The annual end-of-the-year survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. I’m so glad she puts the work into making this every year because it’s always a highlight to look back over my reading and blogging for the past year!
**2018 READING STATS**
Number Of Books You Read: 94
Number of Re-Reads: One. Wow. I thought it was more than that, but apparently not. My one re-read was THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, which I re-read twice.
Genre You Read The Most From: YA contemporary. That wouldn’t be surprising normally, but especially considering I judged round 1 of the YA Fiction category this year for Cybils.
1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
Overall favorite 2018 release: Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Best middle grade: Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake (. . . sensing a pattern here?)
Best adult fiction: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Best Comic/Graphic Novel: Check Please! Book 1: Hockey
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson. To be fair, this came out in 2017, and I read Jackson’s 2018 release, Monday’s Not Coming, first. Allegedly was a let down though because I loved Monday’s Not Coming so much, and Allegedly didn’t quite stack up for me.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. Based on the summary, it didn’t look like my typical kind of book, but I thought it was beautifully written and I loved it. A rare five star read for me.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Sadie by Courtney Summers. I tend to push Courtney Summers books anyway but Sadie seems to be an easy sell (and for good reason–it’s FANTASTIC).
5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
Best series started-Check Please!
Best sequel/companion – Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Best series ender– The Way I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
Well, considering she wrote my overall favorite book AND my favorite middle grade of the year, it’s safe to say that’s Ashley Herring Blake.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough. I don’t typically like novels in verse, but this was FANTASTIC and fierce and moving and emotional and ugh, I loved it.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I stayed up waaaaay into the night to finish Monday’s Not Coming.
9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Well I always like to start a new year by re-reading my favorite book of the previous year (that’s why The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was my one re-read of the year), so clearly that would be made Girl Made of Stars. But just so I don’t answer this book for every single question, I’ll also mention I’m very likely to re-read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
I’m sure some people would find this one off-putting because of the bright yellow, but I love the cover of Pulp by Robin Talley and how vintage it looks!
11. Most memorable character of 2018?
I have to go with Sadie from well, Sadie. I just found her fascinating.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
Oh man, this one is hard. I think I have to go with Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?
Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. I only read one Sarah Waters book this year, but more will definitely come in 2019 because this book was excellent.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?
Even girls made of stars are captives, bound at the wrists and traded like property. Even girls made of stars aren’t asked, aren’t believed, aren’t considered worth the effort unless they can offer something in return.
Even girls made of stars buy into those lies sometimes.
Yes, it’s from Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake, aka the book that has been my response to at least 50% of these questions.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
longest– Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule
shortest- The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
I think it’d have to be I Stop Somewhere by TE Carter (a completely underrated book, by the way)
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Jack/Bitty from Check Please!
And then, not quite OTP status but romantic relationships I rooted for in books this year: Alice/Takumi from Let’s Talk About Love and and Steffi/Rhys from A Quiet Kind of Thunder.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I really loved the relationship between Clara and her dad in The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I have a couple: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire, Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli.
21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
Well, I would have never read it for it not been for Cybils judging, so I’m going with Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?
Don’t have any! Maybe if I had read more adult romance. . .
23. Best 2018 debut you read?
I’m going with Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough for this, but just know Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram was a very close second.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I’m going to say the old-school Hollywood glam setting in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was very vivid.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
So for me I think graphic novels really took the cake here this year. Yes, Check Please! which I’ve mentioned several times, but also The Tea Dragon’s Society by Katie O’Neill and Moonstruck volume 1 by Grace Ellis.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
I have two, both of which have featured heavily on this survey so far, not surprisingly! Those are Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake and Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Okay, since I don’t want to say Girl Made of Stars yet again, I’ll have to go with. . . Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. Yes, by the same author as Girl Made of Stars. I had favorites this year, y’all.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. I know, I know, it appears once again!
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor. I did not necessarily enjoy it, but I can say it was very unique.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Okay, so first I was going to say The Perfect Sister by Jessica Knoll, which I did NOT enjoy one bit, but then I thought about it, and. . . The Universe is Expanding and So Am I by Carolyn Mackler. I’m particularly mad about that one because parts of the books are good, but I find the entire premise flaw and really upsetting. Also, it deals with a sister coming to terms with the fact that her brother committed a rape, and it’s hard when my favorite book of the year had a similar premise and dealt with it SO MUCH BETTER.
I’m ashamed to say that going back over my subscriptions, none of them were new this year.
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?
I mostly wrote reviews (and I really want to get back into doing discussions and other features!), but I’m really proud of my review for Blood Water Paint.
3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:?
Again, something else I didn’t do very much of this year!
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
I didn’t really get to participate in any bookish events this year, but hopefully 2019 will change that!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?
I have to say being a round 1 Cybils judge! It was a lot of work and reading, but it was such a worthwhile endeavor.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Just finding time! I haven’t been nearly as active as I wanted because I graduated grad school, which I THOUGHT would give me more time, but then I moved from one end of Texas to another, started a new job, got settled in, etc. It’s just been a LOT.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Well, my most popular post was from a few years ago: What do Do with Books You Don’t Want Anymore. My most popular post actually written this year was my review of Girl Made of Stars, which is not surprising since I’ve basically been yelling about this book for months.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I posted one Saturday morning cup post this year, and I definitely wish that one had got more loved.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Hmm, well, I got to visit The Strand in New York City for the first time so that was definitely a fun bookish discovery/adventure!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I didn’t really set any challenges or goals, and I’m glad because this year was busy enough without those!
The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir. Not because I’m super excited about it (I mean, I want to read it, but it’s not a book I was anticipating), but because it’s due back to the library in eight days.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?
Well, considering two of her books were two of my favorites this year, I’m gonna have to say The Mighty Heart of Sunny St James by Ashley Herring Blake.
3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I have two: I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver and These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?
In A Wayward Dream by Seanan McGuire. I’ve loved every installment in the Wayward Children series, so I expect this to be no different (and perhaps one of my goals this year will to be re-read the series).
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?
Blog more! I’ve missed it.
6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I’ve only read an ARC of one 2019 release, but I do recommend it! I read We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia and was enthralled.