2018 Reading Survey

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Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love, but didn’t:

Home, by Nnedi Okorafor
Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One, by Amanda Lovelace

Most surprising (in a good way):

ME, by Tomoyuki Hoshino

Book you recommended to people most:

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers
Trainwreck, by Sady Doyle

Favorite new author you discovered (and have now read more than one of their books):

This actually didn’t happen this year, probably because of life changes that caused my reading to drop off almost entirely for the last three months of the year, but Yiyun Li and Madeleine Miller are two authors whose other books I’d been meaning to read for a long time and am now even more interested in reading.

Best series you discovered:

Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers

Book that was out of your usual zone or was a new genre for you:

The Storm, by Margriet de Moor

Book you’re most likely to re-read next year:

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, by Yiyun Li
Trainwreck, by Sady Doyle
Where the Past Begins, by Amy Tan

Most unputdownable:

Goldenhand, by Garth Nix

Favorite book cover:

Electric Arches, by Eve L. Ewing

Most memorable character:

Essun from the Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

Most beautifully written:

Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi

Book that had the greatest impact on you:

Trainwreck, by Sady Doyle
Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, by Yiyun Li
Moranifesto, by Caitlin Moran
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers

Book you can’t believe you waited until 2018 to finally read:

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

Favorite passage/quote:

“Nobody ever warned me about mirrors, so for many years I was fond of them, and believed them to be trustworthy.”

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Shortest & longest books you read:

Free Will by Sam Harris, 86 pages
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, 496 pages

Book that had a scene that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss): 

ME, by Tomoyuki Hoshino

Favorite relationship (be it romantic, friendship):

Pepper, Blue, and Owl in A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Favorite book you read in 2018 from an author you’ve read previously:

Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi
Where the Past Begins, by Amy Tan

Book you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from someone: 

The Power of When, by Michael Breus

Newest fictional crush:

Someone from Giant Days by John Allison, probably

Best 2018 debut:

Probably Circe by Madeleine Miller, if nothing else because I read very few 2018 debuts

Most vivid world-building/imagery:

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers

Book that was the most fun to read:

Gumption, by Nick Offerman

Book that made you cry:

Rest in Power, by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

Oldest book:

Beware of Pity, by Stefan Zweig

Favorite bookish moments:

Worst read:

Didn’t have anything horrendous this year, but these were my least favorite:

Chasing Hillary, by Amy Chozick
Leavings, by Wendell Berry
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One, by Amanda Lovelace

Biggest triumph:

Finally reading Mendelssohn is on the Roof, which has been on my to-read list since the day I joined Goodreads in October 2010.

Favorite reread:

The Abhorsen series, by Garth Nix
Giant Days, by John Allison

Most disturbing:

ME, by Tomoyuki Hoshino
Mendelssohn is on the Roof
, by Jiří Weil

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