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**2019 READING STATS**
Number Of Books You Read: 42 (+156 Comics)
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Tie Between Horror and Thriller
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)
Romance: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Horror: The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates
Graphic Novel: The Witcher Comics Collection #1-3 by Paul Tobin
Young Adult: Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Cornelia Funke & Guillermo del Toro
Mystery/Thriller: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Fantasy: In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire
Sci-Fi: All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I mean it’s a book about creepy, twisted Fae so I was pretty excited to give it a read. However, I just didn’t enjoy myself whatsoever. It didn’t have enough of the Fae and world building I thought it would have and on top of the story being super confusing and the odd border line incestuous relationship, I was pretty disappointed.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
This was surprising in a bad way. I honestly thought that this was going to be a much more enjoyable read for me especially with ALL the hype. I just felt it was pretty lackluster overall and didn’t blow me away.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I dunno, I wasn’t really a good “pusher” this year with any books but I did convince my brother to try “Baby Teeth” and I would say I’d like to push that onto readers too because that book was addictive!
5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?
New Series: All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Best Sequel: In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
Best Series Ender: Paper Girls Vol 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
The Murderbot Diaries are just fantastic and I would definitely be down to read anything else she writes in the future that’s for sure!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Yeah, I’m not a huge romance or new adult reader so this one was definitely out of my comfort zone. However, I really wanted to give Colleen Hoover a try because everyone hyped them up. I was not disappointed, this book was just all around a fantastic read and I look forward to reading more.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I mean this was all three of those things so I’d say it fits the bill.
9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I don’t usually re-read books but if there was one I’d re-read it’d probably be “All Systems Red” because it was such a fun read and it’s short.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?
This cover is gorgeous!
11. Most memorable character of 2019?
Murderbot is hilarious, okay? Also wanting to do nothing but be left alone and watch TV shows is pretty relatable.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?
Seanan McGuire’s writing is just flawless.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
There weren’t a lot for me to choose from this year but I’d say “The Black Coats” was up there. It’s a very feminist book about these girls and women that serve justice on men who wrong women. It’s a very morally grey book and it does make you think.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
Yep, this book again! I actually owned it for who knows how long before reading it and LOVING IT!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?
― All Systems Red
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.)
Full Throttle by Joe Hill: 480 pages
Rick & Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons by Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub: 96 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Holy smokes is this a twisty book, I did not see all those twists at the end!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Alex + Henry
It was pretty much the only semi-shippable romance I read this but also they are adorable and belong together, okay?
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Oh I dunno. Probably the one between Adrienne and Wolfgang, her cat, in “The Haunting of Ashburn House”. I love that cat and I love how much she loves that cat.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I read Cornelia Funke’s Inkworld trilogy and her writing is just magical, I love that she was the one to help del Toro’s amazing film come to the page.
21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
I probably wouldn’t have every even known about Darcy Coates if it weren’t for Destiny @ Howling Libraries (who is probably tired of me tagging her every time I mention this book!).
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?
I don’t have one, I didn’t read a lot of books with very swoon worthy characters in 2019.
23. Best 2019 debut you read?
I think this was everyone’s pick as well but it’s honestly such a good, well written book!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Seanan McGuire’s world builing in this whole series is perfection, I don’t think I’ve encountered many worlds as expertly crafted as hers.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Hands down, funnest book. I had a blast reading it!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?
There were some very touching stories in here….and others that made me so upset that I cried.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I feel like this book is not talked about nearly enough! It’s about the characters that saved the world on a quest and deal with the “afterward”. It’s well written with great, diverse characters. It needs more love!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I was safe from absolute soul crushing in 2019.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?
This just felt like one of the more unique books I read, I haven’t read anything else like it. It’s about a young child trying to get rid of her mother so she can have her dad all to herself.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
This one, I already picked it for “most disappointing book” but here it is again. It made me the most mad because of how confusing it was and how it did not live up to expectations at all.
1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?
Aesthetics for My Favorite Books
3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019:?
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?
Finally getting out of what felt like a year long blogging and reading slump, the end of 2019 I feel like I’m getting back on track!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Trying to get motivated to read and post as much as I used to.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
2020 Book Releases I’m Already Dying to Read
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Aesthetics for My Favorite Books
I made some aesthetics and am pretty proud….
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Is it sad that I don’t have one?
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Goodreads Reading Challenge
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?
I swear I’m finally going to get around to reading “The Cruel Prince”.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff, I’m ready for dark, fantasy vampires!
3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
It’s described as The Jungle Book meets Les Miserables and that right there has me plenty curious.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?
I’m super excited for a Hunger Games prequel, it’s definitely high up on the anticipated list!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?
Get back to consistently reading, posting on my blog, posting on Instagram, and commenting.
6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
You can check out my full review here, it’s a fantastic book!
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Oh my gosh, nope, not tired at all, PLEASE keep tagging me while talking about Darcy Coates because I seriously am just so happy you didn’t hate Ashburn House haha! It’s one of hers I still need to read and seeing you talk about her relationship with her cat literally immediately pushed it to the top of my Darcy Coates TBR. 😛
So many good answers here! Especially Empire of the Vampire. I am SOOOOO freaking ready for it. I hope it’s just as bloody and sexy and funny as I’m expecting it to be, ha!