Best in Books 20131. Best book you read in 2013?
I read 93 books this year. I already cheated on the TTT of this topic and made it 20 books. And this is just the same question so I’ll stick with my same answer.
Without a doubt, I have to go with Ink by Amanda Sun on this one. So much potential. Such dreadful instalove. I’m still in mourning.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
This is by far the hardest question. I don’t have an obvious answer. If it was good, I was expecting it to be good. If it did surprise me, it was 98% of the time in a bad way. But I do have one idea: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton. I had practically no expectations for this book, feared it would go the route of sappy/angsty paranormal books that have failed me in the past, but it ended up being really good. I really enjoyed it. Also, for that matter, the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand surprised me quite a bit.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Without a doubt Adorkable. Such an underrated, unknown book, but it was so dear to my heart, I just can’t stop recommending it. Which is why it’s been on so many TTTs since, and why I will have to refrain from mentioning it too many times in this survey.
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
I’m going to go with The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer for this one. I read Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in 2013, and I just absolutely loved it. Cress was absolutely amazing. I just love that world, the fairy tales and how they are adapted, and the characters – especially Thorne and Cress. A close second, however, is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Oh, this is cruel. I’m cheating and saying two. Kasie West, because both Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us were fantastic and practically written just for me. And Kody Keplinger, because honestly her contemporary books are fantastic and pretty much totally converted me to a lover of the genre (see: The DUFF, A Midsummer’s Nightmare, and Shut Out).
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Looking at the books I read, I’m realizing I don’t really read out of my comfort zone a lot. I want to mention World After by Susan Ee here, because it was SO DARN CREEPY. If Angelfall hadn’t made me a huge fan of the series and/or was half as creepy as World After, I might have stayed far far away. At the same time, I want to praise The DUFF by Kody Keplinger again, because it was my gateway contemporary book and definitely opened me up to trying more light fluffy romantic books. LOVE.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
I have to go with All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill here. Holy crap. That book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was so intense. And I was reading it at my aunt and uncle’s house and may have neglected them a bit in favor of the book. Oops.
9. Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
I don’t do a lot of rereading, so this is a tough one. However, if I need giggles and uplifting self-reflection, I’ll probably go for Adorkable by Sarra Manning. I read that in September and already did a reread in November. Yeah. Otherwise, possibly All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
I am too much of a cover whore to choose only one. So here’s three. They all have red accents. Hmm.
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Oh that’s tough. Really. Because I hardly really remember characters. I’m going to go with Caymen from The Distance Between Us by Kasie West and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. Also Buruu from Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, can’t forget him. Yeah I keep repeating my favorite books. I don’t see that stopping.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
I’m going to have to go with Golden by Jessi Kirby. Her prose was absolutely amazing. It lifted me out of a reading slump and reminded me why I love to read.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
*sigh* The obvious answer is Adorkable by Sarra Manning, but I’ll add a shout out to This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. That book is absolutely beautiful and really got me to reflect on my life and everything. I can’t recommend it enough. For similar reasons, Just One Day by Gayle Forman.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
I started a lot of series this year that started in 2012, so I don’t really want to count those, as I wasn’t really that far behind. At the same time, many of the older books I read just weren’t on my radar for that long. Errr… this is a hard question. I’ll go with Stardust by Neil Gaiman. My first Gaiman book. Because I should have hopped on that train a long time ago.
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?
Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2013?
At 560 pages, Cress by Marissa Meyer was without a doubt the longest book I read. The shortest, not counting novellas or graphic novels, was a tie between Where She Went by Gayle Forman and Coraline by Neil Gaiman, both at 208 pages.
17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?
Phew, there’s a couple. But at the top of the list, probably, is Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. Because precisely halfway in the book, there’s QUITE a big twist. Whoa. I also wanted to keyboard smash about All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, but I read it in June, way before its release, when almost no other bloggers had read it yet. So that was torture. Finally, the end of Everbound by Brodi Ashton. Dear lord. Plot twist killer cliffhanger.
18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Here it becomes obvious that I cannot make choices. All of these are amazing. So go for it.
Romance – Jeane and Michael from Adorkable by Sarra Manning, Celaena and Chaol from Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, Em and Finn from All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, Julia and Jason from Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill, Caymen and Xander from The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, Addie and Trevor from Pivot Point by Kasie West, Iolanthe and Titus from The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, and Paige and Warden from The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.
Friendship – Abby and Caitlin from Parallel by Lauren Miller and Gigi, Bea and Neerja from Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer.
Familial – Cath and her dad in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Whitley and her dad in A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger because that one honestly made me cry.
19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve read previously.
That’s a tie between Everbound by Brodi Ashton and World After by Susan Ee. I honestly couldn’t give you a standalone here if I wanted to.
20. Best book you read in 2013 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else.
That’s really hard, because I rarely operate SOLELY on the recommendation of others. I always go look at the synopsis and other reviews and see if it’s something for me. I’m actually not that open to book pushing. But I’ll give props to Christina on this one, because thanks to her I read Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer and Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty.
