2013 End of the Year Book Survey

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Hey guys. So another year has gone by (oh who am I kidding I just started blogging this year, okay let’s just say another year of reading has gone by) and I read tons of books this year. I only started keeping track on Goodreads about halfway through, in July? August? Around there. So I only read 46 books. That’s going to change next year, believe me, but for this survey I’ve only got 46 books to choose from (which probably makes it easier). Anyway, this survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner, an awesome blog (check it out) and this is my first year doing it (obviously). So here’s some info from her page:
So feel to fill this out whenever you feel like it…whether that’s today or in January   — I know every body will want to reflect at different points! Feel free to link up and share your End of Year Books Survey and visit others on the list!

 

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2013!!

Anyone who links up by January 10th will be in the running to win a book of their choice that they saw on my list! :) Winner will be chosen off the linky.

Yup. There will be book winning opportunities. So enough dawdling! Let’s do this thing!
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)

All right, I’m going to do this based off of the ratings I gave the books. Almost all the 5-star books from 2013 are going into this category. Note: they are not in any order.
1. Attrition by S.G. Night (ARC)
   Goodreads             My review
The Cider House Rules
2. The Cider House Rules by John Irving
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
3. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
                        Goodreads          Review to come eventually.
My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)
4. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Goodreads             Review
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events books 1-3 by Lemony Snicket
Goodreads            Bundle review
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
6. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare
                Goodreads             Review to come eventually.
Monkey Talk
7. Short story: Monkey Talk by T. Lucas Earle
Goodreads             Review
The Bride of Devil's Acre
8. The Bride of Devil’s Acre by Jennifer Kohout
Goodreads             Review
The Diary of Amy, the 14-Year-Old Girl Who Saved the Earth
9. The Diary of Amy, the 14-year-old Girl Who Saved the Earth by Scott Erickson
Goodreads             Review
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
10. The Night Thoreau Spend in Jail by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Oh wow! This makes a perfect Top Ten Tuesday. I guess I’ll post that today as well.

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


The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I thought this was going to be a required reading (for school) book that I actually liked but I was so horribly wrong. It was my least favorite book of the year.
Goodreads        My review

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

The Bride of Devil's Acre
I’m gonna have to go with The Bride of Devil’s Acre by Jennifer Kohout. I didn’t expect it to be this fantastic, but it totally was.
Goodreads         My review

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

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
Hands down Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. It’s one of my top 6 all-time favorite books. I have a Favorites Friday post on that. But seriously, whenever the opportunity came up I recommended this book and its series. It’s so amazing.
Goodreads          Review to come eventually (as soon as I reread/review the first two).
 

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Attrition: the First Act of Penance (Three Acts of Penance, #1)
…does it count if the series isn’t complete yet?
The Three Acts of Penance series by S.G. Night. I read Attrition this year as an ARC and he’s writing the sequel right now. I can’t wait to read the rest of them!
Goodreads             My review

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Well…S.G. Night. Obviously! He’s the best.

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

The Secret Life of Josephine: Napoleon's Bird of Paradise
I guess this one’s gonna be The Secret Life of Josephine: Napoleon’s Bird of Paradise. I gave it 5 stars but it didn’t make the top ten favorites. I have read a bit of historical fiction before, but not really anything noteworthy, until this one. And then I read The Paris Wife shortly after. But I really do like reading this genre. It’s even more exciting because it’s the truth!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Attrition: the First Act of Penance (Three Acts of Penance, #1) The Bride of Devil's Acre
This one’s a straight tie between Attrition and The Bride of Devil’s Acre. Both were amazingly written, amazing plot, very difficult to put down.
Attriton: Goodreads             My review
The Bride of Devil’s Acre: Goodreads         My review

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

I reread a good deal of my books, but I probably won’t be rereading many of these until at least a couple years from now. I still have to review the Seven Kingdoms series by Kristin Cashore (Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue) so I will probably reread those first out of all the rest. Just maybe not next year.

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

Covers are so hard to choose for me! I have been doing a series of Favorites Friday posts on various sets of covers I like. But for my favorites, I’d have to go with…
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) The Bride of Devil's Acre

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Haha I’m going to have to cheat a bit on this one…well, not really. I know right away that the character I thought/talked about the most this year was Katsa, primarily from Graceling by Kristin Cashore but also a secondary character in Bitterblue which I read this year. Still counts! I think.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Attrition: the First Act of Penance (Three Acts of Penance, #1)
Well, definitely Attrition by S.G. Night. I think I’ve included enough links to that Goodreads page and my review. But also The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- want to know why this isn’t on my favorites list? Because I haven’t finished it yet! But it deserves honorable mention and will definitely make my favorites list of 2014.

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

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
Gosh, that’s hard. I’m going to go with one that had the most emotional impact on me at the time I read it. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. That book had all the feels. All of them.
Goodreads             Review to come eventually (I haven’t even read the last one yet!).

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

Did I jump on any bandwagons this year? Hmm…let me think. I guess you could pick any of the classics…Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Great Gatsby, etc. But I am going to go with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, even though I only started it this year (didn’t finish yet).

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

Oh boy. I’ve got a ton of them saved up from The Book Thief that will likely make it into several Quote It Saturdays next year (well, that meme is being discontinued in 2014 so I’ll have to find a replacement). But from this year, I’d say just take your pick from my previous Quote It Saturdays. I like the ones from the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage the best. They’re funny.
 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest was definitely Attrition by S.G. Night- 586 pages!
Shortest was Once Upon a Time in the North (His Dark Materials .5) by Phillip Pullman- 104 pages. Not counting novellas and short stories.

