Hi! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a week. I’m still trying my best to catch up on posts, and now I’m finally getting around to doing the 2019 End of Year Survey hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner! Aaand of course it’s February already cuz I’m SO behind. XD To make this a little shorter and to hopefully not repeat similar questions from other wrap-up tags, I left some out.
But first, I’d like to announce that your winning book club pick for February, Courts and Kingdoms is…
Three Dark Crowns! I’m not at all surprised that this one won, though I am a little bit that King’s Cage got zero votes. Though only a few people voted. XD But thank you for your help! I got my copy of this books for Christmas 2018 and I’m glad I finally have an excuse to get around to it. 😛
Okay, with that out of the way, ready for the survey? Let’s go! 😀
Stats/Best in Books:
- Genre you read the most from:
Fantasy! The past couple of years it’s been mostly contemporary and I’ve been wanting to change that a little and I guess my tastes are finally branching out a little! In my stats I recorded reading 16 fantasy books, 14 contemporary, 11 sci-fi (wow that’s more than I expected) 10 historical fiction, 3 classics, and 1 non-fiction! 😛
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I’m sure I more than one for this, but I’m going to go with Afterworlds for this one. It sounded so interesting and I was excited to read it but I put it off for years for some reason and it ended up being a huge disappointment. I couldn’t even get 100 pages in. It was just so weird and I thought it painted writing/publishing in a cliche and unrealistic way, and I realized I just have completely grown out of what little of paranormal that I used to like.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I can’t even remember why I read this book. XD I mean it sounded interesting, but I don’t think it was the highest on my TBR, and I bought it for my birthday last year kind of on an impulse? And I ended up reading it only a few months later as a buddy read with Amy. I had never read anything based on vikings before so it was kind of a tiny bit out of my comfort zone, but the characters just snuck in and lodged themselves in my heart and it ended up being one of my favorite books ever! :,D
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I could go with My Lady Jane for this, but I don’t think anybody I talked to about it IRL actually read it, so I’m going with Sweet Home Alaska because I annotated a copy for Allison and sent it to her for Christmas and she said she finished it already and loved it!
5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?
Best series started:
- Stalking Jack the Ripper
- Throne of Glass
- The Darkest Minds
- Heart of Iron
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
If I had to pick just one, probably Marissa Meyer? I’d never read anything by her before 2019 when I read her short story in Because You Love to Hate Me and Heartless and really enjoyed them. Recently for my birthday I bought a copy of Cinder which my friend recommended to me years ago and now I’m finally interested enough in it I might actually get to it this year!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I feel like sci-fi is the most out of my comfort zone, though it’s not the genre I read the least from. I guess it’s more specifically sci-fi set in space, not all sci-fi in general. So this one definitely counts. I think it and Heart of Iron helped warm me up to more spacey sci-fi cuz I really enjoyed them. 😀
8. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read in 2020?
I think all of these three are pretty likely that I’ll reread this year! I mean Peter Pan is obvious because I reread it every year and I already have for 2020. XD But I might listen to it on audiobook again later in the year like I did last year, plus I got a physical copy of My Lady Jane I’m excited to crack open, and I really loved Sky in the Deep so much I think I might try the audiobook or reread my own copy again before I get to The Girl The Sea Gave Back. 🙂
