End of the Year Survey {2019}

This “end of the year” survey is the most thorough look at your reading that I have found in my few years here in the blogging community. It was created 10 YEARS AGO by The Perpetual Page Turner as a tool to organize herself and now serves as a fun tag for all of us! Make sure that if you choose to do this survey, you link back to her as she is the original creator. I want to make a note that all the header/graphics for this survey were created by me, but you can find the original ones on Perpetual Page Turner’s blog post linked above.

Now without any further ado, let’s get down to the books…

 

2019 reading stats

 

Number Of Books You Read:60
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From:?? I’m honestly too lazy to tally

 

best in books

1. Best Book You Read In 2019?

This is tough because I read a lot of what felt like “average” books this year. I also was more distracted and more critical than I have been in the past and I think that effected my ratings/enjoyment. That all being said, I really really liked these:

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But if I had to pick “the best?” I would probably say

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

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This one hurt. I was SO excited for this book when I heard about it. Summer job at an amusement park? Hell yes. Plus the cover art was absolutely just so stunning and cute I pre-ordered it and read it as soon as it arrived. Instead of a fun cute romance, it was a mess. The main character was a jerk to everyone around her, including her best friend who she used in the worst way. She broke up a relationship for her own personal interests and just was terribly mean to her dad. I hated these characters, and everything that happened and really was so disappointed by this book overall. You can see my full rant review here: Hot Dog Girl.

 

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

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I picked this up on a complete whim. It wasn’t even on my radar but I had watched a video done by Emmabooks where she briefly mentioned this book. So when I was looking for an e-book to borrow from my library, I remembered this cover and gave it a shot. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed it! I LOVED the low-budget reality show and how it was put together. I loved the eclectic group of people selected for the show, and I just overall really liked the concept. I think it was super well done, and I will definitely be looking forward to more books by this author in the future.

 

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

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 5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?

I read so many series last year that I think I learned my lesson…maybe.

Started?

  1. Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Shusterman {Scythe}
  2. Sky in the Deep companion series by Adrienne Young {Sky in the Deep}
  3. Serpent and Dove series by Shelby Mahurin {Serpent and Dove}

Sequel?

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman {Arc of a Scythe series}

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Ender?

*I am currently still reading The Toll but I feel like that would be here*

 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Lianne Oelke (Nice Try Jane Sinner), Casey McQuiston (Red White and Royal Blue) & Shelby Mahurin (Serpent and Dove). All debut authors!

 

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

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I don’t really like to read a whole lot of fantasy (which makes my blog name a little misleading) but this was a real eye opener. I kind of am discovering that I enjoy a small niche in the fantasy genre, and that’s books about witches.

 

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

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 9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I was supposed to reread Children of Blood and Bone this year in prep of the second book coming out, but it didn’t happen soooo probably

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10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

SO MANY STUNNING COVERS

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11. Most memorable character of 2019?

Probably Lou. She is all kinds of different.

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 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

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13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?

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This whole series still sits funny for me. It definitely has made me pause and think a lot more about current conditions.

 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read? 

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I liked this just as much as everyone told me I would, despite not really clicking with some of her other books.

 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?

But music is never about music. It if was, we’d be writing songs about guitars. But we don’t. We write songs about women.

Women will crush you, you know? I suppose everybody hurts everybody, but women always seem to get back up, you ever notice that? Women are always still standing.”

or

It didn’t seem right to me that his weakest self got to decide how my life was going to look like. I got to decide that. And what I wanted was a life – a family, a beautiful marriage, a home – with him. With the man I knew he truly was. And I was going to get it, hell or high water.

Both from Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

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17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

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

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Alex and Henry from Red White and Royal Blue (Casey McQuiston)

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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Lou and Coco are fierce. Their love for each other, and their blind trust and loyalty to each other is just awesome to read.

 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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I am not typically into Raina. I know she really paved the way for this medium, but I don’t think that she is the best among others like her. This book however surprised me. I really did think it was well done, and liked it quite a lot.

 

21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

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22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?

Related image Travis Ford. Who doesn’t love a closeted sensitive “bad boy” in baseball pants?

 

23. Best 2019 debut you read?

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

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

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26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?

I don’t think I cried all that much this year. Weird.

 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Nope.

 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

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

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blogging life

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?

