Just a head’s up – you may have noticed that this is the only post currently available on my blog. I’ve put all my previous posts in an archive and will probably delete most of them if not all of them. I just wanted a fresh new start to hopefully get my blogging-vibe back.
Happy New Year! We’re almost a week into 2020 already and today I am going to share my Annual End of the Year Book Survey for 2019. This list started out as a personal list for Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner but has grown out into a widespread trend for bloggers to fill in at the end of the year. So let’s stop talking and go onto the list, shall we?
Number of books you read: 331
Number of books you reread: 56
Genre you read the most from: Definitely Fantasy and/or Science Fiction.
1. Best Book You Read In 2019?
Well, honestly I cannot just pick one favourite book. I have a list of twelve books, one for each month in 2019.
Sheets by Brenna Thummler, Mini Marvels by Chris Giarrusso, Hawkeye (all volumes, but vol. 1 was a reread) by Kelly Thompson, The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, Ms Marvel (again all volumes but, 7, 8, 9, and 10 were new reads) by G. Willow Wilson, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, The Art of the Book of Life by Jorge R. Gutierrez, King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, Shadowblack & Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell, Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix, and lastly Howl’s Moving Castle Manga vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki.
Out of these, I think the books by Jonathan Stroud and Sebastien de Castell were my favourites (because I loved the buddy reads we did for the Spellslinger books).
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
2019 was the year where I started reading Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples and I fully expected to fall in love like almost everyone else seemed to. Unfortunately, I didn’t love the volumes I read and I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
On a more positive note, I thought My Soul to Take was a surprising read. I went into it, expecting a typical YA paranormal romance – but it was actually kind of enjoyable. Sure there were the typical tropes but somehow I enjoyed this book more than I expected.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I think I told more people to read Six of Crows this year than I did in the previous years. Partly to do because of the TV series being announced and I am way too excited about that.
5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?
Best series started is definitely the Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell. I did a buddy read for the first five books with some friends on Discord which was the best fun I ever had! The best sequel award goes to The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud as I just loved that one so much. As for series ender, I don’t know if I actually finished a series this year. I did very badly when it comes to ending series… Oh well, there’s always 2020!
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2019?
‘Tis the time for repeating yourself, but one of my new favourite authors is Sebastien de Castell. I also really enjoyed the Woods graphic novel series created by James Tynion IV and I’ve read more comics by this author which I enjoyed.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
This award definitely goes to Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann. I don’t love contemporary and romance books, but this book was my favourite this year. Partly because it was one of the few books I read this year that featured an asexual main character. Another goal for 2020 is to read more books featuring my own sexual orientation. (That being said, throw your aspec recs my way)
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Hmm, I think that even though I picked it up and put it down multiple times in 2019, I still want to say King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. I don’t know why I put it down so many times, partly maybe because I was scared. But as soon as I started reading the book, I could not put it down again.
9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Depending on whether the sequel to King of Scars is being released this year (not sure as there has been no announcement on it so far), I will probably reread that. I might still reread it even without the sequel being released, as I’m currently making my way through all the Grisha books.
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2019?
Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen. Normally I’m not a huge fan of people on the cover, but this one just looks so magical!
11. Most memorable character of 2019?
Yeah basically Reichis is my new favourite murder animal and I love him with all my heart (don’t tell him though, he’d eat my eyeballs).
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?
Leigh Bardugo is an actual witch so her books are all so beautifully written. There is no contest tbh.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
I can’t really think of an answer for this, I don’t usually read thought-provoking books (or maybe I do but I just don’t really think about them afterwards… Oh well).
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I really loved reading that one and I can’t believe I waited so long. Hopefully, I’ll be able to read the sequel asap and I won’t wait another 7 years to read it as I did with Eragon (because I believe I literally owned Eragon for that long).
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?
