I recently came across this AWESOME and HUGE End of the Year Survey to fully discuss my reading year, and I HAD to do it!!! This Survey is put on by The Perpetual Page Turner, and can be found here!
There are soooo many questions, so let’s dive in!
**2019 READING STATS**
Number Of Books You Read: 182
Pages Read: 74824
Number of Re-Reads: 58
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
1. Best Book You Read In 2019?
Endsinger by Jay Kristoff. I cried so much. Check out my very spoiler filled review here!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Pride by Ibi Zoboi. This just wasn’t for me.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Probably The Beholder by Anna Bright. I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. If you want to hear more about how it made me full of feels, check out my review!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
So this year I didn’t really have a specific book or series that I pushed, so much as crafted my recommendations towards the specific recipient. If you’d asked me this in 2018/2017 the answer would have been the ACOTAR and ToG series, because those years I collected a slew of people to read them.
5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?
Best series I started? I mean, I started a lot of series, but it’s too soon to say what the best ones are. For those I started AND finished in 2019, The Lotus War trilogy by Jay Kristoff was definitely the best. If I had to say series I started but has the potential to be the best? Probably Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman.
Best Sequel? King of Fools by Amanda Foody! I also reread Legendary by Stephanie Garber and Gemina by Jay & Amie, which are some of my fave sequels ever.
Best Series Ender? Oh jeeze, SO MANY. Finale by Stephanie Garber. Endsinger by Jay Kristoff. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. Queen of Air & Darkness by Cassie Clare. Lots of great series ended for me this year!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
Brandon Sanderson, thanks to the Skyward series! I need to check out his other works, for sure.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
So I didn’t branch out much (I’m picky, okay), but I did read Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman, which is a graphic novel, and I really enjoyed it. I did a full review if you’d like to check out this GORGEOUS book.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Endsinger by Jay Kristoff. I am going to be using this one a lot, clearly. Also, I reread Red Rising 1-4 and those are ALL THE ACTION.
9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Well I have already reread Skyward, so there’s that. I will also definitely reread Aurora Rising.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?
I literally cannot answer this because I am such a sucker for a pretty cover and had so many! If I HAD to narrow it down to a few, Strange the Dreamer (UK edition), Lady Midnight, Aurora Rising, the Nevernight Trilogy, and Sorcery of Thorns would make the cut right away.
11. Most memorable character of 2019?
Spensa from Skyward and Buruu from The Lotus War Trilogy. If we are talking from ALL the books I read, even rereads, then Emma Carstairs (The Dark Artifices) and Mia Corvere (Nevernight) would make the top list as well.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and the Emily of New Moon books by L.M. Montgomery.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
I don’t know that I had one?
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
Oh, you mean like the 100+ backlist books I finally read? Yeah, all of those.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?
“You’ve got the look of a girl who’s no stranger to the page. I can tell. You’ve got words in your soul.” – Nevernight. I base this choice on the fact that I was “You’ve got words in your soul” as my next tattoo, which means it clearly stuck with me (and will forever *wink*).
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?
Shortest: Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman – 64 pages
Longest: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare – 893 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Endsinger by Jay Kristoff. I was stunned to my CORE by this one. I sobbed so hard I had to set the book down and take time to collect myself. It will be a while before I can stomach rereading it; the wounds need to heal still.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Draco and Hermione!!! Dramione for life!!!!!!!!!! This totally counts because the VERY FIRST book I read in 2019 was actually a Dramione Fanfiction. I have been sailing this ship for years, and I will 10000% go down with it.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Yukiko and Buruu from The Lotus War trilogy. *sobs* They’re the best.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
…Endsinger by Jay Kristoff. This is getting redundant. Lol.
21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
AGAIN, Endsinger by Jay Kristoff, which was recommended by Jessi from Novelheartbeat. I will also say The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden because its pretty popular among the book community!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?
Kal from Aurora Rising. He’s literally just baby Rowan Whitethorn, in space. It also helps that he is voiced by Steve West in the audiobook, which adds to the swoon-factor. I am LIVING for the fact that he is the face on the cover for Aurora Burning.
23. Best 2019 debut you read?
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen and We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Jay Kristoff wins again for the worldbuilding of The Lotus War trilogy. If you check out the non-spoilery beginning of my review, I talk about this in detail.
I also HAVE to pick The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. She is the queen of vivid settings!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht. I laughed SO HARD while reading this. If you haven’t read it, PLEASE check it out!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?
I cry ALL THE TIME when I read. This is not an unusual occurrence. HOWEVER, Endsinger wins yet again (I know, I’m shocked too), for the sheer magnitude of the crying.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields. I loved this book, which came from nowhere and surprised me! I did a full review, if you’re interested.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I’ll give you one guess…
Endsinger by Jay Kristoff. I still have not forgiven Jay for this.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?
A reread, but the Illuminae Files. Just the formatting alone make this series SOOOO unlike anything else.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Realm by Alexandra Weis. It was a historical fiction absolutely riddled with anachronistic mistakes and inconsistencies. They ripped me right out of the story every time. Plus the cover was a joke. *steps off soapbox with a huff*
1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?
All of them! I started my blog almost exactly a year ago, so this is all new to me!
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?
I’m not sure if I have a favorite!
3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019?
I mean, I run a bookstagram, so this list is pretty endless. You can check that out here.
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
I LOVED getting to meet Erin Morgenstern on her Starless Sea tour. She was delightful and lovely and she complimented my hair AND my book bag. I brought my mom with me, who had never been to a signing before, and who had never read Erin’s book(s) before, and she loved her too!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?
Just getting to know more of the blog community! There are some great peeps out there!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Remembering to actually write full reviews and not just stick with the usual slew of weekly meme and various tags.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I think it would be one of my Top Ten Tuesday posts. Those tend to be very popular!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
All of them! I mean, who doesn’t want more love on their posts?!
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Unicorn Crate. I mean, I knew who they were before 2019, but I got my first box and fell in love! I also got to be friends with the owner, Naomi, because she lives just two towns away from me! She is awesome!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I did! I hit 182/150 for my Goodreads goal, and 102/80 for my Beat the Backlist Challenge goal.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. To be fair, I wanted to reread Skyward first but I have a strict rule about not reading the same book in a single calendar year, so I held off until 2020. I just finished Skyward last night and am a few chapters into Starsight.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?
Topping the list are Aurora Burning by Jay & Amie, and Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare.
I also just did a TTT post on my top 10 releases for the first half of the year, so feel free to check that out!
3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I’m not sure I know enough to know what books are debuts and what are just authors I’ve never heard of before.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?
TRUEL1F3 by Jay Kristoff! I’ve loved that series so far and know the end will be epic.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?
MOAR FOLLOWERS! More content, more creativity, and lots more fun!
6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable).
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon! She is one of my auto-buy authors and favorite contemporary YA authors, and this is the first in a new collection for her. They will all be standalones, but interconnected, and are fairytale retellings set in an elite boarding school. OKaK is soooo adorable and I loved it!