Just for Fun, Year In Review

2018 End of Year Book Survey

Welcome to my Big Book Survey for 2018!

Number Of Books You Read: 48 (goal of 48!)

Number of Re-Reads: 7

Genre You Read Most: Literary Fiction

Best Book You Read In 2018?

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

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

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

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

Favorite new author you discovered?

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

Most action-packed/thrilling/un-put-down-able book of the year?

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

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

Most memorable character of 2018?

  • Elio from Call Me By Your Name
  • Ponyboy from The Outsiders
  • Mary from The Secret Garden

Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

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

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

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” -Michelle Obama (Becoming)

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

  • Shortest: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (52 pages)
  • Longest: They Say / I Say, with Readings by Graff & Berkenstein (816 pages)

Book That Shocked You The Most

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Saga, Volume 9 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • What If It’s Us? by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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

  • Elio and Oliver from Call Me By Your Name
  • Cameron and Nate from Sometime After Midnight
  • Arthur and Ben from What If It’s Us?

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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

Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

n/a

Best 2018 debut you read?

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

  • So Big by Edna Ferber
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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

  • Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith
  • The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
  • Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
  • What If It’s Us? by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

  • People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
  • Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips
  • What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

  • Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith
  • I Felt A Funeral In My Brain by Will Walton
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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

  • Saga Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
  • People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2018? 

Oops – none…. Haven’t had much time to explore! Any recommendations?

Favorite review that you wrote in 2018? 

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

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

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

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

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

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

I re-introduced the TBR Pile Challenge for 2018 and read about half the books on my list but reviewed even fewer than that. I hope to do better in 2019! 

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

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

  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Ascent of Woman by Melanie Phillips

2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

  • Anything from Rick Riordan. Or perhaps the next installment of the Fantastic Beasts series? 

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

I want to read all 14 books on my TBR Pile Challenge list. I want to read at least a few books from my Classics Club challenge list. And I would like to post new content more regularly, not necessarily just book reviews. 

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

Hmmm…. Don’t think I’ve gotten any 2019 releases! I’m starting the year with CIRCE by Madeline Miller, though, which was a 2018 release. 🙂 

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10 thoughts on “2018 End of Year Book Survey

  1. Fabulous! I haven’t read any of these books but I definitely want to now, although I did hear Michelle Obama reading Becoming on the radio which was fabulous too!! Good luck with 2019 and Happy New Year!!!

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  2. How exciting to see Edna Ferber on someone’s blog! Her novel Fanny Herself was one of my absolute favourites as a teenager, and even though (revisiting it as an adult) I can see problems with it, I still think she was an absolute genius of a writer. Her short stories are also great.

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  3. So, it’s too bad Strunk & White’s Elements of Style disappointed. I’ve read it for pleasure a few times, but not in the last 20 or so years. Lincoln in the Bardo is resting comfortably on my TBR table–I want to read it but the right mood has yet to strike. Glad to hear it was such a winner. I am personally loving Circe–so many interesting themes to think about–it’s not as good as Achilles, but close. I think Edna Ferber is the best mostly forgotten American writer. I love Show Boat and have read it at least 3 times.

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