I dove even deeper into Booktube this past year. Here are some new channels I have been watching:

Chelsea Palmer

Chelsea is very down to earth, real life type of Youtuber. She doesn’t get too fancy with her videos, and is utterly relatable. She actually has been a spark of hope that I can maybe do my own channel one day. Shes super into YA fantasy, Adult romance, and does a lot of unboxings. She also famously has a small group of goats and a mini horse that are semi-regular appearances on her channel.

 

Becca and the Books

This international princess got me hooked on her Bookopoly TBR videos. I will admit, I have considered making my own board! Shes super interesting and creative and though I have only just started watching her, I do really enjoy the channel so far.

 

Peyton Reads

Though she isn’t new to Youtube, Peyton is still a relatively small channel. I just love her goofy explanations for things, and her constant gushing and unapologetic love for the series she stans. I am also super into how she annotates and tabs her books, and that you can tell when she really liked something based on the number of tabs.

 

This Story Ain’t Over

Jananie is also a relatively small booktuber, but has been featured on EpicReads youtube channel a few times. She’s also Canadian like my fav. Hailey. If you can get past the super fast talking, Jananie is super funny and interesting to watch. I really enjoyed watching her tag and haul videos, and think she does a great job with describing books.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

It was a bit of a creative slump for me this year, though I did work really hard on some of my “in the news” segments, something I want to work on making more of. I like doing research and informing rather than constantly talking about myself. Let me know if this absolutely something you would want to see in 2020 from me! I also liked my character analysis and might look into doing more of those as well.

Character Analysis: Albus Dumbledore

New Publishing Company That Taps into Real Teen Authors & Their Issues

DC Launches New Imprints for YA & Middle Grade Graphic Novels

 

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019:?

I really didn’t take a whole lot of bookish pictures this year.

 

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

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Book Expo, so far, has been the only bookish event I have attended, though with my move coming up, I want to be more active in looking for more to attend.

 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?

I mean, in general, I just really enjoy blogging still. While I may have been a bit creatively stunted this year, I have high hopes for the future that may even involve a video or two!

 

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

Life. A lot happened to me this year, especially toward the end; I got married and have been packing for a cross country move – so my attention has dropped off quite a bit. But being in a state across the country from ALL my family and friends, and an unsure employment schedule has me hopeful for a bit more attention on blogging next year.

 

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

I had the most views on my Kiss Marry Kill [Avengers Edition] this year.

 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I wish book reviews would get more love, but I am pretty sure that is a universal wish for all book bloggers.

 

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

I started using the app Library Thing while moving. I scan all my books as I am packing them away, and it makes a digital catalog of my collection.

I am also pretty desperate to get my hands on the Always Fully Booked 2020 planner…it is sold out at the moment but IT’S SO PRETTY!

 

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

I completed the Goodreads Reading Challenge but just barely. I think I will be taking a break from challenges next year, just to regroup and figure out how I want to proceed in the future.

I did participate in my very first Read-a-thon though, and that went better than I thought it would! The thing is, I have to be very picky (and practical) about which things I participate in…

 

looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?

I gotta get to CVV!

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2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?

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*I AM DEAD*

 

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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I’m bad at scoping out debuts until they are about to be released so… this could change.

 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?

Blood and Honey (Serpent and Dove #2)

 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?

  • Start setting up my dream library.

Eric and I are moving into an apartment that will finally have a bit of extra space. Whether it is in the second bedroom (guest room) or the little den next to the kitchen, my goal next year is to buy and set up a bunch of bookshelves and finally get to working on a library I have always dreamed of. Even if it is small to start with.

 

6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I didn’t get many ARCs this year, certainly none for 2020.

5 thoughts on “End of the Year Survey {2019}

  1. It looks like you’ve had a great reading year! I’ve also really enjoyed Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy and the unique take on giving readers an actual utopia with a benevolent AI. His work is thought-provoking and I appreciate that. When you read a lot of books, they sometimes all start to sound the same, but his work feels really different.

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  2. Wow you’ve read so many books! I keep seeing amazing reviews for Red, White & Royal Blue but it’s description/blurb has always made me think the book will be overtly cheesy – am I missing out on an amazing book?!

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    1. I mean. There are definitely parts that are cheesy, as you find with most romances. There are also some really steamy parts, and a lot of political drama which I found super interesting. I recommend this book to a lot of people though because it just so well done and the characters really make it worth reading!

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