I discovered this survey via Ruby @ Feed Me Book Now’s awesome blog! She had such a great post. I really wanted to have a go at it, so I’ve answered the questions! Hopefully there isn’t too much fangirling and virtual squealing…
This survey is originally from The Perpetual Page-Turner Blog. You can check Jamie’s original post here! There is a part about book blogging that I missed out! That was because this post was getting very very long with all of my rambling. I might just not do it, though should I want to finish this survey, I’ll post it up later this week.
1. Best book you read in 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre)
This is SO hard. It’s like picking a favourite child. Here goes… Genre-split! First, Dystopia (and mystery):
–MORE THAN THIS by Patrick Ness: This book blew me away. It was what I was hoping for and so much more. It’s a mind-blowing novel! If I could have, I would have given it six stars. I also met the author straight after reading it, which was amazing.
–A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson: A book I only recently read, and a book that I fell in love with. This captures an eleven year old’s life particularly well, and deals with grief, and divorce, and families. So powerful.
-Phoenix by SF Said: Simply awesome! Phoenix is a book that I only just finished a couple of days ago, but it moved straight to the top of my favourites. A review shall be up soon! Dave McKean’s (FAVOURITE ARTIST :3) illustrations really bring the magical story to life.
–The Fault in our Stars by John Green: Need I say more?
I’ll stop there with favourites! I’d be here forever (:
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
MATCHED by Ally Condie. With all the hype, I thought that was going to be brilliant. I did quite like some points, but it wasn’t memorable for me. Sadly, I’ve forgotten most of it. ):
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
PIVOT POINT by Kasie West! Brilliant, clever, genius, fun, thrilling, surprising book. I was not expecting that.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Definitely MORE THAN THIS, again! I read that, fangirled a lot, then literally did not stop screaming about it for about two weeks. Honestly, if you went through my twitter timeline from when I read the book and just after I finished it, every other tweet is probably in Caps Lock and full of fangirling. And recommending. I think a lot of people got bored of me nagging them to read it!
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Oh, that’s hard. Comic-Wise, definitely The Runaways. Though the latest volumes haven’t been as good, it’s still brilliant. Bookish-wisE? The Infernal Devices. Steampunk, plus fantasy, plus romance, plus Cassandra Clare’s writing… amazing.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
John Green! One of his books I didn’t enjoy that much, but he is an amazing writer that I can’t believe I only discovered this year. Though also, Yangze Choo’s The Ghost Bride was an awesome debut! I’m really glad I discovered her writing. It’s beautiful.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. Beautiful story, I liked it. I never usually read romance… I read a lot of romance that has fantasy tie-ins, sci-fi element,s etc… but I never usually read a book that is primarily that genre. I still don’t really, but Boy Meets Boy was a nice change!
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
More Than This. Again. I keep mentioning it here! That shows how awesome it was. Trust me, pick it up!! Unputdownable is exactly the word to describe it.
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Obviously, because the film is out next year!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
This is two books, really, but they’re of the same series! The Grimm Legacy and The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman both have absolutely gorgeous covers. They’re really quirky and have a cool collage-feel!
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
This is difficult! I’ll have to go with Dan Hope, because I read Lara Williamson’s debut about him really recently and haven’t been able to get him out of my mind since.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Ooh. This is hard. I had to scan over all of the books I’ve read this year via Goodreads to answer this! I’ll have to go with The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It’s a translation from Spanish, and a rally great one. Carlos’ writing is beautiful. Hopefully I can read his original stuff in Spanish if I keep taking Spanish class though, right? ;D
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
This is a non-fiction piece. Finding your Inner Cherokee by Siobhan Curham. It’s a beat-bullying guide available on kindle, and really, really helps anybody who reads it. I can’t recommend it enough- it really does make a great impact- it worked for me!
