So I found this survey over on The Perpetual Page Turner and I think this looks back on 2019 and covers everything perfectly, once I’ve done this I will then be able to focus on 2020.
There are 30 questions so let’s just get started.
1. Best Book You Read In 2019?
I’ve had so many books that I’ve loved however I don’t think I have an absolute standout which I’m pretty sad about, fingers crossed this time next year I will be struggling to pick one.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Misery by Stephen King, I haven’t watched the movie as I wanted to read it first, however I was so bored during this book that I haven’t brought myself to watch it yet.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Most surprising in a good way! A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden, the cover to this really doesn’t do it justice at all! I have a full review here.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
You let me in by Lucy Clarke, this made my favourite book of 2018, I’ve been including this in so many posts last year and my closest friend finally read it and absolutely loved it, this actually made me so happy!
5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?
Started – I started the DI Sterling series by Lorraine Mace reading the three that have been published so far, Retriever of Souls, Children in Chains and Injections of Insanity. The fourth is being released in February and I honestly can’t wait! Each title links to their individual reviews.
Sequel – Basically every Chris Carter book in the Robert Hunter series that I’ve read this year! (I’ve read 7)
Ended – I don’t think I’ve ended any series this year.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
I feel like they can only be a favourite author if I’ve read at least 2 of their books, I’ve discovered so many amazing Indie authors this year who I definitely plan to read more from in 2020
Lee Hall & Lorraine Mace have really stood out to me this year, their names have been linked to their twitter pages.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Into the drowning Deep by Mira Grant, this is an Adult Horror/Fantasy which I have never read any of before, this was intense and pretty shocking in parts however I loved it
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Rabbit Hunter (Joona Linna #6) by Lars Kepler, this is my favourite Nordic Noir series, it’s so fast paced and the cases are always so unique. The only downside is that I have to wait until each book is translated and published in English, finally Lazarus the 7th will be published in March!
9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Moon-Sitting by Em Harding (the title links back to my review) Em contacted me a few months ago to see if I would be interested in reading her novella Moon-Sitting, I’m so glad that I said yes as I absolutely loved it and I’m eagerly anticipating more of her work.
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2019?
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, the UK editions of the Nevernight Chronicles are just the most beautiful.
11. Most memorable character of 2019?
Daenerys Targaryen from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. I’m halfway through the second book A Clash of Kings and honestly The Dragon Mother is such a badass!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?
An Excuse for Murder by Vanessa Westermann, this is hard to describe however it is a little mystery, the female protagonist works in a bookshop and it has a really magical feel to it.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
I don’t have one, this is not what I usually read.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, I feel like I’ve always had a basic understanding of this story but I never read the book until this summer.
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?
“A book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same one that opened the front one. Treat them with respect.”
― Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?
Shortest – The Ghost Beside Me by Lee Hall (60 pages)
Longest – A Game of Thrones (835 pages)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young, I listened to this on audio and I really loved it. This gave me everything I wanted from the book, the sequel is being released in the summer which I’m not 100% sure it needs but I will definitely be giving it a go.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing)
Nick & Charlie from Heartstopper, let’s be honest I couldn’t pick any other couple!
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia from the Chris Carter books, they have the most amazing bromance and respect for each other.
20. Favourite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson, this book really shocked me and I definitely recommend it!
21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?
I’ve never had a fictional crush tbh, not sure I ever will tbh.
23. Best 2019 debut you read?
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing, this could have fit the answer for the book that shocked me most however I want to answer with as many different books as possible. This is the book that I believe should have won the Mystery/Thriller of the year award for 2019, It is amazing!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire, this is my favourite book in the series so far! This is the tale of Jack and Jill in their magical world The Moors, you can read my full review here.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
If you have been following the blog for a while you will know that I don’t really read ‘fun’ books, however The Teleporter by Lee Hall was the most fun I’ve had while reading a book for such a long time!! I have a full five star review here
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?
Something To Tell You by David Edwards, this may not seem like something that would make me emotional, however the ending of this book really made me choke up!
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden, this was actually the last book that I read of 2019 and I’ve already got hold of the second book A History of Madness and I’m so excited to get started!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I listened to this on audio and I would definitely recommend as we have a full cast of narrators and I felt like Evelyn was actually talking to me and telling me her story. I very rarely cry as we all know, however this book actually broke my heart and I cried like a baby! I even had to rewind the last 10 minutes as I couldn’t hear the book over my sobbing.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, I even published a post just in appreciation for the format of this book, you can find it here.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Case by Leopold Borstinski, I honestly don’t want to rant about this again as it makes me mad haha! This mad my worst and most disappointing post so you can catch that here.
I tag anyone that wants to get involved with this!
See you in the next one…