I reread Shadow and Bone last year (twice, oops) and there is one quote that actually stayed with me. It’s a quote from the letter Mal wrote that’s in the back of the copy I own and honestly every time I think about that quote I just get emotional because I love him so much (deal with it, haters)
What is she to you anyway? Here’s my answer Captain. She is the thing that made this all okay – the threadbare coats and the old boots and the guns that jam when you most need them to fire, the loneliness of knowing that you don’t matter, that you will never matter, the fact that you’re just another body, another uniform to be sent into the Fold or the frost, another good buy who knows his place, who does his job, who doesn’t ask questions, who will lie down and die and be forgotten. What is she? She’s everything, you dumb son of a bitch.
I also really love this quote from Let’s Talk About Love.
If knowing you’re asexual makes someone see you differently, then they don’t deserve to be in your life.
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?
The shortest book I read (according to Goodreads) is the Doctor Who Free Comic Book Day comic from 2016, which is 26 pages long. The longest book I read was Winter by Marissa Meyer, which is 824 pages.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The ending of King of Scars had me SHOOKETH. I kind of saw it coming (but not until like 100 or so pages from the end, maybe, I don’t remember) but oh my god SHOOK.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR
MALYEN ORETSEV AND ALINA STARKOV. I won’t hear anything bad against them. Leave me alone.
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I just loved the dynamic between Kellen and Ferius, and Kellen and Reichis. I just love these characters so much and I hope they’re all doing ok and I hope they know I love them.
20. Favourite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Yay, finally a new answer! I seriously enjoyed Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. They wrote my favourite sci-fi series ever, the Illuminae Files, and I was very excited to hear they were writing another sci-fi series!
21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
I don’t usually give in to peer pressure, but I did pick up a couple of books because a lot of people seemed to love them. I think out of these I enjoyed The Song of Achilles the most. I didn’t love it as much as everyone loved it, but it was a great read and I do definitely want to read more of Madeline Miller’s books.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?
Ok he was already kind of my fictional crush ever since first reading Six of Crows, but my crush for Kaz Brekker was reawoken with the casting announcement of the Netflix adaptation. HAVE YOU SEEN FREDDY CARTER?!
23. Best 2019 debut you read?
I don’t know if I read any 2019 debuts, but I did read an author’s debut book this year, even though it’s a 2018 release? So yeah I loved Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann (and I do want to read her 2019 release as well).
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The world of the Spellslinger books was amazing, and I just loved finding out more about the different countries. I would have loved to see a map of the world though, as sometimes I found it difficult to imagine where the countries were located. That’s my only dislike about the books.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
My reread of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell especially put a goofy smile on my face. I just loved reading about those two idiots so so much.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I rediscovered my love for the W.I.T.C.H. comics and I think too few people talk about these. Y’all need to read them!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I don’t have a soul, so no soul-crushing has happened. (That being said, Crooked Kingdom always manages to crush my soul).
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?
No books will ever outshine the Illuminae Files, which I reread this year. I do want to pick up more books like that series, with mixed-media format because I really love those type of books!
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Not mad, really, but when I was reading this book about Polynesian Mythology, I’d get annoyed every time the author repeated something they’d written a couple of pages before that. Because WE KNOW THAT HAPPENED CUZ YOU SAID IT IN THE PREVIOUS CHAPTER.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I picked it up multiple times but by the end of the year I was in a bit of a slumpy mood and I just couldn’t really get through it.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?
3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
At the moment, I don’t have any debut books on my most anticipated list.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?
I’m very curious for The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson, which is the conclusion to the Truly Devious series. I’ve only read Truly Devious so far, but I want to wait for the last book to be released before reading the sequel because I am still not over that cliffhanger.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?
I hope to fully pick up blogging and possibly reviewing again this year. I’ve been really awful at keeping up with my blog, and I have decided that if I don’t pick it up by June, I will just cancel my domain and go back to a free WordPress site because it’s honestly a waste of money at this point.
6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I haven’t read any 2020 releases yet, but I have a couple on my Kindle to read and I hope to get to them soon!
And that concludes 2019 for me! What was your favourite book of 2019? What about your least favourite?