Tuesday, December 31, 2013

End of the Year Book Survey

Courtesy of Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner

1. Best Book You Read In 2013?  

Even after making all of those Best of lists, this is an incredibly hard decision.  I feel like I had a really good year of reading.  My very favorites though were: Tenth of December by George Saunders, The End Of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe, 7 by Jen Hatmaker, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, and Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.

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

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson.  I didn't hate it, but it was probably the one I was most exciting for and it just didn't live up to her others for me.

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

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.  I had purposefully ignored it because I don't do books where mothers die, but Jacki at We Still Read convinced me and it wound up being one of my favorites.

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

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker.  I can'at stop raving about this one.  

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

This one is easy.  Harry Potter, hands down.  

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Several of these: Jen Hatmaker, George Saunders, Karen Russel, Chuck Klosterman, Jonathan Maberry

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

The End of Your Life Book Club again.  Like I said, I absolutely refuse to read books with dying mothers, but I'm so glad I stretched for this one.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

The Harry Potter books.  I've been listening to them and have found myself inventing cleaning in order to listen longer.  My house has never looked better.

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

I'm really not much of a re-reader, but I re-read Bossypants by Tina Fey this year and it's one that I can see myself reading again.

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

Parasite by Mira Grant

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

All of the Harry Potter characters, Leonard Peacock from Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, Dexter from Darkly Dreaming Dexter

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

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

The Harry Potter series, definitely.

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

I'm skipping this one because I don't do a good job of keeping track of quotes and passages.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest: Matchless by Gregory McGuire
Longest: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 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!

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailkas - I was dying to discuss the ending with my friend Joyce.  I also loved reading Hopeless by Colleen Hoover and discussing as I was reading.

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

Eleanor and Park from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris, Gulp by Mary Roach

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

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (recommended by my friend Joyce), The End of Your Life Book Club and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess (recommended by Jacki)

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

This one I'd have to really sit down and figure out, but I'd guess non-fiction?  Or general adult fiction?

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

Another one I'm skipping - I don't really get book crushes the way everyone else seems to.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

The Dinner by Herman Koch (not technically his debut, but his English language debut)

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

Tenth of December by George Saunders, Flora by Gail Godwin

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

Harry Potter for sure.  I've definitely had the most fun texting my friends and tweeting while listening to it.

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

I'm not a crier during books at all, but there have been quite a few tears shed over Harry Potter.  When Neville gets 10 points for Gryffindor?  I almost had to pull my car over.

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

Flora by Gail Godwin


2014 Books

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Isla and the Happily Ever After

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Alienation by Melissa Landers (kind of a cheat because I've already read it, but it's awesome), Push Girl by Chelsie Hill and Jessica Love, and Damesel Distressed by Kelsey Macke.  All three of these are Nestie-written!

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

For this one, you'll have to check back tomorrow!

If any of you participate in this survey, link me below - I want to make sure I check it out!


  1. Glad you discovered/read the Harry Potter series (or got a good start on it), as it made it to place prominently on your list.

  2. I don't think I'll enjoy Harry Potter but great stuff on it being the new reads for you. Enjoy the rest.

  3. Love this best of post. I discovered Jonathan Maberry this year too.