You can find all the original questions and link up’s for this year’s survey at Perpetual Page Turner.
I hope everyone has had a good 2018 and my best wishes to everyone for the New Year…!!! I can’t find a better way to end this year’s blogging journey than this post to sum up all my reading. It has been a great year of reading and blogging for me, discovering new authors, enjoying more blogs and making online friends who share similar passions as me. Even though I haven’t felt very good in my head sometimes, all my books and you blogging friends have made me feel better and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I only wish 2019 will find me in a better mindset.
Enough of my rambling….. Let’s get started with my year end wrap-up..!!!! I’m going to try not to repeat the same books for all the answers, but it’s totally unavoidable for some of my favorites.
Number of books you read: 300
Number of re-reads: Too many to count because I love re-listening to my favorites!!!
Genre you read the most from: Romance
1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
This is probably the toughest question for any avid reader and even tougher for me, because I have varying definitions of what’s the best and what’s my favorite. I know… I’m weird that way😉😉😉 But I’m going to name the books which I thought were the most well written books I read per genres:
YA Contemporary: The Nowhere Girls
Adult Contemporary: A Charm of Finches
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I’m a very easy to please reader, so it’s especially disappointing when books I’m excited to read don’t live up to my expectations. And one such book that I still think about is Furyborn. It had so much potential to be great, but the execution didn’t work. I still want to read Kingsbane because I want know what’s going to happen next.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I hardly ever read historical romances, so even trying out The Duchess Deal was just an impulse. But I had so much fun while reading it and it was such a pleasant surprise.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I don’t really “push” books to my blogger friends because we all are quite aware of the popular and not so popular books. However, I did manage to recommend books to my best friends and they enjoyed them, so that was a great feeling. One friend became obsessed with ACOMAF and it was a joy fangirling with her. Another one was quite enamored with The Deal and wanted to reread it immediately…. just like I did 😍😍😍
5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
Best series I started: Where Death Meets the Devil
Best sequel I read: Deal Maker
Best series ender: It’s difficult to choose between my two favorites – Kingdom of Ash and Queen of Air and Darkness
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
Wow… I discovered so many of them, it’s been that kind of an year. But some notable ones are Suanne Lacquer, Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy, Ella Frank, Lily Morton, Mackenzi Lee, Alice Oseman, C. S. Pacat, Christina Lauren, Nisha Sharma, Sangu Mandanna and many many more.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Sci-fi/ space operas are not my thing and A Spark of White Fire is the only book set in space I read this year, but it was a glorious reading experience.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I finally finally got back to reading the two latest books from the Jack West Jr series by Matthew Reilly and it felt so good being in that thrilling zone again. The Three Secret Cities definitely was one of the most action packed books I read this year and it has one of my most favorite and daring rescue attempts ever.
9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I re-read books a lot. Especially, I love listening to audiobooks while sleeping every night, so I repeat the same ones. So, this would be an equally huge list just like by TBR. However, I have a feeling that I will be revisiting Kingdom of Ash again, because I want to savor the book the second time around.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
There are so many to choose from but Monstress is a great looking set of graphic novels, both outside and inside. Some of the most gorgeous and intricate artwork I’ve ever seen.
11. Most memorable character of 2018?
I fall in love with fictional characters everyday but the one who is very memorable and very unique is Clef from Foundryside. You have to read the book to know his story.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
I’m not one who chooses books with well written prose because I’m here for the emotional connect. In that context, the book I found most beautifully written was Autoboyography.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?
Fresh Ink is a very intense anthology by diverse and/or marginalized authors which will leave you with many thoughts and questions.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
It has to be The Four Legendary Kingdoms. It took me almost two years after I bought the book to actually read it, and I have no clue why because this is one of my all time favorite series. But, I’m so glad I finally read it.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?
There are way tooooo many quotes that I have highlighted and loved this year, but a particular one that I read last week is very profound and unforgettable:
“History is not a John Wayne western with all the people of color erased and the narrative distorted to match white nationalist mythology. It’s beautifully, wonderfully mixed.” – A People’s Future of the United States
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
Fence # 1 is my shortest book this year and I loved getting introduced to Nick and Seiji. My longest read is obviously Kingdom of Ash – it was a mammoth which I read and completed on the day of it’s release.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Nevernight. Nothing happened in this book the way I expected it to. It’s completely shocking and riveting and I loved every second of it.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I have a lot of OTPs to choose from but I will stick to my first favorite from the year and who have become one of my all time favorite adorable couples – Jaime and Ryan from Him / Us.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Best friends Frances and Aled from Radio Silence are probably one of my favorite non-romantic relationship ever. They call themselves platonic soulmates and that’s the perfect description.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
After really enjoying The Remnant Chronicles last year, it was a joy to jump back into the same universe with Mary Pearson’s latest installment Dance of Thieves.
