It’s the day before February and I am just getting this up, but my first End of the year survey is up. I have a few other late posts coming up over the weekend as well but I’ll space them out to where they won’t come out all at once. Things have been extremely busy since the second week of school and a lot of things have been going on. Its only going to get busier from here until the end of the semester. This is my busiest semester yet with it being my next to last semester before I graduate in December. I also have a ton of papers and small assignments to do as well. I still plan to squeeze in some posts but after this weekend and the first week of February it might be sporadic until the summer at least. I want to do some new challenges and experiments to broaden my reading but I’ll explain about that in my next couple of posts.
For this particular topic I am using questions from the 10th annual End of year survey – 19th edition hosted by the perpetual page turner. The link should take you directly to the site. There are quite a few questions on the list that I might not have an answer to but I am hoping to get to all of them.
In order to condense my genres I added some YA and fiction together so that it could fit. This past year was a very good year for reading, but I noticed that while fantasy was my top genre of the year, I wasn’t into the ya fantasy as much as I was before. I was really just reading them to finish some trilogies that I’d been working on for the last couple of years. This year I want to jump into adult fiction a little more than I did last year and I want to figure out what I like and dislike in these genres.
I tried to line up the pictures of each book with each question, but it got a little out of place toward the end and I did forget a couple.
Best book you read in 2019?
I had a hard time decided on what my top favorite book of the year was, so I went ahead and chose two. My first one is The whisper man by Alex North, and my second favorite is On the come up by Angie Thomas.
Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
I’m going with The problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love most of Jennifer Armentrout’s books but I was very sad with this one especially since I could relate to the character so much. I think its one of those that if I had picked up a year ago I might have enjoyed it more.
Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read?
This is a hard one but I think I am going to go with Forest of a thousand lanterns (#1) by Julie C. Dao. I didn’t know that going into this novel that apparently it was based on the snow white story from the villain’s POV. I don’t normally enjoy retellings, but I must have read this one at the right time because it did surprise me when I read it.
Book you “Pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
I think the one book that I got one of my family members to read was the red rising series by Pierce Brown. It was a little darker than what they normally read but we tend to read similar Sci-fi so I am always looking for more adult Sci-fi books to recommend.
Best series you started in 2019? Best sequel of 2019? Best series Ender of 2019?
Best series starter: Alive (#1) by Scott Sigler
Best sequel of 2019: Nyxia unleashed (#2) by Scott Reintgen
Best series Ender of 2019: The shadow glass (#3) by Rin Chupeco
Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
My new favorite author would be The last wishby Andrzej Sapkowski. I’ve never heard of The Witcher series before but it reminded a little bit of the video game called Final Fantasy 7 and I knew that I had to pick it up. I’ve only read the first two short stories so far, but I have started Blood of elves (#1) and it is good so far.
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Jackaby (#1) by William Ritter. This was the only historical fiction novel that I read last year and I apparently read it at the right time. I’d actually started it in May, but ended up finishing it in September. I definitely enjoyed it more during the latter month than I did when I first started it. I’m definitely planning to continue the series next year.
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I’m going with Morning star (#3)by Pierce brown. I loved all three books in this series but I think Morning star is probably my second favorite under Red rising. It also became one of my top favorite series of the year too.
book you read in 2019 that you would be most likely to re-read next year?
I don’t typically re-read books as I am usually reading from my backlist of books but I would be interested in re-reading either And I darken (The conqueror trilogy) by Kiersten White and/or The bone witch series by Rin Chupeco.
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?
My favorite cover of the year would probably have to be The Center of the universe by Ria Voros. If I remember correctly the main character loved astronomy and I think the cover goes extremely well with the story itself.
Most memorable character of 2019?
I think my most memorable character of 2019 was Natalia in Right where I belong by Kristi McGee. This was a christian contemporary romance novel that I found while searching through my young adult section on my Overdrive account. Way back in January I was looking for a book that was different than what I was reading at the time since I believe I was reading a lot of fantasy novels. This one took me a little while to get to but once I got to it I loved it and the characters were probably some of my favorites. It’s definitely one that I would recommend.
Most beautifully written book read in 2019?
I’m not sure about this one but I loved Ron Rash’s The world made straight. Even though the topic of the story isn’t the easiest, he weaves nature in with his writing, and you can really see places that the characters visit. Even though it is a fictional story (also made into a movie), it talks about real places that are set in North Carolina.
