2019 End of the Year Survey

Welcome to my 2019 End of the Year Survey
(Hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner)


Number Of Books You Read: More than I care to admit. Let’s just say I hit my Goodreads goal and then some. I actually read about 50 or so less books than in 2018, though.

Number of Re-Reads: Like 16? All were audiobook re-reads, so actually listens.

Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary Romance

1. Best Book You Read In 2019?

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

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

Good: I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did for some reason.

Bad: There was so much hype surrounding this one, and it just didn’t live up to it at all.

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

Hmm… I’m not sure. I feel like I’m pushing Bright Side by Kim Holden and Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn every year. I don’t know if everyone read it that I told to, but I did push this one a lot.

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

This question is brutal this year! Honestly, I could have answered these so many different ways, but here’s what I am going with…

Best series I started: Landon & Shay: Part 1 by Brittainy C. Cherry
Best sequel of 2019: Letters to Molly (Maysen Jar, #2) by Devney Perry
Best series ender of 2019: Beard Necessities (Winston Brothers, #7) by Penny Reid

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?

Devney Perry

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

I’m lumping these two together. I read Illuminae a couple of years ago, but just got back to finishing the series.

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

This is probably my favorite thriller I read this year.

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

For some reason, this is my go-to book and series to re-listen to. I have a feeling I’ll be doing that again next year.

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

11. Most memorable character of 2019?

Daisy Jones

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

Bryn Greenwood writes such ugly things is such a pretty way. I don’t even know how to describe it.

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

This is a personal one for me because both the author and her MC are adoptees. I am as well, so I identified with a lot of the thoughts and feelings.

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

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

“Guilt and me, we’re conjoined. One. When it isn’t stabbing me, I drag it around like a ball and chain.”
Kim Holden, The Other Side

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

Longest: 1014 pages

Shortest: 32 pages

(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.)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

I did not see the cliffhanger coming at all.

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I read mostly romance, so this was a hard choice for me. I have to go with Wheeler and Poppy, though.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Cap, Kline, Thatch, Will, Trent, Theo… All the billionaire book club members.

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

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

Thanks, Ari!

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

I don’t really do fictional crushes and this guy would be too young, so he’s just one of my new favorite male characters: Jace from Girl at Heart. Jace was super nice and an all around good guy.

23. Best 2019 debut you read?

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

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

I couldn’t just pick one, so you get three: The Guy on the Right, Top Secret, and Girl at Heart.

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

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I felt so horrible for the kids in this book.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?

The format really set this book apart. The audio was especially amazing.

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

If you’ve read this one, you probably know why. There’s a relationship that I was not okay with. It made me really uncomfortable, but the writing was so dang good!

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

Our Book Boyfriends

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

I don’t have one. That’s sad, right? So here’s my review for my favorite book of the year:

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019:?

I didn’t really take any bookish photos that would be favorites. Lol.

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

Sadly, I didn’t attend any bookish events this year.

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

This year I focused on reading backlisted books on my TBR. I was able to prioritize and bring the number of books on my TBR down.

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

Writing reviews. I didn’t always feel inspired.

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

My review for Meghan March’s Deal with the Devil:

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Can I just say ALL OF THEM?

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

My most recent discovery is probably the Read Me Romance podcast. It’s a fun way to listen to romance novellas written by some of my favorite authors.

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

I did a Goodreads Challenge of 200 books and completed that. I also set out to read a book set in each of the 50 United States. I was able to complete all with the exception of Delaware, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Rhode Island.

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

I’m just waiting for my library hold to come in…

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

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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

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

I want to finish reading all of the backlilst books on my TBR and then focus on the new releases I want to read. I want to continue to limit the ARCs I request as well.

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

Chocolate Book Tag

Hi! Today, I have a really fun tag for you: Chocolate Book Tag. Because who doesn’t like chocolate? I was tagged by the lovely Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions. Check out her post here.

Let’s get right to it so that I can run off and get some chocolate!

Dark Chocolate: A book with a dark theme/content

I was going to use Nine Minutes, but I always use it. So I’m changing things up and going with its new spin-off, The Iron Tiara. If you like dark romances, you can’t miss this entire series. SO. GOOD.

White Chocolate: A light-hearted/humorous read

Honestly, I could have put any of Meghan Quinn’s books on here. I have no idea where she comes up with the stuff she does, but I love it!

Milk Chocolate: A book with a lot of hype that you are dying to read

It’s CoHo, so of course it’s got a ton of hype following it. I’ve heard the hype is real, though, and I can’t wait for this book to be released.

