I wanted to do a yearly wrap-up post, but I cannot put together all of my favourite reads in one post. So when I found this book survey on Perpetual Page-Turner, I knew I found a solution. If you haven’t done so already, I recommend doing it as well.
2018 was a rough but thrilling ride, and I’m so happy to make it to another year. I hope you all enjoy the post, which may be long, so here are my apologies!
2018 Reading Stats
Number of books you read: 50
Number of re-reads: None, which is surprising
Most read genre: YA fantasy with 30+ titles!
Best In Books
1. Best books you read in 2018:
Need I say more? I think I’ve had the best reading year yet.
2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t:
Warcross made me fall in love with science fiction all over again. But my expectations may have been set too high for the sequel.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read:
I honestly thought I wouldn’t enjoy the sequel more than the first book, but Marissa always proves me wrong!
4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did):
Has everyone forgotten I’ve done tons of free publicity for Lifel1k3 and Cruel Prince? Come on.
5. Best series you started in 2018. Best sequel of 2018. Best series ender of 2018.
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018:
Jay Kristoff may be my new favourite. I’d buy all of his books in a blink.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone:
Who says only one guy is good enough? The Why Choose movement is intriguing. Long live reverse harems.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year:
9. Book you read in 2018 that you are most likely to re-read in 2019?
With the ever-growing 2019 TBR list, I doubt I’ll be doing any re-reads.
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2018:
…That question is like asking which child is your favourite. How could you?!
11. Most memorable character of 2018:
Aelin and Rowan.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018:
13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2018:
School shooting storylines are difficult to read, but I believe this one deserves everyone’s time.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read:
Definitely the TOG and Lunar Chronicle series are on the top of that regret list.
15. Favourite quote from a book you read in 2018:
“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.” —Queen of Shadows
16. Shortest and longest books you read in 2018:
The Tailor by Leigh Bardugo and Winter by Marissa Meyer
17. Book that shocked you the most:
18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!):
MANORIAN! I will burn the world if it doesn’t sail.
19. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year:
The friendship Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn have in Soulstealer is precious.
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:
The entire TOG series
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018:
Nikolai from GrishaVerse. I’m a sucker for pirate kings.
23. Best 2018 debut you read:
24. Most vivid setting you read this year:
Caraval in Legendary
25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read:
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2018:
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo made me bawl.
27. Hidden gem of the year:
28. Book that crushed your soul:
Have I told the world that Empire of Storms killed me, right? I’m not over this slash to the heart.
29. Most unique book you read in 2018:
30. Book that made you the maddest (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it):
I loved reading this book, but I hated how women had no say in what happens to them. The storyline is worth telling though. I may not be a feminist, but it may persuade me to be one.
My Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2018:
You’ll have to wait for my upcoming post that will highlight all of my favourite bloggers. 😉
2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2018:
I can’t remember how many reviews I wrote or how many I need to. However, my review of Heir of Fire may be favourite.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog:
One post that opened me up to the world is my “Addressing Sexual Assault in YA Books.” Writing this discussion post was the hardest to complete. And at the last minute, I almost didn’t publish it. But I haven’t been prouder.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.):
I loved being a part of Blogoween and Taylor’s Holiday ADVENTure.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018:
When I finally reached over 400 followers and over 13,000 page views. You don’t know how thrilled to see those numbers. Thank you for all of your support!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year:
Falling into a blogging slump, which I’m still in. Sometimes, I find writing reviews or just plain posts difficult, especially if I am dealing with a lot of stress in my life.
7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views):
Surprisingly, my “Three Bookish Things Book Tag” is my most viewed post.
8. Post you wished got a little more love:
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, bookstores, etc.):
I may have an odd obsession with bookish candles.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year:
I officially finished my first 50 Book Pledge. I’ve participated in previous Goodreads Challenges, but I never set mine to 50 books.
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2018 but will be your number 1 priority in 2019:
This series deserves all of my attention. I just hope I can find a good copy of Nevernight.
2. Book you are most anticipating in 2019 (non-debut):
This sequel needs to exceed my expectations, or I’ll riot.
3. 2019 debut you are most anticipating:
Hafsah is a part of our blogging community, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store with her debut novel.
4. Sequel you are most anticipating in 2019:
I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?
I hope to change my blog name and expand my blog onto bigger social media sites like Instagram. If I can, I’d like to raise my Goodreads Challenge from 50 books to 60.
6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
HA. I am too scared to request a 2019 release. 🙈