This is my annual wrap up! The past few years I’ve also completed the survey created by The Perpetual Page-Turner, but this year has been crazy since I’m currently fostering a newborn and I don’t have the energy or time for more!
Where the Crawdads Sing by: Delia Owens The Witch Elm by: Tana French Red Dragon by: Thomas Harris The Dovekeepers by: Alice Hoffman Good Omens by: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman The Silence of the Lambs by: Thomas Harris Tree of Life by: Sarah Joy Green-Hart The Cabin at the End of the World by: Paul Tremblay No Exit by: Taylor Adams The Little Stranger by: Sarah Waters The Missing Years by: Lexie Elliott
The Amulet Thief by: Luanne Bennett
# of non-fiction:
Thomas Harris (2) (Hannibal Lecter)
Katherine Arden (3) (Winternight Trilogy)
Sarah Crossan (2) (Breathe)
Ben Aaronovitch (3) (Rivers of London)
Rick Riordan (2) (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
If you could, I’d love you to leave some feedback for any questions you’d LIKE to see on this survey in the future that perhaps I don’t have on here!
Brian K. Vaughan (7) (Saga)
Hugh Howey (2)
Sylvain Neuvel (2) (Themis Files)
Laura Thalassa (2) (The Bargainer)
Michelle Bryan (3) (Strain of Resistance)
Intisar Khanani (2) (The Sunbolt Chronicles)
Ruth Ware (3)
N.K. Jemisin (3) (The Broken Earth)
Stephen King (4) (Bill Hodges Trilogy)
Madeline Miller (2)
Gena Showalter (2) (Everlife)
Number Of Books You Read: 81
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Fiction, Sci-Fi
1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
Circe by: Madeline Miller
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by: E.K. Johnson
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Mosquitoland by: David Arnold – surprising in a good way! I thought it would be more of a shallow young adult story, but I was pleasantly surprised and it ended up being one of my favorites of the whole year.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
The Song of Achilles by: Madeline Miller
5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
Started: The Sunbolt Chronicles by: Intisar Khanani
Ender: Obsidio by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (#3 of The Illuminae Files)
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Saga Vol. 5 and Saga Vol. 6 by: Brian K. Vaughan (graphic novels)
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Woman in the Window by: A.J. Finn
9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Book of Strange New Things by: Michel Faber – it was incredibly deep and odd and made me want to talk to someone about it while reading it and after I finished.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
11. Most memorable character of 2018?
Circe from Circe by: Madeline Miller
Bill Hodges from The Bill Hodges Trilogy by: Stephen King
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
Salt to the Sea by: Ruta Sepetys
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?
Nine Perfect Strangers by: Liane Moriarty – the discussion of depression/suicide really hit home.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
Interview with the Vampire by: Anne Rice
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?
“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” –Wonder by: R.J. Palacio
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
Shortest: Woman, These Are Yours by: A.C. O’Dell (28 pages)
Longest: The Good Daughter by: Karin Slaughter (656 pages)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Before We Were Yours by: Lisa Wingate – The things that happened in this book were shocking enough, but then to find out it was based on a true story…
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Alanna & Marco in the Saga series ♥
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Melanie & Miss Justineau in The Girl with All the Gifts by: M.R. Carey
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Beacon 23 by: Hugh Howey
21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
Educated: A Memoir by: Tara Westover – My mom told me a little about it so I checked it out from the library.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?
Val from The Sunbolt Chronicles by: Intisar Khanani
23. Best 2018 debut you read?
The Woman in the Window by: A.J. Finn
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Obsidio by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Gracie: A Love Story by: George Burns
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
Winter Garden by: Kristen Hannah
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Sunbolt by: Intisar Khanani
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Winter Garden by: Kristen Hannah
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by: Kelley Barnhill
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Before We Were Yours by: Lisa Wingate
The Girls Who Went Away by: Ann Fessler
1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?
I don’t follow any Bookstagrams or YouTube channels and I don’t keep track of when I started following certain blogs, so I’ll choose a blog at random that I think I started following in the last year: A Lovely Book Affair
The Girls Who Went Away – It didn’t receive many views and I understand that it’s a non-fiction that hasn’t received much recognition, but I really think that people would find the subject interesting and perhaps even relevant to their family history.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Jennifer McMahon (2)
Katherine Arden (2)(Winternight Trilogy)
Jennifer Worth (3)(Call the Midwife)
Jay Kristoff (2)(Nevernight Chronicle)
V.E. Schwab (3)(Shades of Magic)
Pierce Brown (3)(Red Rising)
Agatha Christie (3)
Number of books you read: 61 Number of re-reads: 1 (Sabriel by: Garth Nix) Genre you read the most from: Fantasy
The Bear and the Nightingale by: Katherine Arden (fantasy)
2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love, but didn’t: A Court of Thorns and Roses by: Sarah J. Maas
3. Most surprising (good or bad way) book you read: A Monster Calls by: Patrick Ness
I was surprised by how much it affected me. I cried a lot and I thought it was an absolutely beautiful book.
4. Book you pushed the most people to read: Wintersong by: S. Jae-Jones (I recommended for my book club…which is 2 other people other than myself!) I also recommended Nevernight by: Jay Kristoff to my husband and he enjoyed it.
5. Best series you started: Winternight Trilogy by: Katherine Arden Best sequel: Doctor Sleep by: Stephen King (The Shining #2) Best series ender: A Conjuring of Light by: V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic)
6. Favorite new author you discovered: Katherine Arden
15. Favorite passage/quote: “And now – now there was some truth to it, even if it was only the truth of a story that, once heard, becomes history. You might forget a story, but you can never unhear a story.” -p. 140 of Hiddensee by: Gregory Maguire
16. Shortest book: The Lightning Tree by: Patrick Rothfuss (58 pages…it’s actually a short story) Longest book: A Conjuring of Light by: V.E. Schwab (624 pages)
17. Book that shocked you the most: The Serpent King by: Jeff Zentner
There was a part that I just couldn’t believe actually happened!
5. Best moment of your bookish/blogging life in 2017: Moving my blog and re-starting it as Carolina Book Nook in August.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year: This year hasn’t been nearly as challenging as previous years, but I suppose just finding the time to blog and managing the guilt when I spend a lot of time blogging/reading (like completing this long post that’s taking hours!!)