This year kind of fell apart for me in terms of getting my reading challenges done. It is the first year where I really feel like I have to scramble to get things done on time! I first came across this post last year on PerpetualPageTurner and thought it was the perfect way to summarize an entire year’s worth of reading. All credit goes to her for the questions and any of the graphics. I haven’t yet been able to find a version that has a title graphic updated for 2018 yet, but I will edit to add that in if possible. Overall, despite the scramble to finish everything on time, I’ve had a great reading year and I’ve read many amazing new books! I’m really looking forward to getting started on next year’s challenges!
Number Of Books You Read: 176
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Probably YA Fantasy since I had several series to finish off, but also quite a few YA Contemporary
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Like last year, it’s really hard to pick just one so I’ll have to settle for one per genre, excluding re-reads:
Best YA Contemporary – Tie between Starfish and Autoboyography
Best YA Fantasy – Very difficult choice! I’ll have to go with A Court of Mist and Fury
Best Graphic Novel – Wires and Nerve (both volumes)
Best Fiction – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Best Horror or Thriller – I Let You Go
Best Adult Contemporary – Still Me
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
There were quite a few books that I expected to be easy 5-star reads, but many of them ended up being a bit underwhelming. I think the most disappointing overall was Immaculate, which had such a cool concept but I really didn’t like the way it was executed. It ended up being a 3-star read.
In terms of my 4-star reads, I think the one I was most disappointed by was The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. Big Little Lies is one of my favourite books and I’ve enjoyed all the books that I’ve read by this author, but I found The Last Anniversary slow, a bit confusing, and hard to get through.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! I only read this one at all because of the hype surrounding it, so I was surprised when it became an instant favourite.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
5. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018
I was surprised to realize that many of the books I read this year were by authors that I’d already read. Some of my new favourites would have to be: Taylor Jenkins Reid, Leigh Bardugo, Christina Lauren, Clare Mackintosh, and Akemi Dawn Bowman.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Beartown. I never read books that have a heavy focus on sports, but this one was definitely worth all the hype.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I’m not planning on re-reading any of this year’s books next year, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be Vicious.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
New to me character: Victor Vale from Vicious and Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Character from a series I continued: Rhysand from the ACOTAR series, and Gansey from The Raven Cycle
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It was very different from what I expected, but it was definitely thought-provoking.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
Crosstalk! I really wanted to read this one last year also but had a hard time getting a copy of it, so I was glad to find an inexpensive copy online this year!
Also, this year I finally finished the Chronicles of Narnia series, and the With the Light manga series, both of which I’d been meaning to read for years.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
Like last year, this is a hard question because I don’t really keep track of quotes very well. I looked back at some of the quotes that I had saved on Goodreads, but I don’t save quotes from every book.
“It wasn’t that Henry was less of himself in English. He was less of himself out loud. His native language was thought.” — Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King
“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human” — Victoria Schwab, Vicious
“What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength” — Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin
“People are messy, and love can be ugly. I’m inclined to always err on the side of compassion” — Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
“And when enough people are quiet for long enough, a handful of voices can give the impression that everyone is screaming” — Fredrik Backman, Beartown
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Beside Myself by Ann Morgan. I expected a straightforward thriller, and it ended up being a lot more literary and had a lot more depth than I expected.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Both main relationships from The Raven Cycle.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Blue’s relationships with the other Raven Boys, and the 4 boys dynamics with each other.
Also, I have to give special mention to Isaac Grant from The Illuminae Files series, for becoming essentially the father figure to the entire group, and especially his bond with Ella.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Excluding books from series, since it would be hard to limit myself to just one, I’d have to go with Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I liked Made You Up last year, but I loved this one a lot more.
21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?
I don’t know if I’d call him a fictional crush, and I’ve only read the first book in the series so far, so I don’t know if I’ll still like him by the end, but I really liked Chaol from Throne of Glass.
