Annual End of Year Book Survey 2018

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I adore thinking about my reading in the year.

2018 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 138 (thus far… writing on 8th December!)
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Thriller

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Tough one. I really enjoyed Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke.

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

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington.

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

This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell. I liked it much more than I thought I would.

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

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

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

Cheating because it’s a re-read but Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. It wasn’t released this year but it was still the best sequel I’ve read this year.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

Cara Hunter! She’s awesome

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

Eek! I can’t say I’ve read outside my comfort zone this year.

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

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

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

I’m not a massive re-reader. I don’t think I’ll re-read a book from this year.

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

The Surface Breaks

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Zach from Only Child

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Number The Stars by Lois Lowry

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

Not life changing, but thought-provoking… Anatomy of Scandal by Sarah Vaughan.

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

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe. Not an old book but I wish I had read it last year.

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

“Getting smacked in the face with a Harry Potter book does not qualify as a fight,” Charlie says.
“First of all, it wasn’t just any Harry Potter book. It was Order of the Phoenix.”
Matt gasps. He knows that Order of the Phoenix is the longest and most potentially dangerous of all the Harry Potter books when used as a weapon.”

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

King & King by Linda De Haan and I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jenningd- both 32 pages (as part of a banned books feature)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne- 736 pages

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios. A beautiful book, but so tough to read.

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

Mateo and Rufus- They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Stevie and Hafiz from Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham

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

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios!

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

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I’m not a fan of Mr Green, but I wanted to read it because it was recommended so highly.

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

I don’t have one this year!

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Soloman

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

The Showstopper series by Hayley Barker.

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

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

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

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R Pan

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

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings- the fact that this gentle picture book is challenged really makes me mad.

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

That’s far too hard. I have loads of favourites. Check out some of them here.

2. Favourite post you wrote in 2018?

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Girls, girls, girls

I loved the support I got for this post.

3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

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

Ooh I haven’t. I must participate next year.

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

Seeing my statistics grow more. I’m not focused on them, but it’s nice to see improvement year by year rather than a drop.

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

My reading has slowed considerably due to the busy nature of my job.

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

Top Ten Shows/Movies To Binge Watch

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

They Both Die At The End

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

I haven’t discovered anything new.

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

Yes! I have saved £1 for every book I’ve read.

I’ve also read over 12 British books… my current total being 65 books. Check them out here. 

I also think I’ll finish my Goodreads target of 150 books.

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

The Dangerous Art Of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

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

Fame, Fate and The First Kiss by Kasie West- I love Kasie’s books!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Wilder Girls– Rory Power

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

I don’t have one!

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

Step outside my comfort zone with genre!

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

I haven’t read one at the time of writing this, but I have an ARC for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts that I’m really looking forward to.

Please leave me a link if you do this survey. I LOVE reading people’s answers.

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Top Ten Authors That I’d Love To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week it’s all about authors that we’d love to meet! I’ve pretty much went for my auto-buy, favourite authors!

If you click on the image, it’ll give you the author’s name! 🙂

Dorothy Koomson- Dorothy’s books are fabulous. I’ve really enjoyed every single thing she’s published so far. She’s a wonderful writer of women’s fiction. I feel like she’s very social with her fans and I like that.

Jojo Moyes- Me Before You is one of my favourite books, but she’s written some other amazing stories too. I’d love to see what she’s like as she comes across so well on Twitter.

Matt Haig- Love Matt Haig’s writing. I think it would be fascinating to chat to him.

David Walliams- I think he’d be hilarious!

Cecelia Ahern- I love her stories and think she’d be a sweet lady!

Emma Carroll- I have almost met Emma before, but I got too shy!

Heather Demetrios- I would love to speak to Heather to find out her inspiration behind her books.

Paula Daly- I have a feeling Paula would be fascinating to speak to!

J.K. Rowling- I’m sure she’ll be on many people’s lists this week, but I certainly would love to meet her.

Giovanna Fletcher- Giovanna comes across as so bubbly and kind. I’d love to chat to her!

Top Ten Authors Who Can Get Me Out Of A Reading Slump

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

I’ve decided to slightly adapt the prompt this week and instead of books that’ll get me out of a slump… authors I can rely on to get me out of a reading slump!

  1. Roald Dahl– His books are just so fun to read!
  2. J.K. Rowling– If it’s a serious slump, I sometimes need to re-read a Harry Potter book!
  3. Kasie West– I can always guarantee that her books will be fun!
  4. Heather Demetrios– Her books are quite deep but they always engross me.
  5. Ceceila Ahern– I love how magical her books are.
  6. Jojo Moyes– She’s a terrific writer.
  7. Paula Daly– She’s one of my favourite thriller writers. Her books always grip me.
  8. Emma Carroll– I can never go wrong with a Emma Carroll book. Her books are enchanting.
  9. David Walliams– David is the closest recent writer to Roald Dahl. His books are fabulous.
  10. Patrick Ness– I do enjoy Patrick’s writing, so the thought of reading one of his books can encourage me to climb out of the slump!

