I have a feeling this is going to be really hard… Let’s get started!
1. Best book you read in 2013?
Wow, this is hard. (I’m already having trouble. On the first question!) Okay, I’m going to do this by genre, because I cannot choose one favorite book.
Paranormal: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) by Richelle Mead
Fantasy: Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4) by Rick Riordan
Contemporary YA: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins, True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet by Lola Douglas, OCD, The Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic: Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth, Specials (Uglies, #3) by Scott Westerfield
2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
I had a few of them, actually. Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) by Lauren Oliver is one of them. I really, really loved Delirium, and thought Pandemonium would be just as good, even better! But, unfortunately, it wasn’t, and I didn’t even bother finishing it.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
This would have to be Twilight (The Twilight Saga, #1) by Stephenie Meyer. I FINALLY read it, to quench my curiosity about what the big deal was. People either loved it or hated it, but I find a lot of whom I talked to hated it. So I read it myself and was pleasantly (yes, pleasantly) surprised. It was interesting and I read more than half of it in one sitting. It wasn’t the best book in the world and it certainly isn’t up there with my favorites, but I did end up rating it 3/5 stars, my average rating for a lot of books.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Hmm… I recommended Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth to a few people. I really enjoyed it and figured I’d spread the love… 😀
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I hope I’m not missing anything…
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Hands down, Cassandra Clare! I think of her very highly and enjoy her books, her characters, her awesome plots, and her writing style.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I’ve not read too many contemporary books until recently, so I’d definitely have to say True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet by Lola Douglas. I didn’t expect it to be as good at it was, and I’m really glad I read it.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by Cassandra Clare would definitely be one of those books! That book was like BA-BAM! Another book that I had trouble putting down was Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead.
9. Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
OCD, The Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn. It was realistic fiction, and it was so funny and I absolutely loved it!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
I did like this cover a lot, now that I think of it. I know I can come up with something better, though, if I think about it.
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
There are so many! Uh, let’s see… Tris from Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth, Daemon from Obsidian (Lux, #1), Will Herondale from Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare, and, heheh, Adrian and Sydney from Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) by Richelle Mead.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
I’m going to have to go with Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Lauren Oliver. Her writing was so beautiful in that book. Very poetic.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4) by Rick Riordan and Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth. I know, I know I’m repeating, but I can’t help it! These two books were fantastic! When I finished Allegiant, I just about bawled my eyes out. Same with House of Hades.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to read?
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This book was absolutely fabulous and I loved every bit of it. I also really enjoyed reading Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?
From The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) by Lois Lowry:
“Sometimes he awoke with a feeling of fragments afloat in his sleep, but he couldn’t seem to grasp them and put them together into something worthy of telling at the ritual.”
I really liked this quote because I totally understand it, and it happens to me all the time.
16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2013?
I think it would be:
17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?
The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) by Richelle Mead and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Both books were awesome and had several scenes that I was like, “Oh, shnap!” Also, the e-book I read on my iPod, Discovering You by Melissa Kean. That had a Rebecca feel, and it also had some pretty tight OMG scenes.
18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013?
I have no idea how to say this without potential spoilers, so here’s a spoiler warning if you haven’t read House of Hades, Bloodlines, City of Glass, OCD, The Dude, and Me, Clockwork Princess, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Anna and the French Kiss. I’ll only talk about my favorite relationships, but if you don’t want to know who ends up with who, heed my spoiler warnings!
Friendship: Leo’s friendship with everyone from the Argo II in House of Hades; Sydney’s friendship with Trey in Bloodlines; Clary’s friendship with Simon in all of TMI; Danielle’s friendship with Daniel (I’m pretty sure that was his name) in OCD, The Dude, and Me.
Romance: Leo and Calypso’s cutesy relationship in House of Hades; Percy and Annabeth in House of Hades; Adrian and Sydney in Bloodlines; Clary and Jace in City of Ashes; Will and Tessa in Clockwork Princess and Sophie and Gideon, AND Gabriel and Cecily 😀 Katy and Daemon from Obsidian. Last but not least, we have St. Clair and Anna from Anna and the French Kiss.
Wow. I totally cheated for that one 😄
19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve read previously?
