2019 End Of Year Book Survey

This is my fourth(?!) year completing this and I absolutely love doing this every year. It is something I always look forward to doing and it brings into perspective all the books that I have completed this year

This year you can find the full list of questions as well as the original creator here.

Now brief disclosure before we begin…I’m actually completing this survey a week before the end of the year and scheduling it so this might not actually reflect my final reading stats however it will probably be less than 5 books off so not anything too great

**2019 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: 91
Number of Re-Reads: 27 (wow a lot more than I expected however this is including all the Jacqueline Wilson books that I found during the clearout)

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1. Best Book You Read In 2019?

Gemina or Dark Matter (both 5* but very different genres)

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

Growing Things By Paul Tremblay – I read “A Head Full Of Ghosts” last year and absolutely loved it so was really anticipating this book but instead it got 1*

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

Lock Every Door By Riley Sager – Really wasn’t expecting that twist at the end and I was shocked!

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

I don’t really know if I really “pushed” anyone to read any books however my review of Turn Of The Key got quite a few likes on Goodreads so I’m going list that

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

Best series I started was Legend By Marie Lu – I flew through this book and loved it!

Best sequel has to be Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Best series ender has to be Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I rarely read series endings because they never end the way I want them to however this book was just so well done

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?

Blake Crouch – I just loved Dark Matter so much!

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

Hmm I only really read one book out of my comfort zone (other than The Illuminae files series which I’ve already listed) so I’m going with Wicked Fall – an erotica, definitely out of my comfort zone, made me uncomfortable to review it but it got 4* because it was a really good book

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

Again I would say The Illuminae files because there is always some sort of drama going on and no character is safe at any one time in any of the three books. I would also say The Hobbit – although not really known for being thrilling there is always something going on and the characters always seem to find trouble in every chapter

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

Considering I’ve read Illuminae for like the past 2 years then probably that? But also Crooked Kingdom because I feel like I rushed through it desperate to get to the ending so it would be nice to reread it slowly

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

Has to be The Lie Tree because it’s turquoise and rose gold – my two favourite colours!

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11. Most memorable character of 2019?

Ohh this is tough, probably Tris from Divergent because I just love her so much

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

A Monster Calls, it’s beautiful but also the illustrations are amazing

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

The Light Between Oceans – it definitely left me questioning whether or not I would keep a baby if it washed up on the shores of an island. Would you?

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

Probably Dare To Dream: Life as One Direction because it came out in like 2011 and it would probably have gotten a higher rating from me if I had read it back then…not now years after the band has broken up and all the references are outdated

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

Bit morbid perhaps but there was a funeral poem in “The Girl In The Ice”, I’m not usually a poetry person but for some person I really liked this one:

To Those Whom I love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with too many tears,
But be thankful we had so many good years.

I gave you my love, and you can only guess
How much you’ve given me in happiness.
I thank you for the love that you have shown,
But now it is time I travelled on alone.

So grieve for me a while, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It is only for a while that we must part,
So treasure the memories within your heart.

I won’t be far away for life goes on.
And if you need me, call and I will come.

Though you can’t see or touch me, I will be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear,
All my love around you soft and clear.

And then, when you come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and a ‘Welcome Home’.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

Shortest at 64 pages was Tracy Beaker’s Thumping Heart (a novella specifically for Children In Need)

Longest book at 1120 (Goodreads said a different edition at 849) is 11/22/63 – a bloody long book with not a lot of payoff

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Lock Every Door By Riley Sager – omg I knew something weird was going on but I was not ready for that!

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

It has to be Tris and Four from Divergent, I think my answer was the same last year but I just love them!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

All the characters in Crooked Kingdom and how they work so well together and look after each other!

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

Sorry to keep repeating answers but has to be either Gemina or Obsidio from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I just love these books!

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

Stargirl By Jerry Spinelli  – solely from Booksandlala (its one of her favourite books) – admittedly I didn’t love it but it’s the only book that is coming to mind right now

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

Woolf from Wicked Fall – he really knows how to please a woman 😉

23. Best 2019 debut you read?

The Kite Runner – loved the first half but the second half dragged

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

*tries not to name Illuminae or Divergent* ok probably The Turn Of The Key, the audiobook was amazing and really added to the creepiness of the story

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

Beauty and The Beast (book of the film), I loved the nostalgia and loved reading the film version but in book form

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

A Monster Calls or Never Let Me Go – both sad books but also both rereads so not quite sure what that says about me

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Thirteen – I loved this book, it is about a killer who is on the jury not on the stand at trial – creepy and tense!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – already I hadn’t enjoyed Pride and Prejudice so why I thought this book would be any better I don’t know. One of the only books that I actually DNFd (and possibly my only DNFd book of this year) it was soul crushing and I realised there was no way I was going to get through it

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?

This has to be Beauty and The Beast (the MinaLima edition) it was gorgeous and the little pullouts really added to the story and made it such a unique reading experience

(Also any Illuminae book because they’re written as mixed media – totally unique but I’m trying not mention them!)

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

Probably 11/22/63 because it was such a long read and I was expecting a major payoff at the end but unfortunately it didn’t play out that way, I was so disappointed by it

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

I’ve recently gotten into Bullet Journal videos (a downward spiral I know) so probably any of those creators – I don’t know actual names I just tend to lose hours on different videos

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

This one! I love this blog post and look forward to it every year

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

Probably any from my Instagram – I don’t post a lot, tends to be all or nothing to be honest! I’ll be active for like 2 weeks out of the year so look forward to that! You can check out my instagram here

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

Has to be readathons – The Magical Readathon (the Winter one or the OWLS/NEWTS), spookathon etc. any readathon I just love

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

Hmm don’t really think I have one to be honest, I’m not as active in blogging life as I would like to be. If I had to pick I’d say completing blogmas with more than 31 blog posts in 31 days

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

See above comment! Probably getting round to actually writing my reviews and not letting them stack up (like at one point in the year I had over 25 book reviews waiting to be written – horrific)

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

I have absolutely no idea. I can tell you December is my most popular month – probably because I then post more than once a week

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any post! I don’t really have a favourite, posts that usually take the longest are my 52 books around the year challenges as I like to link to every individual book but I don’t think I’ll be doing that again this year

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

Bullet Journal videos and Pinterest – not specifically book related but I’m hoping get started into Bullet Journaling soon (at the minute I’m just in awe of everyone else’s spreads)

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

Yes! I completed my 52 books around the year challenge! I also took part in multiple readathons and I think I completed most of them

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

Probably – Flawed, Hidden Bodies or The Binding (I’m hoping get to them this week but I have to be realistic at this point)

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

The Ballad of Songbird and Snakes – the Hunger Games prequel!!!!!

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

All Your Twisted Secrets – sounds amazing!

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

One Of Us Is Next – I read one of us is lying and did enjoy it so looking forward to the next one

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

POST MORE THAN ONCE A WEEK! ALSO NOT LEAVING MY BOOK REVIEWS TO PILE UP

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

None! I’m currently focusing more on my backlist so aren’t requesting any books for 2020 yet!

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