Hello, friends!! I am not going to lie, the thought of having to do a bunch of end of year wrap ups is part of the reason I have chosen to stay away from my blog for so long. I know it makes no sense, but that thought of having to wrap up one of the worst, if not the worst, years of my life was too much for me to handle. So, when I saw Mari do this tag from Perpetual Page Turner, this seemed like the perfect way to wrap up my reading year without making me anxious. I didn’t answer all of the questions because some of them would have the same answers and be very redundant, anywho, onto the tag!
Note: this survey is for all books I read throughout 2019, not just new releases from the year!
Number of books I read: 197
Number of rereads: 50 (wow)
Genre I read the most from: Urban fantasy
Best Book You Read In 2019?
I don’t want to be super cliche or anything, but Red, White, & Royal Blue is the first that popped into my mind. The writing style and the content were so great and I think about these characters all the time even though I haven’t read this book since April.
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
When I requested an ARC of Orpheus Girl I was sooo excited, like, beyond excited. The cover was so pretty and the summary sounded very similar to The Miseducation of Cameron Post, I thought it would be an instant favorite. However, it ended up being about one of the three books I have ever one starred. There are so many reasons why, but I don’t want to get into them right now. Maybe later.
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Autoboyography is the most surprising book I read this year. I expected for it to be a three or four star book that I read and kind of liked and then moved on. What I didn’t expect was for this book to cause a complete and total meltdown at three am. I don’t cry while watching books or tv often, but this book made me bawl due to the excellent way it handled sexuality and religion.
Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I feel like the book I am always pushing people to read is The Miseducation of Cameron Post because, um, I literally never shut up about it and what it means to me. However, this year I also talked about Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins a lot because its a) very cute and b) very sapphic and I know at least three people read it because of me and an additional two bought it, so I call that a success.
Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?
So I read a lot of series last year (kind of), but they were all rereads. I read the beginnings of a bunch of series in the Rick Riordan presents line in December but at most they have two books out, so I don’t know that they count. However, The Darkest Minds is the only other series I started this year and I didn’t even finish it, so does that count? I don’t know, but that is what is going to be put here anyways.
Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
I discovered many new authors in 2019 because I started reading sapphic books for pretty much the first time in my life as I forced myself to become more comfortable with my sexuality. One of those authors was Audrey Coulthurst. I know that she has quite a few books out and I feel like they are from different genres, but I read the Of Fire and Stars duology and I enjoyed them a lot, probably due to the gay princess.
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I always feel like there are almost no genres I don’t read, but I just started to try and list them and there were way too many so maybe there are. I feel like one of those genres include books in verse, though I read two or three last year. One of the more notable ones was Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt. This is a sapphic middle grade and it is so so cute, I can’t recommend it enough.
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I read a lot of books that were action packed and unputdownable, which kind of surprised me, so deciding on one to put for this question was pretty hard. In the end I decided on As I Descended. I read this for some sort of readathon (a 24 in 48, I think?) and I almost never stopped reading it until it was done. Part of that is because it scared the shit out of me and I wanted it to be over, but the other part was needing to know how it ended.
Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
We all know that I am a huge rereader, especially given that I reread 50 books last year and that is honestly probably a low number for me (whoops), so there are lots of books I will probably reread this year. However, the first that popped into my head was Colorblind by Siera Maley, I want to be reunited with these characters and I will definitely be revisiting this one in 2020.
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?
So many of the books I read in 2019 had pretty covers which I find very satisfying. But when I was scrolling through my goodreads year in books, The Summer of Jordi Perez stuck out to me. Its so bright and colorful and the title being in rainbow is super cool. Sadly I um, kind of hated this book, but at least the cover is pretty?
Most beautifully written book read in 2019?
I read a lot of good books this past year, but when I saw “beautifully written” House Without Walls was the first thing that came to mind. I read this as an ARC in a matter of hours and it was so thought provoking and well done, it deserves much more hype.
Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
None of the books I read in 2019 come to mind as life changing to be honest, but Little Fires Everywhere was both thought provoking and beautiful. I was completely engaged the entire time and I would highly recommend it.
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
I feel like this question is asking for a book so good you can’t believe you didn’t read it sooner, but for me this is mainly the fact that I can’t believe this book sat on my shelves for so long. I bought Everything Leads to You in like eighth grade and it took me until the summer after freshman year of college to read it.
Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?
“If a person was questioning all this stuff, that person doesn’t have to know all the answers. They don’t have to be sure about anything. They don’t have to label themselves as anything but a human being if they don’t want to. Does that make sense?”
Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation
I read so many books in 2019 based off of Mahana‘s recommendations and that is only going to continue in 2020, but one of the books that I read and think about constantly is Far From You. It is pretty dark but also, it is so so good and I would also recommend it highly.
Best 2019 debut you read?
I read a lot of debuts last year and I don’t know how to rank them from best to worst or anything because I don’t know how to rank anything, but one I loved and don’t talk about is All the Worlds Between Us by Morgan Lee Miller. This is sapphic and it follows a future olympic swimmer and it is just so good? I loved it a lot, its so fun.
Okay, so there are two more parts to this tag, but I am getting to the point where wrapping things up is making me anxious, so I’ll stop here. Hopefully I will eventually be able to look back on this past year and talk about it, but that time is not right now. But before you go, let’s chat! How was 2019 for you? Did you read any of these books?