2013 End of Year Book Survey

With just a few days left of this year, I’m unlikely to get much more (if any!) reading done before 2014 arrives, so I figured now was a good time to try and complete Jamie’s End of Year Book Survey!  You can see my answers to the 2012 survey here and here!

I’ve linked up any relevant reviews, but I haven’t also included goodreads links because it got messy trying to differentiate between the two (and it meant there were links everywhere!).

 

best in books

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)

Best books for Review: Butter | The Humans
Best books from my personal choices: Throne of Glass | Ape House | Feed

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

Probably Icons – I’d heard good things about it and I was really excited about the plot, but I just didn’t end up enjoying it.  Unfortunately, I found the majority of the story slow and excessively vague in terms of world-building.

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

I’m not sure about this one, but probably Ender’s Game.  I expected to enjoy it, but I didn’t expect to love it the way I did.

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

Almost certainly The Humans.  I’ve recommended it to pretty much everyone I can get to listen to me!

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I really can’t decide between either The Newsflesh Trilogy and Throne of Glass.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Mira Grant & Sarah J. Maas.

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

Feed.  I’m a huge wimp, and zombies definitely aren’t my thing usually, so Feed was a real departure for me.  I picked it up because I loved Parasite, and decided to give Feed a go to keep my Mira Grant buzz going, and ended up loving it!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

I can’t choose between the three, but I found the whole Newsflesh trilogy difficult to put down!  It was full of twists, surprises and drama, and I stayed up past midnight finishing each of them.

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

I’m not generally a big re-reader so I honestly have no idea for this one!  Maybe Parasite because I just bought my sister a copy for Christmas!

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

I read some books with truly gorgeous covers this year, but I think my favourite (right now at least) is the cover for Parasite.  It’s so simple, but intriguing.

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

The Hive Queen from Ender’s Game.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Dear Thing.

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

This is a really tough one, because I seem to have had a bumper year for books that made me think!  I’ve narrowed it down to four – Golden, If I stay, The Last Rhinos and Ape House.  All four made me think about what I want to do with my life, by making me think about how fragile life is, and evaluate what’s really important to me.

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

If I Stay and Where She Went.  I’ve had If I stay on my shelf for absolutely ages, but only got around to reading it in December of this year.  I ended up really enjoying it and reserving a library copy of Where She Went straight away!

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

Crash Into You:

““When I’m with you, even my past seems like a bad dream,” he says. “I’ve sat on this hill a hundred times, and all I used to see were lights that represented places where I wasn’t wanted, where I never belonged. Now, when you aren’t with me, I look east and know one of those lights represents you, and I don’t feel alone anymore.””

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (129 pages)
Longest – Blackout (659 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!

Definitely Deadline!

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

Romantic – Celaena & Chaol from Crown of Midnight.
Familial – Cassie and Sammy from The 5th Wave.

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

Probably Copperhead.  I really enjoyed the beautifully written Ironskin last year and I was really excited to read Copperhead, which I’m pleased to say did not disappoint!

I also really enjoyed Blood of Dragons, which isn’t exactly a surprise since I always end up loving Robin Hobb’s books!

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

The Elites.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

This year I read a lot of Fantasy and sci-fi.

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

I’m not really a book crush kinda girl, but if i had to pick, I’d have to say either Chaol from Throne of Glass or Ryan from Dare You To.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Either Ink or Splintered.

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

I absolutely loved the world-building in Ink.  Amanda Sun’s writing is beautifully evocative and it is so easy to get immersed in the imagery she’s created.

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

The Humans. It’s heartfelt and beautifully written, but also truly funny.  I genuinely laughed out loud at points, and it was just fun to read.

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

Golden, If I Stay and The Program were all pretty emotional reads!

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

For some of the books I read this year, I was oblivious to any hype there may (or may not) have been when the book was released, so for this I looked at the number of ratings a book had on goodreads.

Three that I think deserve a lot more attention are Copperhead (86 ratings), Dear Thing (115 ratings) and The Last Rhinos (376 ratings).

 blogging reading life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

I think Girlxoxo.com is my favourite at the moment, but I’ve discovered a lot of great blogs and the top position changes a LOT. Right now I’m particularly obsessed with Tanya’s Sunday Best on Girlxoxo, which includes links to great things around the internet on books and blogging tips.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

Maybe The Humans just because I had so much I wanted to say and ended up re-wording it, cropping it and adding bits in, over and over!

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

The best discussion on my blog wasn’t actually bookish, it was on my filofax dilemma!

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

This discussion from Jamie on keeping blogging life and real life separate really got me thinking.  At the moment, my friends know I blog but only my partner has the link, which is something I’ve never questioned before. Jamie’s post got me thinking about why I’d rather keep the blog pretty much to myself.

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

I absolutely LOVED taking part in Rinn’s sci-fi month this year.  It really got me motivated and excited about blogging, and it was just so much fun.

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

I don’t have any really huge moments to talk about, but I did have a small but significant moment last week, when my partner and I were walking through Waterstones and he basically said to me ‘I’ve been looking at some of the popular books this year, and you’ve actually read a lot of them through the blog.’.  It was just a little moment where he sort of said, hey, your little blog is going pretty well, I’m impressed.

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

My most popular post this year remains the rules for Harry Potter Ring of Fire, but that wasn’t published this year so I don’t think it counts!

My most popular posts written this year are Inspired by…House Stark, A guide to last minute exam revision and my review for Revealing Us (Lisa Renee Jones).

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any of the reviews!

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

I’m pretty obsessed with FictFact right now.  I can keep track of which book is next up in various series at one glance, and the book release calendar is a great feature!

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

I’m pretty pleased with how I did on the reading challenge front this year.  I read 129 books (I’m hoping 130 by the end of the year) which meant I passed my Goodreads challenge of 100.  I also managed to complete 16 of the 20 challenges I signed up for.

 

looking ahead

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

Under the Never Sky.  I picked up a copy in The Works for £1.99 absolutely ages ago and still haven’t got around to reading it, even though I’ve heard great things!

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

Throne of Glass #3!

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Definitely Alienated.

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Either Symbiont or City of Heavenly Fire.

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

I was talking to my other half about this recently, and the biggest thing I’d like to do with the blog in 2014 is be more personal.  The posts I love the most on other blogs, and the sorts of posts that make me follow a blog, are the ones where I can see a little of the person behind the blog, and I’d really like to let a little more of me show through!

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