A Wafer-Free KitKat: A book that surprised you lately

I had never read a book by Staci Hart before, so I had no idea what to think. Bad Penny surprised me by how funny it was. I loved it!

Chocolate With a Caramel Centre: A book that makes you feel gooey on the inside

Dear Aaron was an adorable slow burn romance. I could not get enough of it. It made my insides so very happy!

Snickers: A book you are going nuts about

I love Tarryn Fisher’s dark side, but her light side is surprisingly refreshing. Don’t get me wrong, this book isn’t without its edges. It was just so different and I loved it.

Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream and Marshmallows: A comfort read that you turn to again and again

I rarely re-read, but I think I would re-read this book if I needed comfort. It’s so much fun.

Box of Chocolates: A series that has something for everyone

I don’t know if I’ve read a series that has something for everyone, but I would recommend Ginger Scott as an author who has a book for almost everyone. Most of her books are new adult contemporary romances, but she does have some YA. They include a variety of situations, people and social issues. There’s even a super hero or two thrown in.

I Tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Susan @ Susan Loves Books

Get to Know Me Tag

Good morning! Today, you’re going to learn a little more about me through the Get to Know Me Tag. Before beginning, I need to thank Talia @ Red Hot Ink for tagging me for this fun tag. 🙂

Vital Stats:

  • Name: Deanna
  • Nicknames: None
  • Birthday: October 29th
  • Star Sign: Scorpio
  • Occupation: Office Professional Substitute / Stay at home mom


  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Hair Length: Long
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Best Feature: My smile
  • Braces: Yes, in 7th and 8th grade.
  • Piercings: Now, in my ears. Back in the day I had my belly button pierced. That scar is so awesome now.
  • Tattoos: Yes, I have a small butterfly on the lower right side of my back. It is NOT a tramp stamp. I had it done before there was such a thing.
  • Right or Left: Right


  • Real Holiday: The first holiday I remember is when I was 5. I got a cabbage patch doll. The original cabbage patch doll. Yes, I’m old.
  • Best Friend: First one was Bettina. Second one was Melissa. Third was Jaime. Still friends with all of them.
  • Award: I got an award for being the nicest in 9th grade.
  • Concert: Not musical at all. I did play both basketball and fastpitch through high school.


  • TV Show(s): The Big Bang Theory, So You Think You Can Dance, Party of Five, Sons of Anarchy
  • Color: Shades of blue, pink and purple
  • Song: Right now, Halsey’s Now or Never.
  • Restaurant: Ranchito. It’s the Mexican restaurant down the street.
  • Shop: Modcloth.com
  • Books: This past week it was the Fallen Crest High series by Tijan. Changes all of the time, and I have so many favorite authors.
  • Shoes: New Balance Fresh Foam


  • Feeling: Tired. I stayed up too late reading.
  • Single or Taken: 16 and a half years of togetherness and 10 and half years of marriage, so I’m pretty taken. 😉
  • Eating: Quaker Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal
  • Thinking About: I need to tell my kid to get ready for school.
  • Watching: Nothing.
  • Wearing: Pajama pants and a t-shirt. I look hot. Lol.


  • Want Children: Nope. Well, not anymore. One and done.
  • Want to be Married: Yes. No plans of divorcing ever.
  • Careers in Mind: I’d love to be a stay at home mom forever, but that won’t happen. I’m not sure what I want to do now that I’m a grown up.

Do You Believe in:

  • God: Yes.
  • Miracles: Yes, maybe.
  • Love at First Sight: No. There’s only lust at first sight.
  • Ghosts: I want to say no, but you never know. And I’d rather not know.
  • Aliens: Same as ghosts.
  • Soul Mates: So, yes, I think I do. I read this book called When it Rains by Lisa DeJong and it made me think about this a lot. I’ve loved more than one person in my life, and I think every relationship has meaning. Here’s a quote that maybe helps…“There’s a difference between soul mates and true love. Looking at the surface, they are similar, but when I dug deep down inside, I found they were different.
Is one type of love better than the other? I don’t know but I’m lucky enough to have found them both.” I think that’s kind of how I feel.
  • Heaven & Hell: I hope there’s a heaven, and maybe a hell for some really horrible people.
  • Kissing on the First Date: Since I’m never going to date again (hopefully), I say go for it!
  • Yourself: Yes, I’m awesome!

I tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Betwixt the Pages
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Lois @ My Midnight Musings
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Susan @ Susan Loves Books
The Bookie Monsters

This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

Hello again! Today, I have another fun book tag to share with you. This time I was tagged by Flo @ Flowless Books for the This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag. I thought it sounded like so much fun, so here we go!


