2013 End of the Year Book Survey

Yes, I know 2013 is over and it is January.  Except I wanted to complete the End of the Year Book Survey, hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.

2013 book survey

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!!

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)

I just can’t choose one.  The best children’s book The Dark by Lemony Snickett, best contemporary On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, best science fiction Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo.

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

Monsters by Ilsa J Bick

I loved the second novel Shadows, but felt the last novel in the series went off the rails.

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I thought it was going to be different from what it was.

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

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

The Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout.  I don’t think it is the best series, but I read through a lot of the books this year.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Rainbow Rowell
I only read one of her books, but can’t wait to read more.

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

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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

I really don’t re-read books, but let’s just say I decide to, I am picking My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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

statistical probabilityI loved the cover more than the book.

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Arlette from Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

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

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

We should all pay a little more attention to one another.

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

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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

“Sometimes fate or life or whatever you want to call it, leaves a door a little open and you walk through it. But sometimes it locks the door and you have to find the key, or pick the lock, or knock the damn thing down. And sometimes, it doesn’t even show you the door, and you have to build it yourself. But if you keep waiting for the doors to be opened for you… I think you’ll have a hard time finding single happiness,let alone that double portion.” 

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest (besides picture books): Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaimon at 114 pages

Longest: Monsters by Ilsa J Bick at 688 pages (which felt like 1000)

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!

I guess I have to go with the end of the Divergent series.

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

Anna and T.J. in On the Island and the Garretts in My Life Next Door.

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

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

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

Divergent by Veronica Roth

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

I read a lot of Young Adult and Contemporary.

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

Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Journey by Aaorn Becker is the best I “read”.  It doesn’t have any words, but is very beautiful.



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

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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

The Future of Us by Jay Asher

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

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

I did not see it coming, but this book made me cry at the end.

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

Run to Me by Diane Hester

This is a fast paced, thriller that I think would appeal to a lot of different people.

blogging this

Canvas bag from HandmadeandCraft

Book Blogging/Reading Life 2013

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

I could say all of them, but that wouldn’t be helpful.  I only really discovered the many great book blogs this year.  So, I have a lot that I have discovered.  I will narrow it down to two that I always seem to find good content on their blog:

Ode to Jo and Katniss

Book Rock Betty

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

I really think I am still learning on how to write an effective review.  If I have to pick one it is:

Shadows by Ilsa J Bick

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

Books I Am Embarrassed to Admit I Have Not Read

I still haven’t read most of them.  Ah, well!

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

Wow, I am sure I read one.  I just don’t remember what one it would be.  I will have to edit once I think of one.

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

I stumbled upon an author signing. Score!

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

Well a big one is starting this book blog.  The other is getting hired in a position where I am surrounded by books.

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

Most commented is Top Ten Book, So Far

Most views is Books to Read Before the Movie Comes Out

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I understand why, since I posted this when I first started my blog, but it would be 10 Ways to Increase Your Number of Books This Year.

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

Not totally book related, but I love Bloglovin.  It keeps all of the book blogs in one spot.

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

The Goodreads challenge to read 55 books and I read 72 books.  I also completed my categories challenge (find it here).  Some of those books I changed, but for the most part they stayed the same.  I finished all the categories, except I am still finished The Book Thief.  I also tried to do the A to Z book challenge, but failed.

looking ahead

Look Ahead and Believe necklace by BlansetCreations

Looking Ahead

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

I need to say The Book Thief.  That way I can say I finished all of the categories from last year.

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

Is linking my Most Anticipated Books cheating?  If I have to pick one it will be The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Plus, I just saw on Goodreads they have a Veronica Mars book coming out.  WAIT, what!?

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

This one I am unsure.

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Mara Dyer and The Grisha

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

I am just looking at simple things like read more, enjoy more books, and stay consistent on blogging.


What are your thoughts on the 2013 books and blogging year?  Do we have any of the same favorites?  Did I miss something?  Any book you think I MUST get my hands on and read next?




2 thoughts on “2013 End of the Year Book Survey

  1. I discovered many new authors, but the one who stood out was debut author, Julie Richman, who wrote “Searching for Moore” (http://wp.me/pC9im-cs), Book 1 and “Moore to Lose” (http://wp.me/pC9im-i5), Book 2 in the “Needing Moore” series.
    (Book 3, the final book in the trilogy, will be released in February).

    This series was unlike any other I came across and it was difficult to categorize because it defied genres. It centered around the reunion of college sweethearts after 24 years – as they reconnect on Facebook. Unexpectedly well written for a rookie, self-published author and a testament to having life experience to draw upon when writing books.

    I HIGHLY recommended the series, as evidenced by the reviews I wrote.

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