This is a survey crated by Jamie @perpetualpageturner. If you want to know more about it just click the image above and it will lead you to the original post. All the graphics are done by Jamie as well, I take no credit for them.
(Well, I did edit the first image and by that I mean I added the 8, as Jamie didn’t make that graphic for this year. Still, I just changed the number and nothing else.)
Yes, I know that this post is really late. Do I care? Not really!
I did want to post this survey earlier in the year, but I didn’t have the time to work on such a long post. And then I had some mental health troubles and really couldn’t be bothered to worry about this as well. Now everything is better and I can focus more, so I could finally finish this post! Better late than never. Plus I do love looking back at these posts and seeing my year in reading wrapped up
(which is why I’m doing it, even though I’m late with it).
This is my fourth time doing this survey. You can check all the other years that I have done this survey, if you are interested in that.
2018 READING STATS
Number Of Books You Read: 46
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
There were quite a few books that I could have picked for this category, but in the end I decided to go with Uprooted by Naomi Novik. There was just something about this book that stood out to me. If you are interested in more of my thoughts, you can check out my review for this book.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The first book that came to my mind was City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. This book ended up surprising me in a vey good way. The Mortal Instruments as a series was alright for me. Some of them I rated 2 stars and some higher.
(I have reviews for all the books on my blog, if you are interested in my thoughts.) City of Heavenly Fire ended up being my favourite in the series and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
When I think about this question no books come to my mind? I honestly have no idea if there was one book in 2018 that stood out for me in that way. After all I did rave and recommend many books during that year.
5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
The best series that I started has to be The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire. I read all three books in that series and I loved all of them, I can’t wait to get my hands on the fourth book. Two of the best sequels were Cress by Marissa Meyer and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I can’t wait to read more from those two series.
(Hopefully I’ll be able to get the sequels soon!) And the best series ender was Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, which was an amazing conclusion to The Inheritance Cycle.
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?
While I didn’t discover Tahereh Mafi in 2018 she became one of my favourite authors during that year. For me to consider an author a favourite of mine I need to read more than one book by them that I love.
(Or that one book must be beyond fantastic.)
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
That has to be Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty. I never pick up nonfiction to read, let alone memoirs.
(Unless I need to research stuff for university.) So this book came as a total surprise to me. I randomly decided to pick up the audio book for it and I ended up enjoying it a lot.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The first book that came to my mind when I read this question was Uprooted by Naomi Novik. The action never stopped in this book, something was always happening. All the small conflicts in this story were building on each other for the final and biggest one. I seriously couldn’t stop reading this book, I needed to know what was going to happen next!
9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, as I can see myself rereading the stories within this collection over and over again. The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, because I completely adored these books and they are very short as well.
10. Favourite Cover Of A Book You Read In 2018?
Without thinking I had to chose the cover for the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. That book as a whole is simply gorgeous and I adore its cover! The Knight Bus is so amazingly portrayed and I love the darker colours used for it.
11. Most memorable character of 2018?
I have to go with Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I completely adored her, she is one of my all time favourite protagonists. I just couldn’t pick anyone bu her
(though a few other characters did come to mind).
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. I reread it in 2018, so I’m counting it for this question.
(This was my 4th time rereading it.) I also ended up reading Unravel Me and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi and she has a beautiful writing style as well. Those three books are all gorgeously written!
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?
I have to pick Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty for this question. I found this book fascinating and very thought-provoking, especially in regards to death and our/my relationship to it.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?
“I don’t do that. With anyone.” “You’re celibate?” “No. Celibacy is a choice. I’m asexual. I don’t get those feelings.”
This passage was very important to me, as it was the first time that I had read about a character that identifies as asexual. I’m asexual and for the longest time I thought that there was something wrong with me. It was just wonderful seeing a character with the same sexuality as mine.
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
The first book that came to my mind was Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin.
(Not going to even mention why.)
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I don’t know if this is considered a spoiler or not? As the series has been out for years now and many people talk about this couple…Still, I won’t be mentioning the couple
(in case you don’t know about it?) but I’m sure you can guess which one I’m talking about just seeing the book they are from! (I seriously need to read Restore Me soon!)
