2019 End of Year Book Survey

Happy new year everybody! Today, for my first post of the year I’m going to be doing the End of Year Book Survey for 2019, and it’s been such a joy writing this. Thank you so much to all the authors who wrote the books in here and all the others I’ve read this year because you’re all amazing and I feel so lucky that I get to read your words. Now, onto the post!


Number Of Books You Read: 175
Number of Re-Reads: 12
Genre You Read The Most From: I don’t know, probably fantasy?


1. Best Book You Read In 2019?

I, Cosmo.

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

Hot Dog Girl. I thought I’d give it 5 stars and honestly I hated it so much I wish I’d DNF.

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

Where the World Turns Wild. Honestly, I thought I probably wouldn’t like it at all and instead it was kind of amazing. Also Girl 38 because I thought I’d enjoy it but probably never think about it again (which I know makes me sound harsh, so I hope people get what I mean) but it seriously got to me and made me cry.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I honestly don’t know? Probably the Murder Most Unladylike books again!

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

Best series I started was probably the Wild Magic trilogy because I love both so far. Best sequel is Under Earth and best series enders were the Curses and Song of Sorrow because they are duologies!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?

Rachael Lucas, I think, if we’re talking new to me.

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

The Middler!

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

Song of Sorrow I think. It’s like 400 pages and I read it in a couple of hours after a hospital appointment.

9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Probably I, Cosmo, and also I hope to reread Top Marks for Murder.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

This is TOO HARD. I think probably a Pocketful of Stars but one I love I’ve not mentioned elsewhere is the Golden Butterfly. I’m an absolute magpie.

11. Most memorable character of 2019?

Cosmo from I, Cosmo

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

While I didn’t love it as much as Wing Hones, I think it has to be Only Love Can Break Your Heart if I’m saying something I don’t mention elsewhere. Katherine Webber’s writing is just stunning, and this has made me really want to reread Wing Jones now.

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

Honestly, I think every book teaches you something new and they all change your life a little bit, so this is kind of an impossible question. I did however, reread several books from series that very definitely changed my life- Murder Most Unladylike and Geek Girl, so if you want an actual answer I’m sorry they’re not new to me but they’re my answer.

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

We Are Giants! It was amazing and I adored it, and it’s been on my radar since it first came out in 2016.

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

”We should wear our scars with pride” she declared “For they contain the history of our suffering and our survival”‘- No Ballet Shoes in Syria

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

Yerma was the shortest. It can get in the bin. The Girl You Left Behind was the longest. I adored it.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Secret in the Stone! The plot twists at the end of that were INSANE.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

God, that’s hard, I had such a concrete idea for this last year. Probably Luvian and Sorrow or Izzy and Carson from A Girl Called Shameless?

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Cosmo and Max from I, Cosmo. Can you tell I really love this book yet?

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

I’ve read a LOT of Emma Carroll and both her 2019 releases (When We Were Warriors and the Somerset Tsunami) were spectacular.

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

I don’t ever read anything only because someone tells me to, because that doesn’t tend to go well if I really don’t want to read a thing. The only one I can think of that I wouldn’t have EVER picked for myself was Pulp, which I DNF and still feel super guilty about.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?

Luvian Fen, I think, is the absolute best one.

23. Best 2019 debut you read?

The Last Spell Breather, A Pocketful of Stars and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I think best worldbuilding probably goes to Vashti Hardy for Wildspark and most vivid setting has to be Jess Butterworth for Swimming Against the Storm. Aisha Bushby also deserves a shout out on both counts for A Pocketful of Stars, and Julie Pike needs one too actually for the Last Spell Breather. I’m fully cheating at this point and I don’t care. I’ve read so many amazing books this year and they all deserve all the love!

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

Definitely the two Jennifer Killicks I read. They’re so silly and sweet, but also have great mysteries and I love her characters so much. She’s brilliant.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?

I cry at EVERYTHING, as you’ve probably gathered by this point from how often I’ve said it. The quote from No Ballet Shoes in Syria in a previous question made me have to go and sit in a different room from the book to calm down so I think I’ll say that, though.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Girl 38 needs more love, I’ve not seen anywhere near enough people talking about the Last Spell Breather and the Wild Magic is vastly underrated.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I don’t really read many books where this is the intent; I know it probably sounds daft but I prefer things to end on a hopeful note, even if it is literally the tiniest sliver of hope imaginable. So I don’t really have an answer here, sorry!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?

