2018 End of Year Survey

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Happy New Year!  This is my end of year review that includes my usual wrap up and then the annual survey created by The Perpetual Page-Turner.

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Challenges in which I participated:

A to Z (finished 21/26)
What’s in a Name? (finished 6/6)
Full House (finished
Monthly Motif (finished 12/12)
R.I.P. XIII (finished 4/4)

# of books read:

81

Previous years:
61 in 2017
35 in 2016
52 in 2015
58 in 2014
60 in 2013
75 in 2012
39 in 2011
30 in 2010
28 in 2009
48 in 2008
81 in 2007

Favorites (in order read):

Saga Vols. 5 & 6  by: Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Beacon 23  by: Hugh Howey
Sunbolt  by: Intisar Khanani
Turtles All the Way Down  by: John Green
Mosquitoland  by: David Arnold
Educated: A Memoir  by: Tara Westover
The Song of Achilles  by: Madeline Miller
Nine Perfect Strangers  by: Liane Moriarty
Circe  by: Madeline Miller
The Good Daughter  by: Karin Slaughter

Least favorite:

Lincoln in the Bardo  by: George Saunders

# of non-fiction:

7

Repeated authors:

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)

**2018 READING STATS** Survey by The Perpetual Page-Turner

 

Number Of Books You Read: 81
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Fiction, Sci-Fi

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

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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?  

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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?

Intisar Khanani

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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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Salt to the Sea  
by: Ruta Sepetys

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

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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

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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 ♥
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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

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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.:

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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
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23. Best 2018 debut you read?

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The Woman in the Window  
by: A.J. Finn

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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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?

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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?

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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

 

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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

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

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3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

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My oldest son reading in the lobby of the karate dojo while waiting for my younger son to finish his class.
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A book tree at the Imaginon library in downtown Charlotte.

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

All of the challenges, especially R.I.P. XIII!

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

Finishing most of the challenges in which I participated, reading 81 books total, blogging more.

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

Homeschooling has made finding personal time a little more challenging, but at least I still read children’s and picture books to my sons and nephew.

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

Top Ten Favorite Fictional Couples

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

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.)?

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

I completed 4/5 challenges and exceeded my Goodreads challenge goal of 70 books by reading 81.

 

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

Where the Crawdads Sing  by: Delia Owens

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

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Aurora Rising  
by: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – May 2019

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don’t keep up with debuts.

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

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Darkdawn  
by: Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) – September 2019

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

I hope to blog consistently instead of slacking off halfway through the year and I hope to read at least 75 books throughout the entire year.

 

2017 End of Year Survey

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Happy New Year!  Here’s my annual end of year review, the first part is my typical wrap up and then a little farther down is the survey created by The Perpetual Page-Turner.

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Challenges in which I participated:

Full House  (finished 23/25)
What’s in a Name?  (finished 5/6)
Monthly Motif  (finished 10/12)
R.I.P. XII  (finished 4/4)
# of books read:

61
Previous years:
35 in 2016
52 in 2015
58 in 2014
60 in 2013
75 in 2012
39 in 2011
30 in 2010
28 in 2009
48 in 2008
81 in 2007
Favorites (in order read):

Under a Painted Sky  by: Stacey Lee
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy  by: Rachel Joyce
Lightning  by: Dean Koontz
The Bear and the Nightingale  by: Katherine Arden
Call the Midwife  by: Jennifer Worth
A Conjuring of Light  by: V.E. Schwab
To the Bright Edge of the World  by: Eowyn Ivey
Oryx and Crake  by: Margaret Atwood
Doctor Sleep  by: Stephen King
The Radium Girls  by: Kate Moore
Beneath a Scarlet Sky  by: Mark T. Sullivan
Elon Musk  by: Ashlee Vance


Least favorite:

The Invisible Library  by: Genevieve Cogman

# of non-fiction:

7
Repeated authors:

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)

