My 2018 Reading Highlights

Hey everyone! It’s been a long time. At least my finals are done! It’s why this post is super late, so humour me.

I love doing wrap-up posts. I used to do monthly wrap-ups as well but eventually I didn’t have time for it.

The Annual End Of Year Survey was created by The Perpetual Page Turner and it is the best way to look back on the year on both reading, blogging and other areas.

Okay let’s get to it!

2018 Reading Stats

Number of books read: 146 (not counting rereads)

Number of rereads: 13 (I thought I had reread a lot. Huh.)

Genre I read most from: Romance (Not surprising at all. I seemed to gobble up the romances.)

Best In Books

1. Best book you read in 2018?

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, hands down. It was too good. The perfect end to the brilliant The Dark Artifices trilogy.

the dark artifices trilogy books

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love but didn’t?

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. So much disappointment.

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

Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. In a bad way.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?

I have three books for this.

  1. Radio Silence by Alice Osman.
  2. I Was Born For This by Alice Osman.
  3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

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

Again, Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. Special mention to Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi, which was also pretty good.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

  1. Sally Thorne, author of The Hating Game.
  2. Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient.
  3. Alice Osman, author of I Was Born For This and Radio Silence.
the hating game

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

Honestly, I didn’t get out of my comfort zone.

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

Wildcard by Marie Lu! What a ride.

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

I already reread this one as my first read of the year. It’s Wall of Winipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata.

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

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi! It’s beautiful.

restore me

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. I loved her so much.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Radio Silence by Alice Osman. I loved the writing, I loved the vibe and it was perfect for the story.

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

I Was Born For This by Alice Osman. It’s largely about fandom culture, which I can totally relate to. When I was reading the book, two of my friends had just become die hard fans of BTS so I could very easily draw parallels between them and Angel from the book.

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

Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner! I loved that book so much and I can’t believe I waited until 2018 to pick up more of the author’s books, whom I first found several years back.

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

I thought I was the smartest person in the whole world. But now… I’m just… when you get to this age, you realise that you’re not anyone special after all.

Radio Silence by Alice Osman

I related a lot to this quote because it accurately sums up the transition from high school to college. It shows that what we believe might not be true and how we feel when we realize the truth.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Son of Dawn by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan, which is a short story in the Shadowhunters world.

Longest: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas.

open book with tabs

17. Book That Shocked You The Most?

Wildcard by Marie Lu. I could never have predicted the way it would go in the whole year of waiting for it to release.

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

Josh and Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren! They’re the cutest.

19. Favourite non-romanic relationship of the year?

All the non-romantic relationships in Queen of Air and Darkness. Especially Christina and Emma. I loved ’em all.

20. Favourite book you read in 2018 from an author you’ve read previously?

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. It was really interesting. I couldn’t stop reading it.

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

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. It was nice but I found it a overrated. I didn’t find it as good as the hype led me to believe.

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

Matt from Dating-ish by Penny Reid! I loved him.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I LOVED IT.

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

Queen of Air and Darkness. I can’t explain without spoiling things. (I promise I’ll try to mention books other than this one from now.)

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

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I was smiling only few pages in. It was too good.

me smiling next to stacks of books teehee.

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

Again, All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. It made me feel a lot.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting much because I like the author duo’s other works, but I just didn’t. It turned out well though.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. I think Mafi just concentrated on how to break our hearts as much as possible in this book.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan. It was very vivid with the images and the inclusion of Taiwanese myths. It was definitely unique.

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

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. It made me really mad until half the book when I finally decided to just skim as fast as I can and get done with it.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

Paperbackdreams on YouTube. I really like the way she talks in videos. It’s entertaining.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

My review of the Kdrama While You Were Sleeping. For my first Kdrama review, I did really well! For later posts, I usually referred that post to see the structure I used.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

I’m not able to embed the Instagram post for some reason so here’s the link.

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

I didn’t participate in any events, sadly.

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

Being featured in the Bloggers’ Spotlight back in August! My review on While You Were Sleeping was featured amongst the top posts and I was honoured.

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

Keeping up with it, especially during the later half of the year when my schedules and planning started slipping through my fingers. Although it did mean that I concentrated on academic things, and I’m glad because they turned out really well.

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

My January 2018 bullet journal setup post!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My post on my experience with Burn The Stage, the first BTS movie based on their worldwide Wings tour. I worked really hard on it, and I’m quite proud of it, so I’m kinda disappointed it didn’t get as much love as I wanted it to.

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

A book club of bookstagrammers in my city. I joined and have been enjoying interacting with them all. I’m actually meeting them this Sunday to discuss this month’s book pick which is Pride and Prejudice.

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

I only completed by Goodreads reading challenge which I had set to 150 books. I had also joined in on the Commenting 365 challenge but couldn’t keep it up after September. But I lasted that long so I’m happy.

Looking Ahead

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

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi and The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. I’ve been seeing these two books everywhere and really want to read them this year.

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

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare which is the first book in a new trilogy. I’m so excited for it.

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver. This sounds so good! The main character is non-binary and the plot sounds really cute. I cannot wait.

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

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi. After the heartbreak that was Restore Me, I can only hope that Defy Me goes easier on my heart (although I’m expecting otherwise).

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

On reading, I want to read more thriller books. I’ve been reading way few of these, and have bought quite a few thriller and mystery books so that I get back into the genre.

On blogging, I want to do more personal posts, bullet journalling posts and other random posts. I also really want to bring on guest bloggers because I used to love the content they brought. It’s refreshing and inspires me as well.

laptop, notebook and coffee.

What about you?

How was your 2018? What were your favourite books? Have you set any goals for this year? Tell me in the comments!

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