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!

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
Most of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. It was so emotionally taxing, seriously.

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

The Secret Life of Josephine: Napoleon's Bird of Paradise
Josephine and Donovan from The Secret Life of Josephine: Napoleon’s Bird of Paradise by Carolly Erickson. I guess they were lovers, but friends as well, from when she was barely a teenager all the way until death. It was so sweet.

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

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
Can you guess? Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I don’t really need to explain again, do I?
Goodreads          Review to come eventually.
 

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

The Cider House Rules
The Cider House Rules by John Irving. I think it was a gift. It was amazing.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Heh heh. Middle Grade, I think. With a smattering of YA fantasy, adult fiction, whatever.

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

Will from Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I really wasn’t all that into him (or the series) in the first book, but I’m glad I kept reading. He’s so swoony. (and I never use that adjective)

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Attrition: the First Act of Penance (Three Acts of Penance, #1) The Bride of Devil's Acre
And here they are again: Attrition by S.G. Night and The Bride of Devil’s Acre by Jennifer Kohout.

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

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. This series just has so much substance, it’s unbelievable. I have such an investment and emotional attachment to this series that when I am reading them, I feel like I’m living in them.

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

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
Haha yes! I like this question! Hands down the first three Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket. It was so much fun just finding all the alliteration and definitions that I compiled into my Snicket Glossary, which has been getting a lot of love lately. Thanks guys!

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

The Bride of Devil's Acre Attrition: the First Act of Penance (Three Acts of Penance, #1) Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
These three again. Some parts of The Bride of Devil’s Acre, a bit, certain scenes from Attrition, a bit more, but nearly all of Clockwork Prince. I felt so sorry for Will the entire time.

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

The Bride of Devil's Acre
The Bride of Devil’s Acre by Jennifer Kohout! It was so amazing and I never hear anyone talk about it. This book needs some love, guys!
Goodreads         My review
reading-life-2013

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

I discovered all the book blogs in 2013 since I started blogging this year, but I will list some of the good ones. Don’t be offended if you’re not on here, if I’m following you in some way shape or form that means you’re still really awesome.
My favorite super-popular blogs:
1. Small Review– she inspired me to start blogging!
2. Read. Sleep. Repeat.– Octavia is awesome and full of helpful tips on blog organization- and hosts the Virtual Book Club I joined!
3. The Perpetual Page-Turner– Jamie has the best discussion posts/surveys out there. I can spend hours at a time on her blog just going from link to link.
My favorite blogging people/friends:
1. Emmanuel from Emdawg’s Book Blog– the first guy book blogger I discovered. And he’s awesome.
2. Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf– she even has a YouTube channel for her blog!
3. ‘Jane’ from The Anything Blog for People Who Chat– she writes and could use more followers! It’s technically not a book blog, but she does occasionally talk about books and stuff so I’m counting it.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

I would have to say my review for Attrition. I had just finished the book, had so much to say about it and just sat down and started writing like crazy. I couldn’t get it out all at once- I spread out my time writing it over a few days. I usually do my reviews in sections, you know how I do things, and I kept switching around because I kept thinking of things to say that went in other sections. You’d think I would change the way I do reviews, but no, I like sections. It keeps my thoughts organized.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

Lol. I guess I don’t really do discussions here. My Musing Mondays posts are basically my discussions. But the posts with the most comments and stuff tend to be my Feature and Follow Friday posts for obvious reasons. Like the most recent one where I got 33 books for Christmas and people were like WOW because they didn’t get any. ):

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

Pretty much any discussion post on Jamie’s blog- The Perpetual Page-Turner

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

I like doing the memes. And I decided I hate readathons. And I did the first part of my first blog tour- for Sparks by R.S. McCoy that I’m reading right now. The review will be on January 23rd or somewhere around there.

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

                                                          Starting a book blog! Duh!

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

The Snicket Glossary: The First Installment got the most views- 64. And no comments! How funny! I guess people just appreciated the effort I put into compiling all that info. Also interesting to note is that my review of Treasure Island got 62 views- second place- and it was a negative review. I didn’t even really like the book! How interesting.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

There are in fact a few posts that didn’t get any views at all- now’s your chance! Such as my review of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, my review of Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (which I loved!), a few of my essays, etc.

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

 AbeBooks, an online bookseller like Amazon. Wunderlist, an App that I use to keep track of all my blog stuff. And Octavia’s (Read. Sleep. Repeat.) Official Book Blogger Planner! It’s so useful.

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

I did set my goal halfway through the year (when I started my blog!) to read 30 books this year, and I kept having to increase it in order to make it more challenging, so I ended up reading 46 books out of 45. Yay!
2014-books

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

 I gotta finish The Book Thief by Markus Zusak! 
 

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

I’m so behind on books that I really don’t think about this stuff. I don’t think anything coming out in 2014 would directly interest me unless it’s from a series I have a) started but can’t remember or b) want to start but probably won’t until it’s complete because of my massive TBR and re-read pile. So….none at the moment. Hey, next year maybe it’ll change and I’ll be slightly more caught up.

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I’m not sure of any books coming out in 2014 that I’m looking forward to off the top of my head. I mostly reread books.

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

 Same thing as above! I don’t know!
 

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

A lot of things- there are a bunch of new features I’d like to start on my blog. And hopefully get up to 50 followers and start doing giveaways! I don’t want to do giveaways if no one is going to participate (:
So what are your 2013 favs? Link me your surveys or just list them in the comments! 
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