Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner does this end of year bookish & blogging survey every year, and I had to participate after having so much fun doing it last year!
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 definitely have to cheat at this question.
Best 2013 Contemporary YA-– This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. Runner up: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller.
Best backlist Contemporary YA– Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
Best “light & fun” book— Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Best sequel— Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Best science fiction–All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Honorable mentions— The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Two books come immediately to mind–Requiem by Lauren Oliver and Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I LOVED Delirium, was disappointed in Pandemonium, and, if I’m being honest, sort of hated Requiem. It spoiled the entire series for me. I thought I would LOVE Just One Day but Alyson was just too much of a spoiled young adult who was wrapped up in her own problems. Oh, and I guess Not a Drop to Drink as well. I did LIKE Not a Drop to Drink, but I was so sure I was going to love it, and I just couldn’t.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
I thought This Song Will Save Your Life would be cheesy, but it was AMAZING. Also, These Broken Stars TOTALLY surprised me.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
I can think of two–I recommend Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe ALL the time. I also recommend Parallel by Lauren Miller a LOT. It was probably my favorite 2013 debut of the year(second maybe to All Our Yesterdays, but it would be close).
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
SO MANY. Two come to mind first–the Unearthly trilogy and The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
I’m not even gonna try to be discerning here, because I have many: Rainbow Rowell, Kasie West, Marissa Meyer, Rae Carson, and Patrick Ness.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Another Little Piece and The Waking Dark are both books I would have totally skipped over if they hadn’t been recommended to me as great horror reads. And you know what? I really liked both!
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
SCARLET by Marissa Meyer for sure! Honorable mentions: The 5th Wave, Pivot Point, and All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill.
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Probably either Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Pivot Point(before the sequel!), or All Our Yesterdays.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
Without a doubt, the cover for NOT A DROP TO DRINK:
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Have to go with Cath from Fangirl, JUST because she reminds me of myself so much. Also, the entire cast from Fangirl is really memorable–I love Levi as well, he’s so different for a romantic lead, and a fictional boy I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
This is not even a contest: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
A Monster Calls just hit me in a really vulnerable & important place and made me feel not alone. It’s rare a book has that type of effect on me EVER. Fangirl also had quite an impact just because Cath reminds me of me so much.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
I’d never read a John Green book before 2013, so any of his books, but especially Looking for Alaska. I’ve come to realize that maybe as a whole, John Green books aren’t for me, but so many people love his books that I really needed to experience them, and I do love Looking for Alaska.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
Can I cheat? Because the passage I’m thinking of is for a book I read this year but doesn’t release until next year. It’s from Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. I’m including this quote in my review too:
And a second, small quote from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: Words were different when they lived inside of you.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Good ol’ Goodreads to the rescue. Longest: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix(since I do a re-read every year!). Shortest: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
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!
ALLEGIANT. And if you’re read it, you know why.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Oh man. I LOVE the friendship between Abby and Caitlin in Parallel, and the friendship in Smart Girls Get What They Want. That’s one of the reason I loved the book so much. I also loved the romantic relationship between Levi & Cath in Fangirl and Caymen and Xander in The Distance Between Us.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I read Patrick Ness first at the end of 2012(though only one book), so I have to say both A Monster Calls and More Than This by Patrick Ness.
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
I would have never picked up Eleanor & Park without a recommendation.
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
I’m too lazy to figure this out, but I’m pretty sure it’s very close between Science fiction and contemporary.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
CAPTAIN THORNE FROM SCARLET. Guys, I do not typically swoon over book characters. I’ve never been one for “book boyfriends”, really. BUT THORNE. I would marry him immediately. Also, Levi from Fangirl.
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Parallel by Lauren Miller. Runners-up: Pivot Point by Kasie West and All Our Yesterday by Cristin Terrill.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
I’d have to go with the Miseducation of Cameron Post. It’s historical/realistic fiction, so not science fiction or fantasy or anything, but the imagery is STUNNING. I felt like I was there.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West. I just loved it!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
I’ve already mentioned it, but A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I also cried at the end of Allegiant, and got misty towards the end of All Our Yesterdays.
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
It wasn’t released in 2013, but Smart Girls Get What They Want is highly underrated in my opinion!
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
Dang, this is difficult. Okay, let me think. Oh, I discovered NoseGraze this year(which is a bit strange–you think I would have discovered Ashley’s awesome tips and reviews sooner). Of course, Asti at A Bookish Heart started her blog earlier this year and I became a regular reader immediately, and through her blog I also discovered my fellow Texan Kelley at Another Novel Read. There are other bloggers I’ve loved getting to interact with, and I shouted out a few of them in my blogoversary post.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
I’m suppose to remember a whole year’s worth of posts? This is difficult. Um. . . let’s see. . . Probably my review of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I teared up while reading the book, AND while writing the review.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I’m not sure I can pick one. I know the one that meant the most to me personally would be my posts about what books taught me and how in many ways they saved me growing up. I also think one of my posts that generated the most discussion is my post about why equating negative reviews with bullying is wrong.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Time to go browsing to the posts I have saved, I suppose. Ack, this is too hard! I can’t pick specific posts. I’ll just say that I know Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner, Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide, Asti at A Bookish Heart, and Kelley at Another Novel Read all have fantastic discussion posts. And if you’re really curious, I have a section on my blog roll for blogs I love for discussions.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to Austin Teen Book Fest! I never got around to writing a wrap-up posts(bad me, I know), but it was AMAZING. I loved hearing the panels. Victoria Scott moderated a great one called Into the Heart of Darkness that I thought was wonderful, and I also got to go to both the Dark Days and Fierce Reads panel. I met Marissa Meyer and she told me she liked my name!(yay!–Also, to be honest, it’s so nice to have a name that can be a conversation piece. Less awkward). I also got to meet a few other wonderful authors like Trish Doller and Leila Sales.
6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
Not sure about blogging, but best moment of book life would also be Austin Teen Book Fest. It was just such a blast!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My posts about Gender & the Hunger Games is STILL the most popular posts on my blog. I’ve received like 3,000 views on it–about 2500 more views than on any other singular posts. Crazy! Who knew people are so interested in this. That post was actually written in 2012, though, so the most popular post I wrote THIS year was my interview and giveaway with Lauren Miller for the 2013 Debut Authors Bash.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Hmm. I guess if I had to pick I would say I wish my mini-feature I did last May called Take a Chance on a Classic. I highlighted some classics I thought would be good for non-classic readers and there were a few discussions about some of the books, but of course I wanted it to reach a wider audience.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I discovered some great new local bookstores!(Well, semi-local). I also discovered bookoutlet.com, but I’m not sure how great that is for my wallet. . . I also discovered the local library!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
HAHA. Okay, I did go way over my Goodreads challenge. It was originally 75 books, but then 100. Then 120. Now if I read 4 more books I’ll read 150. I signed up for some challenges at the beginning of the year but I didn’t do a great job of keeping track of them.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
I NEED to finish the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. I have them all on ebook, so there’s really no excuse(except I’m scared of what may happen to my poor little heart).
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
SPLIT SECOND and CRESS. Two books I cannot wait to get my hands on.
3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Hmm. I’m quite looking forward to Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy.
4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
Hmm. . . I’m going to say Rebel by Amy Tintera, just to mix it up a little bit.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
I would like to find some new blogs and encourage fellow book bloggers! I’d also like to get over my fear of sending emails to publishers and authors for things like features if I have an idea. I’d just like to expand, I guess, including reading new genres! I’d also like to finish some series and re-read a little more.