Earlier this week, I posted by reading by the numbers wrap up for 2018. Now, it’s time to take a more qualitative approach to my 2018 reading life with Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner’s annual end of year book survey! I really love this opportunity to look at ALL the books I read this year and pick out some favorites. I feel like I read so many good things it’ll be a struggle, but I’m up for the challenge! Be sure to check out Jamie’s page, too! (especially if you want to participate!)
Note: this is about books I finished in 2018…not necessarily books published in 2018.
Number of Books Read: 188
Number of re-reads: 11
Genre You Read the Most From: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (surprising no one!)
Best in Books
Best Books I Read in 2018
I’m going to cheat a little on this one & include some best books in different genres. I just read so many good things this year!
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(TW for suicide & depression (AFter), & TW for police violence/gang violence (THUG))
Book I Was Excited About & Thought I Was Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I just remember being a little underwhelmed by this one. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t for me.
Most Surprising Book I Read
This memoir isn’t what I would usually pick up but so many people recommended it that I thought I would try it. The audiobook was amazing & it was SO FUNNY. Great book.
Book I “Pushed” The Most People To Read
Tessa Dare was one author I heavily recommended this year. I just love her historical romances so much!
Best Series I Started in 2018
I started and finished (technically finished on Jan. 1 in 2019) the Wayfarers trilogy by Becky Chambers. It was SO good! I really hope she writes more in this world!
Best Sequel of 2018
I loved the first book in this series and this one was SO good. I can’t wait for the final book in March 2019!
Best Series Ender of 2018
This was just such a great end to the duology started by Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. So much girl power!
Favorite New Author I Discovered in 2018
Some of my favorite new authors were Becky Chambers, Julie C. Dao, Nicky Drayden, and Emily X. R. Pan.
Best Book from a Genre I Don’t Typically Read or Outside of My Comfort Zone
I don’t read a lot of hardboiled crime thrillers, so while the Shakespearean retelling aspect was in my wheelhouse, this was still a stretch for me, but I loved it!
Most Unputdownable Book of the Year
Another great fantasy! It was so amazing & very hard to put down (as were many many other books I read this year!)
Book Read in 2018 that I’m Most Likely to Re-Read This Year
I don’t think I have any that I really NEED to re-read just yet. The one I’m most likely to is City of Brass, mainly because the sequel comes out this month & I’m not sure I remember enough of it!
Favorite Cover of a Book I Read in 2018
A Memorable Character of 2018
I started the Jackaby series by William Ritter this year & I definitely look on Jackaby with fondness. He’s eccentric and wonderful and bit like the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes all rolled up in one. I really love those books!
Most Beautifully Written Book of 2018
Most Thought-Provoking Book of 2018
Book I Can’t Believe I Waited UNTIL 2018 to Finally Read
I let myself be intimidated by the length of this series and the books in it, as well as the epic fantasy part. So far, I am loving it, though! I’m hoping to read at least a few more this year. We’ll see how it goes!
Favorite Passage/Quote from a Book I Read in 2018
Shortest Book I Read in 2018
Longest Book I Read in 2018
Book That Shocked Me the Most
That Ending. A year long (at least) hiatus. I do NOT want to discuss it.
OTP Of the Year
I totally ship Nahri & Dava from City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. I’m hopeful that my wishes will be granted in subsequent installments.
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year
I think Gus and Woodrow from Lonesome Dove had such a great friendship. While it was articulated mostly on Gus’s part, it was obvious that they cared for each other and had been through a lot. I can’t wait to read McMurtry’s other Lonesome Dove books someday to get some of the backstory!
Favorite Book in 2018 from An Author I’ve Read Before
Best Book Read in 2018 Based Solely on Someone Else’s Recommendation
Horror is not my usual genre, but I heard this one talked up a lot on Book Riot and decided to give it a go. I ended up sleeping with the light on…so creepy but good!
Newest Fictional Crush from 2018
I do have a soft spot for Jackaby in the Jackaby series. I also really like the dark and enigmatic Lan from the beginning of the Wheel of Time series. There’s definitely more than meets the eye with him and I find him very intriguing.
Best 2018 Debut
Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting
Both of these books had fantastic worlds & I couldn’t pick the best one! I can’t wait to reimmerse myself this year with their sequels!
