Looking Back on My Reading in 2018

My Reading in 2018

It’s the very last day of 2018 and what a year it’s been! Actually, I’m not in that much of a reminiscent mood this December. The year had its definite highs and lows, but I don’t really feel like dwelling on them, so I’m not going to! I’m excited for 2019 and I’ve got a lot of plans, but we’re going to talk about those in another post. One thing I do love looking back on is the things I read in a year, so that what’s were going to do today!

I’m going to look at Jamie/The Perpetual Page-Turner’s End of Year Book Survey for inspiration, but I’m not going to do the whole thing because it’s long and I only have an hour before having to get ready and leave for New Year celebrations #oops.

So, let’s get to it!

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The End of Year Book Survey 2017


The year is almost over, which means it’s time for the End of Year Book Survey, brainchild of the wonderful Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner! My reading goal for this year was to read 35 books. It was a bit lower than previous years, but I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself, especially considering the fact that at the beginning of 2017 I had no idea what my life would look like at the end of it. I managed to read those 35 books, and I’m currently half way through the 36th. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to finish that one before the new year, though, because I’ve got over 250 pages left to read and there’s only 4 more hours in 2017, which I won’t be spending with a book unfortunately.

I had a fun reading year! Of course, there were so many more books I wish I’d read this year, but that would be the case even if I’d read over a 100 books. So, I’m pretty content! Most of my reads were 4 or 5 star ones; I guess that’s the advantage of not being able to read that many books and being extra picky about choosing my next read.

Anyway, there are about a million questions to get through, so let’s get to it!

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Festive Fortnight [11]: Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag

We’re eleven days into the Festive Fortnight, so it’s high time for a book tag! I went in search of a fun Christmas-themed one and Google brought me the Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag via XingSings. I’ve been reminded once more of how bad I am at making choices; picking books for the answers to these questions was so hard. But I did, so let’s get into it straight away!

The Twelve Days of Christmas


The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite stand alone?

Man, we’re jumping straight into the deep end, aren’t we? This question tore me up inside, but in the end I’m going for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I might change my mind again tomorrow, but that’s okay. This is one of my favourite books ever! It’s got so much love and heart and it’s just wonderful. I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve recommended it to.


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The Autumn Reading Book Tag

I was planning on writing a review of Turtles All The Way Down today, but I couldn’t really concentrate on that properly, and I want to do it justice, so I decided to do a book tag! I came across this autumn reading tag the other day over at Sarah’s Chapter, and I was immediately like I should do that. So here we are. Perhaps it’s a bit late to do an autumnal book tag since we’re already nearing the end of October, but oh well!

I love autumn, I like book tags – let’s do this thing!


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The Book Cake Tag

It’s been ages since I did a book tag, but a while back Morgan from The Bookish Beagle tagged me to do the Book Cake tag. Books, cake… seems like the perfect tag for me, doesn’t it?

So, we’re going to build a book cake! We’ve got a couple of ingredients (flour, butter, eggs, icing, sprinkles and the cherry on top), and they’re all linked to prompts, which will be the basis for my book picks. You know, your basic book tag – it doesn’t really need any explanation.

Let’s get to it!


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The Gilmore Girls Book Tag

Last week was a bit of a strange one for me (nothing big – I’m fine!) and I ended up not posting anything on the blog at all. I’d been meaning to do this Gilmore Girls book tag by Cynthia from Bingeing on Books, though, so that’s what I’m doing now! Some of you may know that I adore Gilmore Girls, so when I saw on Twitter that Cynthia had created a book tag for it, I immediately knew I had to do it. It gives me an excuse to both use some of my favourite GG gifs and talk about some of my favourite books.

So, let’s do this! Are you excited?

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(yes, I did only ask you that so I had a reason to use that gif)

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe but do still want to read it, you might want to skip this post (or at least be careful when reading it).

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The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

The other day Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide did a book tag that seemed like a lot of fun to do. I always like book tags, so let’s give the Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag a go!


What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?
My most inexpensive books, for me, are obviously the books I have received as gifts, but I figured that wouldn’t be a really fair answer. The first book that came to mind to fit this category was my copy of The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. I bought that one for a pound at a book market in Tavistock in the south of England. Man, I’d love to go there again and stock up on some more books… Book markets in England are the best.
I think my most expensive book is one of my Norton anthologies for literature. I needed those for my studies, and they’re amazing books but also quite expensive. The Norton Anthology for Theory and Criticism was probably the most expensive one of those. And the least fun, as well.


What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
I found this one a bit more difficult because I don’t really have a love/hate relationship with any author. The only one that came to mind is Jane Austen. I absolutely loved Pride & Prejudice, but I had to read Mansfield Park for one of my courses and did not like it one bit. I found the characters annoying and the plot boring and … I just didn’t like it. Those are the only two books by Jane Austen I have read so far, though, and I have high hopes for the other ones. So, you can’t really speak of a love/hate relationship, but I had to pick someone, so yeah…


What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?
Well, there’s only really one answer possible for this question, isn’t there? It’s the Harry Potter series, obviously! I’ve read those books many, many times (mostly the first five) and still haven’t gotten tired of them. I just finished rereading the Half Blood Prince last week and it gave me all of the feels all over again. Another very good answer to this is Roald Dahl’s Matilda. I’ve definitely read that one even more often than the Harry Potter books.


What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
That would be the Lord of the Rings trilogy for me. I set out to read it years ago (when I was probably still a bit too young for it anyway) but after I struggled through the first, I don’t know, 150 pages of The Fellowship of the Ring I was kind of done with it. I figured I’d give it another go after a while, but I still haven’t. Still think I should’ve read it, though, and I’m still claiming I will one day.


What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
Ha, I like this question! I think everyone does this sometimes, but I can’t really pinpoint one book which I use for this. I’m a literature student, so by default I have to talk and write about intellectual books quite a lot. Especially when writing essays it’s easy to try to come off as more knowledgeable about a subject than you actually are. I remember writing an essay on Derrida last semester and not having a clue what on earth the man was rambling on about most of the time. That’s true for pretty much everyone who writes about Derrida, though.


What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?
Ah, book crushes. We all have them! What makes characters pretty much irresistible to me is wittiness. I love witty banter between characters! That’s probably why I love Jill Mansell’s books so much. I’m also a sucker for crooked smiles or any kind of smile for that matter. Oh, and Mr Darcy. I don’t think I have to explain that statement, do I?


What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
I’ve been wanting to own an English version of Matilda for a while now. I own a very nice copy of the Dutch version, but after talking about it in so many Top Ten Tuesdays I want to reread it in English. It’s one of my favourite childhood books, so I figure I should own a pretty version of it in English. Oh, and I’d also like a pretty version of Wuthering Heights, since my copy is almost falling apart and I plan on rereading this book many more times.

That was so much fun to do! I tag my good friend Emmie from Another Night of Reading and the lovely Cathy from 746 Books. I also tag anyone else who feels like doing this! I’d love to see more people’s answers.