2013 End of Year Book Survey

Last year, I ended up not doing any kind of list of the bests of the year, so I promised myself I would join with Jamie (The Perpetual Page Turner) and her awesome survey. If you click on her awesome graphic below, you can check out her list, which you totally should do, because she’s awesome.

2013 end of year survey

Prepare for so much cheating. I read over three hundred books this year, so that’s to be expected, right? How can I not cheat? That would actually be unfair to all the amazing books I read. So not cheating would be cheating. Or something.

Best Books in 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)

Alright, I’m breaking this down by genre and I’m going to cheat a lot, so deal with it. Plus, Jamie set a precedent for this.

Contemporary: The Trouble with Flirting, This Song Will Save Your Life, Golden Boy, Two Boys Kissing, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Where the Stars Still Shine, Things I Can’t Forget, Adorkable, Second Helpings, Fault Line, The Impossible Knife of Memory

Fantasy: Mistborn, Kinslayer, Froi of the Exiles, Cruel Beauty, Cold Fire, Siege & Storm, The Winner’s Curse, House of Sand and Secrets, The Bitter Kingdom

Paranormal: Rogue, Pivot Point

Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic: Love in the Time of Global Warming, When We Wake, Not a Drop to Drink, Angelfall, Horde

Science Fiction: Cress, Earth Girl, Quicksilver, Fortune’s Pawn

Historical: Shadow on the Crown, Rose Under Fire, Margot, Dark Triumph, A Mad,Wicked Folly

Middle grade: Fairyland series, Magic Marks the Spot, Better Nate Than Ever, Fortunately, the Milk

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

Sadly, there are quite a few books that fit in this category. This is part of why I don’t do lists of books I’m highly anticipating, because they almost always end up not working out. Off the top of my head: Steelheart, Parasite, Just One DayEvertrue, and Red were all big disappointments. Both of Jennifer Salvato Doktorski’s were disappointing too (How My Summer Went Up in Flames & Famous Last Words), because, minus the heroines, they were pretty close to perfect contemporaries. That’s only some of them, but I don’t want a complete list or I would be sobbing in a corner right now.

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

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block. I loathed Weetzie Bat REALLY strongly, so I was seriously skeptical, but Bekka (Pretty Deadly Reviews) made me want to try it and it was oddly enchanting and magical. Oh, also, the Dairy Queen trilogy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock which I didn’t like in print, but loved on audio

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Hmmm, I guess Mistborn for one that I’ve started. Lumatere‘s the best one that I started and completed.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Kasie West aaaand Melina Marchetta.

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

 All the Truth That’s in Me, maybe? It’s written in second person, which I abhor, and is a mystery, which I don’t generally like either, but it won me over in the end.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Since I don’t want to put Mistborn for everything, I’m going to pull Faking It out of left field. I read it on the plane back from BEA and I was ALL over that.

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

Days of Blood and Starlight. I read DoBaS on audiobook View Spoiler » and I really didn’t care for that format, so I’ll be reading my hardcover, hopefully right in time for book three. 🙂

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

Probably Kinslayer or Love in the Time of Global Warming.

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

I’ve gotta go with Sturmhond (Siege & Storm). However, most memorable casts of characters are definitely in Kenneally books. They don’t even have weird names, but I remember most of them.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Oooh, I think I’ll give this to Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland books. Gorgeous, gorgeousssss.

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

Sadly, I don’t generally feel seriously impacted in a “this changed my life” way. I think it’s more like the books have a cumulative affect to get me to think about things more and to learn to see from other perspectives. However, forced to choose, I’m going to say This Song Will Save Your Life, mostly because I think that, had I read it in high school, it would maybe really have changed my life.

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

My first Melina Marchetta. I read through the Lumatere Chronicles this year and what have I been waiting for? Her contemporaries are supposedly even better, so I need to get on that pronto. Also, Mistborn. Man, I’m so boring. Lalalala.

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

“I can’t think of a good word to describe how this Brent guy makes me feel. Resentful? Flattered and angry? Flangry.”

That quote from Racing Savannah was the first to pop into my head, but honestly I love so many choosing just one is impossible. Almost all my reviews have a favorite quote on the bottom. Look around!

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest: Fairy Tale Comics, a graphic novel for kids. Shocking that it’s shortest, huh?

Longest: Because it’s hilarisad, here are my top three long books, none of which I liked: Dune (883 pages), The Bronze Horseman (810 pages), The Summer Garden (752 pages).

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!

