2019 End of Year Book Survey

Posted December 30, 2019 by Jana in About Me / 4 Comments

I love doing Jamie’s End of Year Book Survey every year! It helps me look back and remember all the wonderful (and terrible) books I’ve read throughout the year!

2019 Reading Stats

Number of books you read: 50
Number of re-reads: 1 (Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco)
Most read genre: Adult contemporary romance (I read 11 of them).

Best In Books

1. Best books you read in 2019:
Adult Contemporary Romance: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Adult Historical Romance: The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
Adult Mystery/Thriller: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Young Adult: Serious Moonlight by Jenny Bennett

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was horrible, which was a huge disappointment because I’d been excited to read it for a long time and finally made the time for it.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read:
The Gem Thief by Sian Ann Bessey was so wonderful. I’d never heard of the author or anything about the book, so I went in blind and not expecting a lot but I LOVED IT.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did):
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

5. Best series you started in 2019. Best sequel of 2019. Best series ender of 2019.
Started: Three Mages and a Margarita by Anette Marie (book #1 of The Guild Codex: Spellbound)
Sequel: Not exactly a sequel, but it’s book #3 in an ongoing series… The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare.
Ender: Moonlight Scandals by Jennifer L. Armentrout

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019:
Riley Sager

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone:
I don’t read a ton of nonfiction, but I LOVED 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year:
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager had me FLYING through the book. I loved it so much.

9. Book you read in 2019 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Christmas at Frozen Falls by Kiley Dunbar was perfection and such a festive read.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019:
Christmas at Frozen Falls by Kiley Dunbar

11. Most memorable character of 2019:
Olive of The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019:
Christmas at Frozen Falls by Kiley Dunbar… I KNOW. I keep mentioning this one, but it fits so many of these questions! I loved the descriptions of the scenery in this book.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2019:
I didn’t read anything life-changing this year!

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read:
Other than Gone Girl, which I hated, I didn’t really read anything that was old enough to have been on my TBR for a long time,

15. Favorite quote from a book you read in 2019:
Wow, I didn’t pay any attention to quotes this year. Pretty sure I highlighted some in my Kindle, but they didn’t stick with me so I can’t remember which ones they were.

16. Shortest and longest books you read in 2019:
Shortest: Just Say When by Jill Shalvis, 7 pages (LOL)
Longest: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, 578 pages

17. Book that shocked you the most:
There was no shockage that I can recall…

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!):
Olive and Ethan from The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:
Sylvie and Nari from Christmas at Frozen Falls by Kiley Dunbar are my favorite best friends!

20. Favorite book you read in 2019 from an author you’ve read previously:
The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

21. Best book you read in 2019 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else:
Three Mages and Margarita by Annette Marie

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019:
There’s a swoony guy in Dating by the Book by Marie Ann Marlowe, but I feel like saying his name is a spoiler. So I won’t!

23. Best 2019 debut you read:
I didn’t read one this year!

24. Most vivid setting you read this year:
Christmas at Frozen Falls by Kiley Dunbar. It takes place in the frozen Lapland at Christmas, with reindeer and huskies and snow and the Aurora Borealis!

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read:
The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2019:
I do my best to avoid crying with books, and I succeeded this year!

27. Hidden gem of the year:
The Gem Thief by Sian Ann Bessey

28. Book that crushed your soul:
Nope!

29. Most unique book you read in 2019:
A McMillan Christmas by Bethany Claire. Time travel!

30. Book that made you the maddest (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it):
The Bromance Bookclub by Lyssa Kay Adams. I was so excited for this, but I hated it so much I DNFed it!

My Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2019:
*hides face in shame* I never ventured out of my safe place.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2019:
I really don’t feel strongly about any of my reviews…

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog:
All of the TTTs, really.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.):
I went to the Utah Reader’s Luncheon in October, which was a lot of fun.

6. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views):
My Top Ten Unpopular Bookish Opinions got 41 comments.

8. Post you wished got a little more love:
All my reviews, pretty much. lol

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.):
I’m in a rut, guys.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year:
I completed my Goodreads goal of reading 50 books.

Looking Ahead

1. Book you are most anticipating in 2020 (non-debut):
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

2. 2020 debut you are most anticipating:
The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel

3. Sequel you are most anticipating in 2020:
Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

4. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2020?
Get out of this reading slump and really love everything I read. I need to DNF more!

Do we have any answers in common?
Pick a question or two and answer them in the comments! Let’s discuss!

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4 responses to “2019 End of Year Book Survey

  1. Great to read your favourites. I loved Unhoneymooners and any book by Tessa Dare. Will check out a few of the others you listed. Have a great reading year in 2020

  2. Interesting, I also read 50 books this year (my usual is 30-40)! Ah… 4 Charing Cross Road! Yes… such a lovely book. By the way, here’s a debut you should read – “The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt” by Andrea Bobotis. Spoiler alert – it was my #1 favorite of 2019!