  • Credit the bad, bad  Drew @TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.
  • No long list, simple really!


Contemporary romance is my favorite genre. If I had to narrow it down even further, I would say new adult contemporary romance.


That’s a tough one. There’s so many! I’ll give you three of my favorite new adult authors:

Ginger Scott
Elle Kennedy
Sarina Bowen


There’s something so raw and real about new adult contemporary romances. I don’t know how else to explain it. The emotions and the first person point of views make them so easy to relate to.


I think the first new adult book I ever read was Slammed by Colleen Hoover. After reading that book and the rest of CoHo’s, I started looking for books similar to them. I’m sure a lot of people will have a similar answer.


Honestly, it depends who the non-reader/person looking to start reading the genre is. There are so many different types of new adult romances. For a non-reader, I would recommend Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. For someone who reads but not normally romance I would recommend A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott. For a reader who likes romance but hasn’t read new adult yet I would recommend The Deal by Elle Kennedy.


I love it. It’s the perfect escape from every day life.

I Tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Jasmine @ How Useful It Is
The Orang-utan Librarian

And anyone else who wants to join in!

To Not To Read Tag

Thank you to The Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me for the To Not To Read Tag. It will be interesting to see how I answer this tag because I don’t DNF a lot of books. Let’s get started…


  • Thank the person that tagged you (See above!)
  • Include ping-back to creator of tag (Icebreaker694)
  • Answer questions (See below!)
  • Tag other poor souls to do this (Trust me, I won’t)
  • Easy right?
  • Oh and only use books that you DNF as your answer hence the “to not to read” part.

What book would you be willing to finish?

I read the first couple chapters of Life of Pi (I think) and it seemed good. I just wasn’t in the mood for it. I think I would like to finish it, maybe on audio.

A dystopian book that you put down.

I liked The Selection well enough, but I couldn’t stand America in the 43 pages I read of The Elite.

A book that you just didn’t want to finish at all.

I wasn’t a fan of the writing, characters or plot in this book. Sorry.

A sequel.

I think I must have just gotten side tracked and started reading something else. I don’t remember a good reason for not finishing Destined for Love.

A book you’ll never again pick up.

My mom gave me Wicked once for my birthday because she was taking me to the musical. She thought I would want to read it first. I tried. It just wasn’t my thing. I won’t be picking it back up because I sold it at the used book store.

A book with too much hype.

A haunting read.

This book creeped me out from the beginning. I didn’t get too far into it before I set it aside looking for something happier.

A contemporary.

I had to DNF this book because it had to go back to the library. I will request it again at some point.

A book you were unsure of.

I wasn’t sure of Almost in Love because it felt a little dated from the beginning to me. I didn’t get far. Maybe I’ll pick it up again some day.

I guess I did okay! Or maybe not, since I didn’t finish these books! 😉


Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Betwixt the Pages
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Lois @ My Midnight Musings
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Susan @ Susan Loves Books
The Bookie Monsters

Anything But Books Tag

I’m back with another tag today! This one is the Anything But Books Tag. A big thanks to the lovely Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions for tagging me!

1. name a cartoon that you love.

I love Wild Kratts because my daughter loves it. She has learned so much about animals and their habitats from this amazing PBS Kids show. To check out Wild Kratts, you can click on this link: http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/videos/.

2. what is your favorite song right now?

Lately, I’ve been listening to Ed Sheeran’s new CD non-stop. I’m really into the song Dive.

3. what could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

There’s something to do besides read? Huh. Well, I guess I could hang out with my friends for hours.

4. what is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

This spring I got really into watching the University of Washington Women’s Basketball Team. They were phenomenal. Kelsey Plum and Chantel Osahor were a basketball match made in heaven. I even went to the NCAA play-offs that were held in Seattle. It was so much fun!

5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Unnecessarily specific. Huh. This one stumps me a bit. Maybe authors? I really like knowing more about them besides what’s on their author blurb. Not stalkerish, but just curious.

6. what is something unusual that you know how to do?

I know how to get up on a wakeboard. I guess that’s not unusual, but I’m pretty boring.

7. name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

I made my daughter a pair of Seattle Seahawks pajama pants. Sorry, no picture.

8. what is your most recent personal project?

Getting healthy! 2017 has been crazy for me. I’ve already had surgery twice this year. In January, I had uteroscopic kidney stone removal. In April, I had my gallbladder removed. And I may have to have another kidney stone removed soon if it doesn’t pass on its own. Fun times! So my recent personal project has been recovering from all that crap!

9. tell us something that you think about often.