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare! I actually started reading the first chapter when it first came out and my dad was sent a copy. I never finished it then; I guess when I was a little younger, I was scared of big books D: I am glad I got around to it though- it’s my favourite YA Steampunk series at the moment!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
Oh. Well. Literally everything I’ve read this year has had a beautiful quote that I’ve had to write down or bookmark! I’ll go with an obvious, pretty famous one, from Steven Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower*:
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
pretty quote! :3
*= Oh man- I forgot to review this! D:
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest book: Oranges in No-Man’s Land by Elizabeth Laird. It wasn’t even two hundred pages! It was a good story but I didn’t enjoy it because of the length- too short; couldn’t connect.
Longest Book: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: This was almost six hundred pages! I’m pretty proud of myself for that one because normally I slow down when reading a large book. However, I got through it quicker than I thought I would.
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? Be careful of spoilers!
Aaaaand, More Than This by Patrick Ness invades the survey again! When everything was revealed, (I’m not spoiling anything here!) and the truth came to light, I just had to sit there and stare at a wall for a while. Because it was so WHOAAA and I didn’t know anyone who’d read it yet, so I couldn’t tweet about it!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013
This is so hard! I need to go with two characters in STRAY by Monica Hesse. Oh, and that love-triangle-ish in Geek Girl… I loved Harriet and her best friend for their friendship, and loved Harriet with both the boys! (One relationship doesn’t happen. But, it really should because they are PERFECT, though it would be weird).
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:
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. In fact, that was a recommendation from a lot of people. I only bought it because I saw so many rave reviews, and because a lot of people were shocked that I hadn’t read it yet!
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
YA overall, mostly, though I did dip into all age categories. Under YA though… that’s got to be paranormal or contemporary. I never really read either before this year, actually!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Ooh. Um. I don’t even know. So many new ones this year… D:
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
So hard! A lot of what I read this year was debuts. Stray by Monica Hesse was awesome and I haven’t mentioned that here yet, so I’ll go with that! (Stray also fits into way more categories above.)
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Does it count if I’m currently reading this? The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! Beautiful, powerful imagery. The circus is so vivid and real!
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
The Savages by Matt Whyman, on the funny side! That was such an enjoyable novel.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
TFiOS, Clockwork Princess, Delirium, Finding Cherokee Brown, Maggot Moon, All Our Yesterdays, Half Lives, Partials, Everything is Fine (and Other Lies I tell Myself), By Any Other Name… the list goes on! D:
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
The sequel to this came out this year, the first book I think came out last year: Partials by Dan Wells. This is an amazing Sci-Fi series! In fact I think it might even be the best Sci-Fi series I’ve read. I want to fangirl with somebody, but nobody I knows seems to have read it! *hint hint, go buy them*
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
Requiem by Lauren Oliver! I read and loved the first book, went and brought the next two. Pandemonium just wasn’t what I was expecting and I grew to really dislike the main character. It put me off of the last book, but I really do want to finish the trilogy! I don’t want to DNF something because I hate doing that, book or series.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
Hmm. There are so many, but at the same time, I can’t think of one that I can single out!
Probably The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle. Phil is an awesome writer (Who I’ve met and is local to me! Yay!) and I’ve really enjoyed two of his other books.
3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Banished: The Blackhart Legacy book one by Liz De Jager. *SCREAM* Liz is so awesome on twitter and in real life, and I’m so excited about her Debut in February that I’ve even changed my surname on twitter to the protagonist’s surname. Yep. I am excited. I also saw a proof in REAL LIFE today and the cover is so gorgeous!!! *cue more fangirly screams*
4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
City of Heavenly Fire! 2013 has turned me into a bit of a TMI fangirl. I think the series would have been awesome left at book three, like it was originally, but I do want to see how everything ends. Bring on the feels! ;D
So… Ta Da! That took me the best part of two hours to write- most of the answers were pretty difficult! I hope you enjoyed my answers. On the original survey (linked to right at the top of this post!) there’s a linky that this post is on, as well as lots of other blogs. Be sure to check them out! If you’ve participated leave the link in the comments! (: