2019 END OF YEAR BOOK SURVEY

I just discovered Jamie’s End of Year Book Survey and how could I stop myself from doing this? Why would I? So, here I go.

2019 Reading Stats

Number of books you read: 105 (Okay. When I say 105, I’m not counting the books from previous years that I’ve reread this year)
Number of re-reads: 20 (Again, an approximation. I can surely say 20, but I think I’ve reread more)
Most read genre: Romance.

1. Best books you read in 2019:
Best Fantasy: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Best Romance: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Downmore
Best Historical fiction: The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t:
Well Met by Jen DeLuca.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read:
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. Didn’t expect to end up loving it this much.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did):
Lovely War by Julie Berry.

5. Best series you started in 2019. Best sequel of 2019. Best series ender of 2019.
Started: Veronice Speedwell series by Deanna Reybourn
Sequel: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang.
Ender: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019:
Evie Dunmore.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone:
Reverse Harem is totally not my thing, and I don’t plan to get comfortable with this genre even. But I loved the All The Pretty Monsters series.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year:
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black was really action packed.

9. Book you read in 2019 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
I’ve re-read a lot of them already and plan to do it again too. I think I re-read Bringing Down the Duke thrice.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019:

11. Most memorable character of 2019:
Annabelle Archer from Bringing Down the Duke.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019:
Lovely War by Julie Berry.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2019:
Not life-changing. But thought provoking would be Love from A – Z by S. K. Ali.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read:
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman.

15. Favorite quote from a book you read in 2019:

“I’m not going to let your prejudice, your outrage, or fake kindness,
either, change one bit of me, of how I look, of who I am. Your resistance to my
existence is futile, okay?”

– Love from A – Z by S. K. Ali.

16. Shortest and longest books you read in 2019:
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17. Book that shocked you the most:
Queen of Nothing by Holly Black.

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!):
Sebastian and Annabelle from Bringing Down the Duke.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:
The friendship between Fiona, Viviana and Dottie from The Beantown Girls. I want to be friends with these three!

20. Favorite book you read in 2019 from an author you’ve read previously:
There are a few of them. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo for starters.

21. Best book you read in 2019 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else:
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. Thanks to Meowread.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019:
Sebastian Devereux from Bringing Down the Duke.

23. Best 2019 debut you read:
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore. Yes. I absolutely loved the book, if you couldn’t tell.

24. Most vivid setting you read this year:
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read:
The All the Pretty Monsters series. It’s wacky as hell. I laughed a lot while reading this crazy series.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2019:
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

27. Hidden gem of the year:
Lovely War by Julie Berry. This books deserves more love, y’all.

28. Book that crushed your soul:
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

29. Most unique book you read in 2019:
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

30. Book that made you the maddest (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it):
His Royal Highness by R. S. Grey. I was so disappointed by this and even more so because I had higher expectations after seeing some positive reviews. And I loved the author!

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2019:
I have quite a few new favorite book blogs. Difficult to name only one.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2019:
It’s like asking me to choose from my children (not that I have any). But I’ll pingback to Book Review: Bringing Down the Duke because I had to muster a lot of self-restraint while writing it (even more than usual).

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog:
I don’t know about best but I talked about things I feel very strongly for on my post of  Quotes of the Week: Self Love, Prejudice & Feminism in Islam.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.):
Dhaka Lit Fest. Met some amazing people. Jan Blake is a legend FYI!

6. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views):
Top Ten Tuesday : Favorite Books Released in the Last Ten Years.

8. Post you wished got a little more love:
All my posts. Hehe. I’m greedy like that.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.):
None that I can think of, honestly.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year:
I did. Goodreads Reading Challenge 2019. I had set the goal to 100 books.

1. Book you are most anticipating in 2020 (non-debut):
Right now The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord.

2. 2020 debut you are most anticipating:
You Deserve Each other by Sarah Hogle. For now anyway.

3. Sequel you are most anticipating in 2020:
A Rogue of One’s Own (A League of Extraordinary Women #2) by Evie Dunmore

4. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2020?
Be a little more selective about my reading and make sure to never let reading feel like a chore, which I came close to in 2019.