The Annual End of Year Survey 2019!

The Annual End of Year Survey was created by Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner, and it’s a super fun way to wrap-up your year of reading. Considering 2019 has been such a good reading year for me, I had to do it!

**2019 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: 100
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in books

1. Best Book You Read In 2019?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2018 release vs. backlist)

It has to be The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold. It’s such a fantastic book and in the realms of history, and particularly the realms of women in history, it’s a real game-changer.

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

I was so ready to love The Gilded Wolves, and I didn’t. I wasn’t a fan of Chokshi’s writing style and I found it really difficult to picture the magic system and the world-building. It just wasn’t for me!

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

I’ve struggled with Holly Black’s work in the past, so I was incredibly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying The Cruel Prince – it was so much fun!

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

Hm… I don’t really know! I know I’ve gushed about Spinning Silver a lot, but I have no idea if other people have picked it up because I loved it.

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

I loved The Diviners a lot and it’s made me so excited to continue with the series; Bray’s world-building is brilliant. I also absolutely loved The Wicked King, but if I can only pick one sequel I think I have to go with In the Labyrinth of Drakes. Even though I didn’t particularly love the series, Ruin and Rising was the best series ender for me because it felt like the series had found its feet and Alina finally felt like a character with gumption.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2019?

I started two fantasy series by Robert Jackson Bennett in 2019, and read three books by him – none of which I rated lower than 4 stars. He’s definitely a new favourite!

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

2019 was the year I officially started making an effort to read more horror with my book club, Dawn of the Read, and the book I enjoyed most was our December pick, NOS4R2. I’d like to check the TV adaptation out!

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

Whenever I wasn’t listening to Grey Sister, I couldn’t wait to get back to it, but I also found Battle Royale very unputdownable.

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

This is an easy question for me because I re-read my favourite book, The Goblin Emperor, every year so I’ll be returning to it again in 2020. If I have to choose a book I read for the first time in 2019, then I could easily see myself listening to the audiobooks of Voyage of the Basilisk and In the Labyrinth of Drakes again over the summer.

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

thememoirsofladytrent

I think all the covers in The Memoirs of Lady Trent series are beautiful.

11. Most memorable character of 2019?

So many! I loved Sancia in Foundryside, Miryem, Irina and Wanda from Spinning Silver, Evelyn from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and Zoya from the Grishaverse is my queen.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

I can’t pick just one – the writing in Daughter of the Forest, Circe and Strange the Dreamer was so lush and rich, and I’d highly recommend the audiobook of Strange the Dreamer. Steve West has an amazing voice.

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

Definitely The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper. Such a powerful book.

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

I can’t believe it took me until 2019 to finally read some Libba Bray, because I LOVED The Diviners!

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

“I don’t like the other girls,” said Gerta, scowling. “Besides, I’m not like them.” (Kay had told her once that she wasn’t much like other girls. It was one of the phrases that she held very close, tucked up in the space beneath her breastbone.)

“In this very town,” said her grandmother, “there are at least a dozen girls standing at windows right this very minute saying the exact same thing.”

The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

The shortest book I read was From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review by Marie Brennan, and the longest was NOS4R2 by Joe Hill.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

There were a couple of characters deaths in City of Blades I wasn’t expecting, and I don’t know if I’ve forgiven Robert Jackson Bennett for them yet.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I’ve read so many books this year with couples that I’ve loved, but the pair that have really stuck with me are Isabella and Suhail from The Memoirs of Lady Trent. They’re two nerds in love and I love them.

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Locke and Jean’s friendship in Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora is such a wonderful fictional friendship, and I love how loyal they are to each other.

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

Definitely Spinning Silver, which was such a pleasant surprise considering I didn’t love Uprooted!

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

My lovely friend Natalie @ A Sea Change was singing the praises of City of Stairs for so long, so I finally gave it a try in 2019 and I’m so glad I did – it’s a phenomenal novel.

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

I love Suhail from The Memoirs of Lady Trent, because anyone that into archaeology is a hunk, and I also adore Sister Kettle from the Book of the Ancestor trilogy.

23. Best 2019 debut you read?

I love Katharine Duckett’s novella, Miranda in Milan.