21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
Everyone was always talking about Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda in the blogging community and I’m not sure why I was holding out. But once the trailer of the movie came out, I just had to read it and it was a beautiful read and an equally cool movie.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?
I have had many crushes throughout the year, but the most recent one is Silas, the Earl of Ashworth from Oz. He may belong to the aristocracy but he is so compassionate and sweet and down to earth, I loved him right from the get go.
23. Best 2018 debut you read?
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Foundryside. I love Robert Jackson Bennett’s worldbuilding more than anyone else and the magic system in this book is one of the most unique I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
I’m a huge crier, so atleast half the books on my list have made me weep. But one I remember really making me very emotional and sobbing every couple of pages is Risk Taker.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I still can’t believe that A Thousand Beginnings and Endings has less than 500 reviews on Goodreads because it’s the most beautiful short story collection I have ever read and I felt immensely satisfied and pleased as a reader to see my culture and mythology and those of other countries in Asia represented with such love.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I have to mention Kingdom of Ash again because even though I really loved the book, it was still a very exhausting and soul-crushing experience – maybe because I did not want it to end.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
Where Death Meets the Devil and Why the Devil Stalks Death are two of the most uniquely thrilling novels I have read this year and the author’s style of writing in two timelines and cliffhangers in almost every chapter makes for a very adrenaline filled reading experience.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
It has to be the two books I mentioned as my favorites in the first question. The Nowhere Girls made me mad because it showed a mirror to how ingrained misogyny and sexism is in our society and A Charm of Finches portrays the gut wrenching struggle that one of the MCs has to go through after his traumatic experiences.
1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?
I have discovered so many bloggers this year and I apologize for not including everyone, but please know that I love all of you. But the couple bloggers I really enjoy reading and communicating with are Sara @ The Bibliophagist and Melanie @ Mel to the Any. Another one who has been a joy to befriend, buddy read with and whom I hope I will get a chance to meet in 2019 is Nandini @ Unputdownable Books.
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?
One of my favorite posts of mine this year is Bookish Worlds I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In.
3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018?
I don’t take a lot of bookish photos but I like this one because I’m trying to look festive standing next to my bookshelf.
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
The first event I attended was the NovaTEEN Book festival and it was so wonderful to meet some incredible authors and my favorite booktuber Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes. It was my first bookish event ever and I can never forget that experience.
Baltimore Book Festival was another great event, which I really cherish because I got to meet Nisha Sharma and have a fun and extensive chat with her about books and Bollywood.
I have also greatly enjoyed our virtual Overbooked Book Club run by Dilip and Ana and it has been so much fun reading and discussing one book per month and having lots of bookish discussions everyday.
A very recent wonderful experience has been becoming a part of Book Dragons India run by Nandini.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?
Meeting and getting clicked with my favorite booktuber Samantha. She has been my introduction to booktube and I never ever thought that I would get the chance to interact with her.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I have had a couple of long and bad reading/blogging slumps this year and it’s very difficult to cope when all I want to do is read, but I am unable to.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
One post which I really got a lot of love for is my July Wrap-Up: Blog Love post where I highlighted some of my favorite blog posts by fellow bloggers.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I always wish that my reviews get a little more love than my tags/memes because I absolutely love writing reviews. But I do understand that they can be very time consuming to read.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
My favorite bookish discovery has to be the Bibliophile planner that I bought for myself this Thanksgiving and I hope it will help me organize my reading and blogging better in 2019.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I changed my Goodreads challenge from 130 to 150 during the middle of the year, but I also completed it a while back 🤩🤩
I tried to get into readathons too but the only one I successfully completed and had a lot of fun participating in was the month long Marvel-A-Thon.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?
Ohhh I would never presume anything to be my No. 1 priority because I’m too much of a mood reader. But I would definitely like to read Empire of Sand very soon.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?
My planner is already full of books that I want to read but my most anticipated release is King of Scars and I’m so glad it comes out in January. I can’t wait to read more about dear Nikolai.
3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Definitely has to be The Tiger at Midnight. It’s a fantasy based on Indian mythology by an Indian American author and I just can’t ask for anything more.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?
Heirophant, the sequel to my favorite fantasy of this year. I can’t wait to read what Robert Jackson Bennett is going to do next with these awesome characters.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?
I am not a planner, but I do hope I am able to post more consistently to my blog. And now that I’m close to 760 followers, reaching the milestone of 1000 would be a dream come true 😀😀😀
6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I just finished reading this book, and I whole heartedly recommend A People’s Future of the United States – a speculative fiction anthology written by an excellent diverse group of authors, which is very scary and terrifyingly relevant and thought provoking and you will find atleast some stories that will resonate with you.
So… this has been my reading year of 2018. Hopefully, all of us will get to read many more wonderful books in the New Year !!!!! HAPPY READING everyone 😃😃😃