I have to admit that I totally surprised myself with the number of books I was able to read this year!
End Of The Year Book Survey- 2018
Number Of Books You Read: 115
Number Of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read Most From: Horror and Fantasy
Additional stats I wanted to share:
My rating breakdown for the year:
- 5 stars- 57
- 4 stars- 34
- 3 stars- 14
- 2 stars- 7
- 1 star- 3
- DNF- 9
Honest reviews accepted in 2018: 46
Part 1: Best in Books
Best Book You Read in 2018?
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
Books You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Most Surprising (In A Good Or Bad Way) Book You Read?
Good Way- Mask Beneath Her Face by Rafael Chandler
I was not expecting the level of gore in this one! I loved it.
Bad Way- The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
I had heard such good things about this one, but my goodness was it a miss for me.
Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Soul Render by T.L. Branson
Best Series You Started In 2018?
Liminal Sky Series by J. Scott Coatsworth
Best Sequel of 2018?
Force of Nature (Aaron Falk #2) by Jane Harper
Best Series Ender of 2018?
I didn’t read any series enders this year.
Favorite New Author You Discovered In 2018?
Best Book From A Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out Of Your Comfort Zone?
Kublai Khan: Khan of Mongol, Emperor of China from in60Learning
Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book Of The Year?
Weight of Ashes by Rook Winters
Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1)
Favorite Cover Of A Book You Read In 2018?
Elevation by Stephen King
Most Memorable Character Of 2018?
Most Beautifully Written Book Read In 2018?
A Little Tea Book: All the Essentials from Leaf to Cup Sebastian Beckwith, Caroline Paul, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrations)
I just loved how this book was put together! I highly recommend this one to any tea lover!
Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book Of 2018?
New Hampshire Book of the Dead:: Graveyard Legends and Lore by Roxie J. Zwicker
Book You Can’t Believe You Waited UNTIL 2018 To Finally Read?
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?
The eye, the memory – they’re the trickiest liars. Only the camera lenses captures the truth, and just for a moment. –Under My Skin by Lisa Unger
Book That Shocked You The Most?
The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
All Relationships in Ethan and the Key by Dennis Canfield
Favorite Book You Read In 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?
War of the Damned by Martin Ferguson
Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Solely On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Newest Fictional Crush From A Book You Read In 2018?
Nothing comes to mind here… I don’t normally crush on book characters.
Best 2018 Debut You Read?
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Best World Building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost
Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most Fun To Read?
Flying Broomsticks and Buns (The Crooked Halos Series #.05) by L.M. Schukraft
Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry In 2018?
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
Hidden Gem Of the Year?
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Michelle McNamara
Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
100 Word Horrors: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles by Kevin J. Kennedy
Book That Made You The Most Mad?
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
Part 2: Your Blogging/Bookish Life
New Favorite Book Blog You Discovered in 2018?
Ugh! Every year I say I’m going to write down a list of new blogs I discover… but I always forget! So again this year, I’ll say- Check out the “My Favorite Bookish Accounts” section in my blog’s sidebar to see some of my favorites! 🙂
Favorite Review That You Wrote In 2018?
New Hampshire Book of the Dead: Graveyard Legends and Lore by Roxie J. Zwicker
Best Discussion/Non-Review Post You Had On Your Blog?
Honest Review Requests Gone Wrong
Best Event That You Participated In?
When Donna of Girl Who Reads offered to organize an event when we learned that the ArmchairBEA wouldn’t be happening, I was thrilled! I loved taking part in this event that ran May 30th- June 2nd.
Best Moment of Bookish/Blogging Life In 2018?
This is a bit of a cheesy one, but in July 2018, Alex gifted me six months of Book Of The Month. This was a perfect gift for me, and I have really enjoyed taking part! It’s so fun to wait to see what the monthly options are and then to anxiously wait for the box to arrive. I love it so much! Feel free to check out My First Book Of The Month Box.
Hosting an interview with Martin Ferguson! If you haven’t checked out The Relic Series yet, I highly recommend doing so! They are wonderful adventure stories packed with action!
Most Challenging Thing About Blogging Or Your Reading Life This Year?
Just trying to keep up with taking the time for reading and posting on a relatively consistent basis while working three jobs, doing photoshoots here and there, planning a wedding, and your everyday life craziness. This sure was an intense year for me! In 2019 I hope to make more time for myself and my hobbies and work a bit less.
Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?
Most popular by comments– [Top 10 Tuesday] A List Of Books To Read By The Pool
(39 Original Comments)
Most popular by views– [Blogging Discussion] 7 Reasons Why I Won’t Follow Your Blog
Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Best Bookish Discovery?
Bookstore– The Bookery in Manchester, NH
Meme– Book Photo Sundays hosted by hosted by Ronyell of Rabbit Ears Book Blog
Bookish Item– Book sleeves by ShopSewChic
Bookish Shop– Literary Book Gifts
Did You Complete Any Reading Challenges Or Goals That You Had Set For Yourself At The Beginning Of This Year?
- Complete all honest review requests on time– Semi-success. I had to bump a few back when things with the wedding got really stressful. But I was on time for the majority of them!
- Read all of the books on my shelves that I own but haven’t read– HA! Super failed with this one. If anything, my TBR stacks are way worse this year than they were last year!
- Re-read the books I have been meaning to re-read– Semi-success here as well. I did a decent amount of re-reading, but not as much as I had hoped I would.
Part 3: Looking Ahead
One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number One Priority in 2019?
The Outsider by Stephen King
Book You Are Most Anticipating for 2019 (Non-Debut)?
The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
The cover of this one drew me in immediately, and that tagline… “The Cave Will Swallow Them Whole,” SO creepy!
Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating In 2019?
The Winter of the Witch: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy) by Katherine Arden
One Thing You Hope To Accomplish or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life in 2019?
My book blogging goals:
- Of course I would love to continue growing my blogging community base. It’s been absolutely incredible making new friends throughout 2018! I’m really looking forward to meeting new people in 2019 and learning more about my current community as well!
- I’d like to take part in at least one blogging event and one in-person bookish event.
- Continue adding to my testimonial page.
My reading goals:
- My main goal is simply to work through my TBR stacks! My TBR stacks are seriously out of control… I’m hoping to really focus in on the stacks on my desk first. After that, I’m hoping to get to the stack of books that are on the floor underneath my desk. We’ll see how far I get after that…
- I also need to make it through my list of honest reviews that I have agreed to read, but didn’t set dates for as my form had been closed. Most of these books are follow ups to books from authors that I have worked with previously, so I’m really excited to dive in to many of them!
- And lastly, I would like to re-read the books I have been meaning to re-read.
A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommended To Everyone?
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