Jan 14, 2019

End of Year 2018 Survey

 

Hey fellow book nerds! This survey (by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner) and the 2018 Statistics Survey were supposed to go up last Tuesday and Saturday, but this past week has been much busier than I thought it would be, with working and getting ready to house-sit this week. So I know I am waaaay late in the game for these kinds of posts, but really, all of January is going to end up being dedicated to wrapping up 2018. 😂 Anyway, I really like doing these surveys to organize my brain and acknowledge my favorite books I read this year and all I did, so I hope you will enjoy reading it too!

Number Of Books You Read: 49
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary again. I hoped it would be fantasy cuz I tried to read more of it this year, but contemporary still beat it by 4 books. 

 

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

 Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)


 Okay, technically I'm cheating cuz I had to finish it in 2019, but I did start it in December, and it ended up being my favorite book that I read! It was such a great conclusion to a series I fell in love with and there was a character's death in there that made me cry, and so many great actions scenes and whole bunch of others that gave me so many feels! 😍

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


Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) 

 I was so disappointed in Glass Sword since I loved Red Queen when I read it last year and gave it 5 stars. This one was just so slow and I didn't like how callous Mare had become. And that twist at the end frustrated me so much to the point of me debating whether to continue the series or not. I love the pretty covers and I really hate not finishing a series if I've read more than the first book, especially if I only have two left to read, but I know those are stupid reasons to want to keep reading, but I do actually want to know how it all ends, and I've heard it gets better from here. It's just that the last two books are even longer than Glass Sword, and if I do continue them, I might have to do it on audiobook, cuz I really don't think I'm going to be able to get through them without it. 

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

 To Kill a Kingdom

I was definitely surprised at how much I ended up liking this book! I heard it was dark, so I wasn't sure if I would like it and I didn't at first, but by then by the end I was totally routing for Lyra and Elian and I loved the sassy banter, awesome piratey action scenes, the impressive world building, and the creative Little Mermaid elements! 😄


 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read?

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

This is a Snow White retelling I loved that I recommended in a blogger fantasy recommendations post I was featured in! 😄


 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Started:

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)

Sequel:

Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes, #2)

Ender:


Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)


 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

To Kill a Kingdom 

Probably Alexandra Christo? I was really impressed with the world building, especially since it was a standalone! I'm really curious to see if she will write any companions set in this world, or any other retellings, cuz I would totally read them! 😊


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

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Probably Six of Crows. Fantasy isn't necessarily out of my comfort zone, but the dark world building of this one definitely was. I'm just not into stuff like that, though I know a lot of people are. So, this wasn't my favorite book ever, but I did like the writing, the plot in the second half, and Nina and Inej. They were the best. 😂


 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Probably Frost Like Night. I ended up binging the last half of it in a day, and literally it felt like non-stop action. There was so many things that happened! 😫😭 I would totally want this series to become movies someday, they're so good!


 9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

 Much Ado About Anne (The Mother-Daughter Book Club, #2)

Not this particular book, but the rest of the series starting from after this one I've already read, and I would love to reread them before I read the series finale!


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

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

There were so many pretty covers of the books I read this year, but I had to go with this one. It's so gorgeous! I love how it matches the theme of the live action Disney movie. 😊


11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Oh man, I don't even know how to choose. So here is a list of my favorites from off the top of my head: 😂

Meira, Nessa, and Ceridwen from Ice Like Fire/Frost Like Night, Nina and Inej from Six of Crows, Tella, Olivia and Harper from Fire and Flood/Salt and Stone, all the Reckoners from Calamity, Hazel from Breadcrumbs, Beck and August from ATPN, Jamie and Charlotte from A Study in Charlotte, Alice and Ivy from At Her Fingertips, Sera and Neela from Rogue Wave, and Gwen from The Neverland Wars.


 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

To Kill a Kingdom


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

Revolution

Though it wasn't perfect, this book was definitely thought provoking for me with it's French Revolution setting and themes of grief, mental illness, love, hope, and discovering yourself and your strengths even while your world is falling apart.

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

 Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)

There's a lot, but I'm going to go with this one. I was surprised at how much better it was than I was expecting! It had a lot of great twists, suspense, and interesting characters, and I'm sure if I got around to reading it when it was first published back when dystopian was still popular I would've liked it even more!


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

 Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

"All her life, she'd loved books. She loved the look of them, the smell of them, the sweet weight of them in her arms. Most of all, she loved the feeling she got every time she picked one up-the feeling of holding an entire world in her hands."


16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

 


 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Naturals (The Naturals, #1)

The plot twist in this was insane! I seriously didn't see it coming at all!


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

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Kol and Lorelei! 😍😂


19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Nessa and Meira. Their friendship is just so loyal and pure! 😭😭😭


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


Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

I started this series in 2017, and it has become one of my favorite series ever! 😍


21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.

To Kill a Kingdom

I was looking for a Little Mermaid retelling to read for my book club, and I heard from other bloggers that this was really good. I wasn't sure it would be for me, but I'm so glad I gave it a try! 😊


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

Uhhhh....I really can't see myself with anyone, not even fictional characters. 😳😂😂


23. Best 2018 debut you read?

To Kill a Kingdom

Definitely this one! The writing is so great and I loved it way more than I expected!


