Saturday, January 4, 2014

2013 End of Year Book Survey - Part 1

best books 2013 end of year survey

The lovely Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-turner creates a survey each year and this year, I'm actually able to participate! I know that I probably forgot a better answer or repeated a book title way too many times, but it was fun to answer Jamie's questions. I think 2013 was a fantastic reading year. I'll be splitting this up into two parts with part two coming tomorrow. So be sure to check back! 

Best YA book 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)

Contemporary – United We Spy by Ally Carter and Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic – Unravel Me by Taherah Mafi
Historical Fiction – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, and Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anna Blankman
Paranormal — Parallel by Lauren Miller and The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Science Fiction — All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill and These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Fantasy — Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Other than YA: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

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

It's sad that I had quite a few titles pop in my head when I read this question. The book that really wins this title though is A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan. I was expecting another beloved retelling, but ended up really annoyed. Such a disappointment.

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


For some reason, I was surprised by Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and its complete awesomeness. I do not doubt Bardugo any longer.

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

Probably The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I read it and went completely fangirl on it.

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I take this to mean that I read more than one book in the series and if that's the case, the problem is that many series I discovered has its sequels coming out next year or my other problem is that I loved the first book and haven't been able to get to its sequel yet. I knew about it before, but I finally read The Song of the Lioness series and finally started the Graceling series and the Throne of Glass series.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

I have a whole list about it here. Someone who isn't on the list: Cristin Terrill because I read her afterwards and her book was AMAZING.

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

Nothing is ever really out of my comfort zone nowadays, but Dark Triumph was pretty bleak and uncomfortable with its, uh, familial relationships.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Hands down, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. I read 200 pages in one night and then woke up and read the rest in the morning.

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

 The Program by Suzanne Young, probably. The sequel comes out next year, woohoo!

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

The cover of Fangirl makes me happy.

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

This is an extremely difficult question so I'll break it up by girl, boy, antagonist, and secondary into an incomprehensive list.

Girl: Audrey from Audrey, Wait! and Celaena from Throne of Glass
Boy: Cole from Everbound and Zach from United We Spy
Antagonist: Reinhard from Prisoner of Night and Fog and d'Albert from Dark Triumph
Secondary: Thorne from Scarlet and Gabrielle from Perfect Scoundrels

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Was there any question about it?

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

This is hard for me because I feel that many books have some sort of impact on me. But Parallel made me really question things. I've always what-iffed everything to death and this made me think about it in a deeper way. What if one tiny choice can change your whole life?

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


The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce! I (audio)book binged on that and regret not starting sooner.

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

Chapter 62 of Unravel Me! Chapter 62! Oh, I should actually quote a passage or a quote that's non-spoilery? This may be the hardest question because I don't do well with remembering quotes. I know there are certain ones I love or laugh with or cry with or brings out some kind of emotion. So I'll just pull another quote from Unravel Me instead and then later be aggravated that I didn't think of so-and-so's quote that another blogger highlighted.

"As far as I can tell, you've got food in your mouth and clothes on your back and a place to pee in peace whenever you feel like it. Those aren't problems. That's called living like a king. And I'd really appreciate it if you'd grow the hell up and stop walking around like the world crapped on your only roll of toilet paper. Because it's stupid," he says, barely reining in his temper. "It's stupid, and it's ungrateful. You don't have a clue what everyone else in the world is going through right now. You don't have a clue, Juliette." —Kenji from Unravel Me

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

According to Goodreads, the longest was Graceling by Kristin Cashore at 471 pages. As for the shortest, possibly In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce at 262 pages because I'm not counting novellas.

 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!

It's probably tiring to see these books coming up so many times, but I can't lie...Parallel for the ending, All Our Yesterdays for the same reason (thankfully I had my sister and Lauren), These Broken Stars for THAT PART, and Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones for a frustrating love triangle.

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

Romance – Cath and Levi from Fangirl, Rob and Scarlet from Scarlet, and MANY more.
Friendship – Maddie and "Verity" from Code Name Verity
Familial — Penny and her family from The Lonely Hearts Club

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

Unless sequels count, which is a whole different ballgame.

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

Solely? See, I take my time and weigh many people's opinions. But maybe The Naturals because of Ally Carter's recommendation or The Song of the Lioness because Gillian PRESSURES.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

I'm taking a guess here and saying fantasy type books? 

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

Levi from Fangirl, Tarver from These Broken Stars, Xander from The Distance Between Us, George from The Song of the Lioness, Sturmhond from Siege and Storm, Po from Graceling, Finn from All Our Yesterdays...can I keep going?