9. Most memorable character of 2019?
Okay this would be insanely hard to determine, so I’m just going to do what I did last year and look at my Goodreads to list some off the top of my head:
- Eelyn, Fiske, Iri and Halvard from Sky in the Deep
- G, Jane, Edward and Gracie from My Lady Jane
- Helen, Charlotte, Bran, Jane, and Alexander from My Plain Jane
- Terpsichore from Sweet Home Alaska
- Celaena, Dorian, Nehemia, and Chaol from Throne of Glass
- Ezra, Kady, and that random dude with no name that did the surveillance reports (At least his voice in the audiobook) Seriously, he’s great. XD
- Astrid, Des, Becca, Ling, and that random sassy codfish in that one scene in Dark Tide 😛
- Sam, Avery, and basically all the De Lainey’s in TBWSH
- Shane, Pilot and Babe in Again, but Better
- Henri, Erik, Eadlyn, and Kile in The Heir
- Jest, Hatta and Cath in Heartless
- Jamie and Charlotte in The Last of August
- Celeste in I Lived on Butterfly Hill
- Ruby, Liam, Zu and Chubs in Darkest Minds
- Po, Katsa, and Bitterblue in Graceling
- J.J. in Save the Date
- Roslyn, Alosa and Riden in DOTSQ
- Helene, Izzi, Laia, and Elias in An Ember in the Ashes
- Millie, Otis, Charles, and Savannah in Millie’s Fiery Trial
- Audrey Rose and Thomas in Stalking Jack the Ripper
- Coriane in Queen Song (Cruel Crown)
- Ellen and Annemarie in Number the Stars
- Rose in The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
- Adam and Julian in A List of Cages
- Mo and Dale in Three Times Lucky
10. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
Probably this one? It’s about how Newfoundland took in all of the plane passengers stranded there on 9/11 and took care of them and became friends with them. There are so many heartwarming and funny stories in this book that came out of this tragic time, and it just really restores your faith in humanity. ❤
11. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
There’s always a lot, but I’ll go with Graceling! I listened to audiobook and really enjoyed it, so I thought the background music they used was pretty cheesy. XD But someday I’d like to get a physical copy for myself and reread it that way. 😀
12. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?
“Those who deserve respect are given it freely. If one must demand such a thing, he’ll never truly command it. I am your daughter, not your horse, sir.” Stalking Jack the Ripper, pg. 224
“Libraries were full of ideas-perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” Throne of Glass, pg. 56
“She was surprised that her hands had not forgotten, that somewhere in her mind, after a year of darkness and slavery, music was still alive and breathing…she forgot about time as she drifted between pieces, voicing the unspeakable, opening old wounds, playing and playing as the sound forgave and saved her.” Throne of Glass, pg. 144
“Abuela Frida always told me that the important thing was to have faith-that we live what we imagine. And that is how I know I will see my parents again. I imagine it every day.” I Lived on Butterfly Hill, pg. 256
“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.” Heartless, pg. 91
“You know, boy or girl, I think aggression is a sign of weakness. I’m always more impressed when people can end something with words…Maybe that’s why language became so important to me. My father, he always used to say ‘Eikko, words are weapons. They are all you need.” The Heir, pg. 235
13. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?
Well…Afterworlds would be the longest book if I didn’t DNF it after only like 60 pages? XD So the longest I actually finished was really Illuminae at 602 pages!
14. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Katsa nd Po! I actually really enjoyed the romance in Graceling. I sort of shared some of Katsa’s feelings on romance too, which was weird cuz I didn’t expect to be able to relate since I’ve never been in any relationships. XD
- Jane and G-My Lady Jane
- Edward and Gracie-My Lady Jane
- Moxie and Sam-TBWSH
- Jest and Cath-Heartless
- Lina and Ren-Love and Gelato
- Kady and Ezra-Illuminae
- Audrey Rose and Thomas-SJTR
- Millie and Charles-Millie’s Fiery Trial
- Charlie and Bill-Save the Date
- Jamie and Charlotte-Last of August
- Henri and Eadlyn, Erik and Eadlyn, Kile and Eadlyn-The Heir
- Eelyn and Fiske-Sky in the Deep
- Alosa and Riden-DOTSQ
- Elias and Helene-An Ember in the Ashes
- Charlotte and Alexander-My Plain Jane
- Liam and Ruby-Darkest Minds
- Astrid and Des-Dark Tide
- Di and Ana-Heart of Iron
- Pilot and Shane-Again, but Better
15. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously:
I definitely think TBWSH deserves this! I really loved her debut, A Thousand Perfect Notes, in 2018, and I just knew when I heard about this one that it would be even better! It’s longer, you can tell the story means a lot to her, and the story just really touched me even more in different ways than ATPN had.
16. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
I know I found out about this book through BookTube or somewhere, and it sounded good but I didn’t really know exactly what to expect or if I’d like it. I ended up listening to the audiobook kind of on a whim and it ended up being my favorite book of the year!
