End of the Year Book Survey 2013

2013 Book Survey
Oh, a survey! I absolutely love surveys. I actually don’t have anything to say, so let’s get to it.

Best in Books 2013

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)

Wow, I read so many great books this year. I can’t even choose… In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters is definitely one of the top books. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was, obviously, amazing as well. I mean, there are so many books though. Pivot Point by Kasie West, Born of Illusion by Teri Brown, Golden by Jessi Kirby, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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

I was excited for Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver but stopped digging it as much when I realized what was going on. By the end I was glad to be done with it. I was also very excited for Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke but felt pretty lukewarm.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was so surprising to me because I don’t really like books that involve cancer. I was (am) completely shattered… and that’s never really happened before.

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

Hands down In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. And Pivot Point by Kasie West.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I’m awful at following through with series. I’m pretty stoked to have started The Grisha Trilogy and The Lunar Chronicles. The Parasol Protectorate series is another one I started and liked. I have the entire box set that I’m excited to dip into.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Cat Winters, Kasie West, Teri Brown, Jessi Kirby, Jessica Brody, Morgan Matson, Lauren Morrill… among others. I could sit here and list for days.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I don’t know if I can really answer this considering I don’t really have a comfort zone. I read quite a lot of manga and graphic novels this year, but nothing was really “new” to me.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

I don’t know about being thrilled (what does that even entail?), but I could not put down Born of Illusion by Teri Brown. Obviously I’m naming TFiOS and In the Shadow of Blackbirds again. Just One Day by Gayle Forman and How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer are up there as well.

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

In all reality? Probably nothing because I’m awful at rereading. It’s not a lack of wanting to read books again but there are so many books and so little time. Insert here the titles of all the books I keep mentioning.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

Can we just talk about how hard it is to choose only one cover? I obviously don’t follow rules. (Also, these aren’t the only ones. Just a little sample.)

Bad Girls Don't Die Katie Alender Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone Kat Rosenfield 3:59 Gretchen McNeil

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Does Houdini count? Haha. Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood occasionally crosses my mind.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

I actually don’t really consider any books “beautifully written”. Oops? I don’t really pay attention to the writing style as much as the subject matter and how I feel.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

Is this even a question?

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

Like all of them? Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry was pretty awesome.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

This one was totally harder to choose than the book covers. Oh man.

“One of the strangest things about life is that it will chug on, blind and oblivious, even as your private world – your little carved-out sphere – is twisting and morphing, even breaking apart. One day you have parents; the next day you’re an orphan. One day you have a place and a path. The next day you’re lost in the wilderness.
And still the sun rises and clouds mass and drift and people shop for groceries and toilets flush and blinds go up and down. That’s when you realize that most of it – life, the relentless mechanism of existing – isn’t about you. It doesn’t include you at all. It will thrust onward even after you’ve jumped the edge. Even after you’re dead.” – From Delirium by Lauren Oliver

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

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.

Shortest: Lost Laysen by Margaret Mitchell Longest: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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!

Oh my god, I can hardly remember books right after I read them. When I found out the reasons for the title of In the Shadow of Blackbirds I had to start telling everyone about it.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

I thought the connection between Tavia and a certain special boy (Quinn. I’m talking about Quinn.) was super interesting in Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike. I can’t wait to delve deeper into that in the next book.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Aside from the obvious, I really liked The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson. I actually liked it more than the first book. While looking for this answer I realized majority of the books I read this year were by authors I’d not read before. That’s pretty cool.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

I don’t really have any books like that… I read Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo with Catch Up Club, though. I think that counts.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Probably Paranormal and Contemporary.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

I really loved Alex Fuentes from Perfect Chemistry. We didn’t get to see him much, but Trevor from Golden was pretty swoon worthy. Willem from Just One Day. Trevor from Pivot Point. Oliver from The Last Little Blue Envelope. Quinn from Earthbound. Etc. Swoon! (Also, I’m reading My Life Next Door right now and am sort of falling in love with Jase.)

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Pivot Point by Kasie West. OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn.

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

I actually have no idea. Oh my god, I’m the worst reader ever.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

I like to think they’re all fun to read.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

God, everything! TFiOS. Chopsticks. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone. This is actually a harder question to answer than I thought it would be. But honestly, like everything makes me cry.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

OCD, the Dude, and Me. Quality book, that is.


4 thoughts on “End of the Year Book Survey 2013

  1. I need to do one of these surveys, it looks fun! And I agree with you on tfios being amazing, for me it was the best of 2013, I cried at the end!

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