Welcome to 2013 End of Year Book Survey hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner. I did The End of the Year Book Survey last year and really enjoyed it. I think it's the best wrap-up of the blogging year meme out there. It really covers all the bases. Enjoy!
Best in Books 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)
I have three Best Books of 2013. I gave them my special and rare 6 stars.
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
If you twisted my arm, I would probably say that Dark Triumph is my favorite of 2013.
Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer. I still gave the book 3 stars because it would have pained me to do otherwise but I was so disappointed with this story. I loved Hunter and wanted his story to be good but it ended up being pointless.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Touched by A.J. Aalto. Not a very well known book but it is one of the best urban fantasy books I have read in a long time.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
I have a few. They are not perfect but there is something special about all of them:
Ten Tiny Breaths Series by K.A. Tucker
Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer
Peaches Monroe Series by Mimi Strong
Addicted Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Rook and Ronin Series by J.A. Huss
Pretty When She Dies Series by Rhiannon Frater
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Brigid Kemmerer, Katja Millay, Mimi Strong, Rhiannon Frater, J.A. Huss, K.A Tucker, and Krista & Becca Ritchie.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I was so nervous about reading Going Under by S. Walded. The subject matter was hard for me to read (rape and a rape club). It was the only book this year I had to read the ending first so I could enjoy the book without dreading what was going to happen next. It was good though.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
I literally could not put down The Sea of Tranquility or Dark Triumph. Both books put me in a trance I could not break, nor did I want to.
9. Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
I feel like I am repeating myself but I will re-read Dark Triumph and The Sea of Tranquility again next year for sure.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
I have weird tastes in covers. I loved Hidden Gates by D.T. Dyllin because it was so eye catching. *snickers* Get it? Eye catching! hahaha
Lily and Lo from Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie. They are the most messed up couple I have ever read about. I remembered everything about them and their story since June, when I read their book. They are the essence of beautiful disaster which is why I love them so much.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. A quote from my review might help explain why:
Reading Unravel Me was like reading macabre poetry in a cold, dark room with just a sliver of
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
The Sea of Tranquility literally made me love contemporary romances. I rarely read them before this book and now contemporary romance is one of my favorite genres.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Once I read Storm by Brigid Kemmerer, I couldn't believe it took me so long to start this series (Elemental series). So many people recommended this series to me and I am so happy I finally started reading these books in 2013.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
I have two:
“Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively
bankrupt.” - City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
And this is especially sad for me since I am majorly sarcastic most minutes of the day. *le sigh*
“Are you hungry, baby?” Curran asked.
“I think we should go to dinner.”
“What are you going to wear?”
“My badass face.”
“Good choice,” he said.” - Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
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!
Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout. THAT ENDING!!!! I still want to punch someone in the throat after that ending.
18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Warner and Juliette from Unravel Me. I never expected to love Warner since he is pretty evil in the first book of the series but he totally captured my heart in Unravel Me. I don't know what kind of relationship Warner and Juliette have yet but I like where they are going.
19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve read previously.
20. Best book you read in 2013 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else:
I only read Storm by Brigid Kemmerer because of my friend and book blogger Sarah from saz101.com (Her blog is not active right now)
21. Genre you read the most from in 2013?
Of course I always read urban fantasy and paranormal the most, but I read a lot of contemporary romance this year as well.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Book boyfriend wise I gained Beast from Dark Triumph this year, but I also loved Warner from Unravel Me.
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Stardust by Mimi Strong. Mimi is a great author and story teller. And funny as hell. I laughed so much while reading Stardust.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
I don't know why but this has been the hardest question for me so far. I think As The World Dies: Untold Tales Volume 1 and Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater has the best imagery. Frater knows how to write one gruesome and descriptive scene.
25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?
Sometimes books are just plain fun for whatever reason. They aren't the best books but they stick with you because they make you giggle and flutter in excitement to read them. I had a couple of those this year. Stardust by Mimi Strong, Tragic and Manic by J.A. Huss. and Lick by Kylie Scott.
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?
The Sea of Tranquility, Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker, and Shadow of Wrath by L.W. Patricks got me all teary eyed.
27. Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?
Richard Raley is an indie author I love who not many people know about. I read his recent book this year, The Foul Mouth and the Troubled Boomworm (book 3 in the King Henry Tapes Series) and simply adored it. I love Raley's writing style and sense of humor. I wish more people would read his books.
Book Blogging/Reading Life 2013
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
JC's Book Haven. Jaclyn likes similar books to me and she has awesome features on her blog. Though I might have met Ashley and her blog a little over a year ago, I wanted to mention her again and her blog Nose Graze. Great, honest reviews and she knows everything about wordpress and website/blog coding. She is the Coding Goddess. And, again, I might have known Kimba longer than a year but I love her blog Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Dark Triumph, The Sea of Tranquility, Magic Rises, and Unravel Me.
Well, on my feature Bookish Blatherings, the topic of judging a book by its cover got the most comments and garnered the most and best discussions.
Ashley from Nose Graze always has great discussions going on but her blogging tips feature is the BEST.
I finally met by favorite authors ever!. The wife and husband writing team Ilona Andrews. Best time of my life! The signing was at San Diego's Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore. Check out some pics from the event. I had so much fun. These two are as funny in person as they are on paper. I also went to LA Times Festival of Books. It was hot but my friends and I learned a lot from the discussions.
I think finally starting a blog feature of my own. I have been wanting to do it since I first started blogging but was too nervous. But Bookish Blatherings is awesome and other people seem to love it. I also love my Writing and Publishing Tips feature.
My 2nd Blogoversary + Giveaway did very well this year. So did my review and giveaway for Magic Rises. Oh, and my post for the Chloe Neill Biting Bad Tour was very well received.
There is no specific post I wish had more views or comments but sometimes I am sad when some of my book reviews don't get a lot of comments, especially when I loved the book. I just want to talk about the bookish goodness more. Actually, changed my mind. My Opal Review only got 3 comments. I really wanted to talk about this book more with people.
Ummm, I don't know! Well, I started using Pinterest this year and have been pinning all book covers from my blog. People really seem to like my pins. I usually get like 5 or more re-pins or likes a day. And I love that people can follow the pin to my blog as well.
I did Goodreads' 2013 Reading Challenge and set a goal of 130 books and ended up reading 189 books. I also did NetGalley November to catch up with my eARCs from NetGalley and completed 28 books with a goal of 21.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.
4. Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014?
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.
I want to build and create my own professional website for my book blog and really work on the graphics. I am going to school for all that right now.