1. Best Book You Read In 2019?
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
4. Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And They Did)?5. Best series you started in 2019? Akata Witch ,a series by the same name, by Nnedi Okorafor ;
Best Series Ender of 2019? None
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
9. Favorite Book Club Selection Based On the Discussion?
11. Most memorable character of 2019?
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?
16. Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2018?
18. Best Audiobook I Listened To in 2019
19. Favorite JH and SH Nonfiction Books I Read In My Role as a Cybils Judge
21. Best Book You Read In 2019 Which Was Based SOLELY On a Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
23. Best 2019 debut you read?
24. Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
26. Book Which Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2019?
27. Hidden Gem of the Year? There are several:
28. Anything odd about this year's reading list?
30. Book Which Made You Angry (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
31. Favorite poetry or short story collection:
- Devotions by Mary Oliver---my favorite poet died this year so it is proper to honor her by reading her poems.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2019?
This is embarrassing to admit, but I am terrible about remembering site names of blogs I visit.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2019?
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
My mom, one of my sisters, my daughter, a friend, and I went to see Michelle Obama in the Tacoma Dome talk about her book BECOMING. She was interviewed by Jimmy Kimmel. We had a wonderful and inspiring time.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?
I really appreciate it when I hear from readers who say they enjoyed a book I recommended on my blog. That is the best.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I got really bogged down with my reading this Fall and found myself setting aside book after book. I usually finish books but I just couldn't make myself read them. It was really tough to get out of the slump.
7. Most Popular Post This Year on Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
|This beautiful library in a monastery in Prague. Photo credit: D. Bennett|
- I've read 100 of my reading goal of 100 books this year.
- My Own Personal National Book Award Challenge---to read at least two of the winners for the past ten years. Completed. Now I have to stay current with each upcoming year.
- Read the Pulitzer Prize winner: The Overstory by Richard Powers. Done!
- Read all the 2019 Printz winners, the award book and the honor books. Read 3 of 4.
- The Poet X---read
- A Heart in a Body in the World---read
- I, Claudia---not read
- Classics Club Spins. I completed two or the three books I started:
- The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
- Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson.
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck---not completed.
- To read books from my own shelf: 29! I made a concerted effort to read and pass on my own books this year.
-Turning the page over on 2019.