Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Best Books in 2013

This year I am joining The Perpetual Page Turner in an end of year book survey. If you want see all 110 books I read this year, I would love for you to friend me on Goodreads.
1.Best Book You Read In 2013 by genre?
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t?
  •  Allegiant. I don't even know what to say about this book. It was from the series I recommended the most, to one I hardly mention now. 
3. Most Surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
  • The Fault in Our Stars. I really thought I was going to hate this book. I bought it before I knew it was about cancer and only read it because I owned it. I really loved it. 
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
5. Best Series You Discovered in 2013?
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
  • Robin LaFevers, she has a series about assassin nuns, ummm... awesome! 
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
  • Better- I honestly don't read a lot of nonfiction but this book about our medical system was absolutely fascinating. 
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
  •  Shatter Me. Fantastic dystopian. I can't wait for the third. 
9. Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

11. Most memorable character in 2013?
  • Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door. My husband literally had to talk me out of dying my hair pink or purple after I read this book. 
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
  •  I really loved Fire
13. Book that  had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
  • Anna and the French Kiss. I refused to read romances until I read this one and it made me discover a whole genre of books that I previously turned my nose up at. 
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
  • Ender's Shadow. I read Ender's Game years ago, but just barely read Bean's story this year. 
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?
  • “Just because something isn't practical doesn't mean it's not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.” 
    ― Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door
  • “I know you hate me. But don't let that make you stupid.” 
    ― Rae CarsonThe Girl of Fire and Thorns

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2013?
  • Longest: I have honestly no idea....
  • Shortest – Probably one of the I Am Number Four Novellas.
17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?
  • I finished Allegiant only a few hours after it was out and I had NO one to talk about the emotional trauma of the book with. 
18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013.
  • Maddie and Julie from Code Name Verity. I loved that this book was about an amazing friendship between two friends. No romance needed. 
19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve read previously.
  • I finished the Graceling series this year and I loved it. Graceling is still one of my all time favorites. 
20. Best book you read in 2013 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else.
21. Genre you read the most from in 2013.
  • YA Fantasy
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013.
23. Best 2013 debut you read.
  • The Ward. I really loved the characters in this book. 
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013.
25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013.
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013.
27. Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out.
  • The Bitter Kingdom- I am pretty sure everyone in the world should have been as excited for this book as I was. ;)

28. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)
  • You want me to pick a favorite?! I loved meeting Robin LaFevers and Stephanie Perkins but I think the highlight was meeting my favorite childhood author Gail Carson Levine. 
29. Most popular bookish blog post of the year.
  • You can find my book posts here
30. Book you’re most anticipating for 2014.
  •  City of Heavenly Fire, Isla and the Happily Ever After, Ignite Me, Ashes. I have been waiting for Ashes forever. I am SO excited! 
31. Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014.
  • Mara Dyer
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criticalcrass said...

i so wanted to love dash and lily's book of dares. what a great idea for a story! what cool characters! and i LOVED nick and norah's infinite playlist. so i was sure i was gonna dig this book. and i did. until the last of the story. that scene where lily's out with the dog? that's where, for me, it started going wrong.

but it IS definitely one of the better books i've read this year.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

So glad I didn't both with the subsequent books in the Divergent series.

Thanks for sharing your ideas about the books you read in 2013!

Here's my End-of-the-Year Survey.

Prairie Wife said...

I loved Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children too! I just put Lola and the Boy Next Door on my wish list, thanks for the recommendation!

TrelaRott said...

I just found your blog (I was looking for sparkling jello recipes for New Year's Eve tonight) and then discovered your book list. Yes on Allegiant, Ender's Shadow, Miss Peregrine and SO many more. I'm officially hooked on your taste! And the Frozen cloak is super cute -- we're beyond that stage in our house, but I'll look to see if you find a way to dress my husband up as Olaf for next Christmas. :)

Jessica @ Books: A true story said...

I love reading everyone’s end of year survey. I read Entwined a few years ago and I loves it!! I loved the Belgariad Series as a teen! I totally need to re-read them too.