24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

To Kill a Kingdom

Again, this one! The world building is amazing!


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


Geekerella

I read a lot of fun books, but this was definitely one of them. It was a great fluffy and geeky contemporary retelling of Cinderella, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves the 2004 Cinderella Story movie with Hilary Duff. 😉😍


26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

UGH there's a death in here that really hit me hard! It really shouldn't have happened! It wasn't fair! 😭😭😭


27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)

I definitely wish this series was more hyped. The writing and settings were so good! I'm still so disappointed that there still are no plans for a third book though, cuz it ended on a huge cliff hanger! I need more!!! 😫


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Ugh probably this one. It's going to take me a while to get over that death. 😭


29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

  A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

Probably this one. I loved the world building and the sci fi behind the different dimension stuff. It was so cool and interesting and I've never read anything like it before.


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

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

It's not necessarily this book that made me mad, but some things that happened in it and what I found out the endgame is for the romance in the rest of the series just completely infuriated me and made me DNF the series. The romance is really problematic and I just can't agree with it.


1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

 Probably Book Dragons. Clo is such an encouraging person in the blogger community and I've enjoyed reading her blog and joining in her events that she runs. I'm glad I've kinda gotten to know her more on the book blogger chat on Discord too. 😊


2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

Probably this one! It was so fun cuz I got to flail and fangirl about one of my favorite series and hopefully convince people to read it. ...I should probably write more posts like these. 😂


3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018?:

 

I took this pic for Twitter as I was reading it, and I loved how it turned out! It looks so pretty in the lights of the Christmas tree! 😍

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

Blogoween and Bookending Winter! Even though it was kinda stressful cuz I wrote waaaaay more posts than I needed to for them. 😂


5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Oh probably meeting Amy on Goodreads and becoming friends, which led to collabs and me being added to the blogger Discord chat, which led to me participating in more events and making even more blogger friends! 

Oh and Allison agreeing to be my pen pal! I've become actual friends with these bloggers this year, and it's so cool to finally be a part of something! 😊😊


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

I don't know, I feel like because I did so much for Blogoween and Bookending Winter pretty much back to back, I might be in a little bit of a slump, so I'm hoping this year I will be able to learn how to prioritize and manage my time better and not do more than I know I can actually get done.

Also navigating social media. I still suck at that. Amy is teaching me some things. 😂🙈


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

The one where I celebrated my blog's birthday with a tag and giveaway. My stats say it got the most views of the year and it has like 20 comments, which is a lot for me. 😂


8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

  The one about the Iditarod reading challenge and the one where I fangirl about the Mother-Daughter book club series. 😂 They were really fun to write and kinda close to my heart so I'm kinda disappointed nobody read them. 


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

I'm SO glad I finally got to participate in The Broke and The Bookish's bookish Secret Santa this year! It was SO much fun and I am totally doing it again this year, no matter how broke I am! 😂


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

Technically...no. I originally had it at 50, but I was slumping so much this year that I had to read SO MUCH to catch up in between Christmas and New Years because I had zero time before that, and that's only like a week in between so yeah, I was exhausted. 😂 I ended up changing my Goodreads down to 48 so I could beat it cuz I ended up only missing it by one. I started Frost Like Night in December, but I couldn't finish it until this month so Goodreads is going to count it for my 2019 challenge, but I'm still counting it towards 2018 stuff.


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

 Between the Lines (Between the Lines, #1)

I planned to read this in December, or actually earlier than that, but I never got around to it, so I'm reading it this month! I remember hearing about it years ago in a magazine because I think Piccoult wrote it with her teenage daughter? Anyway that and the blurb intrigued me and it looks like a cute and quick read, and the illustrations inside are so cool, so I'm excited to finally get to it! 😊


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

The Boy Who Steals HousesBlood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)Last of Her Name

Cait's second book! And these two Anastaisa retellings look amazing!!!! Since I want to write one this year, I'm thinking about pre-ordering these at some point so I can read them to keep me inspired. 😊


3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1) 

I looked on Goodreads and I think this is a debut? 😄 And it's going to be a trilogy?! YAAAS GIVE ME ALL THE ANASTASIA!!! 


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

 Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2)

THIS ONE! I know it was published in 2018 but I didn't get around to reading it and I'm really excited for it!


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

I definitely want to read more hyped books that I'm actually interested in this year, and also try more audiobooks and use my library more. And I want to build my blog up more and keep learning more as I go along by trying out new formats and maybe moving my blog to another platform? Who knows? We'll see what happens. 😊


6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Uh yeah, I don't really read ARCs. It may make me a bad blogger, but I don't really have any interest in them atm? I just would rather read a finished copy, and getting a bunch of books to review that hasn't even been published yet when it takes me so long to get to books from the past 4 years just seems way too overwhelming. 😂 Idk, maybe someday.




So what did you think of this survey? Wasn't it sooo long? 😂😂 I love reading these posts on other people's blogs though, so I hope you enjoyed it! 

Bye! ♡


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