I LOVE doing Jamie’s End of Year Survey every year! Even before I was a blogger, I used to do one on my own because I just loved looking back on my year of books, even though some of these are SO hard to figure out my answers for!
Click through any of the book covers to get to their Goodreads page!
**2019 READING STATS**
Number Of Books You Read: 162
Number of Re-Reads: 14 (5 of which were Red, White & Royal Blue over and over again)
Genre You Read The Most From: YA Contemp.
1. Best Book You Read In 2019?
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I loved a LOT of books this year, but at 6 full read-throughs this year, this one is the clear favorite.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Last Post by Renée Carlino. I haven’t had the best luck with this author, but I LOVED her last book so completely that I had really high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting through it and couldn’t connect to any of the characters or storyline.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I had a totally different idea in my head of what this was going to be like and it was different in the BEST way!!!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Wild Life by Keena Roberts. I have no idea actually if the most people actually read this, but I was on the street team for it, plus I LOVED it, so I talked it up a lot this year!
5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White. I do not understand the low ratings for this book on Goodreads even a little bit, I adored every page and cannot WAIT for more more more.
Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Pérez. I can’t decide if Call Down the Hawk is a sequel or a spinoff, but I loved Wild Savage Stars anyway! This Tristan & Isolde retelling breaks my heart a little bit more with every book.
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. I haven’t even actually read this yet low-key because I was told a S-N-A-K-E-plays a big role in it and I have to actively gear up for that, but obviously it’s going to come out on top and also is the only finale I have from this year.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
OMG wait I don’t think I can pick one.
Emma Lord, Cameron Lund, Liz Lawson, Casey McQuiston, Eva V. Gibson, Marisa Kanter
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Stealing Home by Becky Wallace. I do not like the sportsing. At all. Ever. My BFF asked what I was reading one weekend and I texted a picture of this book saying how much I was loving it. All she said back was “Seriously?”
Yes. Seriously. It didn’t even matter that it was about sportsing because it was So. Damn. Good.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen. There are twists upon twists, and they start in the first few chapters of the book. I could not stop reading.
9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
There are a lot of books I know I’ll reread that were new this year, but one that I will ALWAYS make my yearly pilgrimage to is How to Love by Katie Cotugno.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?
There are a lot of awesome covers this year, but Tweet Cute by Emma Lord wins. There’s a tiny grilled cheese sandwich on the spine!
11. Most memorable character of 2019?
This is VERY DIFFICULT but I felt a strong connection to Lane Jamison in Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?
I hate to give the same answer twice in a row, but I determine this by how many quotes I copy down from each book, and I have full front and back notebook pages from Together We Caught Fire.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
Have a Little Faith in Me by Sonia Hartl changed my relationship with so much of my history, and if I had read it as a teenager it would have been literally life-changing for me–being given permission to stand up for myself, to not let my church press me down and down and down…I honestly can’t process how much this would have changed things for me.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
Final Girls by Riley Sager. I liked it about the amount I thought I would.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?
“Still, some part of me didn’t want to heal–it wanted the wounds and blood and memories, and the unending, unparalleled fear that, so far, had kept me going.”
-Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?
Shortest: Opal by Maggie Stiefvater, 38 pages
Longest: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, 850 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen. I listened to this on audio, and when I got to a ~certain point~ (if you’ve read you will know what I’m talking about immediately), I literally gasped out loud and had to turn the book off for awhile so I could recalibrate everything I thought I knew.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
It’s gotta be Alex & Henry from Red, White & Royal Blue, followed VERY CLOSELY by about fifteen others.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Ellie & Wes from We Are the Ghosts by Vicky Skinner. I love a good “older brother’s best friend” story, but this was not the place for it and I was really happy that Ellie and Wes were like siblings.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Oh man this is hard. Katy Upperman, Katy Cotugno, Erin Hahn, Trish Doller, Jenn Bennett, Maggie Stiefvater…I can’t pick one.
21. Best* Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale. My BFF bloggy friend Patricia at Bookish Geek made me read this for a Twitter traveling book club we’re in together and I hated every single word.
Fun fact: this was the same answer I had last year, because I hated it so much that I would only read a few pages at a time every couple weeks and it took me over a year to get through the whole thing.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?
Oooh this is a VERY CLOSE CALL but Connor Hall JUST edges past everyone else because he A. is over 18, B. he has and can use a spinning wheel and could show me how to make yarn.
23. Best 2019 debut you read?
THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE buuuuut…Red, White & Royal Blue or Have a Little Faith in Me.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Beholder by Anna Bright. Selah sails to several different lands, and I could picture them all so clearly, along with her time on the ship and at home!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. This book was PURE JOY from start to finish.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?
The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson. If you think you’ve made it through the whole thing without crying, just wait until you hit the author’s note at the end.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Our Year of Love and Parties by Karen Hattrup. I really liked this one, with each of the 4 sections taking place during a different party throughout the year, but I hardly heard anything about it.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Start Here by Trish Doller. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?
Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall. So creepy but so FUN!
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Essy from Wild Savage Stars is TRASH and makes me mad every time she appears on page.
1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?
I’ve found too many to choose just one!
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?
My ongoing Red, White & Royal Blue Annotations series is really fun, but I’m proud of my review for Together We Caught Fire. I put a lot of time into it and thought it came out really well!
I also made my first original book tag with questions and graphics I created based on Taylor Swift’s Lover album, which I didn’t ever think I would actually figure out how to do??? But by standing on the shoulders of literally a hundred other people who also had the idea, I did it.
3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019:?
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
Y’ALLWEST! Plus I got to go see Casey McQuiston & Taylor Jenkins Reid at The Ripped Bodice and that was really fun.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?
Inserting myself into Liz Lawson’s life because I wanted to be her friend and it WORKED and she lives near me so I have been known to just casually show up demanding new ARCs to borrow (I love you Liz pls never forsake me).
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Forever trying to write my reviews closer to finishing the book instead of months later.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My original RW&RB Annotations post had my most views of the year.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I liked my review of Have a Little Faith in Me but it didn’t get a ton of views.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The Little Inklings Design Always Fully Booked Planner! The one for 2020 is sold out already, but you can still grab an undated one!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I beat my Goodreads challenge of 150 books!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?
Queen of Nothing! If I don’t get to it soon, I’m going to get spoiled and it’s going to be my own fault.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?
Okay that I DON’T have an ARC of:
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Again, one I DON’T have an early copy of:
Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett. I’ve been waiting for this one FOREVER and it still doesn’t even have a cover yet.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?
Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin. I NEED TO KNOW what happens to Lou and Reid!!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?1
PLAN PLAN PLAN my posts in advance!
6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund. You guys will LOVE this one when it comes out in April!