#2018RoundUp: End of the Year Reading Survey

Sunday, 16 December 2018

2018. Holy Christ, it has been... a year.

How many books did you read? Did you meet your goal?
I read 161 books this year (I don't understand how either) and yes, I did end up meeting my goal but that was only because I set it at 1. And it worked! See? I thrive under no pressure.

Most read genre?
I would hazard a guess at mystery/thriller. I have read a lot this year, I mean, not a lot of good ones but a lot all the same.

Longest and shortest books you read?
The longest was Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray at 883 pages (and, because it was a classic, it felt ten times that) whilst the shortest was the picture book about Jane Goodall by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara from the Little People, Big Dreams series, which was 32 pages. Which means that my average page count was skewed a little shorter than last year, but those picture books were great so I don't really care.

Favourite book published in 2018?
I can't pick. My top ten are so closely tied that I do not think I would be able to choose a stand-out - keep checking the blog to see that list when I finally get around to writing it!

Favourite debut book in 2018?
So many. It has actually made 2018 a rather frustrating year because all of the authors that I have come to love, have only written the one book that I have already read.

Favourite book not published this year?
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. What a masterpiece.

A book that lived up to the hype.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It was probably one of the only YA books I read this year, but despite it being set inside the paradigm of a sixteen/seventeen-year-old's life, I found it to be incredibly powerful. A must-read.

A book that did NOT live up to the hype.
Elmet by Fiona Mozley. I just... really didn't like it.

Book that felt like the biggest accomplishment?
Definitely Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. It took me nearly a month to read but, the writing was wonderful and so damn snarky that every single second ended up being worth it. Weirdly, I also feel as though reading it made me a reader and writer. 

Favourite character.
Lexi Volkov from Clean by Juno Dawson. She was so damn cool that I didn't know if I want to be her, or date her.

Least favourite character.
Heathcliff. A swoony, passionate gothic hero, my arse. He was fucking awful!

Most shocking book/moment.
That, because of how fucked up her body already was from the starvation and the work camps and the disease, Edith Eger in The Choice didn't realise her back was broken for bloody ages. This book was the only true account of The Holocaust I think I have ever read outside of Anne Frank (which, of course, stopped when she was finally found and taken to Auschwitz), and it was by far, the most horrifying.

Favourite couple/OTP.
I read a lot about dysfunctional relationships this year... not so much about swoon-worthy, functional ones though. To be honest, I am trying to think of all the couples in the books I have read and my knee-jerk reactions keeps being 'oh dear god, no'. I can give you my nOTP though? Cathy and Heathcliff, 100%.

The best written book you read this year.
Painter to the King by Amy Sackville. Or maybe, Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss. Or maybe even, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. In the few moments that the writing was good this year, it was near-out-of-this-world.

Book that you pushed the most people to read in 2018.
Educated by Tara Westover. I pressed that book into so many palms.

Favourite book cover of the year.
Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott. There's something slightly Chanel and Art Deco about it that I love, and that makes it so evocative of the time period. And, I absolutely adore the fact that you can buy the book in both black and white so the colour of the dress changes. I am almost certain that Truman Capote would have loved the drama of it.

Favourite adaptation.
Ready Player One. It was a MASSIVE improvement on the condescending, misogynistic mess that made up the book.

A new favourite author you discovered this year.
Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott? Amy Sackville? Sarah Moss? R.O Kwon? Roxane Gay? Jessie Greengrass? Meena Kandasamy? So many. 

Guilty pleasure read of the year.
I never feel guilty about any of my pleasures.

Favourite book you re-read this year.
None! I haven't re-read a single book this year, and that is something needs to change. There's just too many books out there yet to be discovered, but I want to go back to old favourites and make sure they still match up. My head is so split right now and I need like six million clones to get to all of the books I want to read.

Were you happy with your reading year? What will you do different in 2018?
Hm. I have read a lot of books this year, so yeah I am happy about that. But unfortunately, their ratings (and my enjoyment of them) were heavily weighted in the lower end of stars which means that, a lot of 2018 was a waste of my time. I know, I know, it sounds harsh, but it is true, isn't it? I spent more than half of the year reading books that were just average or were downright terrible and I just can't sit through another year like this. 
So, in an attempt to rectify that, I am going to go into 2019 with a goal of reading books I am almost certain that I am going to love. Let's try and skew the ratings in a positive way as opposed to a negative one, yeah? Dear god, please.

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