The year of 2018 has wound down to an end and as 2019 builds up and begins, an end of the year survey has been floating around on everyone’s blogs lately and I thought it would be a lot of fun to take part.

2018 Stats:

Number of books read: 189
Number of rereads: 4
Genre you read the most of: Fantasy

The Books:

Best book you read in 2018:
To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

Book you were excited about, thought you’d love, but didn’t:
Roseblood by A. G. Howard

Most surprising (good or bad) book you read:
A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did!):
The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown

Best series you started in 2018:
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Favorite new author you discovered in 2018:
Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone:
The Art of Raising a Puppy by The Monks of New Skete

Most action-packed, thrilling, unable-to-put-down book of the year:
To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

Book you read in 2018 that you’re most likely to reread next year:
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018:

Most memorable character of 2018:
Is it cheating if I go back to a character from a book I reread? Cause honestly, 9.99 times out of 10, it’s going to be Carswell Thorne. But I guess, if not, Nikolai Volkonsky from The Enchanted Sonata.

Most beautifully written book read in 2018:
The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2018:
Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary

Book you can’t believe you waited until 2018 to finally read:
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2018:
“This is why I like you, Rhen.” He slips his hand to my chin and leans over my face until his lips are an inch away. “Take me up on my offer. I’ll still give you the world.” His hand pinches harder, and with every ounce of rage I have, I jerk back and shove a hand beneath his ribs and into his diaphragm while my shaky knee jerks up to connect with his family jewels. “Sorry,” I gasp. “Your world is too small.”

Shortest & longest book you read in 2018:
The Epilogue by Kiera Cass and Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky — both, ironically, books that I hated.

Book that shocked you the most:
A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

OTP of the year:
Nikolai and Clara from The Enchanted Sonata.

Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:
Rhen and Seleni from To Best the Boys

Favorite book you read in 2018 from an author you’d read previously:
Tigerlilja by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown

The best peer pressure book (you read it solely based on a recommendation from someone else):
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Newest fictional crush from 2018:
Will and Sam from To Best the Boys by Mary Weber. I honestly just can’t with how much I liked them. And they weren’t even a large focal point of the novel!

Best world-building/most vivid setting of 2018:
The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read:
This is really a toss-up between To Best the Boys by Mary Weber or The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork.

Book that made you cry (or nearly cry):
Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley

Hidden gem of the year:
Tigerlilja by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown. I know this is just a novella, but the number of people who have read it is painfully small in comparison to the amount of love that it actually deserves.

Book that crushed your soul:
Waves by Ingrid Chabbert

Most unique book of 2018:
The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

Book that made you the most mad (you didn’t necessarily hate it):
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. I didn’t even read this book, but after the amount of abuse romanticizing and forgiving she’s done in this series, the fact that a fourth one was published just infuriates me.

The Blogs:

New favorite bookblog/bookstagram/booktube found in 2018:
The first one who comes to mind is Jasmine (Jax) @ Life with a Simple Reader, but I’ve found quite a few new and absolutely wonderful book bloggers this year and featured many of them in my Blogger Support Feature.

Favorite post of 2018:
The Lunar Chronicles Made Me Cry Today

Favorite bookish related photo of 2018:
The main photo of this post, actually. just scroll to the top.

Best bookish event you participated in:
Beat the Backlist

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018:
Receiving my very first physical ARC and getting the approval email on my birthday. Shout out to Erin and Steven, authors of The Wendy and Tigerlilja for the experience!

Most challenging thing about blogging/reading life this year:
Finding the time to keep posting. I really struggled during the summer because I was working so much and couldn’t really find the time to get everything written and set up. I’ve picked it up a lot in the past couple of months and I really hope that I’ll be able to keep that stride going in 2019.

Most popular post on your blog this year (comments or views):
The Nora Roberts and Tomi Adeyemi Debacle

Post you wish got a little more love:
The Wendy [Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown]

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

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year:
Pretty much the only one I really completed was my Goodreads challenge. I sort of gave up on all the others.

The Books Next Year:

One book you didn’t get to in 2018 but will be your number one priority in 2019:
The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

Book you are most anticipating for 2019 (non-debut):
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

2019 debut you are most anticipating:
The Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Series ending/sequel you are most anticipating in 2019:
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2019:
Get that darn 80% badge on NetGalley.

A 2019 release you’ve already read and recommended to everyone (if applicable):
To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

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