2018 End-of-Year Book Survey

Jamie, the blogger behind The Perpetual Page-Turner, puts together a wonderful book survey at the end of each year and here it is for 2018. Reading wasn’t easy for me for most of the year, but since the fall, my focus, stamina, and short-term memory all improved. Opening a book has become fun again and I think 2019 will be even better!

Here’s what my reading life looked like in 2018:

Number Of Books You Read: 107

Number of Re-Reads: 2 – The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan and And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

Genre You Read The Most From: Didn’t really have one — I was all over the place this year genre-wise.

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Calypso, by David Sedaris

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

The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang

I didn’t realize how romancey it was going to be. Overall it was enjoyable, but romance is just not the genre for me.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Educated, by Tara Westover – I was just floored by the experiences she had with her family.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Calypso, by David Sedaris – it’s quite an easy sell 🙂

5. Best series you started in 2018?

Garden Spells (Waverly Family #1), by Sarah Addison Allen

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Maurene Goo, author of The Way You Make Me Feel

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

I don’t read a ton of non-fiction, so I’m going with When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, by Daniel Pink for this one.

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

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty – it’s not my favorite of Moriarty’s, but I still couldn’t put it down!

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

Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, by Pema Chodron

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Jack Reacher from Killing Floor, by Lee Child

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds

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

Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment, by Robert Wright

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

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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

I didn’t keep track 🙁

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Nightlights, by Lorena Alvarez Gomez (60 pages) & Voyager, by Diana Gabaldon (870 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty – when I found out what was in those smoothies…

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

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

Dash and Lily from Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Leopold Gursky and Bruno from The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah

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

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan based on the recommendation of one of my lovely co-workers.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

No fictional crushes this year!

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert

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

Alaska in The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah. The setting is basically a character in the book.

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

Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

Nothing got me close to crying this year

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1, by Ngozi Ukazu – don’t know if this one was really hidden, but it came out pretty late in the year, so I just want to spread how awesome and adorable it was 🙂

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Educated, by Tara Westover

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Baby Monkey, Private Eye, by Brian Selzick – this delightful title looks like a chunky chapter book, but it’s actually for beginning readers.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The dads in The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah and Educated, by Tara Westover both made me furious.

What did your reading year look like? Please share in the comments below or fill out the survey and link up with The Perpetual Page-Turner!

3 responses to “2018 End-of-Year Book Survey”

  1. Rachel @ Never Enough Novels Avatar

    I just loved Garden Spells! The second book was almost as good, which is so rare.

    1. Kristen Avatar

      I’m so glad to hear that the sequel is good! I found it at a used book sale this fall and I’m hoping to get to it soon.

  2. Lauren @ Always Me Avatar

    Yes, I loved The Hazel Wood – I’m glad to know you did too! 🙂

    Check out my End of Year Survey

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