OMG BUDDY FLAIL: Rogue, which I buddy read with Lili (Lili’s Reflections) and A Mad, Wicked Folly/Cruel Beauty, which I buddy read with Meg (Cuddlebuggery). Having someone to discuss feels with as they happen is quite handy.

WHAT ARE THESE FEELINGS WHAT WHAT WHAT IS HAPPENING?: Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick which was almost entirely WTF and I needed to talk to Gillian (Writer of Wrongs) and Meg (Cuddlebuggery) about all of it as it happened.

RAGE RANT: Unteachable. Sorry about that Meg (Cuddlebuggery) and also somewhat Ellis (The Random Transliterator). Also Bonnie (For the Love of Words), Blythe (Finding Bliss in Books) and April (Good Books and Good Wine). I maybe had a lot of things to say. The latter two hadn’t even read it, but my ranting could not be stopped. Suffice it to say that I did not ship it.

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

I ship all of the following like Fedex:
#1 SHIP: Cat/Vai, especially in Cold Fire. No, my friends, the fire is HOT.
Marcus Flutie/Jessica Darling in Second Helpings (but I make no promises about the other books)
Harry/Franny in The Trouble with Flirting
Jarra/Fian in Earth Girl
Sybella/Beast in Dark Triumph
Lex/Driggs in Rogue. I also ship Driggs nemesis relationship with bras.
I SHIP IT ALL in Froi of the Exiles/Quintana of Charyn
Elisa/Hector in The Bitter Kingdom
The Rowells: Eleanor and Park in Eleanor & Park, Levi and Cath in Fangirl
Hayley/Finn in The Impossible Knife of Memory
Vicky/Will in A Mad, Wicked Folly
Nyx/Ignifex in Cruel Beauty

Friendship it like whoa:Savannah/Rory in Racing Savannah
Kelsier/Vin in Mistborn
Cress/Thorne in Cress
Samantha/George in My Life Next Door

Heroines I ship with their continued badassery:
Michi in Kinslayer
Devi in Fortune’s Pawn
Parker in Cracked Up to Be

Characters I ship with the rocks at the bottom of a tall, tall cliff:
Mal in Siege & Storm
Evan in Unteachable
River in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Patch in Hush, Hush

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

That has to be Where the Stars Still Shine, Kinslayer, Things I Can’t Forget/Racing Savannah and Rogue. Those books all knocked my socks off. These authors keep impressing me. I mean, none of them have written anything I didn’t think was amazing yet, so yeah. *kowtows to them* No, that is not too many authors. Shut up.

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

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. I don’t think I even would have heard of it had it not been for Jenni (Xpresso Reads) reading it and telling me she thought I would like it. SHE WAS SO RIGHT.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

As much as I always thought I hated contemporary fiction until last year, that does appear to account for roughly one-third of the books I read this year, and, if you look at my favorites, clearly I love them now. I’m learning things about myself!

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

Elend from Mistborn. He is MINE, Ellis. Sturmhond is also mine. Don’t mind me. I’m just building my man harem. It’s coooool.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

I’ve already listed a bunch so how about another? Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian is great. Any time a woman can write a male POV so well, I am impressed. Ditto to the reverse.

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

I think I have to give this one to Catherynne M. Valente. Or Jay Kristoff. Oooh, or maybe Leigh Bardugo. Gah. I am too tired to link things anymore.

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

This actually has to go to The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, I think. It might not have been the best book I read, but I loved it. This book came into my life at the perfect time after a string of dark and/or boring reads and it was light and hilarious. Thus it was the timing and the pure silliness that made this the most fun read of the year.

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

Rose Under Fire, I guess? I didn’t cry while I was reading it, but I did while writing my review. I tend to tear up but keep them inside, at most.

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

Most overlooked is Golden Boy. A big problem is that, even though Golden Boy could be considered YA, it came out from an adult imprint, so not many YA bloggers paid attention to it. Tarttelin’s debut is beautifully-written, a great example of multiple POVs done well, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, and lgbt. READ IT, PEOPLE.

Reading Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?

Well, I don’t know if it counts as a discovery since the blog started in 2013, and I’ve been following along since its inception, but I love The Random Transliterator. We were friends before Ellis started blogging, but I also love reading her blog (friendship doesn’t always equate loving people’s blogs, sadly). Ellis is hysterical and also sometimes goes all academic on things. I always enjoy my trips to her blog. Oh, also, I’m not sure WHEN I discovered Gillian’s blog, Writer of Wrongs, but it might have been early 2013 (or Gillian will lol at my lack of memory…oh well) and I love it.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?

