End of Year Book Survey!

As usual, I love to see what That Artsy Reader Girl is up to at her blog and when I saw she got this from Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner I had to try it. It’s such a fun way to really get a look into your reads for the year! 🙂

2018 Reading Stats:

Number of books read: 52

Number of rereads: 12

Most read genre: YA Fantasy

Best in Books:

1. Best books you read in 2018:

YA FANTASY: The remainder of the Pendragon series, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Legendary by Stephanie Garber, and Furyborn by Claire Legrand.

YA SCI-FI: Thunderhead by Neil Shusterman, and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

CONTEMPORARY: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you’d love but didn’t:

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes. It just didn’t explain things the way I’d hoped and we were left with so much emptiness in plot.

3. Most surprising (in good or bad way):

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. I honestly fell in love with it and was NOT expecting that at all, I just wanted a quick read to get me through a slump, and it did.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did):

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I mean, if you haven’t read it, do it.

5. Best series you started in 2018. Best sequel of 2018. Best series ender of 2018.

Started: Warcross by Marie Lu, and Furyborn by Claire Legrand.

Sequel: Archenemies by Marissa Meyer.

Series ender: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, it was the first solo-authored book of his I read.

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

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I don’t typically read adult contemporary because the sex tends to be a bit much for me in a book, but I read it because of a recommendation and LOVED it.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdowbable book of the year:

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

9. Book you read in 2018 that you’re likely to re-read in 2019:

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018:

Salt for Air by M.C. Frank or Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare.

11. Most memorable character of 2018:

Ella Rodriguez from Cinder & Ella.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018:

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

13. Most thought-provoking/ life-changing read of 2018:

Didn’t really read a lot of “life-changing” stuff this year.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2018 to read:

The entire Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale.

15. Favorite quote from a book you read in 2018:

“A great character needs trials to overcome—experiences to give them depth, to make them vulnerable, relatable, and likable. Good characters need hardships to make them strong. The idea makes sense, but it still sucks if you’re the heroine.”

-Cinder & Ella

16. Shortest and Longest reads of 2018:

Shortest: Batman & the Signal (168)

Longest: Queen of Air and Darkness (880)

17. Book that shocked you the most:

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. I just loved all the Japanese lore and wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did.

18. OTP of the year (you’d go down with this ship):

I mean, obviously Julian and Emma from The Dark Artifices but also Ella Rodriguez and Brian Oliver from Cinder & Ella.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship:

Emma and Cristina from The Dark Artifices or the entire Blackthorn family.

20. Favorite book from 2018 from an author you’d previously read:

Warcross by Marie Lu.

21. Best book from 2018 that you read solely based on a recommendation:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018:

Joshua Templeman from Cinder & Ella.

23. Best 2018 debut you read:

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.

24. Most vivid setting you read this year:

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. Seriously guys. Exploring rural Japan alongside samurais and a half-yokai MC.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/ was the most fun to read:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. You want witty banter? That’s your book.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2018:

Salt for Air by M.C. Frank, Legendary by Stephanie Garber, and Furyborn by Claire Legrand.

27. Hidden Gem of the Year:

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.

28. Book that crushed your soul:

The Soldiers of Hala (Pendragon #10) by D.J. MacHale

29. Most Unique book read in 2018:

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

30. Book that made you the maddest (not that you necessarily hated):

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer. Mostly because Nova frustrates me to no end.

My Blogging/ Bookish Life:

1. New favorite blog you discovered in 2018:

Technically any of the blogs I followed this year, but I’m going to be better about keeping up with everyone in 2019.

2. Favorite review you wrote in 2018:

Probably my review for: Cinder & Ella

3. Best discussion/ non-review post:

Don’t really have any that I *love*.

4. Best event that you participated in:

Marissa Meyer’s signing for Archenemies, which was AMAZING.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life:

My best friend and I are working on starting a blog and a YouTube channel and I could not be more excited.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year:

I hit a really bad reading slump and that’s always so disheartening.

7. Most popular post this year on your blog:

Everything was about the same, around 15-20 likes.

8. Post you wished got a little more love:

All my reviews.

9. Best bookish discovery:

Honestly, just loved visiting The Last Bookstore in LA again. If you’re ever in the area, go there.

10. Did you complete any reading challenge or goals you’d set for yourself at the beginning of the year?

Yes!! I just finished my Goodreads challenge of 52 books!

Looking Ahead:

1. One book you didn’t get to in 2018 but will be your number 1 priority:

Kingdom of Ash … I know. I know.

2. Book you’re most anticipating in 2019 (non-debut):

The Toll by Neil Shusterman

3. 2019 debut you’re most anticipating:

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare.

4. Sequel you’re most anticipating:

Finale by Stephanie Garber.

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/ bookish life in 2019:

Be more on top of myself with my reading and DNF if I really don’t like the book.