End of Year Survey: 2018 Edition

Every year, I look forward to doing Jamie’s End of Year Survey, and this year is no different! The only change is that I have a lot more to talk about this year than I have in the past. 🙂

2018 Reading Stats

Number of books you read: 218!!!
Number of re-reads: 1
Genre you read the most from: probably YA romance

Some Bonus Reading Stats

Books by female authors: 162
Books by male authors: 50
Books by non-binary authors: 1
Books co-written by male and female authors: 5

Adult books: 94
Young adult books: 92
New adult books: 29
Middle-grade & children’s books: 3

Debuts: 16

Best in Books

Best book you read in 2018:

Ooh, starting off with the most difficult question. I think I have to go with Nevernight. I still think about how much I liked it sometimes.

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t:

I thought I would love Down and Across but I kind of ended up hating it.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read:

Troll. Mostly I was just surprised that a book could possibly be this bad.

Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did):

I’ve developed a bit of a reputation as “that girl who loves The Hating Game,” so I guess I should probably go with that one. (Even though I read this in 2017, not 2018.)

Best series you started in 2018:

Definitely The Raven Cycle!

Best sequel of 2018:

Since I probably can’t use The Raven Cycle for every series-related answer, I’ll go with In Bed With the Beast.

Best series ender of 2018:

I have to go with The Raven King because it’s the only series ender that I read in 2018.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2018:

Definitely, without a doubt, Jenn Bennett.

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

I don’t tend to read a ton of political nonfiction, and when I do, I don’t tend to love it. But On Tyranny was amazing.

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

I’m trying so hard not to repeat books, but I think I have to go with Nevernight again.

Book you read in 2018 that you would be MOST likely to re-read next year:

I am, in general, very unlikely to ever re-read a book, just because there are so many books that I want to read and so little time. That said, if I absolutely had to choose, I’d probably re-read The Kiss Quotient.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018:

What If It’s Us. I’ve said a few times that I love this cover so much that I’d frame it and hang it up in my house.

Most memorable character of 2018:

Ghüs from Saga!!!

Most beautifully written book read in 2018:

This is another really hard question, but I think I’ll go with Little Fires Everywhere.

Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2018:

I don’t know about life-changing, but Between the World and Me was very thought-provoking.

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

I’m a huge Sarah Dessen fan and I owned Saint Anything FOREVER before I finally got around to reading it.

Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2018:

“People say depression lies. Anxiety is just stupid. It’s unable to tell the difference between things that are actually scary (being buried alive, for example) and things that are not scary at all (being in bed under the covers). It hits all the same buttons. Stop. Go. Up. Down. It’s all the same to anxiety.”

— Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Shortest and longest book you read in 2018:

Book that shocked you the most:

I had never read anything by Jenn Bennett when I picked up Alex, Approximately and I was so surprised by how much I loved it.

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

JOSH AND HAZEL 😭😭

Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:

The Grant siblings in Save the Date!

Favorite book you read in 2018 from an author you’ve read previously:

R.S. Grey, queen of steamy romantic comedies, wrote a number of my favorite books of 2018. I think my favorite this year was Not So Nice Guy.

Best book you read in 2018 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure/bookstagram/etc:

It’s so hard to choose because I’ve read a lot of great books based on someone’s recommendation (or just peer pressure) this year. One book that I definitely would not have read (or, I guess, re-read) without being asked was The Catcher in the Rye. This was a buddy re-read with Daniel and I loved it so much more the second time around.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018:

I think my one and only fictional crush from 2018 would have to be Michael Phan from The Kiss Quotient.

Best 2018 debut you read:

Love Scene, Take Two was an easy five stars for me. I loved it so much!

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year:

Hands down, The Name of the Wind.

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read:

Emergency Contact just made me feel warm and fuzzy and happy.

Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2018:

It’s really, really rare for a book to make me cry, but Love and Other Words had tears streaming down my face.

Hidden gem of the year:

Since I’m trying not to repeat books, I’m going to go with Frat Girl! I loved this book and somehow it only has 557 ratings on Goodreads!

Book that crushed your soul:

I’m still not over the way that Saga, Vol. 7 ended.

Most unique book you read in 2018:

I think that honor would have to go to The King of FU.

Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it):

Fire and Fury made me mad, both because of the subject matter and the fact that it could have been so much better.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

New favorite book blog/bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018:

Everybody already knows that my favorite book blog of 2018 is Page to Page, run by my favorite person, Daniel.