Positive: Golden Boy, What Goes Around

Negative: The Summer Garden, Hush, Hush

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

The best discussion was definitely the one that happened on my review of Losing It by Cora Carmack. It inspired this amazing discussion of what it’s like to be an older virgin and the ways that virginity is demonized by society and all sorts of things like that. It got a couple of lurkers to come out of the woodwork and they’ve become good friends too. So that was a perk.

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

Gillian basically said everything that I wanted said about killing characters. And yeah.

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

BEA. I got to meet so many faces. Jersey was the worst, but next BEA shall be the best. I decree it so.

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

Moving to WP, I guess? I mean, I’m happy here now, but let’s say the best moment was a month or so out from the actual move, which involved oceans of tears.

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

Cover Snark is always my most popular post from week to week. Some are more popular than others, but basically just all of them.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I had like 400 posts this year. I don’t even know. All of them? Hmm, no, that’s not quite true. Generally, I guess I wish the adult books or audiobooks I loved got more attention. People tend not to be interested unless it’s either a YA standalone or the first book in a YA series.

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

Lol, I have no idea, so I’ll say Meg (Cuddlebuggery), because she reads at light speed and I can ask her to read anything (good, bad, lolwhut) and she does it. That’s fun. I now have someone to flail with when I require flailitude.

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

Aside from the desire to read at least 300 books, not really. I’m not much into challenges. So far as goals went, I wanted to read more books that weren’t for review, which I didn’t really succeed at, but I think I’m maybe finally getting my pile to a manageable state, so this continues to be a goal.

Looking Ahead

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

The Falconer so that Ellis will continue to be my friend. Oh, also, I was ordered to say Noughts & Crosses. And Georgia Nicholson. These are all my number one priority (at least if I’m talking to Ellis).

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

Well, so many sequels obviously. Leigh Bardugo, Jay Kristoff are all waiting to slaughter my feels for example. Hmmm, I guess for something new I’ll go with Gina Damico’s next endeavor, titled Hellhole. Can’t go wrong with Damico, right? I’m also really curious to see what Rae Carson’s The Goldscryer Saga is like. My relationship with Fire and Thorns was rocky, but I think it was the start of something beautiful.

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Eek! I’m going to leave this a secret, because any time I state this straight out, the book ends up being at best a 3 and I do not want to doom anything that way.

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Ruin & Rising currently. It’s going to hurt. *pets Sturmhond*

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

I’m still trying to find that balance between reviewing and still having room for mood reading things I own or get from the library. I think I’m getting closer, but I’m not there yet. It needs to be a balance, because cutting review books off entirely would make me feel cut off from the community, but reading only review books starts to get depressing because anything that DOESN’T come to me in review copy form I never get to read. I doubt I’ll ever get to 50/50, but pretty much my only free reads this year were audiobooks, so anything would be better than I did at that this year.

11 responses to “2013 End of Year Book Survey”

  1. Angie F. says:

    Now my to-read has grown by two more books thanks to you! I’ve added All the Truth That’s In Me and Golden Boy. 🙂
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  2. Angela says:

    I love this list – I’ve added a few more books (after having missed the original reviews) to my wishlist.

    I like the idea of this survey too! I think I’ll join in next year. 🙂
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  3. 1. Contemporary: I loved This song will save your life. I’ve finally found some contemporary books I like and this one was impressive. Adorkable is probably my next contemporary book.

    Fantasy: I’m reading Cruel beauty at the moment and I definitely see this one end up in my favourite list for 2014. The bitter kingdom is high on my wish list and I LOVE Siege & storm.

    Pivot Point, Not a drop to drink & Angelfall are also on my wishlist. Cress was perfect, Dark Triumph is the best and I hope to get started in the Fairyland series as soon as possible.

    2. I’m sorry to hear Evertrue was such a disappointment for you! I actually quite enjoyed it. The same for parasite, but I can see why not everyone would love it.

    11. Sturmhond 😀

    18. Sybella/Beast, Elisa/Hector, best ships <3 I hope I end up shipping Nyx/Ignifex too. As a friendship definitely Cress/Thorne and we both agreed about our hate for Mal.
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  4. Heather says:

    Yay, contemporaries! I’m so glad you FINALLY like them 🙂

  5. Ellis says:

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  6. Oooh, interesting that you ranted about Unteachable. Lyn bought me a copy of that (I think it was Lyn). I don’t know when I will read it though but now I am interested to see what side I fall on.