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2019?
I don’t know if this is a life-changing book or not but I read Lock in (#1) by John Scalzi and even though it is typically my genre (Sci-fi), it was a bit different than what I would normally pick up. I would highly recommend it though.
Book you can’t believe you waited until 2019 to finally read?
Ruin and rising (#3) by Leigh Bardugo. I am terrible at finishing books in a series back to back after I’ve read the first book because I am always afraid that if I read them all at once I won’t enjoy them as much. This one wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be but it set me up to read King of scars (#1) for 2020. I tried to read it before I had finished the shadow and bone series and had a hard time remembering what had happened so I put it away to finish this series. I do wish I’d finished it sooner though.
Favorite Passage/quote from a book you read in 2019?
I don’t think I have an answer for this one. I don’t really keep track of quotes that often.
Shortest & longest book you read in 2019?
Longest book: Star wars: (#1-3) The empires strikes back, Attack of the clones, and Revenge of the Sith box set (993 pages).
Shortest book: 1/2 prince Vol. 1 by Yu Wo (175 pages).
Book that shocked you the most?
Hunted by Meagan Spooner. I struggle with retellings sometimes, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I figured out what was going on right toward the beginning but it didn’t ruin it for me and it was still enjoyable. Im honestly not quite sure why I kept putting it off though.
OTP of the year?
I am honestly not sure if i really have an OTP for this year.
Favorite non-romantic couple of the year?
I think I would have to go with Jackaby and Abigail Rook. The banter between these two was so good. (Since it’s been September since I read the book so I am not sure if there is a romantic connection toward the end of the novel).
Favorite book you read in 2019 from an author you’ve read previously?
I am going with Madeleine Roux for this one. I read Asylum a long time ago and loved it but was never able to pick up the rest of the series. I also loved this one and can’t wait to continue it.
Favorite book you read in 2019 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure/bookstagram?
I definitely picked up The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski from Booktube. I’d just discovered Booktube a few months ago and follow quite a few fantasy readers which introduced this series. I had no idea that it existed before, and I am really glad that I was able to find it.
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?
I don’t have a fictional crush this year.
Best 2019 debut you read?
I’m going with The whisper man by Alex North. This is a Thriller that I absolutely loved, and it made my top ten favorite books of the year.
Best worldbuilding/vivid setting you read this year?
The best setting that I read this year was probably in The child Finder (#1) by Rene Denfeld. The descriptions were lyrical, it really felt like you could feel the cold winter that was described in the story.
Book that was the most fun to read?
I’m going with Daughter of the siren queen (#2) by Tricia Levenseller. This one wasn’t quite as good as Daughter of the pirate king, but I still loved it. I think I ended up rating it 4 stars.
Book that made you cry/almost cry?
I don’t really gravitate toward books that make me cry, but I would have to say that the ending of The shadow Glass (#3) by Rin Chupeco was pretty close. I do have to say that it is a bit ironic that I love this trilogy because I originally read The girl in the well and had an extremely hard time with it. This one though, made my top ten books of the year.
Book that made you the maddest (either liked it or didn’t)?
I’m not sure if I read a book that made me mad, but I was a bit upset that I didn’t enjoy The problem with forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout because she is one of my all time favorite authors.
Hidden gem of the year?
My hidden gem of the year was probably The unfinished life of Addison stone by Adele Griffin.
Book that crushed your soul?
The shadow glass (#3) by Rin Chupeco. I read this one before Fantasy kind of fell apart for me and I am glad I did because it was my most anticipated book and I loved it. It was so sad but unpredictable and I didn’t see most of the plot twists coming. If you haven’t read this series, I would highly recommend it.
Most unique book you read in 2019?
I struggled with this question a little, but I think I am going to go with The unfinished life of Addison stone by Adele Griffin. I realized that this is also under hidden jems too, but I think both fit.
So this was my 2019 survey. 2019 was a good year for reading though there were a lot more books on my list that I didn’t enjoy as much as I would if I’d read them earlier. I finished up quite a few series, but also started a bunch more, which is typical. In my next couple of posts I’ll have my top/least favorite books of 2019 and my January wrap-up/February TBR. I’m also thinking about doing a decades of books post as well.
Hope you have a good weekend,