What I Read… 2019 Recap

Another end of the year book recap. I love writing this post- probably because I like wrapping up the year and I like books, lol. I missed the monthly December post (#becausebaby), but I’m linking up with Jana and Steph for their Show Us Your Books yearly recap.

I really dragged on books this year. I set a goal of 40 and only ended up reading 28. Between work, being pregnant (& exhausted), and life… I just didn’t make a lot of time for reading. I’m sad about that, but that was 2019 in a nut shell. Oh well.

The past few years I’ve shared this survey from Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner.


Number Of Books You Read: 28
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Romance



Best Book You Read In 2019? Jurassic Park by Michael Cricton

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Really disliked this one.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. (I really enjoyed it- more than I thought I would!)

Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? I strongly suggested the Saga series (I don’t know if people read it or not, though).

Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019? I started the Cursebreakers series (A Curse So Dark and Lonely) by Brigid Kemmerer & loved it. I also read both Jurassic Park books and enjoyed them.

 Favorite new author you discovered in 2019? Michael Crichton

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? The Whisper Man by Alex North (thriller).

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

Most memorable character of 2019? Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park/The Lost World).

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019? Columbine by Dave Cullen

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019? 484 pages (A Curse So…) and 128 pages (Lumberjanes)

OTP OF THE YEAR: Either Alexia & Lord Maccon (Soulless) OR Rhen & Harper (A Curse So…).

Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously? Make Me Bad by R.S. Grey

Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/ Etc.? The Whisper Man (book club pic from Influenced the Podcast)

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019? Grey (A Curse So…) or Ian (Jurassic Park/TLW).

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Either Nevermoor or A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? Gone Rogue: Wires & Nerve #2. It was so fun revisiting the Lunar Chronicles.

Hidden Gem Of The Year? Definitely the Jurassic Park novels; I loved them.

Book That Crushed Your Soul? The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Most Unique Book You Read In 2019? Definitely the Saga series.

Book That Made You The Most Mad? Either A Man Called Ove or The Idea of You by Robinne Lee.

Here are my stats for 2019:

And that sums up my 2019 as far as reading goes… Definitely not my bet year, but we had a pretty crazy, stressful, overwhelming 365 days so I will take those 28 books, thankyouverymuch.

What did you read this year?

Life According to Steph

18 Comments Add yours

  1. You had better things to do than read.
    I loved Nevermoor and the sequel.


    1. Audrey says:

      Haha- I was just too exhausted to read! I can’t wait to read the sequel some day soon!


  2. Becki says:

    Making a baby is hard work 😉 I don’t remember ever being so tired – hang in there! I love your graphs, and glad you’ve gotten a chance to read some this year!


    1. Audrey says:

      Sure is! Hopefully I remember to take a little me time and tackle some books in 2020 (between naps!).


  3. notinjersey says:

    I love your pie charts!


  4. Lauren Becker says:

    28 books is still awesome!! I find that most of my books are 4-star reads too, which I’m happy with. I love the Saga books – and I need more!! I own Nevermoor, so I hope to read that really soon. I’ve heard such good things.



    1. Audrey says:

      I think 4 stars is a good place to be. I’m happy with 28 books. The year was nuts so I will take it. Ha!


  5. SMD says:

    I hate stats all the time EXCEPT when they are book stats and I want to do them for myself and then never do. I love the pie charts.

    I was not an Ove fan either, I DNF that.


    1. Audrey says:

      I love stats. Hahaha. Although I hate math. Lol. Ove was just a mean & whiney old man to me…


  6. I loved the Jurassic Park books so much and I’m so glad you enjoyed them too. Nevermoor and a Curse so Dark and Lonely were both fantastic as well. I have not yet read the Saga series but I will get to them eventually, thanks to your recommendation!


    1. Audrey says:

      They were so entertaining and well written! Loved them!


  7. Jill K says:

    I read Jurassic Park this year too. It holds up really well!


    1. Audrey says:

      Agreed! I really enjoyed it!


  8. Happy that The Whisper Man was something you enjoyed. I didn’t think I’d like it but it was one of my favorites from the year!


    1. Audrey says:

      I agree! I definitely didn’t think I’d enjoy it (just because of the genre) but I did!


  9. kristen says:

    i’m so glad jurassic park was your best book, i own it and am hoping to get to it asap. i’ve been saying that since i bought it like, 2 years ago, but still. yay nevermoor! also, i need everyone to read Saga, seriously. oh, the one and only ivan. my heart.


    1. Audrey says:

      I LOVED it! I hope you do, too! You’ll have to let me know once you read it!


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