Book that Put a Smile on My Face and/or was Most FUN to Read
This series of supernatural detective novels is just so MUCH fun. It’s a combination of Dr. Who and Sherlock with the humor/sensibility of Buffy (without being quite so problematic). LOVE THEM. I can’t wait to finish the series!
Book that Made Me Cry in 2018
Everyone needs to read this book. Full stop.
Hidden Gem of the Year
I read a lot of books I didn’t feel liek I heard a ton about that I really liked this year. The above are most of them!
Book that Crushed My Soul
This dystopia felt all too real and the ending was *not* uplifting. A solid read though.
Most Unique Book I Read in 2018
The only word I can use to describe this book is bananapants. It was SO crazy, but such a unique ride.
Book That Made Me the Most Mad
I JUST CAN’T EVEN EXPRESS ALL OF THE FEELINGS THIS VOLUME GAVE ME. THE HIATUS IS GOING TO BE SO HARD!
My Blogging/Bookish Life
New Favorite Book Group I Found in 2018
I adapted this one a bit because I wasn’t super in the blogosphere for about half of the year. However, I did find The Book Democracy online and LOVE it. It’s a Facebook group where you get sorted into a house monthly and work to help your house get the most points. There’s lots of bookish discussion, 2 books of the month to discuss like a book club, and bookish bingo cards every month. It’s SO much fun & I love having another way to connect with bookish friends.
Favorite Post I Wrote in 2018
I really enjoyed participating in the Bookish Bloggers Unite tag & really loved the weeks where we picked a book for each season & where we did the My Life in Books tag.
Favorite Bookish Related Photo I Took in 2018
I took this photo of my kitty & a book for Riotgrams & I really thought it turned out well!
Best Bookish Event I Participated In
I think my favorite bookish event this year was going to a signing with Deborah Harkness at my local library. She was just so lovely & I got my copy of Time’s Convert signed!
Best Moment of Bookish/Blogging Life in 2018
I think the highlight of my bookish life this year was finishing so many good books! Picking books for this post has been suitably hard, so it just lets me know I had a great bookish year in 2018.
Most Challenging Thing about Blogging/Bookish Life This Year
Blogging! After moving and having to start a new job in a new school district and a new state, I just fell off of writing any reviews or posts at all. I’m hoping to start anew this year & I’m excited to share more of my reading life with you!
Most Popular Post This Year
My most viewed post was the introductory post I did for the first week of #BookishBloggersUnite!
Post I Wished Got Some More Love
I didn’t have too many posts this year, and I didn’t have any I was super beholden to…
Best Bookish Discovery
My best bookish discovery is that there are so many great independent bookstores in St. Louis! I haven’t really visited any yet (book buying ban), but there’s a wealth of bookstores and great libraries here and I feel lucky for those!
Reading Challenges and Goals Completed in 2018
In 2018, I completed the Read Harder and Reading Women challenges. I also participated in 2 Dewey’s 24 hour readathons, all of Bout of Books (3 times a year), and one 24 in 48 readathon. I’m looking forward to a new year full of many new readathons! (Bout of Books starts next week!)
One Book I Didn’t Get to in 2018 That’s My Top Priority in 2019
I’ve just heard so many people who loved this book this year! I can’t wait to read it.
Non-Debut Book I am Most Anticipating in 2019
I’m so excited to continue the series of the first 3 books shown! I also really loved Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles, so I’m really looking forward to her new one…and Jasper Fforde FINALLY has a new release that isn’t in his middle grade series. While it’s not Thursday Next or Shades of Grey, I’ll be happy to explore another of the worlds his mind has dreamed up! The same goes for The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I loved The Night Circus SO MUCH. I hope her follow-up is just as magical!
2019 Debut I’m Most Anticipating
I’ve had a galley for this laying around on my Kindle & I really need to get to it! It sounds so good!
Series Ending/Sequel I’m Most Anticipating in 2019
One Thing I Hope to Accomplish in my Blogging/Bookish Life in 2019
I hope to blog regularly & consistently throughout the year with a variety of content.
A 2019 Release I’ve Already Read and Recommend to Everyone
I LOVED THIS BOOK. It’s a fantasy-driven alternate history novel with a ton of heist action that I adored. The characters are now all so precious to me. It’s a special kind of cruelty that I got to read it early, but there is a cliffhanger & the next one isn’t due until 2020. I will be recommending it all year, but it’s due out January 15!
Well, that’s my year! How was your reading year?? What were some of your favorites? What would you recommend to me?? Let me know in the comments!!