The End of the Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner. I love this survey because it’s a great way to reflect on my reading this year without having to think up any questions myself! Be sure to check out Jamie’s post and link up your own survey!
Best in Books 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)
Contemporary – Always On My Mind by Jill Shalvis Paranormal – Pivot Point by Kasie West Dystopian – Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne I really enjoyed Monument 14 and I expected to love Sky on Fire, but it just didn’t work for me. At this point I have no desire to even finish the series.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr Carnival of Souls is not even remotely my kind of book, but I gave it a shot anyway and completely fell in love with it. I listened to it on audio and it was fantastic!
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Hands down Gone Girl is the most recommended book of 2013. I have practically been shoving it in people’s faces!
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Jane Jameson series Molly Harper is insanely funny and I have completely fell in love with Half Moon Hollow and Jane Jameson. Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men, Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever, Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Hands down, Kasie West
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Pivot Point by Kasie West Had I not had a million things going on when I started this book I would have read it in one sitting for sure!
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Pivot Point by Kasie West, before I read Split Second
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Nick and Amy from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m not sure I’ll ever forget them!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally Things I Can’t Forget gives you so much to think about and think about it I did. Also it was one of the few books I read this year that honestly made me cry.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
“When I read, I feel emotion all on my own. Emotion no living person is making me feel.” Pivot Point by Kasie West
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Longest: Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi Shortest: Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry (novella)
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 hate to be repetitive here, but no book had a bigger WTF moment than Gone Girl. Your just chillin, reading along and then BAM!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Addie and… not at liberty to say, because spoiler, but loved them in Pivot Point.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. My mom has been after me to read this forever and I decided to pick it for book club to force myself to read it and I’m so glad I did! It was fascinating and highly disturbing!
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Contemporary of course!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Xander, The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Pivot Point by Kasie West
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi I’m not very good at visualizing books, but Rossi makes it easy. Her descriptions are just perfect!
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Awkward by Marni Bates
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Breathe by Sarah Crossan I don’t remember much hype for this book (or it’s sequel), but I loved it!
Book Blogging/Reading Life 2013
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
Christina Reads YA I think I stumbled upon Christina in 2013, but honestly it could have been 2012. I don’t know!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
It was not my favorite book (far from it) but I’m most proud of my review of Beautiful Disaster. I worked at this review more than any other, and it sums up my feelings perfectly!
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
Why Can’t We Play Nice? Because there is no right way or wrong way to blog!
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Pass on this one for now, I have to find it!
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I didn’t get to go to BEA this year, but I did go to some awesome signings and it’s impossible to pick a favorite! Kate from Midnight Book Girl and I made a couple of different trips down to the Raleigh area and saw Veronica Rossi, Beth Revis, Brodi Ashton and Maureen Johnson. Trips are fun. Bookish Trips are better! I also made a trip up to DC for Jessica Spotswood’s release of Star Cursed with Kate and Steph. We met a bunch of other bloggers and had a ton of fun.
6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
It’s not really a moment per se, but I love my book club and can’t imagine life without them.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Review * The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Page Views) This surprises me, but stats don’t lie! (Ok, they can lie, but whatever!)
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
All of them! Traffic has been light lately, but that’s my fault for not posting a lot or getting out and commenting!
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
One More Page Books in Arlington. Such a cute look bookstore! I wish it was closer to home.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Nope, of course not lol!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
If I Stay by Galye Forman
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
Split Second by Kasie West
3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
Evertrue. I must know what happens! (Runner Up: Into the Still Blue)
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
Get back into the swing of things with balancing the blog and life. I miss blogging so much!