My daughter. Can’t help it. I have to get her from here to there and everything she’s involved with daily. Plus, I’ve been really proud of her lately. (Here’s where I start bragging.) The director of a local premier soccer club called her a “super star” and asked her to try out for his team. That was a nice compliment for her. She also got a speaking part in the second and third grade musical at school “because she has a loud voice”. 🙂 End bragging.

10. give us something that is your favorite.

Modcloth.com. I love their clothes. I love that they have the same clothes/styles for everyone from size XXS to size 4X. Now, if only they were cheaper!

11. say the first thing that pops into your head.

I’m so tired. (And that’s the truth!)

i tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Debby @ alwaysbooking
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

What Would That Villain Read? Tag

Hey, everyone! I was tagged by the lovely Orang-utan Librarian for the What Would That Villain Read? Tag. (Thanks!) This tag is pretty simple, so we’re going to get right to it!

the rules:

  • Pick 5+ villains and wonder what books they are most likely to read (feel free to use our villains or find new ones!)
  • Nominate bloggers! As many as you want!
  • Have fun in the world of villainy!

1.asa (Too late by colleen hoover)

If Asa was going to read, he’d probably read something kind of porn-ish. I think he’d want a little bit on kink, so Grey seemed like a good match for him.

2. Amy dunne (gone girl by gillian flynn)

Amy Dunne was a complex with woman who knew how to work the system. I think she would appreciate the web of deceit in Nine Minutes.

3. grizz (nine minutes by beth flynn)

Grizz was a smart guy. I can see him enjoying the complexity of the Millenium series. Plus, it had some badass bikers in it, too.

4. miranda (so much more by kim holden)

I think Miranda would have been highly impressed by Amy Dunne. I can see her loving Gone Girl.

5. draco malfoy (harry potter series by J.k. rowling)

With his pasty white complexion, I bet Draco Malfoy would love reading all about vampires.

i tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Debby @ Always Booking
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

The Shocker Book Tag

I was tagged by Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm for The Shocker Book Tag. (Thanks, Ari!) Check out her blog for tons of cool content.


Falling for the Player was a M/M sports romance. I couldn’t handle the third person POVs in this book. It just sounded like one person. I also didn’t find a true connection between the love interests. Sadly, I couldn’t even bring myself to finish it.


I didn’t think I was going to enjoy Nine Minutes based on the blurb. A motorcycle gang abduction of a teenager just sounded like something I wouldn’t enjoy. Luckily, it turned out to be one of my most favorite reads ever.


I love Rachel Van Dyken’s writing, but I wasn’t sure about a story around a man who fell for his ex-girlfriend’s sister. That storyline can be hit or miss. Luckily, it totally worked in this book.


There’s something so simplistically beautiful about the cover of This Adventure Ends. And after reading the novel, it really makes sense.


Asa. I still hate him, but I have to admit that I love him for the story he helps create in Too Late. It’s a crazy ride!


I can’t imagine anyone hating On the Fence or any of Kasie West’s adorable YA contemporary romances. They are like cuddly breaths of fresh air — if fresh air was cuddly.


I feel like people are finally starting to read Ginger Scott’s books. That makes me happy. But I think they’re reading her newest releases and not going back to the beginning of her writing where there are some major gems. One of them is You and Everything After. I adore this book. Just a warning, though. You have to read the series in order. This is the second book.


Every Nine Minutes book by Beth Flynn has shocked me, but Out of Time probably did the most.


I own The Raven King. I guess I’m just not ready for the series to end.


Ali @ I Wuv Books
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Claire @ Art and Soul
Debby @ alwaysbooking
Jesse @ Books at Dawn
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Day 3: 3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge (Round 6)

I was tagged by the Orang-utan Librarian for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge. (Thank you!) I’ve done this tag 5 times already, but it’s so much fun that I’m going to do it again.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days.
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day.

“I’m not sure what I’m in right now – a fantasy or tragedy. Perhaps it’s both. Maybe it’s always been both. Maybe that’s what life is – a beautiful mess.”

-Ginger Scott, A Boy Like You.

I Tag:

Tash @ The Bookie Monsters
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Payton @ Payton’s Book Thoughts

Day 2: 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Round 6)

I was tagged by the Orang-utan Librarian for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge. (Thank you!) I’ve done this tag 5 times already, but it’s so much fun that I’m going to do it again.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days.
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day.

“He was living, breathing poetry. Not love poetry, but the poetry which tears out your heart, rips it to shreds, pushes it back into your chest, and makes you question what the hell just obliterated your soul.”

-Tillie Cole – Sweet Hope

I Tag:

Debby @ Always Booking
Ali @ I Wuv Books
Angie Elle @ Books & Beauty Are My Bag