I was going to say the Turn of the Key because the format is epistolary and therefore quite unusual, but I also want to give a mention to One Christmas Night because I’ve just never read anything quite like it.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Tricky. A Girl Called Shameless made me livid, the Burning made me want to burn down the patriarchy and Unpregnant made me genuinely question how I’d most like to murder a fictional character (whose name was Kevin, and when you read Unpregnant you will understand why I loathe him). In short, I embrace feminist rage in my reading life a lot.


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

100% Lily’s. So glad that I get to read her words, and even better, call her a friend.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

My actual favourite post I wrote this year was not a bookish one; it was my review of Ten Tonnes, because I wrote that in a single night because I’d basically been bad and not finished the review of the album I was planning to do next and decided to listen to that instead, and couldn’t stop to go back to the other one because I was so in love with it. My favourite bookish post was probably my 5 George Ezra Songs That Remind Me of Books one because if you can’t tell, I’m obsessed with George Ezra (hence the alligator on my arm) and it was SO fun to do.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019?

I don’t know why I like this so much, but it’s my fave.

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?

I don’t think I really took part in many at all! Oops 🙈

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?

Getting the chance to interview Carlie Sorosiak, probably. She’s amazing.

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

I started uni in September and I’m still adapting to blogging round that! Hopefully I’ll get better at it in 2020

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

My April Reviews post! I’m not sure why though, I’m quite intrigued.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Honestly I don’t mind much about stats anymore! I love what I write and the people who read it most often, and numbers just don’t mean as much to me as they did a few years ago.

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

I honestly can’t think of anything, sorry!

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

I SMASHED my Goodreads challenge, which I’m very proud of. Other than that my only challenge was to have a nicer year than 2018, which I very definitely did.


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

If I don’t read Podkin One Ear by January 1st 2021, you all have my permission to shout at me. I need to just read it, at this point.

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

The 9th Murder Most Unladylike book, and whatever Emma Carroll has coming out. And I’m VERY excited for new Jess Butterworth come April!

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Definitely the Unadoptables, it sounds amazing! Also very excited for the Strangeworlds Travel Agency and the Falling in Love Montage and I think Love Songs for Sceptics is a debut as well?

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

Hollowpox because it’s been FORVER since Wundersmith came out.

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

I’d really like to host a cover reveal for something, because I never have and I’d just like to. I don’t think I’ll get to, but I would LOVE to.

6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I’ve not read many yet! My favourites so far are Little Bird Lands, the Mask of Aribella and Where the World Turns Wild, I think.

What has your reading year been like? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Author: goldenbooksgirl

Middle grade/young adult book blogger

16 thoughts on “2019 End of Year Book Survey”

  1. It sounds like you had a great reading year Amy, especially with starting university too! I don’t know how you manage to answer all these questions so well though – I always spend about 20 minutes deliberating over each one, unable to choose just one (or two or three..) book (s)! I loved I, Cosmo too and Where the World Turns Wild, The Mask of Aribella and Girl 38 are all on the to-be-read list.

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  2. What a great post with so many beloved books!!
    And *Squeals* that’s me!!! Amy you are a wonderful friend who has made my 2019 a brighter, wonderful place, especially inspiring me as a person but also encouraged me to dip my toe in contemporary and got me to read all the MMU!! You are marvellous and I wish you the happiest, sparkliest of 2020s and good health too 💜

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    1. I am SO glad I started reading your blog this year, it’s most definitely up there with my best choices of the year! And I’m so happy you’ve loved some of my recommendations 💜. By the way, I forgot to tell you that I’ve found what I’m fairly sure is the first book we’ve ever disagreed on in a big way 🙈🙈

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  3. Looking forward to both Hollowpox and Little Bird Lands, as well as new Jess! I have Where The World Turns Wild to read soon too.
    I am in no way surprised to see Emma Carroll, MMU, Cosmo and Good Girl’s Guide To Murder featuring here!
    I might do this if I find some time as I enjoyed ding it last year and it’s a good way to reflect on what was read not just how much I think!

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    1. I definitely think you’ll like Where the World Turns Wild, it reminded me of the Wild Folk in lots of ways! And ha, you know me so well, I feel like I’m very predictable 🙈 Would love to read your answers 💜

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      1. Oh goodness, I’m sure I’ll forget lots but I know I cosmo, Emma’s two, Top Marks and Swimming Against the Storm will feature?!
        Can’t think what we Lee yoive read though I feel there’s as mother really obvious one I’m missing. I’ll kick myself tomorrow!

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