December 31, 2013

End of the Year Book Survey

Hey everyone! It's finally time for me to write my end-of-the-year post. This is hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner. It's going to be a bit long, so bear with me. I won't be upset if you just skim it. (I probably would too.)

Best in Books 2013

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? 
I'm definitely going to have to break this down by genre.

Contemporary YA: Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Second Chance Summer, The Fault in Our Stars, My Life Next Door, This Lullaby, Paper Towns, The Sky is Everywhere

Dystopian YA: Shatter Me, Unravel Me, Wither Trilogy, The Selection, Legend Trilogy (minus Champion since I haven't read it yet), Perfect Ruin, The 5th Wave

Paranormal/Romance YA: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Fantasy: The Infernal Devices Trilogy, The Mortal Instruments Series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Definitely.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. That ending. Ugh. But I understand why she did it and I love her for it. Even if it made me sob.

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. I guess I have to pick one, though, don't I? Clockwork Princess.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Ooh. This is hard. Um, probably The Mortal Instruments? Then again, I really liked The Infernal Devices. And if you count trilogies as series then I could go on forever, so I think I'll leave it at that.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Rainbow Rowell, hands down.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
This is an interesting question. I guess I would have to say To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It was assigned for school and a classic. Classics just aren't my thing, but I ended up really enjoying this one.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Allegiant wins this one again. It literally took me a day or two to read.

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Or Fangirl. How about both?

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

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 
I like this question! Probably Isabel from Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin. I don't know what it is about her, but she's been roaming around in my head since I finished the book last week.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Unravel Me. Nothing beats Tahereh Mafi and her poetic writing. Except maybe Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Ooh, now I can't choose! Either one of those.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
That's a no-brainer. Eleanor & Park.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 
Allegiant again. :)

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
"When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail." -Looking for Alaska by John Green

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.
Longest: I'm pretty sure this one goes to House of Hades by Rick Riordan.

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!
Now that I'm thinking of House of Hades I can't stop thinking about the scene involving Leo and Calypso. Enough said.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Levi and Cath from Fangirl. I don't think any more explanation is needed.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Allegiant. Again. How many times is this book going to come up? But I regret nothing.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, thanks to a friend for recommending it to me. You know who you are. :)

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
YA Contemporary, surprisingly. I mean, it's not too surprising, considering my love for contemporary, but I also thought I read a lot of dystopian.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Will Herondale. The end.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?
The Madman's Daughter by Meagan Shepherd.

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
The entire two Daughter of Smoke and Bone books. The imagery is fantastic, not to mention the writing itself.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
The most fun? Hmm. I do have a tendency to like sad books, so this is actually a bit difficult. I'd have to say How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
Ooh, lots of books. Needless to say, I'm a crier. The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Second Chance Summer, Allegiant, House of Hades...

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano. Ugh, it was so good.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
Anna and the French Kiss as well as Lola and the Boy Next Door. I've heard so many things and I'm so excited to read and review them!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Actually, I don't know. But now that I've been asked I'll be looking them up. :)

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I want this book so bad!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
Just to continue blogging, and also write more discussion posts now that I'm getting into that. I'd also like to make some more blogging friends. I feel like everyone has a best blogging friend, but even on the internet I'm shy, so...

In conclusion, I read so many good books this year and discovered so many good authors! I can't wait for an awesome 2014. Happy New Year!


  1. Gah Levi and Cath :3 Just thinking about them gives me all the warm and fuzzy feelings haha.

    Hope you like both Anna and Lola! They're both very fun contemporary reads :D

    Happy New Year Emma!

    1. Gah! Same here. :)

      I hope so too! I can't wait to start reading them.

      Happy Holidays! Thanks for stopping by.