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The friendship group in The Lunar Chronicles. I love all of the characters and their interactions with each were amazing to read about, especially in Cress.
20. Favourite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
2018 was a weird reading year for me. I basically read whatever I felt like reading, as most of the time I actually didn’t feel like reading. So there wasn’t a book that I read based solely on a recommendation in 2018.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?
The first character that came to my mind was Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle, even though 2018 wasn’t the year that I discovered him. Apparently I didn’t have other crushes that stood out to me?
(I don’t even know anymore, fictional crushes confuse me a bit as of late.)
23. Best 2018 debut you read?
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. This book was just amazing. I loved the atmosphere that Ernshaw created in this book and I ended up being very charmed by the story, despite its flaws. You can check out my review for The Wicked Deep, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I predominately read fantasy, so picking just one book is simply impossible.
(Or I’m just bad at being decisive.)
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The four books that I ended up rereading in 2018. There is a reason that I ended up reading them again.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
I have to go with The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw for this one. This book made me cry so much. I was very invested in the characters and the story. I stayed up until 4 am to finish it and it broke my heart. I don’t remember the last time I cried as much as I did when reading this book.
(Though, to be fair, I was rather emotional during that time as well – for other reasons.)
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I don’t think that Odd and the Frost Giants counts as a “hidden gem”, after all it’s a book by Neil Gaiman. Still, it’s a book that I have NEVER heard anyone else talk about. Which is why I’m picking it for this question.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin. As this is the final book in a duology, I can’t go into details as to why this book crushed my soul. If you have read it, then you would know.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
I don’t have one for this question. All books are unique in their own way and there wasn’t one that particularly stood out to me in 2018. So I shall leave this question without a concrete answer.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The first book that came to my mind was Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. No, I didn’t hate this book, nor did I particularly love it. So why did I choose it for this question? I hate the prejudice that Shadowhunters have against Downworlders.
(Probably because I’m more interested in the Downworlders.) As the story took place in the Shadowhunter Academy I had to read about many of those prejudices and I didn’t enjoy that at all.
1. New favourite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?
I discovered Hannah @A Clockwork Reader in 2018 and I completely fell in love with her videos. I have no idea why I wasn’t aware of her channel before
(probably because I stopped watching as much of booktube as I used to), but I’m so happy that I found her channel.
2. Favourite post you wrote in 2018?
I don’t have one? I love all the posts that I put up, otherwise I wouldn’t post them. And honestly, there wasn’t one in particular that stood out for me in 2018.
3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2018?
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?
The month of December. That was the month that I got out of both my blogging and reading slump. It was the month that made me fall in love with reading and blogging again. Or rather I remembered why I enjoyed both as much as I did. ❤ ❤
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
The reading and blogging slump that I mentioned in the previous question. 2018 wasn’t the best year when it comes to my mental health and that obviously influenced all other aspects of my life, including reading and blogging. I just wasn’t motivated to do either of them. Luckily I’m past that and I’m again enjoying both activities!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I don’t have one? I don’t actually pay attention to stats so I have no idea how good/bad my posts did compared to one another!
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I discovered Scribd this year. This is a site/app where you can read books and listen to audiobooks
(both unlimited), there are also other things that this site gives you access to (check out their site if you are interested). It is a subscription service, so you do pay for it each month. Though you can get a 30 day free trial, to see if this is something that interests you.
I tried the one month free trial and I also paid for it for one month in 2018
(you can cancel anytime you want). I very much enjoyed using this site, especially since I got access to many audiobooks. They tend to be very expensive and I loved the fact that I could listen to as many audiobooks as I wanted during the months that I had Scribd. I’m not sure how good this site is for new releases (if that is what you are looking for), as I used it for backlisted titles.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?
3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?
I just realised that there aren’t any series enders/sequels, aside from In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire, that I’m anticipating. I think it’s because the series that I’m in the middle of are already completed. And a ton of series that I want to start have sequels coming out this year. Obviously I’m not anticipating them as I have yet to start those series.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?
6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I don’t have one. I haven’t read any 2019 releases yet, so there is that.