FINALLY, I can write this post.
I’m gonna be honest, I’ve been waiting all year for this post, because it’s one of my favorites to write, despite all the hours of work it takes me.
Today, as always, I’m linking up with the End of Year Book Survey created by The Perpetual Page Turner. There are lots of questions on this wonderful survey that I won’t be answering, but I truly love how comprehensive it is! I’ll also be talking about my reading stats, garnered by my wondrous google spreadsheet and presented in the form of pie charts!!
Also: Hi! I’m currently in NYC right now, having the time of my life!! (Perhaps we’ll see a post about it?) I just wanted to say that this post took me HOURS to make, hence why I’m posting it so much later than I wanted to. Who knows if I’ll disappear again, but I hope you all have a good day!!
Number of books read: 100!!
Number of rereads: 18 (almost 1/5 of my total books…)
Average rating: 3.82 stars (.1 less than last year!)
Average rating without rereads: 3.67 stars
- Red, White, & Royal Blue is a very “like other girls” book to name as my #1 favorite, but I don’t even care, because all the other girls are right and have taste!!! I loved it so much, and I honestly think it’s the book that’s made me laugh the most. Plus it made me happy and hopeful when I needed it, and I’ll never forget that!
- Picture Us in the Light is queer Asian excellence! I was holding my breath the entire time, because I had no idea where it was going but I loved it so so much. The themes, the characters, the YEARNING… it’s all so very good and I cried a good amount at the end. And it was different from my expectations, in a really good way!!
- Sadie was absolutely brutal, and I hated finishing the book and realizing… I was finished. this book is so hard to read, yet so monumentally life-changing. I admire Sadie so much as a character, and however horrible yet true the narrative she was forced into was, it was a thrilling and chilling experience to read.
- Foolish Hearts is surprisingly a HET book (though there’s a side f/f couple and a grumpy Asian lesbian I love with all my heart!). But seriously, I loved this book so much more than I expected to and it just made me so happy. Thank you Emma Mills for giving me serotonin with this book!!
- We Contain Multitudes was one of the worst books I read this year, because of multiple reasons. 1) I expected Ari and Dante and got nothing close to it, and 2) I was grossed out by the 15yo/18yo age gap between the guys in a relationship!!! I just had a lot of problems with this one, and you can just read my full review to see them all.
- The Princess and the Fangirl isn’t a Terrible book, it just… annoyed me to no end. Why would a celebrity who’d worked so hard to get to where she was risk it all by trusting a random girl she met a day ago to impersonate her?? (Also, the insta love for both relationships was poorly executed! The gays are powerful but not powerful enough!!)
- Hot Dog Girl felt like it was trying to be Hot Girl Summer but failed miserably and became something like… Annoying Hot Dog Girl in the Summer. (That is Actually the entirety of the plot right there, not just a joke.) I was constantly irritated by the main character don’t remember her name but it was some old white grandma name, and the whole book felt like a drag!! I couldn’t wait for it to END.
- Her Royal Highness had the potential to be really great, but it was poorly executed, seeing as how it was terribly paced with next to no development. It was basically just a whole train wreck of: Cute romance! Disconnect from characters! Easy and entertaining to read! No buildup to anything!
(God, I missed talking about books I hated. Makes me feel drunk with power.)
Not all of these books are objectively bad, and I know the last two are adored by many, but these just… didn’t live up to my high expectations. All the praise I’d heard for the last two made me so confident I’d love them, and I just… didn’t! And there is NO worse feeling than being disappointed by the sequel of one of your favorite books.
FAVORITE BOOK COVERS
BOOKS I WISHED I READ SOONER
This part is basically a callout at me, because my friend May has been wanting me to read these books for YEARS. And I, being a great friend, checked both out from the library in 2018, only to not even touch them, until I got them again from the library in 2019. And of course she was right that both of these were amazing!!!
(I also would like to shout out my other friends Emma, Olivia, and Dezzy for being so patient with me promising to read Foolish Hearts and then never reading it until 2019. You guys were completely correct, I’m SORRY.)
BEST RECOMMENDED BOOKS
- Sadie: Melanie and Elise always have the best taste
- Foolish Hearts: we’re not gonna talk about how many people wanted me to read this
- Far From You: Elise again is my favorite book recommender!!!
- Jade City: I think half of book twitter read this because of CW, myself included
BOOKS I CRIED OVER
I definitely didn’t cry over as many books as I did last year!! While I barely had any books rated below 3 stars, my reading year felt very “meh” because of how I didn’t feel very strongly about many books. (Even with rereads, I still cried over less books.)
