End of the Year Survey 2018

It is that time of year when we really wrap up 2018. Now for a change I am posting this in the new year because blogging schedules are hectic. As many of you know this survey was created by Jamie from The Perpetuel Page-Turner. The graphic banners below are also by her. I always enjoy filling in this one because it asks questions where I sometimes do have to think quite a bit about my answer.

2018 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 202
Number of Re-Reads: 11
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, what a shocker, right?


1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

I realized that  when I was making my top rated books I was struggling to name that one book as a favorite which is why for this year I did not make a list in numbers as I did previous years. I did really enjoy Foundryside, Lake Silence, The Empty Grave and the others on my top rated list from Tuesday.

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

Valiant, Only Human, Empress of All Seasons, Rejoice, Strange the Dreamer, Three Dark Crowns, The Smoke Thieves.

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

Witchmark, Bones and Bourbon, Foundryside.
And also To All the Boys I’ve loved Before. I did not expect to like that first book as much as I did.

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

The Bartimaeus books I’d suspect with the readalong I did haha.

 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Best Series Start: Foundryside
Best Sequel: The Mad Ship
Best Series Ender: The Empty Grave

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

N.K. Jemisin, Robert Jackson Bennett

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

The Goblin Market by Christina Rosetti. The Goblin Market and most of the other poems in this booklet I really ended up liking. I’ve alway stayed away from poetry but now I know that every once in a while I should give it a chance.

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

Foundryside but also Revenger.

 9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. Short and such a great read.

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

I love so many but I think I’m going with the cover of Witchmark.

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Surprisingly that is Lara Jean because she reminds me of myself as a teen. The homebody who would rather scrapbook and help out elderly people than go out and party.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Spinning Silver.

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

Record of a Spaceborn Few.

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

The Empty Grave.

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

I don’t hang onto quotes. 🙂

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

According to Goodreads
Shortest: Scooby-Doo Team-up – 32 pages
Longest: The Passage – 994 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I don’t think there is a book that shocked me… Not that I recall anyway.

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

Monty and Percy. I read their novella this year so this totally counts.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Albie and his mom from The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. But also any non-romantic relationships in Becky Chambers books.

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

The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud. Lake Silence by Anne Bishop.

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

I mean La La in the Library might have broken my finger had I not read The Bear and the Nightingale #imkidding

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

Hello Rackmore and your library. How you doing?

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

Oh man I never keep track of what is a debut or not… I’m going with Witchmark by C.L. Polk.

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

I’m going with Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb here.

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

The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett

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

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Bones and Bourbon by Dorian Graves.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. My mom heart broke in a million pieces.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Space Unicorn Blues. Okay I only read 30 pages and realized it wasn’t for me but it certainly was unique!

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

The last book that annoyed me (because mad is such a big word) was Valiant by Merrie Destefano. It was a good thing it was a e-arc or I would have tossed it through the room…


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2018?

I am quite honestly the worst at remembering when I came across a blog. I need to keep better track of that this year, just for this question. So uhm hi I love you all.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2018?

Do I have a favorite review I wrote? I think the review I wrote for The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. That book hit me so much and I loved writing a reasons to read post for it.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Urban fantasy vs contemporary fantasy that I wrote for Wyrd and Wonder.

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

Wyrd and Wonder! Sci-Fi Month!

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

Being asked for two blog tours, and getting send an arc and a finished copy.

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

My depression and Merijn no longer taking naps in his bed. All that reading time, gone!

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

Based on Views
Best Review The Lunar Chronicles (not published in 2018) / Futhermore and Whichwood (published in 2018)
Best Non-Review: Reading Challenge

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My Fantasy A to Z

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Finding a Tor Arc in my local DUTCH charity shop.

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

I did and I already touched upon it in if 2018 was the year of finishing series and in Dancing out of the year.


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

The Girl in the Tower!

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

King of Scars. What else?

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal.

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

Probably Firestarter by Tara Sim. I have to know what happens to my boys.

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

Make the reading challenge a small success.

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Shadow Captain! And In An Absent Dream.

18 thoughts on “End of the Year Survey 2018

  1. loved reading your answers! This is such an awesome survey!!
    A lot of books that I’ve come across here which I added to my wishlist now, so thanks haha!
    Hope your 2019 is going to be filled with awesome books as well!

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  2. I am definitely looking forward to King of Scars and We Hunt the Flame!! They both sound so good! And yess I love Monty and Percy as well — I read their book in 2017 and I really need to read the sequel! I hope you have a great 2019 and get to read some amazing books! ❤

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  3. You listed a lot of books i didn’t think i’d want to read. But Foundryside keeps coming up on different lists and you listed to as action packed thriller and now i’m kinda tempted 😀

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  4. Ik vind deze blogpost dus steeds heerlijk om te lezen. Vroeger deed ik mee met Joany’s Boekenblog Enquete en die leek eigenlijk heel hard op deze vragenlijst. Het waren allemaal vragen die me echt aan het denken zetten over wat ik gelezen had. Iedere keer dat ik hem hier lees denk ik volgend jaar vul ik hem ook in en ook dit jaar ben ik het uiteraard weer he-le-maal vergeten.

    De beer en de nachtegaal is ook echt een mooi boek hé. Ik hoop dan ook dat het me binnenkort wel een keertje lukt om in het vervolg te geraken want ik vond het zonde toen dat bij de eerste poging(en) niet lukte.

    Jouw My Fantasy A-Z was echt een leuke blogpost. Hopelijk ontdekken heel wat mensen hem nu nog dankzij de vermelding in deze post.

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    1. Ik moet zeggen dat ik deze altijd al vrij vroeg in het jaar in plan zodat ik door het jaar heen al wat dingen kan invullen en ik het aan het einde van het jaar dan ook niet vergeet. 😉

      ik hoop inderdaad dat wanneer je wat meer in de bui bent wel in het vervolg kan geraken. Het is mijn favoriet van de serie.


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