Monday, December 30, 2013

Shannon's 2013 End of the Year Survey

End of the Year Book Survey!

Hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner 

 

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)

There is no way I can narrow it down to one.  Here is my top eleven (because I couldn't decide on ten):
1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
2. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
3. Champion by Marie Lu
4. The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker
5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
6. Life After Life by Karen Atkinson
7. Cinder/Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
8. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
9. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
10. The Deepest Night by Shana Abe
11. The Assassin's Curse/The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke 

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

Ugh, Requiem by Lauren Oliver and Allegiant by Veronica Roth top my list for sure.  Both were huge series enders and both let me down.  It wasn't necessarily the plot, but the execution.  I spent most of the time being angry at Lena and Alex in Requiem and completely bored during Allegiant.  How could such an exciting series end in such a boring way?

Requiem (Delirium, #3) Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

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

I would say Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.  I knew it was about dragons, but I was surprised by the depth and thoughtfulness of the plot and characters.  I ended up enjoying it way more than I expected.

Seraphina (Seraphina, #1) 
 

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

Probably The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  I think it is a book that a lot of different type of readers would like.  I am also not a huge fan of the alien genre, but I loved it.

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) 
 

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I randomly came across The Deepest Night by Shana Abe and really loved it.   It was a unique take on dragons and it was historical fiction to boot.  The sequel, The Sweetest Dark, was even better than the first.  I am really excited to read the final book when it comes out this year.

The Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark, #1) The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark, #2) 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

I discovered a lot of new fun authors, but I'll say Cat Patrick.  I read both her Forgotten and Just Like Fate (written with Suzanne Young) and really enjoyed both.  I will definitely read more by her!


Forgotten Just Like Fate

 

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

I really can't say I read anything out of my comfort zone or any new genres, but I DID get much more into Contemporary YA, which I tend to be very picky about.  I think my favorite was My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1)

 

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

It isn't published yet, but Into the Still Blue had me at the edge of my seat.  I thought it was a great ending to the Under the Never Sky series and there was so much action.  I love Perry and Aria.

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)

 

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

I don't generally reread books (too many new ones to read!!), but sometimes I like to "reread" them by listening to them on audiobook.  I don't have any real strong contenders, but I would say I'd be most likely to listen to Scarlet by Marissa Meyers.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

 

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

I loved the cover for The Space Between because it was such a great representation of the book.

The Space Between

 

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

Mula(Red) and Storm from The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson.  I loved them so much!!

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)

 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.  Stiefvater has a way with words, but it wasn't until I listened to this book on audio after having read the written book that I appreciated just how well this book was written.

 The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

 

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

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  This book gutted me.

Code Name Verity

 

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

Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker because it has been sitting on my bookshelf for 8 years!

Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War (Abarat, #2)

 

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

“It's like being in love, discovering your best friend.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity 


“You don't realize how much you miss something till it comes back to you, and then you wonder how you went so long without it.”
Cassandra Rose Clarke, The Assassin's Curse  


“She wore a dress Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one.
Ronan wasn't a fan of lamps.”

Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves  


“Ursula craved solitude but she hated loneliness, a conundrum that she couldn’t even begin to solve.”
Kate Atkinson, Life After Life  


16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

The shortest book was Genesis by Bernard Beckett at 150 pages.  The longest was The Diviners by Libba Bray at 578 pages.

Genesis The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

 

 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!

Oh man.  There were a few.  A certain scene in The Dream Thieves between Blue and Gansey.  The ending of Champion...and the epilogue.  Pretty much all of All Our Yesterdays.  The big revelation in All the Truth In Me.   The secrets in Code Name Verity.  Finding out who Zombie was in The 5th Wave.

 

 

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

My favorite romantic relationship is probably Aria and Perry from the Under the Never Sky (Into the Still Blue) series.  I love how dedicated they are to each other.  Honorable mention goes to Hector and Elisa from the Fire and Thorn series by Rae Carson (particularly in The Bitter Kingdom).  

My favorite friendship was probably between Queenie and Maddie in Code Name Verity.  

 

 

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

 The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. I wasn't a huge fan of The Replacements, but I thought The Space Between was really really good.  I loved the demonology and the characters.

The Space Between

 

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

Definitely Cinder by Marissa Meyers.  I put off reading this because I thought it looked dumb, but then I kept reading amazing reviews for it and gave in.  I was so glad I did because I LOVED it.  And I loved the sequel Scarlet even more.  I can't wait until the third book, Cress, comes out!

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

 

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Paranormal for sure.  Followed by fantasy.  From there I'm not sure how it breaks down, but the next three categories would probably be dystopian, contemporary and historical fiction. 

 

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

Chaol from The Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas  :D


Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

 

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Oh, definitely All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill.  Oh man, what a great book.  It was so twisty turny and parts of it broke my heart.  I loved loved loved it.

All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1)

 

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

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.  It was so different that anything else I've read.  And since it is the first book in a planned series of 7, I know we will get to see more and more of the world Samantha Shannon created and I am excited.

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

 

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyers.  That book was pure fun.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

 

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

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  "Kiss Me, Hardy!"...Ugh.

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

Oh, the Assassin's Curse series by Cassandra Rose Clarke for sure. It is a great fantasy novel series set in an exotic location with fun and interesting characters.  Why don't more people know about this series?!

The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1) The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse, #2)

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