end of year book survey

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Number Of Books You Read: 108
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: YA contemporary

Reading questions:

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Why do these lists always start with the most difficult question? Check out my top 10 2018 favourites here. I can’t choose!

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

I really thought that I was going to love The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, but I found it quite disappointing. It had a couple of tropes that I don’t like, such as bury the gays. I’m still interested in trying some of her other writing though.

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

I was most surprised by Feed by Mira Grant (a pen-name for Seanan McGuire). I picked this book up on a whim, and was really surprised by how good the world-building was and how much I liked the blogger aspect to the novel.

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

Probably Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. I talked about this a lot during the Mental Health Book Bingo back in January!

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

I don’t tend to read series (don’t have the attention span), so these are a bit difficult for me to answer!

Best series started: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Best sequel: Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

Best series ender: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

JENNY LAWSON! I read both of her memoirs this year and loved them both. On her blog she says she’s writing another book, and I could not be more excited!

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

I tried to widen my reading a bit this year, so I’ve got a few! I read Bird Box by Josh Malerman which is a horror/thriller (just made into a movie on Netflix), The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson which is true crime, and the Sugar Baby series by Rebekah Weatherspoon which is romance/erotica. And I enjoyed all of them!

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

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. SO MUCH HAPPENED during this book and I honestly couldn’t bring myself to stop reading. I really can’t wait for the sequel!

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

I don’t tend to re-read books (though one of my goals for 2019 is to re-read some childhood favourites) so I probably won’t re-read any of them.

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

I love the cover of To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin because it has a fat girl on the cover who looks exactly like me!


11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Ummm… I don’t think I have one. I almost never remember characters’ names or things like that.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan was absolutely beautiful. I love short stories that can so quickly and clearly evoke worlds so different to our own. A close contender is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor because WOWWWWW.

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

I read quite a few books that made me think this year! One of them is You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar. I learned a lot about fat activism and body positivity from it.  I also learned a lot about the Black Lives Matter movement from When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele.

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

A lot of the books I read this year were 2017 and 2018 releases, so this is a difficult one! However, I am surprised that it took me so long to read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, which was released in 2011.

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

“There was a phantom woman in my mind that I was comparing myself to, and I had to force her from the dressing room. When she was gone, I looked at my body, the body that had kept me alive for nearly thirty years, without any serious health problems, the body that had taken me where I needed to go and protected me. I had never appreciated or loved the body that had done so much for me. I had thought of it as my enemy, as nothing more than a shell that enclosed my real self, but it wasn’t a shell. The body was me. This is your real life. You’re already living it. I removed the clothes and stood naked before the mirrors, turning this way and that. I was round and cute in a way I’d never seen before.” – Dietland, Sarai Walker

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates (31 pages)

Longest: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (720 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This shocked me in a couple of ways – first of all, how much torture porn there was in it. Seriously, one of the characters goes through EVERY HORRIBLE THING that could happen in life. It was just excessive, and made me really shocked and uncomfortable. At the same time though, some of the things he goes through really resonated with me, such as the abuse and his mental illness.

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

I don’t have OTPs.

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Probably Frances and Aled in Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. I really enjoyed their friendship and how clear it was that there were absolutely no romantic feelings between them.

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

I really enjoyed How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne, which was her first adult novel. I’d previously read her book Am I Normal Yet? which is a YA contemporary. Both were great, and I can’t wait to read her newest YA, Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? in the new year!

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

Probably Girls of Paper and Fire. So many people were talking about it on Twitter that I knew that I had to read it! (And boy was the hype worth it.)

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

I don’t have fictional crushes. (Mainly because the majority of the books I read are YA – where the characters are under-age – or nonfiction – where the people are real.)

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

I’ve talked a lot about some of the best debuts of 2018, so I’m going to say The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I almost can’t believe that this was a debut – it was so polished and had great characters. Can’t wait for her next book!

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

The world-building in Circe by Madeline Miller was fantastic – I didn’t love this book because I thought it was very very slow, but the attention to detail with the world was truly astounding.

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

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I almost never laugh aloud at books (I generally don’t enjoy humour in books very much, to be honest – I almost never get the jokes) but this had me cackling and crying with laughter.