23. Best 2018 debut you read?
Turns out that while I read several books that were published in 2018, very few of them were debuts. The four 2018 debuts I read were 4-star reads, whereas the two listed above were immediate 5-stars. If I had to pick one favourite of the 4 I read, it would probably be Let’s Talk About Love, although I’d much rather pick the two books I listed above.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting was a lot of fun!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
Bang by Barry Lyga, especially one chapter toward the end.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’d heard very mixed reviews for this one so I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy it, but I ended up loving it! I also have to mention Monday’s Not Coming, Meddling Kids, and I Was Anastasia.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I’m still not entirely sure what this means, but I assume it has to do with a book that had a strong impact or that was most upsetting. I think I’d have to go with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
I think I have to give this one to Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too, which was quite weird but very interesting.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline made me mad because it had a very unsatisfying and disappointing ending!
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2018?
I haven’t been very good at keeping up with the blogs I already follow, many of which have now gone on hiatus for a bit anyway. I can’t think of any new blogs that I discovered this year.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2018?
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I really liked the post I made about “The Challenge Police” or people who put way too much time and effort trying to control how other people manage their own reading challenges.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
None. I don’t go to these kinds of events.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?
Accomplishing my goal of finishing off all 12 of the series I had identified as high priority for this year, which included some huge books! I read close to 20 books this year that were 500 pages or more, including 6 that were 600 pages or more.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I completely failed to properly prioritize my reading challenges this year! I ended up with 11(!!!) books remaining in my highest priority challenge by the start of December, which was literally 1/5 of the total number of books needed for that challenge. In general, I did a very poor job of balancing out my reading this year since I often ended up with too many long books in a row, or too many similar books in a row. Trying to balance things out better has become a top goal for 2019.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
As far as I can tell, the post that got the most views was my Top 10 Tuesday post: Books that Awaken the Travel Bug in me. I’m having a lot of trouble figuring out how to find my stats. If this really is the post that got the most views, it’s ironic since I didn’t really like it. It was a difficult topic for me to find books that fit, and my choices felt kind of random to me.
The Best Books I’ve Read this Year So Far from Early July was in a very close second, which was a post I was much happier with.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Many of them, honestly. Last year I had a post that somehow reached over 100 views, and this year I was nowhere near that total on any of my posts. I know that I tend to write much longer posts that most bloggers and I’m sure that puts people off, but I’d love to get a bit more views for the amount of time I put in!
If I had to pick just one post that I wish would get a bit more attention, it was my discussion post “Sequels, Prequels and Everything In Between” which is about the trend to add more books to a series, even when it’s not always necessary.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I want to say BookOutlet, but I technically discovered that late last year and it was my choice for 2017’s best discovery. Instead, I think I’ll go for BookBub, which I discovered just last week. More specifically, I discovered their blog which has so many posts with recommendations for a huge variety of themes!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I actually accomplished many more of my goals than I originally expected, and even managed to complete my two highest priority challenges in time. I did not finish all of the challenges that I picked, but to be fair, I set the deadline for some of those as March 31, 2019 so I’m still technically on track if I choose to continue them.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?
City of Bones. I was on the fence about whether I wanted to read this one at all because the entire series seems a bit overwhelming, but I’ve really enjoyed all the other fantasy series that I tried based on the hype, so I’m hoping this one will be just as good.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?
Technically, I want to say The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern but I highly doubt I will end up reading it within the year, since it won’t be out until November.
If I had to pick a book I knew for sure I was going to read, it would be Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson. I’ve really enjoyed both other books I’ve read by this author, so I’m looking forward to trying the next one.
3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Quarantine: A Love Story. That title caught my attention immediately, and just seemed so different.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?
I’m not 100% sure if I will be able to fit this one in next year, but I’m looking forward to King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
To read as much as I can, and do a much better job of balancing out my reading this year so I don’t run into the same problems this year with having too many similar books too close together.
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I haven’t read any yet!