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2018 Book Survey

January 14, 2019
AUTHOR: Emilie
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Reading Time: 5 minutes

Number Of Books You Read: 32
Number of Re-Reads: 1 (but I don’t count it in my book count)
Genre You Read The Most: Self-Help/Productivity


1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin! While I was familiar with the framework, understanding my tendency allowed me to come to terms with things I was already aware of about myself!

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

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. Some people just love her SO much. While I enjoyed this read, it wasn’t everything people make it out to be.

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

Company of One by Paul Jarvis! I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this one, but I really, really enjoyed it. It forced me to question some of the myths that have been ingratiated in my brain by my academic and professional training.

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

Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam! I know of 20 people who read this on my suggestion! Not one complaint!

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

I don’t read books that are series, so N/A

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

James Clear! In 2018, I both discovered him and became a cult follower, though I didn’t finish his book until 2019.

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

 I don’t read many memoirs, but I was really impressed with Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood, which was required reading for a writing class I took.

 8. Most action-packed book of the year?

I don’t read action books. N/A

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

I’m not really a re-reader, as I mentioned above, but if I had to, I’d pick Off the Clock, which I mentioned above.

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

My favorite cover is without a doubt This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins. Here is someone I knew in college who published her first book! Morgan is an incredibly talented writer. It was amazing to see her face on a book cover!

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

I did not read one fiction book in 2018 (I didn’t realize that until just now), so no characters to mention.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

I’ll give this one to This Will Be My Undoing again. It was spectacular prose!

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

Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam!

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

168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam. I’ve been a fangirl for so long, how did it take me until 2018 to get to this perennial?

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

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and DHH

Technically, this quote is from Peter Drucker and just included in the book, but that is where I found it!

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest Book at 52 pages: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Longest Book at 464 pages: Black Hearts by Jim Frederick

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I don’t know if shocked is really the right word, but I’ll list Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. This administrations is just a shit-show.

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

I don’t read fiction.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I don’t read fiction

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

Laura Vanderkam is the only author I read in 2018 who I’ve read previously! Off the Clock and 168 Hours were both great reads!

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

What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan was a recommendation from my manager at work. I remember when that suicide occurred. I was still in college, and Penn and Princeton are neighbors. We also had our own series of suicides we dealt with while I was an undergrad. This was an extremely powerful perspective.

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

I don’t read fiction.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

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

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

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

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. This was a fun indulgence that was meant to make me giggle.

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

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis made my confront some of the stories I was telling myself about myself. It made me thing about who I am and what kind of person I want to be.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin! I know people have been talking about this book for forever, but I finally read it and I’m so glad I did!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. I’ve spent a lifetime being in love with politics and now it just hurts me so much that this is what politics in the United States has devolved to.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Definitely, Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood! This was so outside of something I’d ever signed up for before, but I’m so glad I did!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad

Fire and Fury, again. It just tapped into all my negative feelings.


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

I’m going to pick three because I can’t pick just one.

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

Laura Vanderkam’s new fiction book that marries time management and fiction called Juliet’s School of Possibilities

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Work Optional by Tanja Hester from Our Next Life. I’m not totally sure how I’m going to get my hands on this book, given I’m on a book buying ban, but we’ll see.

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

I don’t read fiction.

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

I hope to write more book reviews in 2019! I haven’t written any in a while. I think I need a structure for writing them to be able actually write them.

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

Company of One by Paul Jarvis! Strongly recommend!

Thanks to Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner for putting this survey together. It was a fun way to reflect on what I read in 2018!


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