Favorite post you wrote in 2018:

I’m a big fan of:

That’s more than one, sorry.

Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:

Please enjoy this photo of me reading The Name of the Wind with my cat.

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

Definitely BookCon!

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018:

I would say that the best moment of my blogging life this year was hitting 1,000 followers.

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year:

I had a number of reading slumps where I couldn’t even look at a book. You’d never know it looking at my stats, but there were weeks where I’d read 8 or 10 books and then weeks where I’d read basically nothing.

Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views):

My most popular post of 2018 was Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite book bloggers. I’m so happy that it’s my most popular post and it always makes me smile when it gets another like or comment.

Post you wished got a little more love:

Honestly, my posts this year have gotten more love than I’d ever expected, but let’s see… I wish some of my earlier posts in 2018 would have gotten more love.

Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc):

I think my happiest discovery is my library’s used bookstore and a used bookstore about twenty minutes away from my house. Also a disaster since I don’t really need to be buying any more books, but at least I’m not paying full price anymore?

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

I did! I set several goals for myself in 2018 and I actually met all of them!

  • Debut Author Challenge: I wanted to read 12 debuts and ended up reading 15!
  • #killingthetbr: I wanted to read at least three books per month that had been on my TBR for more than three months, and I did! (December was a little iffy, but I bent the rules a little bit to allow for reading unowned books that had been on my TBR for more than three months.)
  • 100 Book Challenge: Having read well over 200 books in 2018, I’d say this one was a success.
  • Monthly Motif: I read at least one book each month fitting the theme.
  • Read the Rainbow: I had read the rainbow so many times by the middle of the year that I stopped keeping track.

Looking Ahead

One book you didn’t get to in 2018 but will be your number 1 priority in 2019:

My Plain Jane! I can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet!!

Book you are most anticipating for 2019 (non-debut):

By far, Serious Moonlight is my most anticipated. I would do just about anything to get my hands on this book.

2019 debut you are most anticipating:

After having a cup of coffee and nice conversation with the author, I have to say that the debut I’m most anticipating is The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer.

Series ending/sequel you are most anticipating in 2019:

Without a doubt, Darkdawn.

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2019:

I have a whole post with my 2019 goals coming up, but basically, I have a few reading challenges that I want to complete and I want to do more collaborations with other bloggers.

A 2019 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone (if applicable):

I’ve read one book so far that releases in 2019 and it was amazing. I would definitely recommend You’d Be Mine.


Have you done this end of year survey? Feel free to leave your link and the comments and I’ll check out your post! Do we have any of the same answers for these questions? Anything you disagree with me on? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book review: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

Source: Borrowed

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

Dear Martin is a book that’s been on my TBR since it came out at the end of last year. I loved The Hate U Give and I was kind of indifferent to All American Boys, so I was excited to see another author’s take on this topic. I think that this is an important story to tell, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of its execution.

To start off, I found the writing a little odd. There are some parts that are told pretty traditionally. Other parts are written as letters to Martin Luther King Jr., which makes sense, given the topic of the book. But then there are some parts that are written like a script, which felt so weird and out of place. I don’t understand why this book had to be written in three different styles.

There were some parts of this book that I really liked. I think that the author handled racism really well, not just the overt racism of the shooting, but also the smaller acts that affected Justyce’s everyday life. There’s talk of affirmative action, interracial dating, and insensitive classmates. That said, I wish there would have been more to this book.

The conversations with MLK via letter are good, but I felt like the book got a little too focused on Justyce’s love life rather than the actual, you know, shooting and racial injustice. It’s a good, relevant, important book, but it wasn’t one of my favorites.


Have you read Dear Martin? Is it on your TBR?


Let’s talk in the comments!


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Tag: The Happy Holidays Book Tag

I’m a little late on this one, but huge thanks to Tova for tagging me in her original Happy Holidays Book Tag! ❤ I love the idea of this one and I love how it includes so many different holidays.

Christmas –  The Birth of Christ

Name a book that makes you want to sing praise with the angels on high.

I thought I’d go with a different book than usual and hype up Alex, Approximately a little bit. Jenn Bennett’s books are always really great and this one is about a girl who meets her online friend in real life. As usual for a Jenn Bennett book, it’s adorable, it’s swoony, it’s sex-positive, and it’s amazing.

