kept me from being sucked down into the sludge pit of darkness and doubt. Wondering if any small bit of Ernest Hemingway might be the same way, if a writer as succesful as he was ever questioned his words, his worth, the cost of what it took to pour al lof yourself into a book that people might just abandon, half-read, on a chair in a bus station, even with a whole long journey to pass.”
It’s from Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton and this quote hit me so hard.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
Shortest: Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseni
Longest: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. That ending killed me and if the third book doesn’t come out soon I may not survive
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Matteo and Rufus from They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera. Only Silvera could make me root for two people who just met and are going to die on the same die.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The relationship between Grace, Maya and Joaquin. This book is chock full of beautiful relationships but the one between the three biological siblings was my absolute favorite.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Our Year Of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon. This book was amazing and somehow even better than her first one.
21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. This is really not something that I’d usually read but everybody on twitter was talking about it so I gave in and it was so cute!!! It had me swooning the entire time.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?
I domn’t get fictional crushes.
23. Best 2018 debut you read?
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough. This book was absolutely phenonemal.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I feel like I’ve mentioned this book so many times but I’m obsessed. The Scythe Series by Neal Shusterman has amazing worldbuilding and I could highkey read an entire book entirely about the history of the world.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Born a Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. This book was fucking hilarious and had me in laughter induced tears multiple times.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. This book was beautifully crafted and so bittersweet and the way the story progressed had me in tears multple times.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton. This book about Hemmingway’s third wife was absolutely phenonemal and I just love books that make me learn about hidden parts of history.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara had me in tears throughout pretty much the entire book. This book wrecked me.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Keirsten White. It’s one of the most unique retellings I’ve read and it was so interesting to compare it with the original source material.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid. This book pissed me off and just I felt absolutely no sympathy for the main character and reading about her stupid decisions made me want to throw something.
1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?
I absolute love Elise’s blog.
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?
My discussion post on whether Holocaust Books are still important. It’s a post that was very personal and something I’ve been thinking about for quite some time.
3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:?
Honestly I haven’t taken many bookish photos but I like this one of my ticket for when I went to see Love, Simon.
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
HCC Frenzy invited me to go see an early screening of Love, Simon and it was sooo much fun. Little did I know that this would become my favorite movie that I would watch over 50 times.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?
I hate to sound like a broken record but seeing Love, Simon.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Finding the motivation to blog and readwhile I had other obligations. This summer I was working at a sumemr camp with no internet access for two months so I had to backlog a lot of blog posts which worked out in the end but during that time I barely read which really sucked. But then with school I was just so overhwhelmed this semester that the amount of posts I came out with was really disapointing
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
For some reason my review of The Cruelty keeps getting views and I have no idea why since it’s not that great of a review and I wrote it like two years ago.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My post on what Love, Simon means to me.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I recently discovered that Overdrive is the best thing ever created and though I used to be not totally sold on ebooks, it’s not basically all I read. There are so many amazing books on there and I don’t have to go anywhere to get them and it’s free!!!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I set myself a goodreads goal to read 100 books which I surpassed by reading 153 books!!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. As soon as it becomes avaliable at my library, I’m jumping on it.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?
You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman. I’m so excited for this book. I absolutely loved Girl Out of Water and I think that this one is going to be even better.
3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Again But Better by Christine Riccio. I’m usually super wary of Youtubers writing books but Christine seems super dedicated to her novel and it just looks really amazing. She’s a really funny person and I think her humor and overall tone would translate really well into a book.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?
I hate to sound like a broken record but the third book in the scythe series is supposed to come out and I NEED IT NOW.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?
I just want to create as much quality content as I possibly can.
6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
A Place for Wolves by Kosoko Jackson. This book is fucking amazing and y’all need to read it when it comes out.
Have You Read Any of the Books I Mentioned? How Was Your Reading Year? Did You Do The End of Year Book Survey? Let Me Know in The Comments Down Below!