End of Year Survey – 2019

A reflection, a look forward; a simple wrap up to 2019.


BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2019?

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

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I read both The Wicked King and The Queen of Nothing this year and wow, I loved the hell out of both of them. I chose The Queen of Nothing because it was the ending book to the series and finally gave me all the answers I’d been needing since book one.

BOOK YOU WERE EXCITED ABOUT AND THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO LOVE MORE BUT DIDN’T?

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

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I really anticipated liking this book. I really, really did. The plot is great and worthy, but the writing sucked. *puts hands up* I know, I know, that sounds really harsh…but reading through this was harsh on me. Ultimately, the writing has deterred me from wanting to read further in the series. *shrug* I just can’t make myself dive back into writing I know I’m going to hate, regardless of how good the plot is.

MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD OR BAD WAY) BOOK YOU READ?

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

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I will be honest. I read a couple of children’s picture books to make sure I met my reading goal. Some may call it cheating, but you know what; take it up with someone who cares. Hear me out; at the end of the day, I read a book and reading shouldn’t have so many stipulations it should be about enjoyment or learning. I learned what a delightful book this is and enjoyed every page of the little thing. So with that being said, I have to gush here – THIS BOOK IS INSUFFERABLY CUTE! Like, I don’t have children and I want to own this book. It’s so adorable, I just can’t hardly stand it. So yeah, it surprised me in a good way because I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with a children’s picture book in my furious attempt to meet my reading goal for 2019.

BOOK YOU PUSHED PEOPLE TO READ THE MOST?

Nothing Special by Katie Cook

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This…is actually a Webtoon. *whispers to self* I should probably explain Webtoons for those that don’t know what that is. A Webtoon is essentially a comic only online instead of printed and the episodes are released weekly. There’s an app and everything. I spent a lot of time reading Webtoons this year on the recommendation by a new friend, and I don’t regret it at all. Sure it took away from other reading, but it was a nice break every now and then. So, back to the Webtoon in question here; Nothing Special is super special! The art is beautiful and I adore the characters and their dynamics so much. I also adore that the artist has fun with the story and the characters. The little background Easter eggs are also a delight to enjoy. Anyway, go check it out if you haven’t done so before. I promise, it’s worth the time. Link. And hey, if you find you like this Webtoon, I can always recommend some others I’ve fallen in love with.

BEST SERIES YOU READ IN 2019?

Vicious and Vengeful (Villains Series) by V. E. Schwab

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I chose the Villains series for this prompt over The Folk of the Air because I read and finished all the books in the series in 2019. (I read The Cruel Prince in 2018.) I really enjoyed this little duology. Mostly because I enjoy the concept of an anti-hero…admittedly more than the concept of a regular hero. Anti-heroes are intricate and nuanced in ways that regular heroes just aren’t. Anyway, this series is great. My husband even agreed and we don’t always see eye to eye on the more modern fiction out there.

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR YOU DISCOVERED IN 2019?

Jenny Han

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Author of many books, but the ones that led to me discovering her was To All the Boys I Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I haven’t read the last book in the series yet, but I have a library hold in for it. *placating expression* I know, I know, this series is a pre-teen-gushy-love story, but you know what; I enjoyed them. I attribute that to Jenny Han’s writing. It’s good and I don’t mind if the content of these books are well below some of the other levels I usually read at. I watched the Netflix adaptation of To All the Boys I Loved Before and found it to be an adorable movie. Am I going to tell everyone to watch it? No. Will I likely watch it again? No. But it was a nice little movie created from an enjoyable book. I recommend it if you want a nice little love story. I’m not sure if I’ll pick up other books by Jenny Han after this series, but it’s not a “no” at this time either.

BEST BOOK FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T TYPICALLY READ?

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

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I don’t typically read historical fiction. I just don’t find it as interesting as some of the other genres. The Clockmaker’s Daughter took me by surprise though and I really enjoyed it. High level of world building and a fair amount of mystery is what made this enjoyable for me. I recommend it for anyone who, like me, doesn’t read historical fiction very much.

FAVOURITE COVER OF A BOOK YOU READ IN 2019?

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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THIS PROMPT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT FOR ME! If you’ve spent any time reading my blog, then you know covers are one of my things. *eyes widen, and bulge slightly* Like, how does someone so cover obsessed pick just one!?!? Ugh. But I did it. And it was difficult. I changed my mind three times. *face palm* But I landed on Sky in the Deep, because…I mean, just look at it! The gold, the silhouetting, the expression on her face…*drools a little* Yes, all of it, just yes. Plus, I featured it in a Friday Feature, so naturally after having read it, it wins.

MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER OF 2019?

Charley Davidson from the Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones

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Charley is by far my favorite character OF. ALL. TIME. Hilarious, witty, quarky, and a good heart, she will steal your’s too.  This series is one of my favorites, but be advised, it’s got some racy content in it. I will always love Charley, but I am ultimately glad this series came to an end. 13 books is a very large series and I am glad I didn’t try to power through them one right after the other otherwise I’d have grown tired of it.

BOOK THAT SHOCKED YOU THE MOST?

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

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I squeezed this book in on the very last day of the year and man was it a good choice. I did not foresee whom the “who dun it” reveal was going to be and I really like it when that happens. Also, the multiple perspectives kept you guessing.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY/ALMOST CRY?

One Day in December by Josie Silver

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I won’t say what it was that made me cry, but this one did me in multiple times. Perhaps if certain life circumstances of the characters weren’t similar to that of my own, I might not have shed a tear, but I did. This was a good read though. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a love story but doesn’t want it delivered in a nice prettily packaged story.

SEQUEL YOU’RE MOST ANTICIPATING IN 2020?

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenn Han

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Technically, this is the third book in the series…and technically it was released in 2017…I just couldn’t find a sequel being released in 2020 that I am anticipating the most. *whispers* at least not in the 10 minutes I gave myself to search through the 800+ books on my TBR….But it is my most anticipated book to read in 2020, so that will have to do.

BOOK YOU’RE MOST ANTICIPATING IN 2020?

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

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I have always enjoyed Darynda Jones and her writing. So duh, this is my most anticipated in 2020. I’m curious to see if the characters are similar to the Charley Davidson series or not. I’m hoping for them to be different but with the right amount of flare that is evident in Charley Davidson. We shall see, my friends.

 


Welp. Das it for now, friends.

What books are you glad you read this last year?

What books are you looking forward to in the coming year?

 

Happy New Year and happy reading!

 

-R


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