2019 in 30 questions | ft. my favorite books and characters
Let’s talk about books! At the end of the year or the beginning of a new one, it’s always fun to look back. So when I came across these 30 questions from Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner, I knew they were the kind of questions I liked to answer!
In her post, Jamie offers more than these 30 questions, but I decided to only do these. If you also like them, go to Jamie’s blog to see the whole list and pick the ones you want to answer!
2019 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 47
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Romance
1. Best Book You Read In 2019?
There are a few books that I gave 5 stars this year, and I can’t make a choice between them. Aargh!!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
This one is easy. That’s A Love Letter Life by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff. I really enjoy following them on social media and in the tv show Little People Big World, but the book was kind of a let down for me. (And I felt bad and had a hard time writing the review, so there is no review of this book)
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella. And not just because of the title! I love her books, but this one just wasn’t it for me. I found it kind of annoying and boring at times, so it was surprising that I didn’t like it.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I’m pushing people to read Hoe Gaan We Dit Uitleggen by Jelmer Mommers. It’s a book about global warming and climate change and people need to read it! (unfortunately, it’s in Dutch…)
5. Best series you started in 2019? Or Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?
I didn’t read any series? I did read An Ember in The Ashes, which is the first book of a series, but I can’t say it’s the ‘best’ series I’ve started.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
Jenn Bennett! I loved Alex Approximately, and I can’t wait to read Starry Eyes, Serious Moonlight and The Anatomical Shape Of A Heart.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Books about the war are very out of my comfort zone. But I got some free e-books and one of them was Rachel’s Legacy. I really liked that book!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I’m going for Alex Approximately. It wasn’t thrilling or action-packed or anything. But just so compelling that I couldn’t put it down – and didn’t want to end either.
9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I don’t re-read because there are SO. MANY. BOOKS. that I still want to read.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?
I’m going to say Alex Approximately again. Not only did I love this book, the cover was really pretty too!
11. Most memorable character of 2019?
I’m going with Sam from Every Last Word. That book was so, so good and Sam was amazing and relatable.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?
Far From The Tree captured the many emotions of the three main characters beautifully. I loved that book.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
You Are A Badass. I still apply some of the things in that book to my life.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
The Sun Is Also A Star. I waited till the very end of the year to read it, but why?! It was amazing!!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?
“Something is lacking. As one of the seven billion human beings, I believe everyone has the responsibility to develop a happier world. We need, ultimately, to have a greater concern for others’ well-being. In other words, kindness or compassion, which is lacking now. We must pay more attention to our inner values. We must look inside.” From The Book Of Joy.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?
Shortest is: Je Moet Bijna Niks. A Dutch self-help book that I got for my birthday. Page count: 160.
Longest: Miss you, a book that I think was just so-so. Page count: 464.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Behind Her Eyes. This was a crazy book with crazy twists and just… I don’t know how to say it. It was just super weird.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Just one OTP? Oh boy. I would have to say: Porter and Bailey (Alex Approximately) or Daniel and Natasha (The Sun Is Also A Star)
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Grace, Maya and Joaquin from Far From The Tree.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Once And For All by Sarah Dessen. I HAD to get her in this list of course.
21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
All The Bright Places, I’ve heard so much about that book before I finally picked it up.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?
Joaquin, Daniel or Porter. DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE.
23. Best 2019 debut you read?
None of the books I read are 2019 debuts I think…
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Three Amazing Things About You. I know it’s realistic fiction, but I was there in the book. I recently thought about one of the settings and I thought to myself: I should watch that movie again. That’s how much I could see it.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Save The Date had so much stuff happening in just three days and it was so fun!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?
Like I said in the review, Sorta Like A Rockstar made me cry.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I haven’t read any book that was published in 2019, so I don’t know.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
All The Bright Places crushed my whole world.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?
I guess I’ll put Let It Snow here. Reading three short stories by three different authors isn’t something I do often.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Sun Is Also A Star because of the ending. Or Hoe Gaan We Dit Uitleggen because of the frustration I get of ignorant people that don’t think climate change is happening.
There you have it! Looking back for me was definitely very fun to do and now I have some books on my list that I want to re-read (I’m looking at you, Alex Approximately!)