My Favourite Reads of 2018 & Early 2019 |(Extremely Late) End of Year Survey

February’s not too late to post a 2018 wrap up, right? Right? I’ve been on holidays for the past few months but now, but have finally decided to get back to blogging at a slower, less structured pace. A huge thank you to the Perpetual Page Turner for organising this annual survey! Find my 2017 reading wrap up here!

The Facts

Number Of Books You Read: 72                                                                                            Number Of Pages You Read: 21,641 pages (avg of 300 pages per book)
Number of Re-Reads: 1 (Geek Girl book 1)
Genre You Read The Most From: YA Contemporary

Best Book You Read In 2018?

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Elena Vanishing, a memoir by Elena Dunkle and Clare B. Dunkle. Nonfiction…I too never would have guessed this would be the genre of my favourite 2018 read. Yet this story’s rawness, honesty and pain made it wondrously readable.

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

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Look. I didn’t hate this book, it just wasn’t ‘Amazing’ with a ‘capital A’; it was engaging and the Breakfast Club style assortment of characters was somewhat amusing but the twist just wasn’t that surprising. 

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

The Women are Some Kind of Magic Series by Amanda Lovelace. The first two books for just perfect. Now I have my hands firmly on the Arc of the final book and am not letting go for anyone/thing.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

None of these are particularly ‘new’ authors, but I did read my first books by Agatha Christie, Jesse Andrews & Adam Silvera last year. (Plus, got to meet Jesse Andrews irl *cue happy dance*).

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

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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers– A school-prescribed classic that I actually LOVED?!? 

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

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie! Short, sweet and suspenseful, with a twist that left me reeling. 

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

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli or What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera. I’m desperate to re-live these ships!

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

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Most memorable character of 2018?

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Margot Lewis from Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan. I can’t say why she’s memorable without revealing the twist! Now you have an excuse to read it 🙂 .

Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan. Another book (beautifully) written in verse…hmmm….I’m starting to notice a pattern here. Perhaps because the writing style is more impactful & ~unique~..?

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

The Diary of Anne Frank. It may not have been the most gripping read but it’s honesty was compelling. Definitely an important read, especially in this political era. 

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

“My Last Message would be to find your people. And to treat each day like a lifetime.”

“Sometimes the truth is a secret you’re keeping from yourself because living a lie is easier.”

“Entire lives aren’t lessons, but there are lessons in lives.”

“…stories can make someone immortal as long as someone else is willing to listen.”

Some of the many tear jerking quotes from They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera.

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

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  Book That Shocked You The Most

People Like Us by Dana Mele. That twist left me with my mouth hanging wide open. 

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

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(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Bram & Simon from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. For obvious reasons. 

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

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The hype around The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas drove me (like many others, I’m sure) to read it. Did it live up to the hype? Hmm… I’m gonna have to go with no.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

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Definitely not a new crush, but my answer to every book crush related question (’til the end of time) is always going to be Nick Hidaka from Geek Girl by Holly Smale. *swoons*.

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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Hive by AJ Betts. A dystopic future community that has removed all technology sounds strange but it was actually really good (ok, it was admittedly a little strange).

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

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You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando was like watching a badass teenage girl undercover agent movie (if that were a common genre of movie- I wish!).

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan made me ugly-cry for HOURS.

 Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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Only the Ocean by Natasha Carthew. This book was cute. This book was terrifying. This book was tear-jerking. With an intense character backstory, uncertain setting and gorgeous romantic paring, I’m surprised this book is as underrated as it is. Read my review here.

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Favorite post you wrote in 2018? 

Character Files: Lorelei von Leyden. I liked the new direction I took with this post. I’ll definitely throw in a few posts like this later on in 2019.

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

I met Jesse Andrews, author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl! 🙂 

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

Receiving the Liebster Award twice was very exciting.

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

I had a huge reading slump in the middle of the year that resulted in me DNFing at least 5 Arcs. Whether the uninteresting books were the cause or effect of my slump remains unknown.

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

My ‘New Books 16/01/18’ post somewhat surprisingly came out on top in terms of most views.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My ‘Recommendations for if you Loved All the Bright Places‘ post is an infographic that took me a while to make and sadly did’t receive much love. 

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

I came across a new Arc site called Edelweiss but haven’t actually tried using it yet.

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

I set a goal of reading 80 books for the Goodreads challenge but only managed to read 72.

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My goal is again 80 books this year, however I’m also setting a page count goal of 24,000 (for an average of 300 pages per book). Hopefully this will stop me from fearing the larger books as the time taken to read them will be reflected in my page count goal.

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

I have been wanting to read The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli for years! This is the year I finally tick it off my TBR. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandya Menon is also high on my 2019 TBR.

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

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Happy Girl Lucky (The Valentines Book 1) by Holly Smale, one of my all time favourite authors! Release date: February 7!

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

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The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace. I already have the Arc and am eagerly anticipating an opportunity to start reading it. Release date: March 5!

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

150 followers? 200? We’re at 123, people! Let’s keep it up. Just blogging and reading throughout the year without any slumps is my main goal. *fingers & toes crossed*

Wow. That was an adventure. Thanks for sticking out this super loonnggggg post with me. 

I would LOVE to hear what you read last year and/or your thoughts on my 2018 reads. Drop a comment down below- let’s exchange 2019 tbr recommendations! 🙂

2017 reading wrap up. 

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