Annual End of Year Book Survey 2018

I saw this on Chrissie Reads recently and have been waiting for today to share it. It’s created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner so if you do take part please credit her.

2018 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 128
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Historical Fiction


1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

I think it’s got to be the audiobook of Station Eleven, a book I still think about even though I read it back in March. The narrator, Jack Hawkins, had the most gorgeous voice that it really made the book a perfect listening experience. It also opened me up to reading dystopian stories which I’m so glad about as I never thought I’d enjoy that genre.

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

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. I read this on the Pigeonhole app but didn’t enjoy it in that format. It told backwards and I had to keep flitting backwards and forwards to remember who was who and what was going on. I didn’t finish it and I’m not sure if I’ll pick it up again as I read some spoilers in the readers comments. :/

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

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I don’t normally enjoy classic books but the audiobook read by Martin Jarvis blew me away and made me buy quite a few more Dickens audiobooks.

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

Either Station Eleven or The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

5. Best series you started in 2018?

The India Tea Series by Linda Macleod Trotter

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

Gill Paul. I loved Another Woman’s Husband, really enjoyed The Secret Wife and can’t wait to listen to The Lost Daughter.

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

Probably Station Eleven see answer to question 1

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

Probably The Blue a book I read in 24 hours on the Pigeonhole app

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

Miss Marley because I’ll re-read it with A Christmas Carol as a Christmas read.

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


11. Most memorable character of 2018?

I think it’s got be Harold Fry of the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Without a doubt The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare

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

Probably The Feed by Nick Clark Windo, if you’ve read it you’ll know why

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

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman I loved it even though I really didn’t think I would!

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

I don’t have a favourite but there were lots of lovely lines in The Light in The Dark by Horatio Clare.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle 512 pages and New Earth: Stranger in the Field by M.K. Lansbury 79 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

A Very English Scandal a non-fiction audiobook about a political scandal that took place in Britain in the 60s and 70s

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Sophie and Todd of The Little Brooklyn Bakery

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Rosemary and Kate in The Lido by Libby Page

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

Munich by Robert Harris

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

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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

Either Todd from The Little Brooklyn Bakery or Tom from Days of Wonder

24. Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel without a doubt

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

Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart

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

Girl on Fire by Tony Parsons

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Apple Island Wife by Fiona Stocker

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Lilac Girls the cruelty in this book was so hard to read that almost gave up a few times

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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

Vox by Christine Dalcher


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

I’ve discovered so many wonderful new blogs this year, but don’t feel comfortable singling any one particular one out :/

2. Favourite post you wrote in 2018?

My one and only discussion post about the joy of re-reading back in March. I enjoyed writing it and reading all the comments, and was so relieved at how well it was received in the community.

3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

the lido

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

Volunteering for the third year for the Summer Reading challenge at my local library

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


Screenshot_2018-08-17 Stu Turton on Twitter Awesome review - thank you Really happy you enjoyed the book … (2)

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

Writing reviews for books I loved but couldn’t seem to find any words to sum up how I felt.

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

Top 5 Books I’ve Read Because of Blogs

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell

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

The Pigeonhole the free online book club where you get to interact with other readers and the author whilst you read

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

Yes!! I’ve gone over my Goodreads goal by 30 odd books and I completed quite a few goals too, like buddy reading and reviewing my own books.


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

Corrupted by Simon Michael

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

The next Charles Holborne by Simon Michael, which I’m really hoping isn’t the end of the series.

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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

Taken, the last book in the Max Wolfe series by Tony Parsons

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

Get on top of my NetGalley shelves, yeah right!

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

Nemesis by Rory Clements, book 3 in the Tom Wilde series

Feel free to join in with this one if you want to  🙂



















24 thoughts on “Annual End of Year Book Survey 2018

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  1. I can’t wait to read The Light in the Dark…I feel like I need to get to it before winter is over! Great to see what your reading year was like! Wish you a wonderful start to the new year 🙂

  2. A shame A Spark Of Light didn’t work for you! I do get why the Pigeonhole format wouldn’t help in this case… It’s also good to see both Station Eleven and Evelyn Hardcastle mentioned various times. Looks like you had a fab reading year! Here’s to an even better 2019. xx

  3. Ahh, I love thos end of year posts and stats! 🙂 they really just put a nice dot to the full year of reading! 🙂
    I still haven’t managed to read some of the more popular books you’ve listed here so who knows, maybe 2019 will be the year when I get around to them as well! 🙂

  4. What a great summary of you year in books Nicki. There are a few that you mentioned that I have not read but would like to. My TBR is growing again.

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