What brings you out of a slump? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Wrap Up Post- 5 Potential 5 Stars on my TBR #2

Welcome to my second wrap up post for this little feature inspired by one of my sister’s favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings 

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. I picked 5 books that I thought I might give 5 stars and since I have now read them I thought I’d let you know if I was right!

Click on the book image to learn more about the book and the link below the book to find my review!

They Both Die At The End- Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End

This book totally lived up to my expectations. I thought it was heart-breaking. A massive 5 stars from me.

Bad Romance- Heather Demetrios

Bad Romance

Incredible book. Just incredible. So raw. A 5 star rating from me!

A List Of Cages- Robin Roe

A List of Cages

Another 5 star read. Wow. I didn’t expect this book to be as intense as it was.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies- John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies

Loved it, but it didn’t quite make that 5 for me. A solid 4 stars.

Sky Chasers- Emma Carroll

Sky Chasers

I loved it as expected but it didn’t completely capture my heart! 4 stars!

3/5 isn’t bad right? I read some great books and no horrendous let downs. Always a bonus in my eyes!

Bad Romance

Bad Romance

How did I get it?:
It was a present from my sister, Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape. 

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

Thoughts:

Oh my goodness. This book was absolutely incredible. I had high expectations for this book. I really did. I love Heather’s writing, but this book was something else. I think it’s such a powerful read that I wish was more widely read. I might as well just end this review here and just say BUY IT BUY IT READ IT READ IT!… but I think you need more convincing than that.

Bad Romance centres around Grace who has a pretty tough home life. Her stepfather scares her and her mother’s OCD makes Grace’s life incredibly hard. Grace is constantly doing jobs for her stepfather and scrubbing away making sure everything is super clean for her mother. Grace wants to escape her life. She wants to direct in NYC. She certainly has big dreams. She then meets Gavin. He’s totally gorgeous and talented. Grace can’t believe her luck. However, poor Grace actually finds herself in a controlling relationship. Grace and Gavin fall in love quickly and deeply and before she knows it, Grace is trapped in a dangerous relationship…

I love how Bad Romance is told. It recalls what has happened in the relationship with Gavin. Right from the start, the reader knows it’s not good news, but she slowly tells us the downfall of the relationship. Oh my goodness, it was such an intense read. It’s not easy to read but at the same time it was easy to keep turning the pages, desperate for Grace to escape from her toxic relationship and rubbish life.

Grace is an adorable character. She puts up with so much crap from her family. It was easy to see why she fell for Gavin’s advances so quickly. She just wanted to be loved. He was her hero, helping her get away from her family and it was easy to see why she was taken by him. I loved that she had strong friendships and I loved her theatre adoration. Even though we didn’t see Grace’s sister so much, it was nice to know she had that support system there as well. It was so tough to read about Grace’s experiences with Gavin and her stepfather because I was rooting for her to have her happy ending. I really grew to care for her over the course of the story.

I think this book is so vital because it sends a warning about how easy it can be to get into an unhealthy relationship. Gavin made my skin crawl. He really did. I hated how he made Grace feel and how he controlled her so much that she wasn’t even allowed to be friendly towards her male friends. He also affected her dreams. Grr, Gavin made me mad!

I will remember this book because I think it’s such an important, educative read. It will stay with me for a while.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

An incredible, intense read about a very dangerous relationship!

5 Potential 5 Stars On My TBR List #2

This is the second post of this kind here on Chrissi Reads. The original post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings .

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video!

Last time I got 1 5 star out of my predictions… but at least it was one hey? Check out my wrap up post HERE.

Here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…

Click on the book image to learn more about the book on Goodreads!

They Both Die At The End- Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End

I’m so excited about this book. I loved History Is All You Left Me so I have high hopes for this one. I know it’s going to make me sad.

Bad Romance- Heather Demetrios

Bad Romance

I bloomin’ love Heather Demetrios. Really looking forward to reading this one soon!

A List Of Cages- Robin Roe

A List of Cages

I want to love this book. I have such high hopes for it!

The Heart’s Invisible Furies- John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies

I have heard such amazing things about this book. I can’t wait to read it!

Sky Chasers- Emma Carroll

Sky Chasers

I am super excited to read Emma Carroll’s Sky Chasers. She’s one of my favourite middle grade authors.

I wonder if I’ll be more successful with my predictions this time around? Only time will tell! Have you read any of these books? What do you rate them?

This Week In Books #98

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

They Both Die at the End The Marriage Pact: For fans of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR Bad Romance

NOWThey Both Die At The EndAdam Silvera– I’m currently over 2/3 through this book. I’m totally going to finish it today. I have fallen in love with Adam Silvera’s writing since his sophomore novel. I absolutely love his writing style.

THENThe Marriage PactMichelle Richmond– Urgh. I have such mixed feelings about this book. It’s going to make for a very interesting ‘Talking About’ discussion with my sister, Beth. Hopefully we’ll have a review up next week.

NEXTBad RomanceHeather Demetrios– I love Heather’s writing and can’t wait to pick this book up next!

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post or similar and I’ll stop by!