I have decided to take part in The Perpetual Page Turner’s End of Year Book Survey (hosted by Jamie). To take part just click: here
2013 End of Year Book Survey
1. Best Book You Read In 2013?
Suicide Watch by Kelley York
This was such a powerful, beautiful novel. I wept buckets at certain parts but I loved how hopeful this book really was. The main characters really captured my heart and soul.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Falling for the Ghost of You by Nicole Christie
I had read so many great reviews about this book so was really disappointed when I couldn’t really get into it. I think my main problem was that I just couldn’t relate to the main character Violet at all. I did like the humour that was present throughout the book and would definitely give the author another chance.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
I expected a really light, fluffy, not particularly deep book. Instead I got a really emotional and thoughtful experience. Yes this is a mainstream romance but it is so much more than that. The characters were delightfully quirky and the subject matter ended up being much more intense than what you would expect from the book blurb. I was really charmed by this book and was completely taken by surprise by how much of an effect this story would have on me.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
I think this is the book I have raved most about this year. It is a wonderfully lyrical, whimsical book about a young girl who finds herself whilst travelling through Central America. I absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone.5
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent
I adored this series (which is funny because I first tried reading it when the first book My Soul To Take came out in 2011 and I just couldn’t get into it!!). I decided to give this series another shot this year and was so glad that I did. It is a fantastic series with an interesting paranormal twist.
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2013?
I have found a lot of fantastic new authors this year but I have to say that Karina Halle has really captured my imagination. I first read Sins & Needles which encouraged me to read the rest of the books she has written and I tore through everything in a matter of weeks. I will be eagerly anticipating any news releases with baited breath (in particular I have loved her Experiment in Terror series – the main protagonist Perry Palomino is like me in book form!!).
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Painted Faces by L. H. Cosway
I have not read a great deal of adult contemporary/erotica at all. It is not a genre I have ever been particularly drawn to. Yet Painted Faces caught my attention and I ended up being completely enthralled by this quirky little tale. I loved that the main character Freda was not your average pretty and thin protagonist and the fact that the love interest was actually a drag queen! This was a great book and the author is one I will be keeping a sharp eye out for.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Angelfall by Susan EE
This book has gotten a lot of praise from the book reviewing community and it is all well-deserved. This was an action-packed, thrilling ride from beginning to end. I have not yet read the sequel which was recently released but it is at the top of my to-read list.
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This was such a charming, feel-good read I can foresee it being a definite re-read next year. I really loved this deceptively simple romantic tale and the Parisian setting was a definite added bonus. Anna and Étienne were an adorable couple despite of their flaws. I really couldn’t help but root for them.
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2013?
Dark Space by Lisa Henry
How great is this book cover – it really captures everything about the main character Brady Garrett and also evokes the feeling of bleakness that surrounds the space station in this novel.
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
This is a really tough one for me. I would have to say it is a tie between Tod from the Soul Screamers series (by Rachel Vincent) and Camden McQueen from The Artists Trilogy (by Karina Halle). I just cannot pick between the two!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Graffiti Moon is an exceptional book. It is wonderfully written, with deep, well-drawn characters and a simple yet affecting story. It manages to draw the reader fully into the story and the writing is deceptive – it is clear and concise yet hugely effective and descriptive without losing the reader along the way.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Crush by Laura Susan Johnson
This book probably has had the biggest impact on me this year. It was a devastating and incredibly disturbing read. It was absolutely terrifying and sickening but beautiful at the same time. Word of warning though – it has themes about child abuse that may be very difficult for some to read. I had a really hard time with this but although I ended up feeling drained by all the angst I was uplifted at the same time. It was an incredibly difficult book to read but I am glad I persevered.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I still cannot believe I waited so long to read this book but at the same time I think I was waiting until the perfect moment. All the praise about this novel does not fully do it justice. It was a wonderful, if sometimes confusing, read.
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
“It doesn’t matter if it could be worse, because even those people living on the street could still say ‘it’s not as bad as it could be.’ You still feel the pain. It still matters. All this means nothing unless you have people around who understand you. People who get that, sometimes, you’re just…really, really fucking sad and it’s for no reason at all. Then you get pissed off ’cause you realize you’re upset without a good reason, and you feel even worse.”
from Suicide Watch by Kelley York
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest book: Corey’s Fire by Lee Wardlaw (103 pages) – a short but effective read, this is the story of a young girl who loses all of her possessions in a fire but soon realises she has gained much more than she has lost.
Longest book: Evenfall by Santino Hassell & Ais (1427 pages) – this entire series is very, very long but oh so worth it!! Sin and Boyd – be still my heart!!
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?
Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
The second book ended on a complete and major cliff-hanger!! I so wanted to discuss this with someone but hardly any of my friends are reading this series. I still cannot really discuss here because hello spoilers!! This series has kept me on my toes but I would never have guessed this particular twist!
18. Favourite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
I’m going to have to go with Adrian Ivashkov and Sydney Sage from Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series (Vampire Academy spin-off). Adrian has long been my favourite character in this series and the evolution of his and Sydney’s relationship has been a joy to read. Their friendship and eventual romance has been slowly built-up and their dynamic is one of my favourite parts of the series.
19. Favourite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
I have loved absolutely everything from this husband and wife writing duo and the latest entry in the Kate Daniels saga was no exception.
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane
I was recommended this book by one of my Goodreads friends Salsera1974. I had never read any Amy Lane books before but knew she was a big name in the m/m genre which I had recently gotten into this year. I decided to give it a go and am very glad that I did. This was an excellent read and I have gone through the entire series (not to mention some of Amy Lane’s other series/standalone works). She is an excellent writer and this was a great recommendation.
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
I read a lot of m/m contemporary this year but other than that probably paranormal/urban fantasy was my most read genre.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
I have to go with Camden McQueen from The Artist Trilogy by Karina Halle. Gotta love a tattooed bad boy!!
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
I have nothing but positive things to say about this remarkable debut from Amy Spalding. This was a charming read with some more serious issues bubbling under the deceptively light surface.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
In the Company of Shadows series by Santino Hassell and Ais
This online series is incredibly vast and the research that has gone into setting up this post-apocalyptic world by the writers is nothing short of phenomenal.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Actually the whole series is incredibly fun. I love, love, love the Merrick brothers and the various trouble they get themselves into as elementals. I cannot wait for the next books in the series (Secret – Nick’s book and Sacrifice – Michael’s book) due out next year.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
I was an emotional wreck after reading this book. This was an incredibly hard-hitting novel but I did like how open-ended things were left. Always leaves room for hope to bloom (yeah didn’t mean to rhyme there lol!).
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala
This book came out in 2012 and I don’t think it has had the attention it deserves. It is a very intense book that covers a lot of themes such as abuse, homelessness etc. Well worth a read in my book.
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2013?
Definitely Boys in Our Books – a great place to find m/m reading recommendations!! I have spent many hours going through the reviews on this blog.
2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2013?
Erm…probably Hushed by Kelley York. This was a delightfully twisted tale and I loved writing a review for it. Here is a link to my review: Hushed
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
My blog is fairly new so haven’t really had too many in-depth conversations though I loved what people have contributed so far!
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I really enjoyed this: Memorable Characters of Sci-Fi
Although not book related, this article was of great interest to me as I really love all things Science Fiction. Plus Amy’s blog: odetojoandkatniss is a great place for lots of interesting discussions and articles.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Probably this one lol! I am a fairly new blogger and have not really had much of a chance to join in any fun events as yet. Hoping to change that in the new year though!
6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
Probably starting up the blog in August. I had been writing reviews on Godreads for awhile but I am glad I finally made the leap to wordpress!!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My most popular (by that I mean viewed) post is my Falling For the Ghost of You review. It has certainly generated the most traffic.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Probably some of my lengthier reviews – those suckers take a lot of time lol! Just kidding. I greatly appreciate anyone checking out my reviews and whatnot. I do this primarily for fun so any visitors really mean a lot to me!
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Definitely Booklikes – I have had a lot of fun on that site this year. I post a fair bit and although it does not have as active a community as say Goodreads, I find the atmosphere there really warm and friendly.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I set myself a goal to read 250 books this year (my Goodreads challenge). I am happy to report that I reached that goal just this week (in the nick of time lol)!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Heard a lot of great things about this series but have not yet gotten round to reading it as yet. Will have to make a point to read it asap!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
Secret by Brigid Kemmerer
I am eagerly anticipating this January release. Cannot wait to read Nick’s story after reading the novella Breathless. I am looking forward to see how his relationship with Adam develops and how his brothers are going to react when they find out!
3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Alienated by Melissa Landers
I love Science Fiction and YA so this book looks right up my street. It’s out in February so it’s not too long to have to wait.
4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
Dust to Dust by Karina Halle
The final instalment in her Experiment in Terror series. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and cannot wait to read the last book due out in May. At the same time I do not want the series to end but at least there will be the spin-off series (about Perry’s younger sister Ada) to look forward to!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
I want to try and be more prolific next year. I have had a lot on in recent months so haven’t been able to devote as much time as I would like to blogging. I am hoping to make more time next year.
Well that’s it for 2013. Thanks to Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner for coming up with this survey. I had a lot of fun completing it and it reminded me of a lot of the great books I had read this year.