2019 End of the Year Book Survey & Reading Stats

Happy New Year my fellow book lovers! I can’t believe we’re officially in 2020, can you??

When I went back to see how long I’ve been doing this survey, I was surprised to see that I’ve done it for the last four years, nearly as long as I’ve been blogging. This post wouldn’t be possible without the lovely Jamie from the Perpetual Page-Turner, who started this about ten years ago., thanks!

In addition to using her prompts, I’m also going to add in info from Goodreads as well as from my own tracking that I started in 2019. I wanted to be able to track what genres I was reading, format, male vs female author, and whether they were nonwhite. From what I find out for my 2019 reading stats, I will then make certain reading goals for this year.

Number Of Books Read: 69 (almost 30 books over my Goodreads goal)

Number of Re-Reads: 0

Number of 2019 Releases: 18

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

I’m not surprised at all that fantasy is my top genre. I am surprised that young adult is the next most read; I would have thought that I read more mystery/ thriller.

Fiction vs Nonfiction: Out of my 2019 reads, about 93% was fiction, which is no surprise. Which leaves nonfiction at a measly .07%.

Most Read Format: Physical, at 39 books, followed by ebooks, which was only 19. The rest were audiobooks.

How Many New Authors Read: I’m surprised that just over 50% of authors I read were new to me. I thought I was a reader that gravitated to known authors more often.

Male vs Female Authors: I’m split about 80% female and 20% male.

Author Diversity: I’m sad to report that I did terrible in way of reading diverse authors and stories. About 96% of my books were written by white authors. On top of that, as you can see below, I mainly read American authors. I think Canadian and UK authors are about the same, but still a small number. I have to say that this is something that I always thought I was more aware of yet clearly I’m not.

Best Book You Read In 2019? I’m definitely going to have to do this by genre.

  • Fantasy: Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan
  • Young Adult: Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • Sci-Fi: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (review link)
  • Fiction: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily-Brooks Dalton (review link)
  • Historical Fiction: Circe by Madeline Miller (review link)
  • Romance: Meet Cute, Some People are Destined to Meet by Various
  • Mystery/ Thriller: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

In The Woods by Tana French. It had all the makings for a great mystery/ thriller and I just didn’t connect. (review link)

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan. Picked this up from the library simply because I recognized the title. So glad I did! (review link)

Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?

  • Best series started: Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan
  • Best sequel: Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs (technically book 11)
  • Best series Ender: Sword and Pen (The Great Library) by Rachel Caine (review link)

Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?

I think I’ll have to go with Riley Sager though Madeline Miller comes close.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I’m not really a historical fiction person, so Circe by Madeline Miller is definitely the winner here.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff followed closely by Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

I have always loved the cover art of the Mercy Thompson series.

Most memorable character of 2019?

Sadie from Sadie by Courtney Summers.

Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

Hmm, tied between Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton and The Bobcat by Katherine Forbes-Riley (review link)

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?

Educated by Tara Westover. It had me thinking about what education entails and how it might mean different things for different people. The important of any education, formal or otherwise. And how important it is to have a voice and have it heard.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?

The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon. Especially since I owned it for it at least two years before reading it.

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?

“You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them,” she says now. “You can miss a person every day, and still be glad that they are no longer in your life.” ― Tara Westover, Educated

There were a lot of quotes that I liked, but I found myself coming back to this one.

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019? How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

Book That Shocked You The Most

Final Girls by Riley Sager. I did not see that twist coming! (review link)

Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Closest would be Final Girls by Riley Sager. I added it and read it because so many were recommending it

Best 2019 debut you read?

Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker. Definitely one of the best worldbuilding from 2019 and I rarely got lost or confused. (Review link)

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meet by Various

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?

Closest would be Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan

Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?

Definitely Sadie by Courtney Summers. First book I read that was written in a podcast-like format.

Most and Least Popular (based off Goodreads ratings)

New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?

Read by Tiffany; I think her blog is beautiful and I love the variety of posts that she does.

Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

Hmm, I think it would have to be Gift Ideas for the Bookworm

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?

Reaching a 1,000 followers!

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Staying on top of reviews! I think I’m like four months behind at least with books I’ve finished and still need to review.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Bookish Thought: Sensitivity & ‘Cancel Culture’ in Literature

Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

The library, particularly my local one. I’ve used it since moving to the area a couple years ago, but really got into it in 2019 since discovering the whole system has so many books from my TBR. I plan on using it for almost every book I will read for 2020.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I just had the one challenge/ goal and that was the Goodreads one. I made the goal of reading a simple 40 books.

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?

First one to come to mind is The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?

Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs

2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Layoverland by Gabby Noone

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?

The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba Bray (even though I still have to read the second and third book)

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?

Maybe finally buy my own domain??


What did your 2019 reading year look like? Did you read more or less than you usually do? Did you read diversely? Let me know in a comment!

3 thoughts on “2019 End of the Year Book Survey & Reading Stats

  1. Happy New Year! Fantasy was my most read too! my non fic was about the same percentage- but I normally don’t read even close to that, so I was really happy with it lol! Really glad wicked saints was so good- definitely want to read it! Sadie was one of my faves of the year too. And I love Illuminae and Circe. Awesome wrap up! Really liked looking at all your stats! 😀

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