December 29, 2013

2013 Best in Books Survey

 Best YA book 2013

1. Best Book You Read in 2013: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

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           Runners Up by Genre:
2. Biggest Disappointment Book: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
             Too aimless considering how anticipated it was for everyone.

3. Most Surprising Book (in a good way): The Second Daughter by J. Jeffrey
              I agreed to read this for a book tour and thought it might be slow, but it was far
              from that! Definitely one of my favorite books of the year, especially being about
              family baggage.

4. Book Read in 2013 That You Recommended Most in 2013: The Divergent series by Veronica Roth and A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.

            Runners Up:
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    5.  Best Series You Discovered in 2013: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

               Runners Up:
    6.  Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2013: Stephanie Perkins

    7. Best Book Outside Your Comfort ZoneA Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

    8. Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book Read in 2013: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

    9. Book Read in 2013 That You're Most Likely to Re-Read in 2014: Fire by Kristin Cashore

    10. Favorite Cover of a Book Read in 2013: The Selection by Kiera Cass and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
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    11. Most Memorable Character in 2013: Cersei Lannister from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. I hate to love her and love to hate her.

    12. Most Beautifully Written Book of 2013: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, but I also want to give some credit to Matched by Ally Condie.

    13. Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2013: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

    14. Book You Can't Believe You Waited Until 2013 to Read: SO MANY!! A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, Divergent series by Veronica Roth, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (any John Green, really!), Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield (any Rob Sheffield, really!), Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

    15. Favorite Passage/Quote from a Book Read in 2013: There are seriously far too many and I didn't keep track of a hierarchy of them, so I'm just going to give you two somewhat random ones:

     Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.
    -from A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

    If you love someone, if someone loved you, if they taught you to write and made it so you could speak, how can you do nothing at all? You might as well take their words out of the dirt and try to snatch them from the wind. / Because once you love, it is gone. You love and you cannot call it back
    -from Crossed by Ally Condie

    16. Shortest and Longest Book Read in 2013:
    17.  Book That Had A Scene That Had You Reeling and Dying to Talk to Somebody About It: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin had plenty of them!

    18. Favorite Relationship from a Book You Read in 2013:
    • Romantic: Douglass and Nicholas from A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
    • Friendship: Arya and Gendry from A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
    • Familial: Fire and Cansrel from Fire by Kristin Cashore (not because it's "good" haha!)
    19.  Favorite Book Read in 2013 From An Author You've Previously Read: Fire by Kristin Cashore

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    20. Best Book Read in 2013 Based Solely on Another Person's Recommendation: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

    21. Genre You Read the Most in 2013: Dystopian YA with 25% - I shouldn't be surprised, but I am!

    22. Newest Fictional Crush From a Book Read in 2013: Etienne St Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. 

    23. Best 2013 Debut You Read: The Second Daughter by J. Jeffrey (technically published in late 2012, but shhhhh....)

    24. Most Vivid World in a Book Read in 2013: Fire by Kristin Cashore

    25. Book That Was Most Fun to Read: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins and Cinder by Marissa Meyer

    26. Book That Made You Cry in 2013: Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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    27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Was Overlooked: 6 Verses That Can Change Your Life by Joe Barnett

    28. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog: Ugh, still 50 Shades of Grey!

    29. Did You Complete Any Reading Challenges or Goals You Set This Year?  Yes, my original reading goal was 30 books because I felt I would be busier this year than last year when I met my goal of 50. When I reached 30 books by summer time, I increased my goal to 50 and again to 60. I ended up reading 68 books (and counting) in 2013!


    1. One Book You Didn't Get To in 2013 But Will Be Your #1 Priority in 2014: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

    2. Book You Are Most Anticipating for 2014: She Has Your Eyes by Elisa Lorello. Also, Cress by Marissa Meyer, The One by Keira Cass and Isla and the Happily Every After by Stephanie Perkins.

    3. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014: The One by Kiera Cass.

    4. One Thing You Hope to Accomplish or Do in You Reading/Blogging 2014: Go to more book events and read more current books!

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    1. the song of ice and fire is the best series i read in 2013 too. the characters are intriguing and the story line is not a people-pleaser as well, but keep me wanting for more. can't wait for the 6th book.

    2. Anna was one of my fav books from 2012. And I hope I get to finally read Cinder in 2014... it's one of my goals. Everyone seems to love it, so I'm really going to make an effort to get to it :) I love those Selection covers... don't think I will ever read the books, but the covers are SO pretty!! Also TFIOS is definitely a sobfest. I'd be concerned if you said you read that this year and it wasn't your answer for number 26 :) Happy 2014!!


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