    Yes, next BEA WILL be the best. I cannot wait to see all of you again and meet so many of my lovely ladies!

    And I am not surprised Cover Snark is your most popular post! I almost NEVER miss a post!

    My love for contemporary is growing too and I couldn’t be happier about it!
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  7. Your 2013 has certainly been super eventful bookwise. Makes me feel like a loser, lol, cos I barely read that. Kasie West is a lit god, just saying. HeHE.

    I also have to read Faking Normal and a bunch of Melina Marchetta books are on my TBR shelf.

    I had so much fun reading thispost. NICE!
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  8. Lili says:

    We freaking FLAILED! Oh my gosh, that would have been a perfect moment to use. Why didn’t I think of that?!

    It’s weird to think I just discovered you and Gillian and Ellis this year <3 I just sort of put everyone I talk to as an answer for that question because I didn't want to think haha

  9. Meg says:

    Lumatere and Mistoborn are the kind of epic that automatically put them in every best of category, you are not boring, merely recognizing the inherent truth of this.

    Habana to you discovering me. I’m glad my rage and/or emotional distress has entertained you so. Same goes for all the happy feels brought on by AMWF and Cruel Beauty. Between you and Ellis, I will never have to pick a book again. And I may have a nervous breakdown. DON’T STOP.

    I heartily approve of your ship list (the ones I’ve read anyway. BTW, did I mention i picked up Fortune’s Pawn? If not, I did. TBR ASAP) Even Evan, though I live in a corner of denial as far as he is concerned, there is logic and reason to your rage.

    Special shout out to Lex/Driggs/Lex’s bra. This will never stop amusing me.

  10. Jessica says:

    I don’t think I have read any of the books on your list, but a lot of them are on my TBR list to try and read this year! 🙂

  11. Ellis says:

    I never properly thanked you for pimping my blog in your survey. I’m glad you enjoy your trips to TRT.

    Hahaha, I remember how long this entire thing took. Good times. Mistborn and Lumatere, j’approve. I know how much of a surprise that is. As for the Marchetta contemporaries: TRUST ME. Start with Alibrandi, then Francesca/Piper’s Son and keep Jellicoe for last. I might change this order (in both senses of the word “order” when I’ve read Jellicoe, which, btw is in my spring TBR, and you can see why if you CLICK THE LINK BELOW AND GIVE ME PAGE VIEWS PLS. Not that you haven’t already done that plenty of times.) once I’ve actually read Jellicoe, but for now, this is what I recommend re: the Marchetta contemporaries.

    EEEEE, you need to reread Days of Blood and Starlight. The wee Belgian’s life depends on it. This is also an order.

    DAMN STRAIGHT you ship it all in Lumatere. Hm hm Cat/Vai, I’ll have to check that out soon.

    YESSSSS Kelsier/Vin besties forever. Well… You know. I’m 100% on this Parker-badassery ship and you know it. Mehehe, Evan. Oh well. This survey needs editing. I already gave you Elend. WHY DO YOU INSIST ON ANTAGONISING ME I JUST WANT YOU TO LOVE ME SOB SOB SOB SOB. (You’ll be happy to know that I typed all of that while holding down the shift key. As you’ve taught me, oh grand master of all-capping shit.)

    OH I REMEMBER UNTEACHABLE, ALL RIGHT (again, holding down the shift key like a badass motherfucker). I love book-yelling with the ugys, even if we don’t always agree. That’s okay, as long as you don’t start straight-up murdering the books that are dear to my heart. It makes me remember I have one and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

    Losing It, aka the first time I ever had the courage to interact with you because I recognised the situation, even though I didn’t end up loving the book. That’s cool, at least I got you out of it. *squishes* Okay, that sounds worse than I mean it. You know what I mean, though, yes?

    MEG IS A GLORIOUS DISCOVERY. YES. The fact that you can just recommend her anything and the next time you talk, there’s a 70% chance she’s already read it and is ready to do some book-yelling with you is ZE BEST.

    LOOK AT THIS. You already read The Falconer and Noughts & Crosses by the time I got my lazy commenting ass in gear. I’m so proud. *snifs*

    You should mood-read some more things. I know the lurve between you and Ze System runs deep but sometimes ZS needs to shut the fuck up and let you do whatever you want. Just some friendly advice from someone who says FUCK THE SCHEDULE on a weekly basis.
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