End of the Year Book Survey: 2013

Posted December 28, 2013 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 10 Comments

It’s my first year participating in Jamie’s end of the year book survey! Yay! If you want to participate or find out more about what this is all about visit her blog. 
The Books: 2013
Best Book You Read in
Dystopian: Champion
by Marie Lu
Fantasy: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Paranormal: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (I read the whole series this year and this was by
far my favorite book in the series. Can’t wait to see how it’s all going to
Science Fiction: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Book You Were
Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

by Veronica Roth. This book was so disappointing for me and not just the ending
that everybody was freaking out about. The whole thing really.
Most surprising
(in a good way!) book of 2013?
by Rainbow Rowell. Wow, I did not expect to like this one that much and it
truly made me want to expand into the contemporary genre.
Book you read in
2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. I can’t express how much I love this series and I
will shove it down every single person’s throat until the whole world has read
Best series you
discovered in 2013?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Oops. Sorry for repeating. Actually, I’m not sorry. LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!
Favorite new
author you discovered in 2013?
Sarah J.
Maas, Rainbow Rowell, Marissa Meyer. I’m going to stop now. I discovered some
amazing authors this year!
Best book that was
out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
by Rainbow Rowell. I never read contemporary but this book makes me want to
read more.
Most thrilling,
unputdownable book in 2013?
by Marie Lu. Best series ender ever. Amazing.
Book You Read In
2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Crown of Midnight. Last time? Probably not.
Favorite cover of
a book you read in 2013?
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. So beautiful. And the book was
     Most memorable character in 2013? 
from the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson. I just absolutely adore her
character. She’s strong (physically and mentally) and beautiful. I even wrote a letter to her.
Most beautifully
written book read in 2013?
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. This book has the most beautiful prose I’ve ever read.
Book that had the
greatest impact on you in 2013?
This book taught me so much and was such an insightful look at the college
experience. Cath was an amazing main character and I loved reading about her struggle
to get out of her comfort zone.
Book you can’t
believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. How did I not read this book sooner???  
Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest &
Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Ransom by Michele Poague (596 pages)
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi (103 pages)
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!
If you’ve read it, you know.
Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
June and Day from Legend. Best couple ever.
Sydney and Knox from Proxy by Alex London
Favorite Book You
Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
by Kami Garcia. I previously read her Beautiful Creatures series and really
enjoyed it, but Unbreakable really surprised me (in a good way). I didn’t
expect to like a book about ghosts as much as I did. I liked it better than
Beautiful Creatures actually.
Best Book You Read
In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. My sister recommended this book to me. I was super
hesitant, but oh my gosh, I loved it so much. Thanks Megan!
Genre You Read The
Most From in 2013?
dystopian or paranormal. You know how I love my dystopians and my vampires.
Newest fictional
crush from a book you read in 2013?
Westfall. I love this man so much it’s ridiculous.
Best 2013 debut
you read?
Proxy by
Alex London.
Most vivid
world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson or These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan
Book That Was The
Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Cinder by
Marissa Meyer. I loved Iko and Cinder and Prince Kai. The characters in this
book were so great and it made it super fun to read.
Book That Made You
Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
by Marie Lu. This book made me cry in the best way. I sobbed at the end, but it
was because it was so perfect and beautiful.
Book You Read in
2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
by Eliza Crewe. This came out pretty recently and I absolutely loved it. It was
published by a smaller publishing house so I think people kind of didn’t hear
about it, but it’s well worth the read. The main character is so freaking
hilarious. I loved this book.
Blogging: 2013
1.  New
favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
I just started blogging this year so every single one! A few that I
really love include The Perpetual Page-Turner, Book Rock Betty, Books with Cass, Belle of the Literati, (YA)Escapes Reality, Nosegraze, Book Addict’s Guide. I could go on. There are some seriously amazing people in this book
blogging community!
Favorite review
that you wrote in 2013?
This was
really tough, but I think I’m going to go with my review of Antigoddess by
Kendare Blake.
Best discussion
you had on your blog?
How do you decide which blogs to follow and Should I get a Kindle both were really
interesting. I got a lot of great input from people on both.
thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
post If We Were Having Coffee was one of my favorites all year. It was great to
let out a breath and discuss things in our real lives.
Best event that
you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I didn’t get to go to any real events since I lived in the middle of nowhere
for most of the year (next year for sure!). But I did participate in my first
#bookishparty on Twitter hosted by Paper Riot and Books with Cass and
absolutely loved it. It was so fun and I met so many great bloggers from
Best moment of
book blogging/your book life in 2013?
The first
author that contacted me to ask me to review their book was pretty special. And
also just anytime that an author interacts with me on Twitter. It will never
get old for me.
Most Popular Post
This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
One of my
Waiting on Wednesday posts got a crazy amount of page views. The book was
Soulbroken by Heather Brewer and I think everyone was trying to figure out when
it was being published.
100 Random Facts About Me (This totally surprised me!)
Post You Wished
Got A Little More Love?
Any of my
reviews. They get the least views out of all my posts which makes me sad. The
whole reason I started this blog was to review books! But I also love my
discussion posts and other random fun posts that I do.
Best bookish
discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Believe it or not, I actually discovered Goodreads after I started my blog.
Once I joined I was in heaven. I don’t know what I did without Goodreads.
Did you complete
any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning
of this year?
I didn’t
set any reading goals this year, but will be doing the Goodreads one for 2014.
One Book You
Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
The Book Thief. I really want to read this book and was pretty mad at myself for not
getting it read before the movie came out.
Book You Are Most
Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
right, there’s no way I can pick just one. Here’s my list of 2014 releases I’m dying for. And trust me, there’s way more than the ones on that list.
2014 Debut You Are
Most Anticipating?
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. This is a historical fiction set during WWII
from the perspective of Hitler’s niece. If that doesn’t pull you in, I don’t
know what will. I’m very excited for this one.
Series Ending You
Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
Ignite Me
by Tahereh Mafi.
One Thing You Hope
To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
I would
absolutely love to go to BEA. I’ve heard so many great things. So…who wants to
go with me?
Do we share any book love? Are there any books that you loved that I should know about?