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, but you probably knew that already, didn't you?

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


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

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt was super cute and really fun to read. It was also my first ARC! I smiled throughout Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell as well.  

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

I don't cry in books, but Code Name Verity was a heartbreaking read.

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

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards because personally, I barely heard about it through the blogosphere.


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  1. 1. United We Spy! :) I have Meant to Be on hold at the library and I'm looking forward to trying it! Prisoner of Night and Fog is one I'm looking forward to next year. Dear Mr. Knightley is one I want to try too! :)

    3. I haven't read Shadow and Bone yet, but I think I may have to move it up onmy TBR pile after seeing how much love everyone has for it!

    5. The Alanna series is one that I haven't read, I need to try it eventually because I'm loving the other series by her I'm reading.

    10. Yes! Even though I haven't read Fangirl, the cover is adorable! I love it! Eleanor and Park had a great cover too.

    11. Zach! :) Perfect Scoundrels is one I didn't get to read last year, this year I plan on fixing that. It seems like even though I end up loving the Heist books after I read them, it always ends up taking me awhile to finally read them.

    14. You listened to them on audio? I assume that means the audiobooks are good? Then maybe I'll try reading them that way.

    17. In These Broken Stars even though I have yet to read it, THAT PART seems to make it on every bloggers list. :)

    22. Xander! <3 :)

    27. Six Months Later in another book that is on my TBR list, I've heard you and one or two others praise it and I'm excited to try it! :)

    And even more books are on my TBR list now. :)

    1. All of the books you haven't read yet...READ. NOW.

  2. You make me want to read The Naturals and All Our Yesterdays! You read some awesome books this year. And you're right- Six Months Later was an under the radar book. Hope you have more fun bookish surprises this year!

    1. haven't read them? My heart....thank you!

  3. *laughs evilly* Yes. I am so glad you enjoyed Grave Mercy and Fangirl-they are two of my favorites as well. I really need to get around to All Our Yesterdays and These Broken Stars, though! Your rec for The Program is nice to have too because I was really iffy on that book.

    1. Personally, I think I liked AOY even better than TBS so selfishly, start with AOY!

  4. I love seeing the recurring themes in which books people have chosen for the survey. :)

    Yes, Six Months Later has been so overlooked!

    1. I was happy to look at others' and see that not only did they have similar answers to mine, but also, I wasn't the only one who repeated answers!

  5. I loved Fangirl..I need to read all our yesterdays, code name and these broken stars.

  6. I don't even know where to start with this! I agree with you one a lot of things ... Parallel, Dark Triumph ... I need to read Six Months Later, because I'm positive I'll love it.

  7. I forgot you were all fangirl over The Naturals. I think I'll have to pick that up on audio since I didn't get to my galley. I liked the other JLB books I've read, so it's worth a shot, especially since you enjoyed it so much. Also, yay for all the All Our Yesterdays love on this survey. Definitely one of my favorites in 2013! :D Oh, and because of you, I also really want to check out Six Months Later. :)

  8. As I expected, I agree with a lot of your answers. I could list them all, but that would take a while, so I'll just take this moment to say thank you for going completely fangirl over The Naturals! I hadn't planned on reading it, but now I think I'll love it.

    1. Yay! Oh, I am definitely happy now that my fangirling paid off.

  9. OK so so much on this list to discuss. I don't where to begin. 1) So you loved NATURALS? I didn't pick that up because of love triangle fear. Several people mentioned that being an aspect I wouldn't like. Thoughts? 2) I don't think we can be friends after the chapter 62 business. UGH. I'm not sure I'll make it through Ignite Me. You may find me checking myself into somewhere for mental breakdown. Good thing my husband works at a psych ward…3) I need to read the Gallagher Girls Series as well as Song of the Lioness. I know the author of the upcoming Midnight Thief said it was her biggest inspiration for the book. 4) I don't know much about Parallel (I avoided all parallel world/alternate reality books) but I'm excited that it impacted you so much. 5) Glad you loved Fangirl, All our Yesterdays, Grave Mercy and many more of my favorites. What a great year!

    1. Okay, that is a toughie. Because I liked the rest of the book, I want to say READ IT even though there IS a bit of a love triangle, making me annoyed, but man, selfishly, I want to have you read it because I love it so much. HAHA. Warner fan for life, yo. Whoa, your husband works in a psych ward? You have an in! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO.