2013 End of Year Book Survey

Jan
03
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Hard to Believe that it is ALREADY time for 2014! I had planned to post this earlier this week, but I’ve had some serious computer issues, so here we are!

I did the 2012 End Of Year Bookish Survey from Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner last year, it is so much fun to go through and rank the books, so I was super excited to do it again this year!

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Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2013!!

Best YA book 2013

 

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? 

Contemporary YA:

Racing Savannah & Just One Day/Just One Year

Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic:

Requiem

Contemporary NA/Romance:

That One Summer & An Endless Summer (C.J. Duggan)

Historical Fiction:

All the Truth that’s in Me

Science Fiction: 

Of Beast and Beauty

Fantasy: 

House of Hades

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

The Beginning of Everything

The Beginning of Everything

The Summer Prince

The Summer Prince

Frozen

Frozen

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

I loved Hostage Three.  It is so out of my range of what I usually like, but for some reason I felt drawn to this book.  I also really liked Linked.

Linked                                   Hostage Three

linkedhostage three

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

Just One Day/ Just One Year

Just One Day/ Just One Year, these were the AMAZING books!

Just One DayJust One Year

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I didn’t really read that many series, but I fell in love with the Marked Men Series…. Rome is coming up in a few weeks!

Jet Rule

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Oh, fun question! I have my favorite go to authors, but I always love finding new fun authors! Jay Crownover was one (see question #5!) But I’m trying to spread out my answers, so, I’m going with these:

Julie Halpern

The F It List

Katie Sise

The Boyfriend App

Kelly Fiore

Taste Test

Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

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

Premeditated

premeditated

All The Truth That’s In Me

all the truth that's in me

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little Secret

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

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

Things I Can’t Forget

Things I Can't Forget

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

Riptide

Riptide

 

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

Things I Can’t Forget

I loved Kate in Things I Can’t Forget.  This is probably in my top 25 ever books… If I was keeping such a list!

Things I Can't Forget

Dare You To

Ryan in Dare You To, man, he completely stole my heart!

Dare You To

Endless Summer

Sean in an Endless Summer.  He is cute, funny, and just awesome!

An Endless Summer

Judith in All the Truth That’s in Me. She is smart, spunky, and doesn’t let horrible things that have happened to her get her down, how can you not list her as a memorable character?

All The Truth That’s In Me

all the truth that's in me

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

This book is so AMAZING.  Seriously, I had never felt the urge to write down quotes, until this one… I also added the app on the side to include quotes after this one, cause I felt it NEEDED to be shared! I have moved David Levithan books up on my list after reading this one because this book was so amazing.

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

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

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

The F-It List

The F It List

 

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

Looking at what I read this year, I really don’t have that many that I went back and read… so, I have to work on this for next year! There are so many awesome books that I want to read!

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

Gayle Foreman, Just One Day

‘Part of me knows one more day won’t do anything except postpone the heartbreak. But another part of me believes differently. We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.’

Gayle Foreman, Just One Day

‘I think you’re the sort of person who finds money on the ground and waves it in the air and asks if anyone has lost it. I think you cry in movies that aren’t even sad because you have a soft heart, though you don’t let it show. I think you do things that scare you, and that makes you braver than those adrenaline junkies who bungee-jump off bridges.’

Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

‘Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.’

David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

‘Max is a marvel to us. He will never have to come out because he will have never been kept in. even though he has a mom and a dad, they made sure from the beginning to tell him that it didn’t have to be a mom and a dad. It could be a mom and a mom, a dad and a dad, just a mom, or just a dad. When Max’s early affections became clear, he didn’t think twice about them. He doesn’t see it as defining him. It is just a part of his definition.’

Miranda Kenneally, Things I Can’t Forget

“Do you pray?” I ask him.
“Doesn’t everybody pray sometime?”

Katie McGarry, Dare You To

‘Baseball isn’t just a game. It’s the smell of popcorn drifting in the air, the sight of bugs buzzing near the stadium lights,the roughness of the dirt beneath your cleats. It’s the anticipation building in your chest as the anthem plays, the adrenaline rush when your bat cracks against the ball, and the surge of blood when the umpire shouts strike after you pitch. It’s a team full of guys backing your every move, a bleacher full of people cheering you on. It’s…life’

CJ Duggan, An Endless Summer

“Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.”
I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.”
A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

Shortest: The Fate of a Marlow Girl


Longest: The House of Hades 

 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 on both of these.  Don’t worry, no spoilers, but if you’ve read them, you are with me!

Requiem

 Requiem

Cross My Heart, Hope to Die — Conclusion to the Lying Game

Cross My Heart

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

Romance – Sean & Amy — An Endless Summer

An Endless Summer

Friendship – Alex & Becca — The F-It List

The F It List
Familial (non-traditional) — Isahiah, Noah, & Beth —

Pushing the Limits Series

Crash Into You

Dare You To

pushing the limits

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

That One Summer

That One Summer

Racing Savannah

Racing Savannah

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

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

This Song Will Save Your Life

this song will save your life

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Contemporary Young Adult and New Adult

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

 Jack Goodwin — Racing Savannah

Racing Savannah

Trevor — Pivot Point

pivot point

Chris Henderson — That One Summer

That One Summer

Ryan — Dare You To

Dare You To

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Linked

linked

The Summer I Became a Nerd

The Summer I Became a Nerd

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

Waterfell

Waterfell

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

That Time I Joined the Circus

That Time I Joined the Circus

 This is What Happy Looks Like

This is What Happy Looks Like

Racing Savannah

Racing Savannah

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

 Riptide

Riptide

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

Of Beast and Beauty

Of Beast and Beauty

Hostage Three

hostage three 

reading-life-2013 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

Pop! Goes The Reader This is a relatively new and fun blog!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

That One Summer (check out the review here!) For some reason this one really came easy and was so much fun to write just like CJ’s books!

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I need to do better on discussions.  I really haven’t had any, and that is sad!

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

Pretty much any discussion on the Perpetual Page Turner.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I really didn’t do this.  Again something I need to add to my list of things to do.  BEA is my goal!

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

Starting to get books from publishers! I am starting to feel like a real blogger!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

The highest non-giveaway viewed post was my review of Waterfell (check it out here!)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any of my reviews.  It is hard when you spend so much time reading and reviewing the books and then get so few comments!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I have really gotten into ibooks (since I read electronically on my iPad.  But since I quit my job this year, I have had to cut back on my spending, so, I have totally rediscovered the library. I have gotten awesome at reserving books, prioritizing according to due dates and fitting them in according to my other commitments.  I have also started to figure out where other branches of the library are so I can go and check out books there. I am really loving the whole free books thing, and my husband thinks its great too!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

 Debut Author Challenge: 18/15

Eclectic Reader: 8/12

Standalone Reader Challenge: 10/19

And we aren’t going to talk about the TBR Challenge.  It wasn’t pretty.

2014-books

 

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

OCD Love Story

OCD Love Story

The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

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

 Breathe Annie, Breath

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The Blood of Olympus

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3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Art of Lainey

The Art of Lainey

Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Saddest about? The Summer Series by CJ Duggan! I will miss the Boys of Onslow!

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

Get ahead in my posting, so I am not scrambling the morning of to get the post up! Not bogging myself down so much with tours.  I have been doing better lately, but I want to focus on this more in 2014!

Tell me if you loved any of the books I loved this year!

Give me a recommendation for something I NEED to get to!

 

 





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2 Responses to “2013 End of Year Book Survey”

  1. Sophia Rose says:

    Wow! I see I have some catching up to do on good books. I’ve only read a small portion of the books you mentioned.

    Wonderful list!

    • Adriane says:

      Thanks Sophia! I really turned it on near the end of the year because I realized I wasn’t reading the books that I wanted to read, and that is why I started blogging to begin with. So it was fun to read the good stuff! I have a lot of books to finish up reviews for. That is one of my goals for the new year!

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