Every year I do this survey created by Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner, and so, to continue tradition, here we are again!
**2019 READING STATS**
Number Of Books You Read: 17
Number of Re-Reads: 6?
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
1. Best Book You Read In 2019?
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – This book touched and reached the darkest parts of my heart and mind as I could relate so much to the grief this boy had for his mother. It was hands down my favorite book of the year and I’m so incredibly glad to have given it the chance it deserved. You can check out my full review here.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Chase by Elle Kennedy – As far as guilty pleasures go, the romance series that Elle Kennedy has written were some of my favorites that I’ve read in a long time, so naturally I was excited to read about one of the main character’s sister from the previous series in this novel, but alas, I found her quite aggravating. I mean, there’s a lot of sex in these books, which I’m fine with, but man, sometimes there was just a bit too much sex drive even for me. You can check out my full review here.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – I didn’t except to enjoy this as much as I did, but I did enjoy it! Although some of it was kind of boring and dragged on, the romance was adorable and the finding out about ones was great. You can check out my full review here.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Since having a seasonal bookstore job, I’ve recommended a few books, including things like the Grisha trilogy, The Starless Sea, the Mortal Instruments series, etc. And they’ve gotten them, so yeah!
5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?
Best series started: Fushigi Yuugi by Yuu Watase – this is a reread for me as I’ve read this entire series multiple times when I was a teen, and it’s just been super nostalgic for me.
Best sequel: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – as this is my first time reading the Percy Jackson series, I’ve been highly enjoying the story and books, and this sequel was super fun and exciting with the stakes being higher. You can check out my full review here.
Best series ender: I haven’t read one yet this year, so… lol
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
Probably Patrick Ness. I loved A Monster Calls so much, so I’d love to give his other books a try, too!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day – I read her first book earlier this year, and I’m still reading this one because it’s an activity book, but it’s so fun to just write and create with abandon. It’s something I need because I’m too focused on making things perfect that I need to be able to let go and be more loose with creativity.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson was definitely unputdownable, epic, action-packed, and thrilling. As an epic high fantasy there was just so much put into the world and the characters that I wanted to know what was going to happen next. It was a really great book, for sure. If you want to check out my full review, click here!
9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Risk by Elle Kennedy – This next installment in the Briar U arc was so much more enjoyable for me, and it had a lot more in depth real moments that I was much more drawn to than The Chase. If anything, I’d reread this one for the angst, steamy bits, and that great hate-to-love dynamic I love haha! You can check out my full review here.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?
I have three favorites, don’t judge me lol
11. Most memorable character of 2019?
The cast of characters from Fushigi Yuugi just because I know them so well and love them so much lol
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I love Laini Taylor’s writing so much, and this book is so lyrical and magical in its execution. I seriously love how beautifully it’s written.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
Forever and always talking about A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness because this book means so much to me. A book about grief and how it can manifest into the world – not just internally, but externally, too.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
The Percy Jackson series… Just like the Harry Potter series, I seriously missed out on some awesome books during my childhood lol I’m trying to make up for it in my adult years.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?
And that’s how you go on. You lay laughter over the dark parts. The more dark parts, the more you have to laugh. With defiance, with abandon, with hysteria, any way you can.Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?
Shortest book: Fushigi Yuugi volume 4: Bandit – 189 pages
Longest book: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – 45 hours 37 minutes of audiobook (physical book is actually 1007 pages long, including appendix stuff)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Have I mentioned The Way of Kings, because my mouth dropped open so many times throughout listening to the audiobook that it was crazy. I also laughed out loud, cheered, grew angry, etc, with the audiobook. It was a really great experience.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Hades and Persephone foreverrrrrrrrrrr~ Lore Olympus is an amazing webcomic series and I want everyone to go read it. Go. Now. Do it.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I loved the dynamic between the characters in The Way of Kings. Everyone was connected in some way through different people, so even if they didn’t meet in this volume, there was still a larger overarching connectedness between everyone that I loved seeing. The web grows bigger, my friends.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
As I’ve stated before, I loved her first series of the students at Briar University, and this book in the Briar U arc was super good.