21. Genre you read the most from in 2013?
I went and counted this. You’re welcome. I read 33 contemporaries, 27 science fiction books, 17 fantasies (wow I thought that would be more), 14 paranormal books, 1 mystery, and 1 non-fiction. So… contemporary. Wow. I was not expecting that. But they are my default quick reads, so I guess it makes sense.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
There’s so manyyyyy, ugh, how am I ever supposed to pick just one? I really love Trevor from Pivot Point by Kasie West, but also Thorne from Cress by Marissa Meyer and Chaol from Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I think those are the top three. I think. Probably. I dunno.
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Without a doubt, Pivot Point by Kasie West and All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, which is why they are both all over this post. But special shout outs as well to The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and Parallel by Lauren Miller. The Bone Season is just awesome, with intense world building, wonderful characters, and a great plot. And Parallel is so underrated. It’s probably the book that’s lingered the most this year. I keep thinking about it, and every time I just realize how much I like it. Even though I had issues with it. I dunno.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
I’m going to with The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon for this. It was a complicated world, and it started off slow to set it all up, but when I got used to it, I was addicted and didn’t want to leave.
25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill!!! Oh my gosh, I had the best time with that book. It was one big fluff fest, and I was constantly giggling and flailing. I had the best time with it.
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?
I actually have a shelf for this on Goodreads, because it’s extremely rare that any book will be able to get me to tear up. But this year, there were three (which happened to all make my favorites list): Adorkable by Sarra Manning, A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger, and All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill.
27. Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?
I already said so earlier, but definitely Parallel by Lauren Miller! Deserves WAY more hype.
Book Blogging/Reading Life 20131. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
Ugh, this is like picking favorites. I refuse.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
It’s going to make me sound like a prat, but I am really proud of my Adela Arthur review. I had SO much to say, and so many perfect gifs to express my feelings. So it’s probably the review that was most fun to write.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I posted a really personal post back in September that had some of the most amazing comments – which sadly all got deleted in the move to WordPress. *sigh* But I still know of and appreciate the support there. Of the Book Nerd Problems posts, some of my favorites were ARC Envy, Non-Readers, and Social Awkwardness. I’ve been failing at writing discussion posts for the last few months, but I hope to get back into it soon.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Maybe not exactly thought-provoking, but the one that was most true, relatable, and awesome would probably be Gillian’s post on How to Convert a YA Doubter into a YA Believer.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Ummm, let’s not forget how I met Neil Gaiman, and he knew me from Twitter and my blogging about the Polare fiasco. I mean. We’re pretty much BFFs. Pretty much.
6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
I don’t want to copy Jamie’s answer, but yeah, I started a book club this year, and it was the best decision ever. I’m finally RL friends with other readers. We think so alike, and it’s always a good time.
7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Well without a doubt that would be my post on the Neil Gaiman/Polare fiasco, as it was sourced by the blog of one of our national newspapers. Um. Yeah. That’s also up there for best moment of my blogging life.
8. Post you wished got a little more love?
There’s two big ones: my Book Nerd Problems post on my ‘Bookish DNA’ and my attempt at a new feature: Music Match-Up, where I paired Just One Day by Gayle Forman with what I thought was the perfect song… It ended up getting three comments by people who all hadn’t even read the book. I mean, I’m happy they commented… but… yeah.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Well I’m super excited that I discovered the American Book Center, probably the best place for English books in the Netherlands. And then the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I didn’t really set any goals, but I do have some TTTs that would apply (though they weren’t all set at the beginning of the year). Let’s see how I did.
Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013: Read 10/23. Yeah, my reading taste changed.
Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To: Read 8/10. But most of them disappointed x_x
Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet: Read 5/10. But there was no deadline on that. *cough*
Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Spring 2013 TBR List: Read 8/12. Decided to pass on the Delirium series.
Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer 2013 TBR List: Read 8/10.
Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List: Read 6/10. But, eh, blogging break, reading slump.
Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR: 5/10 – and I still have until the end of February! I can do this.
Looking Ahead1. One book you didn’t get to in 2013 but will be your number 1 priority in 2014?
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, by far. I’m so sad I didn’t get to it, but my pre-order got lost, then I was in a slump, then I had review books, and ugh, everything’s gotten in the way of me and this book. It’s disgraceful. I’m just waiting now to get a break in between review books and I will totally devour it.
2. Book you are most anticipating for 2014 (non-debut)?
That’s easily going to be The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I’m terribly jealous of all of you with ARCs. *sigh*
3. 2014 debut you are most anticipating?
I am so out of the loop when it comes to 2014 debuts. I have no clue. But um, I’ve been anticipating Alienated by Melissa Landers for quite some time. The Fifty Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen also sounds like a good fit for me. Fates by Lanie Bross sounds interesting, but I’m going to wait for some reviews on that one. Same goes for Half Bad by Sally Green. But in all honesty, I’m going to need to look at other peoples’ TTTs on this topic on the 14th. And last year I got pumped about so many debuts that ended up disappointing, so I’m much more hesitant this year.
4. Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014?
asdfjkl; Split Second by Kasie West. It cannot get here soon enough.
5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2014?
I hope to come to terms with the kind of blogger I want to be. I’ve not been happy about this lately. I hope I can stop comparing myself to others constantly. I hope to go to BEA. I hope to try out a new genre. I hope to finish more series.