Welcome to the 2018 End of Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner!
Recently I saw this Survey on blog The Candid Cover which I read on regular basis and I highly recommend you to check it out.
I really liked it so I wanted to do it myself, to reflect on 2018 as a reading year, and to give you all my stats and opinions.
2018 READING STATS
Number Of Books You Read: 75
Number of Re-Reads: 2: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Deepest Cut by J.A. Tempelton
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary Fiction
BEST IN BOOKS
1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
The Olive Branch by Jo Thomas. It was perfect chick lit book that made me happy.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I was really looking forward to read The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and in the end I didn’t like it.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I was surprised by how much I loved Good Me, Bad Me. I read it only because it circled around my coleagues and in the end I loved it more then anyone who works with me.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I’d say The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton. At least in my real life. I recommended this book to so many people. and I even borrowed my own copy to some. By the end of 2018 it got Croatian translation so now I’ll recommend it even more.
5. Best series you started in 2018?
I started only few series this year, but Give the Dark my Love is the one that really captivated me. I can’t wait for the sequel.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
Jo Thomas. I can’t believe I discovered her only last year. She writes funny contamporaries with lots of food and positive vibes, and her books are perfect to read on vacation.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I feel like I read every genre, except sci-fi, but in 2018 I didn’t read any sci-fi.
So for this answer I will choose one book I forgot to mention in my best books of 2018 post, that I really enjoyed, but it’s non-fiction, and I do read non-fiction, but nearly as much as fiction.
It is What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami.
8. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I’m re-reading this book as soon as I finish the book I’m curently reading, as it’s sequel, Wicked King, is already on it’s way to me.
9. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
I just love these cartoonish chick lit covers. They are my favorite covers ever.
10. Most memorable character of 2018?
Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass series. You just can’t forget how kick-ass and beautiful she is, even if you wanted to. I mean, it is meantioned in every other page of the book!
11. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land. I have to admit I didn’t read many beautifully written books in 2018, but the way this book was written really fascinated me.
12. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and in the end I was disappointed.
13.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
Shortest: Maša i putovanje is a children’s book from the series I adore. This one has only 38 pages.
Longest: The Well of Ascension is second book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn original trilogy and it has 781 pages.
14. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
OmG, I laughed so hard while reading Darcy Burdock. I recommend this book to everyone!!
15. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
I didn’t cry while reading in 2018, but While I Was Sleeping blurred my eyes many times.
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I didn’t have any challenges except goodreads challenge that I set for 60 books, and in the end I read 75.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018, But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?
Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is the one that I saw on many bloggers’ lists for best books of 2018. As I already have a copy, but didn’t read it in 2018, I started it two days ago, and I really, really enjoy it!
2. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao. I can’t even tell you how strongly I feel that this book is written for me to read. I’t like it screams at me to grab it already (but I’ll have to wait until June).
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?
There are more then one things I’d like to accoplish. First, upgrade my Netgalley ratio to 95%+, then read backlited ARCs because at this point it is just rude from me that I haven’t reviewed them yet, branch out when it comes to my blog, so I want to become lifestyle blogger and not just book blogger, read 77 books and each month read one 500+ pages book.
4. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?
The Chestnut Man by Soren Svenstrup. It comes out on January 10th and it was such a good book, with vibes similar to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
That is it!
Tell me how many books have your read in 2018 and what are your goals for 2019, reading or/and blogging wise?
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