2013 End of the Year Book Survey

Posted January 3, 2014 in BOOKS, Uncategorized / 3 Comments

I’ve decided to complete the 4th Annual End of the Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at The Pepetual Page Turner as I had so much fun joining in last year. If you’d like to take part, head on over to the blog and join up with the linky, or post a comment below and I’ll visit your blog. Anyone who links up by January 10th is in the running to win a book of their choice from Jamie’s list!

Best in Books 2013

1. Best Book You Read In 2013?

I think it would have to be Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. It was even better than Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

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

All of the books lived up to my expectations really.

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

Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I’ve had it on my shelf for a while but thought it was going to be a bit young for me, and perhaps a bit predictable. I couldn’t have been more wrong! It had me hooked after a couple of chapters and was one of my most engaging reads of the year.

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

Probably A Game of Thrones. I’ve been recommending it to anyone who’s enjoyed the TV show.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I’m very excited to read the next two books.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

George R.R. Martin. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Days of Blood and Starlight. So action packed and nerve-wracking!

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

Days of Blood and Starlight again! I will probably read it to my partner before reading the third one.

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

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Cole St. Clair from Linger by Maggie Steifvater or Tyrion Lannister from A Game of Thrones.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Days of Blood and Starlight or A Game of Thrones. Both were packed with stunning metaphors and gorgeously crafted prose. 

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

Helga’s Diary: A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp by Helga Weiss. As you would expect, it was a harrowing read but I feel like I have a better understanding of what people went through in the concentration camps now. I was only aware of the statistics before, now I can imagine a little better what it was like for individuals who actually lived through it. One of the things that struck me most was Helga’s positive, hopeful attitude, despite everything she had been through and the terrible conditions she was living in. It really put some of my pathetic worries into perspective!

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

Fahrenheit 451. I should have read this years ago!

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

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

The shortest was Helga’s Diary: A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp (208 pages) and the longest was A Game of Thrones (807 pages).

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!

A Game of Thrones had so many twists and cliffhangers that left me reeling.

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

Lena and Alex from Delirium, Karou and Akiva, Zuzana and Mik from Days of Blood and Starlight, Sam and Grace, Cole and Isabelle from Linger and Forever and literally all the relationships in A Game of Thrones, which has the most interesting forbidden romances and power-plays.

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

Days of Blood and Starlight.

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

Helga’s Diary: A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp. A friend at work lent me this after I commented on  her post about it on Facebook. 

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Young Adult (6 books).

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

Alex from Delirium and V from Innocent Darkness.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear. It’s a steampunk novel featuring faeries! Quite unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

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

A Game of Thrones or Days of Blood and Starlight. I was absorbed totally into both worlds.

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

Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear. There was a lot of light-hearted fun as well as some pretty steamy scenes. 

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

Hands down- Helga’s Diary: A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp. Utterly heartbreaking and unimaginably sad, yet there is some hope and happiness amidst the misery.

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

Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear. Not enough publicity but definitely worth a read!

Book Blogging/Reading Life 2013 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?

I discovered so many amazing new blogs during the A-Z challenge last year that I really can’t list them all!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?

Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing by Jessica Bell. My review can be found here.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

There were some great discussions about mythological creatures during the A-Z Challenge.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

This post on Gennifer Albin’s blog about ‘slut shaming’.

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

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

As above.

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

U is for Unicorns (2109 pageviews).

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Gender and Book Covers: Where do you Stand?

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

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

Sadly not. I think I took on way too many!

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Panic by Lauren Oliver.

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings and Nil by Lynne Matson.

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor.  

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I hope to spend more time visiting the readers and commentators on my blog and engaging with other bloggers.

Phew. Well, that was fun. Did you read any of the same books this year? What are you most looking forward to reading next year?

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3 responses to “2013 End of the Year Book Survey

  1. Based on your recommendations I'm definitely going to start the 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' trilogy. I love my fantasy books (Game of Thrones was the last fantasy book series where I truly felt engaged in the story) and having just visited Prague I imagine the imagery would be really fresh and inviting!

    Happy new year and happy reading in 2014 🙂


  2. Oh I'm sure you'd love it. You remind me quite a bit of the main character, Karou, as she is very arty and has blue hair. I fell in love with the atmosphere straight away. I'd love to go to Prague now. Happy New Year to you too Kai x

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