2018 End of Year Book Survey

Hiya everyone.

So I’m really good at writing posts that are very similar, but are different enough to get away with it. That’s the only excuse I can come up with for posting another ‘end of year’ themed post. I got the inspiration for this entry from Book Twins Reviews and decided I had read just enough to be able to participate. Ironically enough, there are more questions than actual books that I’ve read in 2018, but I’m sure I’ll be able to make it through (there may be some repeats, but oh well). Anyways, below I’ve answered a variety of survey questions related to the books I’ve read throughout the year.

2018 Reading Stats

– Number of Books You Read: 25
– Number of Re-Reads: 1
– Genre You Read the Most From: Paranormal Romance / Fantasy


1. Best book you read in 2018?

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Definitely the best book that I’ve read in 2018, if not the best book I’ve read for a very long time: Thunderhead  by Neal Shusterman.


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

chasing impossible

I’ve really enjoyed a lot of Katie McGarry’s novels, especially the Pushing the Limits series. So when I finally got to Chasing Impossible, I was really excited. It was the fifth book in the series and it focused on some minor characters from earlier books that I had always wanted to read more of. Unfortunately, even thought I did end up rating it 3 stars, it didn’t give me all the warm and fuzzies that I was hoping for.


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

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Love Hack by Kimberly Dean was surprisingly terrible. It was provided to me for review by NetGalley and I was really excited to read from the perspective of a nerdy guy who strives to save the day, rather than your typical macho hero. The first half of the book held potential. Our narrator seemed to stay true to his nerdy character and it was fun to read from his point of view. However, in the latter half of the book, when he finally has sex with the female lead, his personality takes a complete 180. I was pissed off more than anything because it was just so unrealistic. I expand on this more in my review (linked above), so check it out.


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

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Probably Scythe by Neal Shusterman, just so that people would start the Arc of a Scythe series and make their way to Thunderhead.


5. Best series you started in 2018?

I’ve started a few series this year but the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas is probably my favorite. I absolutely loved these books and read them back to back with ease. It’s supposed to get three more books, so I’m interested to see where the rest of this series goes in the future.


6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Karen Marie Moning, for sure. I read her Fever series and her storytelling immediately drew me in.


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

shoot the messenger
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I don’t typically gravitate towards science fiction or space fantasy, just because it’s never really peaked my interest (unpopular opinion: Star Wars isn’t the best thing to ever be created). However, I decided to pick up Shoot the Messenger by Pippa DaCosta, not for the sci-fi aspect, but because it has faerie elements that I enjoy. Even though Shoot the Messenger wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read in this genre, the space faerie thing was very cool and unique. I still gave it a solid 3.5 stars and have continued on reading the series.



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

killing sarai
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Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski was so fucking awesome. It was filled with action and thrills and I could not put it down once I picked it up. I’m pretty sure it took me less than a day to finish. I definitely recommend this book, which is the first in the In the Company of Killers series, if you want something that will keep you on edge all the way through.


9. Book you read in 2018 that you’re most likely to re-read next year?

I probably won’t re-read any books next year that I read in 2018. Whenever I re-read books, it’s typically been more than a few years since I’ve last read them.


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

Definitely Scythe and Thunderhead. They’re just so pretty in their simplicity.


11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Verity from Verity by Colleen Hoover. It’s amazing how interesting her character was despite how little she was actually present. Just thinking of this book brings back all of the feelings I have for Verity and how crazy of a character she was.


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

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I have to go with Verity again. It was just so good and I loved Colleen Hoover’s writing style and the way she used her words to weave such a twisted, yet amazing rollercoaster ride of a story.


13. Most thought provoking / life changing book of 2018?

I have to go with Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman again just because it totally struck me. Neal Shusterman has a knack at using his books to force society to look back at itself and I really appreciated how he did that with his Arc of a Scythe series. It was fascinating how he incorporated big ethical questions into a futuristic society. Definitely one that you want to pick up if you want to think about things a little more deeply.


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

a court of thorns and roses
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A Court of Thorns and Roses was released in 2015 and I actually bought it shortly after it came out. However, it just sat in my kindle books for three years before I decided to pick it up. I don’t know why I was so hesitant to start this series, especially when it got such good reviews.


15. Favorite passage / quote from a book you read in 2018?

I have so many, but here’s a few from some of the books I’ve read throughout the year:

“Death by routine.” – Verity
“It’s an okay book. There are words in it. Read it if you want.” – Verity
“The good thing about sins is they don’t have to be atoned for immediately.” – Verity
I now wondered if the lullaby of death was not a lovely song, but the droning of flies. If flies and maggots were all Death’s handmaidens.” – A Court of Wings and Ruin
Every time I think I’m getting wiser, more in control of my actions, I go slamming into a situation that makes me excruciatingly aware that all I’ve succeeded in doing is swapping one set of delusions for a more elaborate, attractive set of delusions—that’s me, the Queen of Self-Deception.” – Shadowfever
The world is unfair and nature is cruel. This was a primary observation when I first became aware. In a natural world, anything weak is eradicated with pain and prejudice.  All that which deserves sympathy, pity, and love receives none.” – Thunderhead

Simply put, humanity had a need to be bad. Not everyone, of course—but I calculated that 3 percent of the population could only find meaning in life through defiance. Even if there was no injustice in the world left to defy, they had an innate need to defy something.  Anything.” – Thunderhead

UGH, there are just so many more I want to share with you all, but, I digress.


