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2013 End of the Year Book Survey

January 17, 2014 | One comment


 

Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner does this end of the year book survey. This is such a great idea, so of course I need to fill it out to.

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1. Best Book You Read In 2013?
There isn’t a single book that stands out as the absolutely best one (I didn’t give any books 5 stars during 2013) but the following books were some of my favourites: Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, the Prescription for Trouble series by Richard L Mabry, and The Body Farm series by Jefferson Bass.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. To be fair, I had been warned that people either love or hate this book. I thought I was going to love it, but it was one of the most boring books I’ve ever read. I even considered not finishing it, that’s how bad I thought it was.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Rule by Jay Crownover.

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Penelope by Marilyn Kaye and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Body Farm by Jefferson Bass. I read all 8 books in 2013.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Andrea Kane. Her books have had some amazing titles, like The Girl Who Disappeared Twice and The Line Between Here and Gone.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper. I’m usually not a big fan of paranormal but I loved this one, and I have already read the following four books in the series this year.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
I’ll Be Watching You by Andrea Kane.

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
None. If I reread a book, I usually wait at least a couple of years. But if I would reread one it would probably be The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer. I have a feeling it could be one of those books where you notice new details every time you read it. Or Stardust by Neil Gaiman because it is beautiful.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride

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11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Miranda from The Body Farm series and the twins Alex and Conner Bailey from The Enchantress Returns.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Who cannot love sentences like “She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars”?

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
I didn’t really read any life-changing books during 2013 (it was a quantity over quality type of reading year).

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Once again, The Body Farm series by Jefferson Bass. Also, anything by Neil Gaiman.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
“It’s not the power of the curse, it is the power you give the curse” (Marilyn Kaye, Penelope) and “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten” (Neil Gaiman, Coraline). And also, see answer to #12.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Freaks by Tess Gerritsen (46 pages) and The Camel Club by David Baldacci (606 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!
Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Pretty much every other chapter had me run to my roommate and read passages out loud for her.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Miranda and Dr. Bill Brockton from The Body Farm series, Tristran and Yvaine from Stardust by Neil Gaiman, and Alex and Conner Bailey from The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer and Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. I wasn’t convinced I was going to like it, but I could barely put it down.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Romance

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Rule from Rule by Jay Crownover. Bad boy (who really is a good boy). And the tattoos.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Also Rule by Jay Crownover.

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Coraline by Neil Gaiman and The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
The first three Treading Water books by Marie Force.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
The Prescription for Trouble series by Richard L Mabry. Amazing medical mysteries that I had never heard of and just stumbled across. Definitely worth reading.

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