9th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 14 January, 2019 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner‘s End of the Year Book Survey is back for 2018! It’s always fun to recap at the end of the year 🙂 To those interested, here’s my previous years’ entries.

Admittedly, and you will see when I list my stats, I didn’t read much in 2018. I was busy with offline matters, and on top of it I was in a fairly major reading slump. Nonetheless I decided to fill out the survey for 2018, haha.

And without further ado:

2018 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read:
According to my personal list, 81 books O_O That’s….significantly lower compared to previous years.

Number of Re-Reads:
6 books, lol.

Genre You Read The Most From:
According to Goodreads, poetry was the genre I read the most from, followed by non-fiction (I really got into a non-fiction cick in the latter half of the year).

Best In Books

01. Best Book You Read In 2018? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2018 release vs. backlist)
Neil MacGregor’s Germany: Memories of a Nation, Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War, Julia Quinn’s When He Was Wicked, Joseph Stiglitz’s The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, and more…Sense a general trend as to what I read this year? xD

02. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Um, off the top of my head Noam Chomsky’s Necessary Illusions didn’t pique my brain as much as I thought I would. People love and swear by his ideas but I wasn’t terribly intrigued by it when I finally got around to reading it.

03. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Nancy Gibbs’ The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity had a lot of interesting factoids. I learned a lot of tidbits from it.

04. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I wasn’t really pushing any books this year, really.

05. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
I finally finished Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons books. Love that family, lol.

06. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
Anne Michaels’ poetry was gorgeous <3 07. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Mmm, all the books I read this year were books I’d typically read.

08. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Amy Stuart’s Still Water

09. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Maybe Anne Michaels’ poetry.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
Faraway’s Sad Birds Still Sing–very moody 🙂

11. Most memorable character of 2018?
I…can’t think of a character right now. The Bridgertons are always memorable though.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2018?
Svetlana Alexievich’s The Womanly Face of War definitely presented the female experience of war in the Soviet army during World War Two. This and Neil MacGregor’s Germany: Memories of a Nation left me with a lot of thoughts.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?
Eeehh, I can’t find out on hand right now, oops

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
Shortest book: Kazuo Ishiguro’s My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture
Longest book: Justin Cronin’s The Passage

17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Amy Stuart’s Still Water delivered plenty of twists (that cliffhanger!!!)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Michael and Francesca from Julia Quinn’s When He Was Wicked was precious <3 19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously:
Umm, toss up between Brandon Sanderson’s Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection and Julia Quinn’s When He Was Wicked

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible was floating around a lot in the book community a few years ago so I finally got around to reading it.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?
If I had one, I don’t remember :3

23. Best 2018 debut you read?
I don’t think I’ve read any debut authors this year…Too lazy to comb through the review list on GoodReads, lol

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Sarah Beth Durst’s Renthia books; I thought she brought the danger that the world presented to life quite vividly. There was never any doubt at any point that these characters were in danger and that they can die at any point.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Julia Quinn’s books always puts a smile on my face 🙂

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Gondolin made me sad because in a way the fall could have been averted had the king listened…But anyway

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Osip Mandelstam’s Journey to Armenia was quite an experience to read

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Maybe Svetlana Alexievich’s The Womanly Face of War because of all of the lost youth, the lost years and innocence because of war

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
Svetlana Alexievich’s The Womanly Face of War‘s I guess because of the accounts it contains

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House. It just confirms everything you fear about this man being in such a position

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

I’m not replying to this section this year as I was very busy offline that my online blogging life was almost non-existent.

Looking Ahead…

01. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?
The usual culprits: V.E. Scwhab, John Irving’s A Prayer to Owen Meany, N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy…

02. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?
Is Hilary Mantel finally releasing the last Thomas Cromwell book this year? I just remembered that I’ve been waiting for it for ages…

03. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
As with every year I’m horrible when it comes to knowing debut novels in advance. I guess I’ll see what comes along…

04. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?
Well, I did pre-order the last book in Sarah Beth Durst’s Renthia trilogy; should be getting that in the next few weeks. As with Katharine Arden’s Winternight trilogy.

05. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?
Read more? Blog more timely (as opposed to reviews getting severely backlogged like ti did last year)? I don’t know, everything is up in the air this year.

06. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I actually haven’t read any advanced reading copies in ages so I have no clue what to recommend to anyone…


Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Curious to check out a few? Be sure to link up, I’d love to see what books made it on your survey! 😉

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