As usual, I’ve adapted this from The Perpetual Page Turner’s End of Year Survey!
2019 READING STATS
Number Of Books You Read: 173
Number of Re-Reads: 14
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy/Paranormal
Best Book You Read In 2019?
ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!
Okay, but here are a few:
Middle Grade Contemporary: Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee (Also: Planet Earth Is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos)
Middle Grade Fantasy: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (Also: Midsummer Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca)
YA Contemporary: The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG Drews (Also: Birthday by Meredith Russo)
YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi: The Toll by Neal Shusterman (Also: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer)
Verse Novel: The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton (Also: Voices The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott)
Graphic Novel: Becoming RBG by Debbie Levy (Also: The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner)
Non-Fiction: Becoming by Michelle Obama (Also: Educated by Tara Westover)
Most surprising book you read?
Probably Voices by David Elliott. This verse novel used almost all medieval forms of poetry—and it blew me away! (I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much.)
Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Basically, anything by Neal Shusterman. People tell me they’ve read his books because of me, and it makes me want to shout for joy!
Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?
(For these, I’m not counting books I already listed as favorites for the year—because obviously those would win.)
Started: Slayer by Kiersten White
Sequel: Fairest by Marissa Meyer (I also could have used Winter in the next slot, but I decided to go with VoT since it was a duology.)
Ender: Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?
Song for a Whale is GORGEOUS (and so is the book inside). The cover was created by Leo Nickolls. And I also absolutely adored the cover for Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. That one was illustrated by Eric Wilkerson.
Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
This is definitely The Toll. Neal Shusterman’s books always make me think for weeks, months and years after I read them. Also, Birthday is an amazing read that will help people understand what it feels like to be transgender.
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
I finally read a book by Paula Stokes (the linked post was me talking about how I’d been following her for a long time, but still hadn’t read any of her books!), and it was as fabulous as I was expecting it to be! I adored Girl Against the Universe!! Same goes for Susan Dennard—can’t believe I waited so long to read Truthwitch.
Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?
Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Awesome Dog 5000 by Justin Dean was pretty darn hilarious.
Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?
I cried at lots of the contemporary YA I read this year. One that stands out in my mind is Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart.
Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais
Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?
SOME MORE GRAPHS:
Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019?
Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?
Signing with my agent at East West Literary!
Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Balancing reading, writing, editing and family life. I think this will always be a struggle.
Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My post in memory of Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog was my most viewed post of the year. Just goes to show how important she was to our community and how much she’s been missed!
One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?
Hahaha! I could list 100 books here. And I’ve learned from experience that any books I do list here will just serve to mock me for all of 2020.
Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Chosen by Kiersten White and Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson. One will get your heart pounding, and the other will tug at your heartstrings. Both are fantastic books!!
If you’d like to see my Goodreads Year in Books, click on the link!
And don’t forget to link your year-end wrap-ups to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up!