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

I loved how Libba Bray brought 1920s New York to life in The Diviners; it’s obvious she did so much research, and she’s made me fall in love with a city that I honestly haven’t had much interest in visiting before now.

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

Darkwood by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch was SO much fun! I can’t remember the last time a book made me laugh so much.

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

Definitely The Five. That book left me so emotional.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I feel like The Raven and the Reindeer is such an underrated f/f fantasy novel, and it’s so much fun and perfect winter reading!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A Thousand Splendid Suns was definitely a soul-crushing novel. I loved it, but ow it hurt me in my feeling places.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?

I think that would have to be Children of Time. I’m still in shock that I was so invested in spiders.

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

Son of the Shadows. I’m still very angry about how Niamh was treated.

Your blogging/bookish life

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

So many! I’ve discovered so many new bloggers this year whose posts I’ve loved reading and I’ve loved getting to know so many of you this year.

I do want to give Acqua @ Acquadimore Books a shout out, though! I always look forward to her reviews and her discussion posts, and she’s just so smart. She always has things to say that are worth listening to, and that’s why I’ve been loving her blog, among many other brilliant blogs, over the past year.

2. Favourite post you wrote in 2019?

I’m still pretty proud of my discussion about the representation of First Nations people in the horror genre, and I also enjoyed coming to the defence of Taryn Duarte.

3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2019?

I quite like how this one turned out! I’m still not a particularly good bookstagrammer, though – I’m too lazy to be as creative as a lot of other bookstagrammers.

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

I went to the Hay Festival with my friend, Elena, and then again with my dad in May last year, which I really enjoyed. Elena and I had one day where all of our events were Ancient Greek themed, so that was really fun. Then in October I got to meet Leigh Bardugo during her UK Ninth House tour and that was amazing – she’s so great!

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

Just getting to know more book bloggers, really! I love the book blogging community, it’s been such a positive place in my experience, and I love chatting to my fellow book nerds.

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

To be honest I don’t really know. I managed to keep posting regularly throughout 2019 and I reviewed pretty much every book I read, and I really enjoy writing reviews, so I don’t know. I try not to let myself get stressed out with blogging – it’s supposed to be a hobby!

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

hocuspocus

Apparently my most popular post of 2019 was my review of The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh! Which just proves that you guys like me best when I’m salty.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I’m really proud of my Tudor Queens Book Tag and I’d love more people to do it!

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

library

I started taking advantage of my library more in 2019, and it’s something I’d like to continue doing throughout 2020.

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

For the first (and probably only) time, I read 100 books in a year! It’s something I’ve always wanted to accomplish since 2015, when I came so close with 97 books. This year I’m not giving myself a challenge, I’m just letting myself read what I want when I want, but I’m so proud of myself for meeting that goal.

Looking ahead

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

Ninth House! It’s the January pick for Dawn of the Read, so I’ll be getting to it this month.

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

I’m so excited for Mexican Gothic; I’m in love with the cover, and it sounds fantastic.

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I love the sound of Meryl Wilsner’s f/f romance, Something to Talk About, so I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy in the spring.

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

Shorefall is finally being released this year and I can’t wait to see Sancia again.

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

Honestly? Just to continue to have fun with it, and to continue to interact with all of my fellow bloggers.

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

None as of yet, but I have eARCs of Foul is Fair, The Other Bennet Sister, Untamed Shore and The Empress of Salt and Fortune and I’m looking forward to reading all of them.

6 thoughts on “The Annual End of Year Survey 2019!

  1. acquadimore says:

    Thank you so much! I look forward to your posts too.
    Oh, that’s an unpopular choice for best series ending – I know many don’t like Ruin and Rising and neither did I, the first time I read it. After several rereads, I see it differently, and it’s clear that was where the series was heading all along. Alina grew so much in that last book.
    …Children of Time is about spiders? I really need to look it up now.

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Thanks! 😀 I think if I’d read the original Grisha years ago I wouldn’t have liked the ending, but because I only read the whole trilogy last year I had a very different reading experience to the kind of experience I’m sure teen me would have had. Children of Time is so interesting! It’s a novel that rewards patience, but it’s fascinating and genuinely one of the best sci-fi books I’ve read.

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