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10 responses to “End of the Year Book Survey: 2013

  1. We have such similar taste in books, I know if I did this survey I would probably have a lot of the same answers as you gave. Cinder, Champion, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, City of Glass…I love all of those books! I still need to read Proxy. I requested it from the library so as soon as it comes in I'll be reading it. Ignite Me…just can't wait for that one. Have you read the new novella yet? I haven't but I've read a few reviews and I think I'm on the losing team from what I've heard. Oh well! Fun post! ~Pam

    • I know, we are definitely like the same person when it comes to books. Lol. I love it. I'm so excited for you to read Proxy! I think you'll really like it. 🙂 I have not read the new novella yet. Partly because I am Team Warner and don't want it to sway me…but also because they are releasing both novellas in bound form on 2/4 and I'm just going to wait and buy it then. I have heard that it may sway you or at least make you unsure of whose team you are on. I am die-hard Team Warner. You're Adam, aren't you? So yeah, I don't know. I just know that if she's not with Warner at the end of Ignite Me I'm going to cry.

  2. I loved Grave Mercy as well. I have started Cassandra Clare's books with the Clockwork series. The first was an excellent book and I just bought the second. I really must read Rainbow Rowell.

  3. You've mentioned so many great books! I adored Champion, I thought it was such a great end to the series. I am so happy to see I wasn't the only person completely disappointed by the whole of Allegiant, not just the ending – by the end, I was so bored, I didn't care! I still haven't read any Rainbow Rowell, I really need to read her books this year. I've heard nothing but good things.

    Great answers! My End of Year Survery

    • Yes! Everyone was so up in arms over the ending of Allegiant and I'm over here going "am I the only one who didn't really like the entire thing?" Glad to hear you agree. My goal is to read all of Rainbow Rowell's other books. I have E&P. Need Attachments and then her new one, Landline, is coming out this year I think. If her other books are as good as Fangirl I'm going to die. Lol.

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