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

This absolutely goes to The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X R Pan. I felt Leigh’s grief so keenly, and I really empathised with her mum’s depression too. I didn’t actually cry, but it was pretty close.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

A lot of the books I read this year were pretty hyped/well-known, so this is a difficult one to answer. I really enjoyed Stake Sauce by RoAnna Sylver, which is an independently published queer vampire novel.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Can’t think of one, sorry!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Definitely Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. I talk about it in my top 10 books of 2018, but basically it is about Ada, a Nigerian woman who has multiple personalities. It’s so sharp and twisty – I can honestly say that I’ve never read a book like it.

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

I was SO MAD at the book Snowsisters by Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick because it was transphobic trash. Don’t read this book.

Blogging questions:

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

Uhh….I think I mainly kept up with ones that I followed in 2017 to be honest.

2. Favourite post you wrote in 2018?

I really enjoy writing my top 5 recommendation posts, especially the list of my favourite bisexual books and body positive books!

3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2018:?

I had a really mixed year when it comes to photos/Instagram. I started off strong in the first part of the year, but then became really de-motivated after summer. However, I really like this picture of Simon vs that I took. Idk, I just really like the minimalism.

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

There were quite a few! I got to see Angie Thomas in London, and I went to a talk by Laini Taylor, who signed my copies of Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares.

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

Ooh, this is a good question! Obviously, THE highlight of bookish/blogger 2018 was organising the Mental Health Book Bingo in January. (To be repeated January 2019!) I read a lot of books that I’d been meaning to read for ages, and it was great to talk to other readers about mental health.

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

Without a doubt this was my mental health. I had quite a slump at the end of summer/all of autumn, where I barely blogged at all. (My stats are still struggling to get back to what they used to be.) However, I found the break from blogging really helpful. I will definitely be taking a hiatus next year if my mental health dips.

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

My most popular post written in 2018 is my interview with The Book Satchel! (Let me know if you want me to continue with the Diverse Book Blogger spotlight, by the way!)


8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

This would have to be any of my Mental Health Monday posts. I realise that this isn’t strictly a mental health blog, but I think talking about it is so important.

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

This year I discovered the bookish candle company Lacuna Candle Company! They have delicious smelling book-inspired candles.


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

Yes! I set myself the goal of reading 52 books (one for each week of the year). I easily met this challenge, which was great! I’m thinking of setting myself a goal of 90 books next year.

2019 questions:

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

Oh goodness, so many! I want to read Muse of Nightmares (I got my copy signed and everything, and STILL haven’t read it!) and The Poppy War.

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

I’ve got nearly 100 books on my 2019 release shelf on Goodreads, so these next few questions are going to be pretty difficult to answer…

Belly Up by Eva Darrows, Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom and With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante, It’s Not About the Burqa by Mariam Khan, I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver.

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

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty and A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven.

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

Obviously I’m hoping that the 2019 Mental Health Book Bingo goes well, first of all. But I also want to actually comment on people’s blogs more, as well as try to be more outspoken on Twitter.

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I don’t think I’ve read any 2019 ARCs, sorry!

Phew, that was a lot of questions! Let me know what you think about some of my answers!


8 thoughts on “end of year book survey

  1. Bookish Rita says:

    I hope you like Thick! It really wasn’t for me, but I can see the merit and the author’s hard work that went into it, so I wish it all the luck out in the world. Have a lovely 2019 and may it be a better year than this was! 🤗


  2. thebookishskies says:

    I love the amount of body-positive reads you had on your list for 2018! I’m definitely interested in reading some myself, so thanks for the recommendations. This is a topic I only got really into in 2018, and I hope to fall deeper into it throughout the new year as well. I’ve recently read Queens of Geek, by Jen Wilde, and it made me so happy to see a curvy girl getting a sweet guy and a happy ending. It made me feel so warm inside. 💛
    Hope you have an amazing 2019!


    • whatthelog says:

      Thank you so much! I find bopo books really help with my own self-esteem so I’m trying to read as many as possible!
      Queens of Geek is SUCH a great book. I relate to Taylor and Charlie on so many levels!


  3. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I haven’t done my 2018 in review yet for MANY reasons. But I’m thinking that I might use a variation of this survey to help me with that! Thanks for sharing, Wendy.

    I love your responses. YES JENNY LAWSON. I listened to Furiously Happy on audiobook and fell in love because she narrates it, plus she talks about the fear she had going to narrate this book. So honest. ❤ ❤ ❤

    I haven't read Strange the Dreamer, but I’m looking forward to it. I am not participating in Mental Health Bingo this January, but I hope to read more mental health books overall this year. Do you have a list of recommended mental health books? I’d love to make certain I’m picking ones I can trust the representation on!


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