Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013 End-of-Year Book Survey

best books 2013 end of year survey
It's time for Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner's 2013 End-of-Year Book Survey.
Fill this out whenever you feel like it…whether that’s today or in January.
Feel free to link up and share your End of Year Books Survey and visit others on the list!

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published,

and is not limited to just books that came out in 2013!!
Anyone who links up by January 10th will be in the running to win
a book of their choice that they saw on Jamie's list! :) 
 Winner will be chosen off the linky.

Best YA book 2013

1. Best book you read in 2013?

TA DA!...

Five Days at Memorial
Eleanor & Park
The Night of the Comet
The Peppermint Pig
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
The Smartest Kids in the World
Reading in the Wild
My Ideal Bookshelf
Earth Abides

A New Poster


2. Book you were excited about &

thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

I had three disappointments this year:

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

Someday, Someday, Maybe.

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended

to people most in 2013?

Eleanor & Park.

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Series of Unfortunate Events (Yes, I'm late to the game!)

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

 Rainbow Rowell.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone?

I stayed in my comfort zone this year.
Maybe next year I'll venture out.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

The Night of the Comet.

 9. Book you read in 2013 that

you are most likely to reread next year?

My Ideal Bookshelf.

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

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

And Park.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?


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

Antifragile. Still thinking about this one.

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

The Peppermint Pig.

 15. Favorite passage/quote

from a book you read in 2013?

From Brene Brown's Daring Greatly:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,
who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again;
because there is not effort without error and shortcomings;
but who does actually strive to do the deed;
who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion,
who spends himself in a worthy cause,
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement
and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat.” 
 Theodore Roosevelt

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2013?

Shortest:  Journey by Aaron Becker (wordless picture book).
Longest:  East of Eden by John Steinbeck (640 pages).

 17. Book that had a scene in it that had you

reeling and dying to talk to someone about it?

The Other Typist.

18. Favorite relationship

from a book you read in 2013?

Ahhh, Eleanor & Park, of course.

19. Favorite book you read in 2013

from an author you’ve read previously?

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.

20. Best book you read in 2013 that you read

based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?

Eleanor & Park.

21. Genre you read the most from in 2013?

Subgenre: French-ish Books

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

Mr. Majeika. Would love to have a magical teacher.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

The Mouse-Proof Kitchen.

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

Night of the Comet.

25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?

The Peppermint Pig.

26. Book that made you cry in 2013?

Eleanor & Park.

27. Book you read in 2013 that you overlooked

when it first came out?

The Vile Village
in the Series of Unfortunate Events.


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

I have many, many favorites.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

7. Most popular post this year on your blog

(whether it be by comments or views)?

Crazy, but it's
Virtual Advent: Uff da! Norwegian Fattigmands!
I pinned it on Pinterest and the hits keep coming.

8. Post you wished got a little more love?

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

The book, The Novel Cure.
It's bibliotherapy. Fun.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Set no goals.
Met no goals.


1. One book you didn't get to in 2013 but will be

 your number one priority in 2014?

Burial Rites. And Me Before You.

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2014 (non-debut)?

A reread of Grapes of Wrath.

3. 2014 debut you are most anticipating?

The new Rainbow Rowell.

 4. Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014?

Since I rarely read series....

5. One thing you hope to accomplish in your reading/blogging In 2014?

Be serendipitous.

Tell me if you loved any of the books I loved this year! Give me a recommendation for something I NEED to get to!


  1. Thanks for letting us know of this.I'll try to fill the form too.

  2. Now I need to go visit the blogs of other people who have linked up there.

  3. So not only do we share our disappointment with Fangirl, but also our love for Eleanor & Park!

    I love how you have such a diverse reading list.

  4. I really enjoyed Someday, Someday, Maybe too! Love Lauren Graham!

  5. Oddly, had I known that Graham was an actress, I'd have set aside this book, as I'm not one for celebrities writing books. Funny.

  6. Louise has left a new comment on your post "2013 End-of-Year Book Survey":

    What a great 2013 wrap up! I've somehow missed how much you, and everyone else it seems loves Rainbow Rowell- I must get there in 2014. My library has Eleanor and Park, I'll start there.

  7. You're the first person I've seen who didn't like Fangirl. I like that, though. It shows that it's not all that it's hyped up to be. But, I still want to read it, lol. :)

  8. I didn't dislike it. It started off well, but went on past the resolution of the problem, I thought.

  9. Definitely need to get around to Eleanor and Park in the coming year. Did you read Attachments? It was the first book I read by Rainbow Rowell and I absolutely loved it :)

    Great answers! I enjoyed reading them :)

    Here's my end-of-the-year survey

  10. Really should get a copy of Eleanor & Park! Thank you for sharing your books of 2013!

  11. Your #2 is too bad. I wanted to read that AmericanaH one. hmm. It was that bad eh? cheers.

  12. Oh my goodness! So many books! I see that once again, we've read a lot of the same books. Burial Rites is a book that I'm looking forward to read next year too.

    Happy New Year, Deb!

  13. I love this post. And I would LOVE to talk to you about THE OTHER TYPIST.

    The ending of that book DROVE me crazy. :)

    Send me an e-mail if you like.

    Happy New Year.


  14. Ah yes, E&P. Such a fantastic book. Pity about Fangirl. I haven't read it though. Here's to another year of lovely books!


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