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Number of books you read:  61
Number of re-reads:  1  (Sabriel  by: Garth Nix)
Genre you read the most from:  Fantasy

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1. Best book you read:  
The Radium Girls
  by: Kate Moore (non-fiction)
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The Bear and the Nightingale  by: Katherine Arden  (fantasy)
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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
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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

7.  Best book from a genre you don’t usually read/was out of your comfort zone:  Saga Vol. 1  by: Brian K. Vaughn (graphic novel)
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8.  Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book:  Lightning  by: Dean Koontz
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9.  Book you are most likely to re-read next year:  I don’t typically re-read books, but if I had to choose it would be The Bear and the Nightingale  by: Katherine Arden
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10.  Favorite book cover:  Wintersong  by: S. Jae-Jones
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11.  Most memorable character:  Mia from The Nevernight Chronicle by: Jay Kristoff

Shadow from American Gods  by: Neil Gaiman
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12.  Most beautifully written book:  To the Bright Edge of the World  by: Eowyn Ivey
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I wanted to go to the setting of this book so badly just from the amazing descriptions.  Also, I loved how Ivey weaved reality and Native beliefs together.

 


13.  Most thought-provoking/life-changing book:
A Monster Calls  by: Patrick Ness
The Radium Girls  by: Kate Moore

14.  Book you can’t believe you waited until 2017 to read:  Doctor Sleep  by: Stephen King

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
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There was a part that I just couldn’t believe actually happened!

18.  One true pairing of the year:  Yeva & the Beast in Hunted  by: Meagan Spooner
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19.  Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:  Necco, Theo, & Pru in Burntown  by: Jennifer McMahon
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20.  Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read before:  To the Bright Edge of the World  by: Eowyn Ivey

21.  Best book you read that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure:  And Then There Were None  by: Agatha Christie

22.  Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017:  Stefan from Lightning  by: Dean Koontz
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23.  Best 2017 debut you read:  The Bear and the Nightingale  by: Katherine Arden

24.  Best world building/most vivid setting:  Red Rising  by: Pierce Brown
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25.  Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read:  Call the Midwife  by: Jennifer Worth
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I literally laughed out loud (very rare for me!) reading about Fred’s pig.  That said, there were several heart-breaking parts of this book as well.

 


26.  Book that made you cry or nearly cry:  

A Monster Calls  by: Patrick Ness
Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse  by: Jennifer Worth

27.  Hidden gem of the year:  Under a Painted Sky  by: Stacey Lee
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28.  Book that crushed your soul:  A Monster Calls  by: Patrick Ness

29.  Most unique book you read:  American Gods  by: Neil Gaiman

30.  Book that made you the most mad:  The Radium Girls  by: Kate Moore.  The horrors those women went through all so a company could make a profit.
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1.  New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017:  Too hard to answer!  I have an entire list of blogs I’ve discovered since I re-started my blog in August.

2.  Favorite review you wrote in 2017:  Doctor Sleep which surprises me because it was so personal and I usually don’t share my feelings.  But that’s why it felt so good to write it.

3.  Best discussion/non-review post you wrote:  TTT book settings

4.  Best event you participated in:  Top Ten Tuesday and the R.I.P. XII challenge.

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!!)

7.  Most popular post this year on your blog:  TTT 2017 Favorites

8.  Post you wish got a little more love:  Elon Musk review

9.  Best bookish discovery:  Silent Book Club on Facebook

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals you set:  Yes!  I exceeded my goal of 50 books on Goodreads by reading 61 books.  And I completed 4/4 books for the R.I.P. XII challenge.

 

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1.  Book you didn’t get around to in 2017 but will be your top priority in 2018:  Saga Vol. 2  by: Brian K. Vaughn

2.  Book you are most anticipating (non-debut):  Obsidio  by: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

3.  2018 debut you are most anticipating:  I don’t keep up with upcoming debuts.

4.  Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2018:  Obsidio

5.  One thing you hope to accomplish in your reading/blogging life:  Read at least 60 books and finish more challenges.