This survey is an annual survey hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner, and it seems like a good way to wrap up my 2013 reading! I have a couple other posts coming up next week taking care of a few other year-end things, but this one seemed like a good way to start the 2013 year-end stuff. As a warning…it’s going to be a long one!
1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
Best YA Contemporary: That Time I Joined The Circus by J.J. Howard
Best YA Paranormal: With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent
Best New Adult: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
Best Adult Historical Fiction: The Trial Of Dr. Kate by Michael Glasscock
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Sea Of Tranquility by Katja Millay. I just didn’t care about either character until the end of the book and by then, it was too late. Sadly, I think I over-hyped this book.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
I think I’m going to have to with Allegiant for this one. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading it, and there were tears, but I was surprised by some of the things we learned.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
I don’t recommend a lot of books, but after finishing Between Shades Of Gray, I’m going to be recommending that one a lot!
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. It was so fun to listen to, and I couldn’t help but giggle the entire time I was listening to it.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
I’m going to go with K.A. Tucker! I’m really loving her 10 Tiny Breaths series. I also want to read her Casual Enchantment series.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I have to go with Mouse Guard, which is a graphic novel by David Peterson. I don’t normally read graphic novels, but I’m really glad I read this one. It’s really hard to not like medieval mice with swords.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Unbroken by Rachel Caine. I read it in a day, and I couldn’t for a better ending to her Outcast Season series.
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I don’t re-read a lot, but I think I’m going to be reading Hex Hall again. It was a fun read, and I can’t wait to finish the series!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Eliza Miller from A World Away. A lot of it is because of Jessica Lawshe’s narration in the audio book, but I loved seeing an Amish girl explore the non-Amish world and how she found family.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Lovely, Dark And Deep by Amy McNamara. Every word felt carefully chosen and well-thought out. There was also something very poetic and lyrical about it.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
This is a good one! I don’t think I can pick just one. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales is my first pick, because I love Elise, and her story. And Between Shades Of Gray, which I’ve mentioned a few times. But it’s mind-boggling that I didn’t really know the details of the events that inspired the book!
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I am kicking myself for taking so long to read it!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
Funniest, from Timeless by Gail Carriger:
“I suppose that saves us from having to determine what to do with a butler who goes around killing people. It certainly reflects badly upon our domestic staff. Still, I shall miss him. There was a man who knew how to brew a good cup of tea.”
Unforgettably sad, from Out Of Breath by Rebecca Donovan:
“I was so tired of fighting. Tired of hurting. Tired of the guilt that never released me, and the regrets that could not be changed. I didn’t want this life. They’re were only so many times I could hear that I should never have been born, before I wished it to be true.”
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Here’s how I did this: I went to my 2013 shelf on goodreads, and sorted by page number! Actually, this is one of those times when I’m glad I make yearly shelves on goodreads, because it was a lot easier than looking for the 2013 books on my read shelf.
Shortest: Broken Beauty, which is a novella that clocked in at 78 pages.
Longest: I’m pretty sure The Rise And The Fall Of The Third Reich by William Shirer is the longest book I read this year. I’m not sure what the page count is, but it was 57 hours, so whatever the page equivalent of that is…
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
I had a major WTF moment when I read Allegiant!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Family: Charli and Alex in Saving Wishes. Alex seems like an awesome relative.
Romantic: Ana and Sam in Asunder by Jodi Meadows. They’re adorable together.
Friendship: All of the different friendships in the last couple Morganville Vampire books. Because they are there for their friends.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I’m going with the obvious (to me) choices of Rachel Caine and Maria Snyder. Because they are two of my favorites!
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else.
I have to go with Mouse Guard again! It’s not even funny how adorable this book is, and I love that there mice who have their own little community and have guards.
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
I think YA paranormal and YA contemporary are pretty close.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
This is going to be a hard one but I’m going to have to go with Lord Maccon from the Parasol Protectorate. It’s the first time I’ve liked werewolves on their own, and it’s because of him…
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
I don’t really pay attention to whether books are debuts or not, but I really liked The Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough. Mostly because it’s the only debut I’m aware of…but also because it’s pretty awesome.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo. There is no doubt about this one! It’s so vivid and interesting and different, and it’s the first one that came to mind.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
I read a lot of books that were fun to read, but Beauty Queens by Libba Bray is right up there. I couldn’t stop laughing!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
I could do a whole post on books that made cry! However, I am going to have to go with Out Of Breath by Rebecca Donovan, because I cried almost the entire time I was reading it!
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
This is a good one! I’m going to go with A World Away by Nancy Grossman. It’s such a great book, and I loved Eliza’s story.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
I know I’ve followed a few new blogs, but one of my favorites is Book Riot. They don’t post a lot of reviews, and they lean more towards interesting book-ish news, but it’s always fun to see what they’re posting.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
My review for Beauty Queens is my favorite. Mostly because I felt the urge to say Sparkle Ponies throughout the entire review. And because I kept hearing the characters every single time I talked about a different character.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I don’t really do discussion posts, but I’ve had some interesting conversations in the comments!
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I know I’ve read a few interesting ones…but I don’t tend to keep of them. However, I did like this one post on Book Riot about what it means to be well-read.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
This year was the first year I went to book signings! I went to books signings for The Darwin Elevator and The Plague Forge, which was awesome, and I also went to an Abbi Glines/Colleen Hoover/Jamie McGuire book signing, which was just as awesome.
6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
When I bought my own domain! I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I finally did it!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My most popular post is a top ten tuesday post! I wrote Top Ten Books For People Who Like The Iron Fey back in 2012, and it’s a post a lot of people search for. I think it might be time to do a follow-up!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Interestingly enough, there isn’t any particular post that I’m wishing more people would pay attention to.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I love the Book Riot podcast. I look forward to listening to it every week, and it has a lot of bookish news that I wouldn’t hear about otherwise.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
I have so many to pick from! My Number One pick is The Book Thief, because I’ve heard so many good things that I want to know why people love it so much!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
I’m looking forward to look of books next year, and the non-debut books I’m looking forward to reading just happen to be in this post.
3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier. It’s set during the Spanish Infleunza epidemic, and I can’t wait to read it!
4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
I really excited about Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins, because I have no clue how things are going to turn out.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
I really want to participate more in the book blogging community. I feel like we’re a pretty awesome group of people, and I really want to comment more.