Thanksgiving – Blessing of the Harvest

Name an author you are thankful for (this could be them personally, or their work).

I’m thankful for R.S. Grey and all of the laughs her romantic comedies have given me this year!

Diwali – The Festival of Lights

Name a book that lit up your heart like it was Diwali and warmed your soul.

The Kiss Quotient warmed my soul so, so much. ❤

Kwanzaa – The first fruits of the harvest

Name a favourite book about familyT

I’m trying to mix things up today with books other than the same few that I usually use. I’m going to go with Save the Date for this question. I loved the relationship between Charlie and her siblings. 🙂

Hannukah –  commemoration Maccabean Revolt

Name a book that inspired some kind of a “revolution” (some kind of important change) in your life

It’s not necessarily the book that changed my life, but Emergency Contact was the book that I was reading when I made a big decision earlier this year.

Winter Solstice – The Longest Night of the Year

Name a book that helped you through a hard time in your life.

Saga was one of the only things that could completely distract me while my life was a little bit out of control earlier this year.

Yalda – the longest and darkest night of the year

Name a book with a wintry setting.

Let It Snow features three interconnected stories set during one blizzard.

Chinese New Year – The Spring Festival – 中国农历新年快乐

Name a book that you can’t wait to read in the new year.

I have approximately 500 books I can’t wait to read in the new year. At the top of my list is probably Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett.

New Years – Happy 2019!

Name some bookish resolution for the New Year (this could be for reading, blogging, BookTube etc)

I’m planning to do a whole post about my plans for the new year, but in short:

  • I’d like to read 100 books.
  • I’d like to do at least 3 reading challenges.
  • I’d like to do some collaborations, guest posts, buddy reads… pretty much, I want to have some more interaction.

TAG SOME PEOPLE 

I’ve been kind of absent from WordPress for the last couple weeks, so I’m not sure who has or hasn’t done this tag. I’ll leave it open to anybody who wants to do it. Please link back to me so that I can see your answers!

Monthly Motif: December Update

It’s time for another Monthly Motif reading challenge update! December was pretty much a freebie month and I decided to redo October’s theme and go with new or old. The goal was to read as many books as I could that had been published in 2018 and that I’d previously bought for myself… but I didn’t really take into consideration travel plans, and I didn’t do as well as I might have hoped.

Books read:

Books not read:

  • Anything else!! I had hoped to read more books than this, but there’s always next year!

PreviouslyJanuary | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November

Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

  • Nothing! I’ve been too busy traveling to do much book-acquiring this week.

1 THING THIS WEEK:

  • I drove approximately 1900 miles BY MYSELF in the last week. I was maybe a little bit impulsive, but it was worth it.

BLOG HOPPING:

  • Again, I’ve been too busy traveling! I haven’t done any blog hopping in the last week, but hopefully I’ll be back at it soon!

SONG OF THE WEEK:

So, basically, in order to stay awake during my ridiculously long drive this week, I had to listen to some songs I liked very, very loudly. One song that kept me alive and moving was Sober by Lorde.

Tag: Versatile Blogger Award (Take 5)

Thank you to both Erin and Raya for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! (And, Erin, sorry that it took more than two months for me to come up with seven new facts about myself!) 


The Rules

  • If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

1. I love to bake and I recently made a chocolate cake that was so good that I was asked to move in with the recipient.

2. After approximately 25 years of thinking I hated them, I have recently discovered that I actually like horror movies.

3. I buy 90% of my clothes from Old Navy.

4. I have a godcat. His name is Jonas and he is the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life.

5. I recently had my first gin and tonic and I think it’s my new favorite drink.

6. I have a very Wisconsin accent and sometimes the automated phone systems can’t understand me.

7. The musician I have seen live the most times is Andrew McMahon. I think I’ve seen him five times. My favorite song of his is Last Straw.


Since this is my fifth time doing this award, I’m not going to nominate anybody, but if you feel like sharing seven facts about yourself, please consider yourself tagged!

ABC Book Challenge ✰ J

I’ve seen this ABC Book Challenge on a lot of different blogs, but most recently Thrice Read. This week is the letter J and I have no five-star books starting with that letter! I do have a few four-star books, though, so I’ll go with those.


✰ MEMORABLE (FOUR-STAR) BOOKS STARTING WITH J ✰


✰ BOOKS ON MY TBR STARTING WITH J ✰


Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you agree or disagree with my favorites? Let’s talk in the comments!