Yearly Survey 2013

December 18, 2013 Whitney year in review 4 Comments

best books 2013 end of year survey
End of year survey on December 18th?  Yes, the year is not quite over yet but I don’t read as much in the month if December and decided to participate in the fabulous end of year survey created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner

Best YA book 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)
It’s a toss-up between The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell and Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

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

Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois

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

The twist in Alex by Pierre Lemaitre

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

Reconstructing Amelia, the conniving premise held me and thought it was a great thriller.

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Henry Farrell, author of What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

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

The book that was most out of my comfort zone was On the Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou.  I loved I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings but poetry is not my genre of choice.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

It is hard to list just one as I read so many unputdownable books in 2013 but one I haven’t mentioned yet is The Book of Matt by Stephen Jimenez

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

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

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

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

It would have to be either Baby Jane Hudson from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane or Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars; two polar opposites.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Enon by Paul Harding

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

Manson by Jeff Guinn was a real eye-opener.

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

Even though it was only published last year I can’t believe I didn’t read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green sooner.

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

I’m not much of a quote person but the passages in Enon were beautifully constructed.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Shortest: On the Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou

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!

The ending of The Other Typist

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

Cinder and Kai from Cinder

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

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

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

My aunt recommended Lennon Remembers by Jann Wenner

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Historical Fiction

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

Most of the Characters I read in 2013 were despicable or just didn’t match up to my high standards.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

There are many, but one of them is The Never List by Koethi Zan

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

Futuristic Earth in Cinder & Scarlet

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

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

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

None.  I am a ice princess and rarely cry when I read.  

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

 Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberley McCreight


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

The next two books in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series (Faithful Place and Broken Harbor).

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

This could change but for now it is Cress by Marissa Meyer

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

To Be Decided

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

I was very excited to recieve an advance copy of The Dead in their Vaulted Arches, the conclusion to the Flavia de Luce mystery series and thought it was a great book. (official publication on January 14, 2014)  

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

Promptly read/review arcs and remember that book blogging is suppose to be fun, not a chore.


4 responses to “Yearly Survey 2013

  1. Lol, about your comment on being an ice princess and that you don't cry while reading books… I usually don't cry when I read either, but I cried my eyes out while reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. The storyline is told through the eyes of the pet dog, Enzo & the story has sad parts…

    I'm also a huge fan of Maya Angelou's works. I've seen Maya Angelou speak live twice over the years and she's amazing! She'll recite her poems, sing, and in general give captivating talks! On the Pulse of Morning is one of my favorite poems she has written.

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