End of the Year Book Survey 2018

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Number Of Books You Read in 2018: 

Books: 56

Graphic Novels: 13

Total Works Read: 69

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Favorite Book:  So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta – Fun Read!

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart – Not a Fun Read, FYI

Favorite Graphic Novel:  Paper Girls, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, Jared K. Fletcher

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

You’re on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir by Parker Posey

3. Most Surprising Book You Read?  

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart threw me for a loop! I’ve watched Hannah on YouTube for YEARS and it just goes to show, you have NO idea what people are going through. Wow.

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

Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell

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

I read more stand alones this year but I really enjoyed the beginning of Victoria Schwab’s middle grade series, City of Ghosts and am excited for the sequel, Tunnel of Bones coming out in September.

6. Favorite new to you author you discovered in 2018?

I read authors I was familiar with and debuts this year more than authors who have been around that I’m just now getting to. That said, Ashley Woodfolk debuted with The Beauty That Remains which I really enjoyed and will definitely read more from her in the future which is saying something since I’m picky with contemporary.

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

See number six.

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

When it comes to action packed and thrilling, I’d say Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo was a blast. Also bringing the thrills were Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman which takes place in California during a drought that “escalates to catastrophic proportions,” and A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray set in multiple universes.

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

I’d like to think that I’ll re-read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys before seeing the movie adaptation, Ashes in the Snow but that’s not going to happen.

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

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

I read A LOT of memoirs this year so I’m switching the question to most memorable author. Without repeating any titles, the most memorable author has to be Lauren Drain, author of Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church. After you read Lauren’s memoir, google to find out where she is now. Whoa!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

I don’t want to repeat myself but dangit if Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart didn’t do a number on me in 2018, I don’t know what did.

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

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines

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

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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

Oh gosh, I didn’t keep track! Probably because I was too busy keeping track of my favorite TV quotes haha. But there were some gems in The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis.

16. Shortest & Longest Work You Read In 2018?

Note: By Page Count, According to Goodreads

Shortest:  64 Pages – Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! by Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

Longest:  534 Pages – Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

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

I hate to be a broken record but I was not prepared for Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart.

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

A true, OTP… Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell, Shadra Strickland.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I’m still catching up on Joe Hill’s Locke & Key graphic novels and really I am just in awe of all of the character dynamics and highly recommend this although I’m sure everyone and their momma read this series long ago when it came out ha ha. But if you haven’t, catch up just in case the screen adaptation ever does miraculously makes its way to viewers.

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

Look at me actually not repeating myself this time! Woo! Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up by Elizabeth Smart.

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

Who has time to read recs on top of their already massive TBR pile because I don’t lol

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

No crushing but Bo was cool in Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

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

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh, Binge by Tyler Oakley, You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson, Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson

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

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

American Panda by Gloria Chao and the middle grade title, The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Why did I put myself through that? It’s real life, for realsies. It’s that feeling you (a POC) get when you come out of a slave movie or something of another and hate every single white person you see for the next month. So.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Nothing happened and everything happened in this book and I’m so glad we had the movie because the movie made the book make sense.

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

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill


Best Bookish Moment in 2018?

Going on submission to publishers with my agent for the first time with my own book.  

Books You Are Most Anticipating For 2019?

The Wicked King by Holly Black, Heroine by Mindy McGinnis, Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock, Internment by Samira Ahmed, A Place for Wolves by Kosoko Jackson and so many more!

What were your standout reads in 2018?