14 December 2013

2013 End of Year Book Survey

 Every year, Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner has an End of Year Book Survey.  I did it for the first in 2012 and loved it, and now it's back again!

Yes, it's not quite the end of the year, but I'm going on vacation in a week so I won't be around for the last two weeks of the year!

Best in Books 2013

1. Best Book You Read in 2013

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - it sounds wierd to say my favourite book of the year was the one that made me cry the most - but the fact it was the ONLY book that made me cry this year probably explains it further.

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

Survive by Alex Morel

Everything about this book screamed ME.  But I was so disappointed in it, I even wrote a letter to the book about my disappointment.

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

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

I'd never even considered reading Shadow and Bone until Daisy convinced me (whilst in the middle of a bookstore no less) to try it.  And I lurrrved it!

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

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Second year running that a Levithan book is my most recommended.  It's just ... beautiful.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi - I read all three books in the trilogy this year (sadly, not as a binge read), and it's one of the best dystopian series I've read in a long time.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Elizabeth Wein - both Code Name Verity and especially Rose Under Fire were just amazing - historical fiction with strong female characters for the win!

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

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo - I very rarely read fantasy - it's just not my thing.  But Bardugo made me forget I was reading a genre I don't usually like.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes - I was so captivated by it, that I read it on my phone whilst walking.

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

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee - I'm dying to re-read it before reading World After, and waiting until next year (I have a wierd rule about not re-reading books in the same year) is KILLING ME.

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

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale - because it's kooky and matches the book perfectly.

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Roar from the Under the Never Sky series.  Do I really need to explain this?

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - because I cried, big sobbing cried, when I read it, and I'm not a crier when it comes to books.

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

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque - it's been on my TBR for years and years, and I finally got to it in 2013.

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

''You can give words, but you can't take them.  And when words are given and received, that is when they are shared.  We remember what that was like.  Words so real they were almost tangible.  There are conversations that you remember, for certain.  But more than that, there is the sensation of conversation. You will remember that, even when the precise words begin to blur.  How you gave, how you received.  How close you felt to this other person, how remarkable this closeness was.  The sharing of the words becomes as important as the words themselves.  The sensation stays with you, attaches you to world.''

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: Swan Song by Robert McCammon (856 pages)
Shortest: Last Suppers: Final Famous Meals from Death Row by Ty Treadwell (152 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!

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  I did NOT expect what happened to happen and I was quite shocked that it did!

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

Max and Sylvie from Golden Boy by Abigal Tarttelin - despite all the complications of their relationship, and the ups and downs, it was just a super sweet relationship that made me happy.

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

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, which was pushed on me by Judith at Paper Riot and I LOVED it.  And then immediately pushed it on other people!

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

This answer actually really surprised me - nearly one third of all my books read in 2013 are Contemporary Fiction.  Considering I'm a huge horror/dystopian lover and historical-fiction always draws me in, I'm in shock.  Obviously my tastes are continuing to change!

22. Best 2013 debut you read?

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch - I absolutely adored this book, and I can't wait to see what Emily writes next.

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

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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

Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy #1) by Daria Snadowsky - because it was so open and honest about being a teenager and having your first relationship.

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

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - the only one that brought me to tears.

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

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin - the only reason this isn't my 'pushing' book of the year was because I only just read it, but this book deserved so much more attention.  Check it out!

Looking Ahead

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - I KNOW!

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

The Haven by Carol Lynch Wiliams - it's been on my radar for about 18 months, and although I'm a bit dysopian-overloaded, I'm a fan of Lynch Williams' work and really intrigued about this one.

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? 

Landry Park (Landry Park #1) by Bethany Hagen - another one that has been on my wishlist for ages, this sounds super cool - I love genre mishmashes when they work!

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014? 

Sunrise (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin - I've enjoyed this series so much, and I'm intrigued to see how it ends!

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

I'm looking forward to coming back from my hiatus in January and being refreshed and ready to blog.  And to visit more blogs and commenting - I love reading other blogs but sadly fell out of the habit of doing it.  Prepare for comment avalanches in 2014!

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