What a year!!
So my goal for filling this out is to choose different books for each question, never use the same book twice. Let’s see how this goes!
Number of Books Read: 120
Number of Pages: 38,206
Best Book You Read in 2019? Permanent Record Mary H.K. Choi
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t? If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann. I loved her debut, Let’s Talk About Love, so I was convinced I would love her sophomore release and I was a bit disappointed.
Most Surprising (In a Good or Bad Way) Book You Read? I was really surprised that I didn’t enjoy Laurie Halse Anderson’s memoir Shout. It’s probably one of the highest reviewed books on my Goodreads shelf.
Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (and they did)? Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I screamed about this book all year.
Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019? Same as last year: I finished The Charlotte Holmes Series this year with A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro.
Favorite new author you discovered in 2019? The writing duo—and romantic duo—Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka. They take flawed characters and develop them to really grow as people, without losing who they are.
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Me? Leave my comfort zone? Never heard of it.
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Can I say the entire month of October? I limited my reading to almost only mystery thrillers and I was constantly reading—I couldn’t put anything down! I really loved Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas and The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas.
Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year? When the holidays come back around, I know I’m going to turn to reread any and all Christmassy reads like Our Year in Love and Parties by Karen Hattrup
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019? Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
Most memorable character of 2019? Duh—Daisy Jones from Daisy Jones and the Six
Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019? Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, was the first time I saw my chronic pain disorder described on the page. By page 10, I read the word “fibromyalgia” and I immediately started crying.
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019? I honestly don’t notice stuff like this like I used to, but I did love this line from Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali: “Maybe that’s what living is–recognizing the marvels and oddities around you.”
Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019? As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon, 60 pages; The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, 771 pages
Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.) Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) Technically this is an arc for 2020 (read in 2019), but Pepper and Jack from Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: The family in 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston is amazing! So much funny banter and so much heart
Favorite Book You Read In 2019 From an Author You’ve Read Previously: With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. loved this beautiful book.
Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else? Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Newest Fictional Crush From a Book You Read In 2019? Probably Leon from The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. He was just such a sweet soul.
Best 2019 Debut You Read? Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Probably everyone has this book somewhere on this list.
Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Book That Was the Most FUN to Read/Put a Smile On Your Face? Comedy Sex God by Pete Holmes. Listening to this book was not only hysterically funny, but also very insightful.
Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2019? Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz. This book hit me in the gut. I connected to the chronic pain representation so much.
Hidden Gem of the Year? Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker. More people should be talking about this! Gotta love a second-chance romance.
Book That Crushed Your Soul? Everything is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs. I cried so much.
Most Unique Book You Read In 2019? State of the Union by Nick Hornby. This tells the story of a couple, each week, the moments before couple’s therapy. Its a 10-chapter conversation between a couple during a rough patch in their relationship.
Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. Blew my mind.