16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2018?

Love Hack by Kimberly Dean came in at 151 pages.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas came in at 699 pages.


17. Book that shocked you the most?

I’m sorry to mention this one yet again (yeah, not really sorry), but it has to be Verity. I’m telling you guys, the shit was just so fucking wild.


18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship)?

OMG I think I have a tie between Jericho and Mac from the Fever series and Feyre and Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Both couples were each amazing in their own right and I adored them for different reasons: Jericho and Mac were just so angsty and had this chemistry that clicked perfectly once the slow burn finally caught fire. Feyre and Rhysand emulated the perfect relationship, one of love and respect, that I think represents a healthy relationship that couples should strive for.


19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?

I really enjoyed the relationship between Rhysand, Cassian, and Azriel in the ACOTAR series. They had like this bromance relationship with each other that was filled with complete and unquestionable loyalty. They knew each other inside and out and accepted each other for everything that they were, dark parts and all. Their relationship was something that I really enjoyed reading aross the series.


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

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Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Such a classic, nostalgic read for me. It’s the book that really threw me into the book world and I’m glad that I picked it up again during my Halloween themed month in October.


21. Best book you read in 2018 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else / peer pressure?

the nightshade's touch
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The Nightshade’s Touch by Pippa DaCosta. This is the third book in The Messenger Chronicles series and I struggled through the first two books. It wasn’t that they were necessarily terrible, but they just weren’t doing it for me like I had hoped. However, after a few convos and reading some reviews, I decided to continue on with the series and pick up The Nightshade’s Touch. Definitely a decision that I’m glad I made; much thanks to the Goodreads community.


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

Azriel from the ACOTAR series. I’ve always had a thing for the strong, silent types with hella damage and Azriel fills that mold perfectly.


23. Best 2018 debut you read?

Verity. Verity. VERITY.


24. Best worldbuilding / most vivid setting you read this year?

I really enjoyed Karen Marie Moning’s world building in the Fever series. It was the perfect mix of your typical human world and the hidden, fantastical world.


25. Book that put a smile on your face / was the most fun to read?

Paper Princess and Broken Prince by Erin Watt has gotta be my answer for this one. They were guilty pleasure books for me, filled with drama and teen angst that just made me grin the entire time as I flew through these books. Definitely recommend if you’re interested in a quick read in the crazy lives of even crazier teens.


26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2018?

a court of wings and ruin
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I swear I was gonna cry near the end of A Court of Wings and Ruin. The conclusion of the ginormous battle and all of its deadly consequences had my eyes watering just a little bit.


27. Hidden gem of the year?

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I’m pretty sure we all know what I’m going to say. No shame. Verityof course.


28. Book that crushed your soul?

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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. This book was just so heartbreaking and its conclusion absolutely destroyed me. I was torn apart even more knowing that I wouldn’t get a continuation until an unknown date in 2019.


29. Most unique book you read in 2018?

shoot the messenger
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Shoot the Messenger by Pippa DaCosta is definitely the most unique book that I’ve read this year. It takes your typical fantasy frame, faeries, and twists it into something fresh and new. Like, who would have ever expected space faeries to be a thing? Pippa DaCosta did and it is such a cool thing to read.


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

Once again, I have to go with Love Hack by Kimberly Dean. It was just so fucking ridiculous. The entire concept was just completely ruined by unrealistic situations for a book that was supposed to be set in a realistic time and setting. Ugh, the only reason I would ever recommend this book is just so that you could see exactly why I’m so mad at this book.

Looking Ahead

1. One book you didn’t get to in 2018 but will be your #1 priority in 2019?

the hate you give
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. When I heard about this book’s release, I was so intrigued and excited to read it. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to read it during 2018 like I’d initially hoped. Luckily enough, it’s on my reading list for a class I’m taking next semester, so I know I will get to it for sure in the first half of 2019!


2. Book you are most anticipating for 2019 (non-debut)?

The Toll by Neal Shusterman. Hella excited and I need more info about its release ASAP.


3. 2019 debut you are most anticipating?

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I’m really excited for Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. This Chinese-inspired fantasy just sounds so intriguing and I think it will bring something fresh to the YA community.


4. Series ending / a sequel you are most anticipating in 2019?

Her Dark Legion by Pippa DaCosta is set to release in April of 2019. It is the 5th book of The Messenger Chronicles and I’m definitely anticipating finishing off the series.


5. A 2019 release you’ve already read & recommended to everyone?

Unfortunately, I didn’t my hands on any ARC or any early releases of 2019 books. Maybe next year.


Well, there ya have it! I have filled out this somewhat exhausting survey for my books of 2018! What are some of your answers to this survey?!

Copyright © 2018. Keri Solaris. Reflection, Introspection, & Other Unusual Musings. All Rights Reserved.



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