I read all three of these books at the beginning of the year, so I don’t know if that means anything? But I cried over the Nina scenes in King of Scars (ifykyk), the entire ending of The Weight of the Stars, and also the ending of Picture Us in the Light!!
BOOK I’M MAD ABOUT
Honestly, I wanted to include this section JUST so I can rant again about the ending of King of Scars: I despise it. I HATE the particular trope that Leigh Bardugo pulled, and I find it so cheap. And (I’m trying not to hint anything) I just don’t really like… that guy. Please let Leigh make it work in book 2!!
I definitely could list The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, The Weight of the Stars, and Picture Us in the Light for this one, because I want everyone to read and love those books. But I wanted to focus on the hidden gems that I haven’t talked about yet in this post! All have under 5,000 ratings on Goodreads and I loved them a lot.
#1 PRIORITY BOOKS FOR 2020
These are all books I own in physical format (except for The Wicked King), and they’re all books I’ve wanted to read for a long time now (except for The Wicked King). Yes I’m solely giving in to the hype on The Wicked King, I just wanna know why you all are crazy over it okay!!!
NEW FAVORITE BOOK BLOGS
I should have followed all of these bloggers a lot sooner than I did, but they are all so amazing and I highly recommend them!!
- Reader Voracious
- Novels & Waffles
- Another Book in the Wall
- Inside My Library Mind
- Sunshine n’ Books
- Caitlin Althea
- Starry Sky Books
FAVORITE POSTS I WROTE
(We’re going to acknowledge but ignore the fact that many comments on these posts are unanswered, otherwise I will cry about it!! But the coordinated grey makes me happy.)
FAVORITE BOOKISH PHOTOS
Both of these are Pride-related posts, and to that I say, GAY RIGHTS!!
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This is where the nerd in me comes out! I considered making this part a completely separate post, because I’m trying to cut down on the length of my posts this year (I’m failing, clearly). But I also am not intelligent enough to talk for a whole post about these stats so here we are!
for some reason, “comic 2%” didn’t show up in the graph to the right”
2019 was very good in terms of rating books above 3 stars! The ratings are without taking my rereads into consideration, so you can see I struggled to find books that I truly loved. I did get a considerable amount of 4-star reads, but I still wish I’d felt more strongly about books, both on the positive and negative side.
(The books I didn’t rate were some webcomics I hadn’t read enough episodes of to know the rating.)
And I’m glad I’m not just reading prose! I wish I’d read more poetry, but I’m happy with how many webcomics I read—they’re just so entertaining and I hope I can continue to find some good ones this year!!
This year, my genres didn’t really overlap! I expected to have read a LOT more contemporary than fantasy this year, since I was in a slump all of 2019 and contemporaries are the easiest for me to read, but it’s only higher than fantasy by a little.
I also am super surprised to see that only a tiny bit over half of the books I read last year were YA. It’s still obviously my predominant category, but I thought it’d be a lot more! This year, I want to read more adult, and more MG that isn’t just me rereads of childhood favorites!
(N/A was mainly for things like webcomics, since most of them don’t really have actual age groups.)
The ratio of physical to digital for 2019, without webcomics, was 51.4 : 24.3, which is… not surprising. I switch between loving and hating ebooks, but I can always rely on being able to read physical books. And I’m able to read a lot of my books through my library! A lot of the hardcovers and ebooks are checked out from my library. But obviously, I’m very blessed to have read so many books thanks to the kindness of so many friends, family, and publishers.
(The left graph is slightly messed up because I sometimes read the audiobook version of a book with an ebook. Free download means things like webcomics or online novellas!)
I was terrible at tracking specific rep in 2019, so this is all I have for diversity. I’m really happy with myself, though, because last year I got 93% by cheating a bit and counting books as “diverse” that weren’t actually diverse. But this year, NOT being lenient, I’ve gotten almost as high, with 91/100 diverse books!
A goal this year would definitely be to read more authors of color. Of the 80 books I tracked for AOC (aka the 80 authors I knew for sure to be AOC or white, because I was too lazy to research the other 20), only 26 were AOC, which is very sad to me!! I definitely would like to increase the percentage from 32.5% to, at the very least, 50-60%.
Not to make this post even longer, but my 3-year (!!!) blogiversary is coming up on the 22nd! I won’t be doing a giveaway unfortunately, but I will be doing a Q&A as always! If you’d like to ask me any questions, you can submit them HERE or in the form embedded below!! (Commenting is fine too.)
what were your best and worst books of 2019? did you cry over any? how many diverse books did you read? any hidden gems I should know about? link me to some amazing blogs too!!
p.s. I barely kept it under 2k words, but I did it!! I commend you if you actually read and enjoyed everything