The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems by Lauren Myracle. This book was the spinoff to The Winnie Years, which is Lauren Myracle’s five book series, narrated by Winnie, Ty’s big sister, about Winnie’s life when she was ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, and fourteen. I absolutely loved The Winnie Years and was so excited when I saw that there was going to be a spinoff based on cute little Ty. I’m still hoping for a Fifteen, but with the way Thirteen Plus One ended, I don’t think there will be a continuation D: Go, The Winnie Years!
20. Best book you read in 2013 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else?
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare.
21. Genre you read the most from in 2013?
That would be either fantasy or dystopian/post-apocalyptic.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Adrian from Bloodlines, Daemon from Obsidian, and Leo from House of Hades.
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski. This book seemed very different from the books I usually read, but I really enjoyed it and loved the world I was transported in.
25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?
I think that would be Time Quake (The Gideon Trilogy, #3) by Linda Buckley-Archer. I adore books about time travel! It was so fun and I loved the characters and the villains and the world.
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?
A lot of the books I’ve listed made me cry or almost cry, so I’m going to say The Secret Keeper by Elizabeth Carroll. I really enjoyed this book, but I have to say, it did bring me to tears. I don’t remember why, exactly…
27. Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?
I’m going with OCD, The Dude, and Me. This book was FANTASTIC and I feel like people don’t talk about it or haven’t heard of it or read it. If you haven’t read this book, though, I highly, highly recommend it. And, yes, it’s up there with my list of favorites 😀
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
I pretty much love all the book blogs I’ve discovered this year! I’ve only started book blogging earlier this year (I think I started sometime in February?). I hope to discover more book blogs soon!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
I’m definitely going with my review for House of Hades. I loved that book to bits and I think my review was pretty decent, too 😀
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I really enjoyed writing my Fangirling At Its Best post! The idea suddenly came to me after I left the bookstore and I was so excited to get to my laptop.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Most thought-provoking review or discussion… I’m going to say “Note to self: Life is too short to worry about stupid things” on Sara’s blog. I think that within her post, there’s a great and inspiring message.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to a Cornelia Funk author signing a couple of months ago and it was so much fun! I still have to blog about it >.< Anyway, she gave really great advice and I loved Inkheart and her other books.
6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
I think the best moment of book blogging was getting into book blogging in the beginning! I’ve discovered so many other people who love to read and I think it’s so awesome 😀
7. Most popular post this year on your blog?
My most popular post on my blog is Harry Potter Series II: Albus Severus Potter Chapter XXXVI. That actually surprised me!
8. Post you wished got a little more love?
Uhm… Any of my first reviews? HAHAHA! I understand why they weren’t too popular, though–they were horrible! I definitely think I’ve improved on my writing skills and my review formats.
9. Best bookish discover?
The discount bookstore that I’ve rediscovered. I love this place!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
On Goodreads, I was being completely unrealistic and set my reading challenge to 250 books this year. Heheh. I didn’t quite get to 250, but I did get to 105, and I think that’s pretty dang good for a year!
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2013 but will be your number 1 priority in 2014?
The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4) by Richelle Mead. I just got this one and I’m so excited to read it! And Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2) by Richelle Mead. (I’m actually reading VA!) Actually all of the Vampire Academy series is classified under #1 priority. Oh, and World After (Penryn and the End of Days, #2) by Susan Ee.
2. Book you are most anticipating for 2014 (non-debut)?
Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5) by Rick Riordan and the fifth book in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead (which I’m pretty sure comes out in 2014…).
3. 2014 debut you are most anticipating?
Huh. I have no idea! Usually when I read debuts, it’s like, years after the book came out. Hmm…
4. Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014?
Can you guess? Blood of Olympus!!!
5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2014?
I’d really like to find time to reread more books. I’d also like to have a new story started sometime next year, whether it’s a fanfic or an original story. I’m tossing around a few ideas, but so far they’re not too serious. I’ll figure it out!
Well, there you have it! That was the 2013 End of Year Book Survey! This took me a looooong time to write, so I really hope you enjoyed it, and I had a lot of fun doing this! If y’all participate in this, leave a link in the comments below, because I’d love to check out your surveys!
P.S. I think this is the longest post I’ve ever written… Wow… 😀