17. Best 2019 debut you read?
This is the only one that I can count because I only read like 4 new releases this year and it’s the only one that was from a debut author. But I still really loved it! 😀
18. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
It’s gotta be this one. It’s so fun and hilarious and it’s one of my new favorites. ❤
19. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?
This is a series I grew up with reading. It starts when the main character is about twelve and I was maybe Idk, ten or eleven when I started it? And it ends with this last book when she’s 22, so I was almost the same age when I finally got around to it. There was a character death that I didn’t see coming, and having seen them all grow up along with me over the years and that Millie wasn’t able to be there when it happened was just so shocking and heartbreaking. D:
20. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Ooh, I think A List of Cages deserves this, though I was tempted to go with Sky in the Deep! XD But this is such a beautiful and heartfelt story about friendship, mental health and unconditional love. :,) I feel like it deserves a lot more acknowledgement and love. ❤
21. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Ugh the ending of this! I was so sad and mad at the revelation of who Jack the Ripper was and it still frustrates me to this day cuz I swear there are things about it that just does Not Make Sense! D: I still enjoyed the book overall though, but I definitely have mixed feelings and a crushed soul. XD
- The Boy Who Steals Houses
- An Ember in the Ashes
- The Heir
- Save the Date
- The Darkest Minds
- Heart of Iron
22. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?
I feel like I’d be lying if I didn’t say Illuminae. XD Just because of the way the book is formatted and the full cast audiobook, if you read them both together it’s a whole experience!
23. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Uhhh definitely this one for all the reasons I listed above. XD
Your Blogging/Bookish Life:
24. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?
I’m pretty sure I started watching Kate Cavanaugh’s channel pretty regularly this year! Her channel is more focused on writing, but oh well, that’s still bookish in my opinion. 😛 I really enjoy watching her videos because she always laughs at herself and her mistakes and has a lot of good writing advice/ideas that really inspire me. She also does fun writing “experiments” like her “I Tried Writing Like…” series, where she adopts routines of famous authors for a day, her “Cooking With Classics” series, and one she did recently where she tried to live as one of her characters for a day! (Who happens to be a pirate so you can imagine how that would be…interesting. XD )
25. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?
26. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019?
Idk, I really like this one from my Instagram. 😀
27. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
28. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?
I don’t know, I guess moving to WordPress was a good move? XD
29. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Ugh. I definitely got into a slump which affected in everything in my life the last half of the year, so that wasn’t fun.
30. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My post “Why I Don’t Read ARCs” got the most views, which I’m not surprised at at all. XD I was surprised how many comments I was getting on it when I first posted it because I hadn’t ever written a discussion type of post before so I didn’t know what to expect, and it was such a nice surprise of how much you guys liked it!
31. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Like…all of my posts for Bookending Winter. XD D:
32. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Probably Libby, which I heard about on BookTube. It’s an app where you use your own local library card to read ebooks or listen to audiobooks for free! I’ve used it to get more into audiobooks, and I love how easy it is and that there’s no commitment because it’s through your library! 😀
33. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
My Goodreads goal was originally 60 books, but I changed it down to 55 later in the year. According to Goodreads I technically read 58, but in my stats I counted it as 56 cuz there were a couple I didn’t want to count towards my blogging stuff.
34. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?
Go Set A Watchman! I planned to read it in December
(Ahem, actually for the past 4 years. O.o) but didn’t get around to it. I finally read it in January so I’ll talk about it more in my wrap up!
35. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?
This one! I really like My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane so I’m so excited for this! Also the cover is so cool. I love the way the blue letters pop. ❤
36. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?
I’m not sure this counts cuz it’s a prequel and I’m…kinda not that excited for it anymore because apparently a young President Snow is the protagonist of ALL PEOPLE. But oh well, close enough. XD
37. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?
Well catch up on all of these 2019 wrap up posts I have planned cuz it’s freaking February already for one thing. D: XD But also I want to try some fun post ideas I have planned for this year, maybe a Hunger Games read-along/blogging event thing in May, and more writing plans and updates? Other than those I’ll just see where the year takes me. 🙂
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