21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
This was the literal most hyped book I read this year, and it was really good, so thank you everyone across all social media platforms lol
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?
I quite liked Rook from An Enchantment of Ravens, not gonna lie. An immortal faerie lord who wants to learn more about humans and not just look at them like they’re objects for his own gain? Yes, please.
23. Best 2019 debut you read?
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
My dudes, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson was so immersive in its design from top to bottom. The way Sanderson writes his settings and worlds is second to none, I swear. From towering spires to rocky cliffs to war camps, small townships, and high storms. Oh man, it’s such an amazingly vivid world.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?
A Monster Calls actually made me cry at the end, so, yeah.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is one I haven’t finished yet, but it’s one that sucked me in pretty quickly and held onto me until I hit a reading slump earlier this year. It’s a book set in England with an American witch, a British vampire, forbidden romance, dark secrets, and mystery. It’s really good! I’d seen it pop up a lot whenever I was browsing books on Amazon, so I decided to give it a go and am glad I did.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I mean, none of the books or comics I’ve read have crushed my soul, so… I don’t really have an answer.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?
I read this autobiography by Felicia Day, and since I generally don’t read biographies of any kind, this was definitely the most unique in that aspect. But also, her book Embrace Your Weird is unique because it’s a book that makes you draw in it, create around it, rip out pages, cut things out, etc. I really like her as a writer!
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
*insert the bad shit that happened in Lore Olympus that has the entire fandom pissed off with good reason* 😀
1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?
I’ve actually really pulled away from the book world in the last year, but I do have a couple of new favorite booktubers that I enjoy watching:
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?
This was a really fun post to make because I got my husband involved to help me find all of these books, and luckily we found one for each question (even if it did take a while lol).
3. Favorite bookish related photo(s) you took in 2019?
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
The Leigh Bardugo signing at Brookline Booksmith in Boston was so fun and Leigh herself was such a delight! You can read about my whole experience here!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?
Participating in challenges and tags again was really fun. I know I haven’t blogged much the last few years, but I still try to post when I can and when I have enough energy to do so. So I really enjoyed the Do I Have This Book? challenge and also attempting (and failing) to participate in readathons like the Medievalathon and the Book Junkie Trials.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I’ve been emotionally and mentally drained for years now due to my mom’s dementia diagnosis a few years back, plus work stress, moving states, etc. So reading and blogging have been put so far back on the back burner that I oftentimes don’t think about it anymore. I still keep up with comics, though, because I’ve learned to rely upon visual stimulation to bring about happiness into my life. It’s been a rough time, friends, but I’m slowly starting to piece myself back together and get back into the hobby of reading for fun again.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 had the most views, as far as I could tell by my stats. I might also be looking at the wrong figure lol
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
2020 Reading Goals & Challenges – this is my way of dedicating myself to reading, albeit a slow one, plus I just like hearing about and seeing other peoples’ goals (even if they don’t stick to them lol).
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The bookstore I work at currently is an independent book store, which is cool, and the staff is very friendly and stuff. I don’t plan on staying there past the season, but the store itself is also cute. Plus, you know, supporting a small business is awesome.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I’ve completed one goal from last year, which was to have half or more of the books I read already exist on my shelf, which, thanks to my manga, I completed that goal! …that’s it. Didn’t reach any other reading or personal goals this year. Oh well.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I will finish it, goddamn it.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?
Even though I’ll only be on the second book in this massive series, I’m excited for the fourth volume of the Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson! One day I’ll get to read it. One day…
3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I haven’t been keeping up to date with releases and stuff, so if anyone has any recommendations, please let me know!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?
Other than the one I mentioned above, again, I haven’t been keeping super up to date with things, so… I don’t really have one.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?
Actually post more consistently again than once every few months would be cool.
6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
Haven’t read any yet, but I have a few arcs from work of books coming out in December and January.