Saturday, January 04, 2014

2013 End of Year Book 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)

Fiction: The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Non-Fiction: My Extraordinary Ordinary Life by Sissy Spacek
YA: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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

I Suck at Girls by Jason Halpern

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

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

This shouldn't have been a surprise, but I was actually by how readable and engaging this book was...and given that I was struggling back from a tough, reader's block, I was very impressed.  

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

The Hunger Games

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

The Hunger Games...I really don't do series, so this is saying a lot!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Cheryl Strayed

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

I Could Pee On You by Francesco Marciuliano, cute read, totally not my typical thing.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Tie between The Hunger Games and The Dog Stars.

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

I am not a re-reader (again, have you seen my TBR list, OY!), though I am considering a re-read Challenge in 2014. If I do so, it will not likely include any 2013 reads. However, if I have to pick one...I'd say The Hunger Games.

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

I don't really pay attention, as I mostly read via iPad.

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

Katniss... Or perhaps that peeing cat!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

My Extraordinary Ordinary Life by Sissy Spacek. Perhaps it wasn't the most well written book, but something about it touched me and reminded me of childhood. I LOVE books that can carry me back like that!

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

Five Days at Memorial by Sherri Fink. Very interesting read.

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

The Hunger Games!

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


16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

No clue, I don't really track books that way. But the Middlesteins took me a long time to get through...and Siri and Me was a quickie.

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!

Five Days at Memorial

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

The relationship between Sissy Spacek and her readers.

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

All of my 2013 authors were new to me.

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

The Hunger Games, never would have chosen to pick this up on my own.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Memoirs, of course.

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


23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala, terrific!

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

The Hunger Games

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

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

Dream New Dreams by Jai Pausch, the wife of the Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch who died a few years back of cancer. Sad, but hopeful too.

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

Breaking Night by Liz Murray, heartbreaking story of a forgotten child who managed not only to survive, but got herself into Harvard! I had never heard of this book until the television movie came out a few years back.


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

Coreography by Corey Feldman (done already!)

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

Last Night at the Viper Room

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

None, I don't plan ahead that way. For the most part, I read what comes up at any given time, what is available at the library...with exceptions of books I really, Really, REALLY MUST.READ.NOW! Currently, none of those are on my list...

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

None, as noted, I don't generally like series.

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

More... Just more. More time and focus on reading, blogging, making blog connections, commenting, etc., etc.

Allowing myself to say no to other activities so that I can truly enjoy my reading time and not feel rushed to finish books just to get something up on the blog!

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Anstice Brown said...

Glad you got round to reading The Hunger Games and enjoyed it. I think the series gets better as it goes on-couldn't put them down.