End of the Year Survey 2013

Jamie, the Perpetual Page-Turner, created this end of the year survey.

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

Yeah – I’m going to have to cheat.  But you know what – that’s a good thing.  It means I’ve read a lot of fabulour books this year!

YA Historical FictionEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (set in the 1980s) and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (set in the 1940s).

YA Mystery/SuspenseI Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

YA FantasyThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

YA Science FictionCinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Middle-Grade/YA Non-FictionBomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Middle-Grade ContemporaryWonder by R. J. Palacio

Adult RomanceEdenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Re-ReadThe Secret by Julie Garwood

Yeah, obviously I have problems choosing just one book 🙂

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

stir me up

Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins
I saw so many wonderful reviews for this book, and it looked right up my alley.  I love me the romance.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to connect to the characters, so it was a let down.  BUT so many people did love this, so don’t let my opinion sway you from reading it.

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

Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Obviously I had heard how amazing these two books were, but I’ve never been a fan of science fiction.  I’m so glad I decided to read these because I loved them so much.

 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

eleanor and park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer!

 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Marissa Meyer, Sarah MacLean, Barry Lyga

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

Again, I have to go with The Lunar Chronicles.  As I mentioned above, science fiction is so not my thing.  But I’m so glad that I ventured to the science fiction genre because I love this series so much.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

I Hunt Killers, and the sequel, Game, by Barry Lyga

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

the secret

I have to go with my favorite re-read of this year – The Secret by Julie Garwood.

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

I have a few favorite covers.  I love the cover for Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  It’s simple, and also very eye-catching.  But I especially love it because it accurately portrays what the book is about.

I also love the cover for The Distance Between Us by Kasie West because it’s cute, and I have major shoe and dress envy for the cover model.  🙂

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

So many!  How can I choose just one!

Jasper Dent from I Hunt Killers – the son of the world’s most notorious serial killer

August Pullman from Wonder

Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Park

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

scorpio races

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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

Honestly, I have no idea.  They all had an impact, I think.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 201 to finally read? 


Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 

I’m not really a quote person.  I got nothing for this 🙂

 16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013? 

Being a children’s librarian, I read very short books (picture books and board books) all the time.  But for this survery I will exclude the picture books.

The shortest novella – Only Us by Susan Mallery (51 pages)

The shortest non-novella or children’s book – The Blogger’s Mindset by Amanda Shofner (48 pages)

The shortest fiction –Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit (139 pages).

The longest book I read was:

East by Judith Pattou (498 pages).  I guess I didn’t read a lot of long books this year.

 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!


Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
I was not a fan of this book, and there were tons of scenes that were just insane!
Here’s my review (there are spoilers)

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

Romantic relationship  – Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Friendship relationship – Jazz and Howie from I Hunt Killers and Game by Barry Lyga

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

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

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

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake & Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean.  Heidi highly recommended these to me, so I finally read them. Love them!

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson.  Recommended by Alisa.

 Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2013 (optional)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012? 

Okay, so I’m not a fan these types of questions, because I’m always afraid I’ll hurt someone’s feelings.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

Audio Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I haven’t posted many discussion posts, so I don’t have a lot to choose from, but I did quite like my “Can You Feel Too Much” post.

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

I’m so sorry, but I can’t think of one specific post, but I’m sure there are tons I’m just blanking on at the moment.

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

I went to the Rochester Teen Book Festival this May, which was pretty awesome.  What I loved most about this event, though, wasn’t meeting so many YA authors, but seeing thousands of TEENS excited about meeting these authors.  Kids reading always makes me happy.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2013?

It’s not a specific moment, but what I’ve loved most this year in blogging is really making closer book blogger friends.

Alisa from Picture Me Reading and I would always talk about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Estelle from Rather Be Reading and I grabbing dinner when I was in NYC for a few days.

Swapping romances with Heidi from YA Bibliophile.

These events have been highlights of my year.  I might even do a whole post about it sometime soon.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

The post that got the most views is actually one of my earlier posts when I started blogging.  Top Ten Books for People Who Like Anna and the French Kiss.  I should do an updated recs post soon.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All my reviews.  I mean, I am here mainly to review books.

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

Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY.  They have the best YA Author events.  It’s a hike for me, but it’s always worth it.

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

I did sign-up for Debut Author Challenge, but I gave up on that pretty quickly.

I’m just a few books behind my Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I should be able to catch up by the end of the year.

Looking Ahead…

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

The same book from last year!  I’m so bad!


Easy by Tammara Webber.  I don’t know why I’m dragging my feet, because I totally want to read this one.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014?

Cress by Marissa Meyer!
Jasper Dent #3 by Barry Lyga

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

There are a whole bunch of things I’d like to accomplish in 2014 regarding my blog.  But the number one thing that I want to work on is to plan more ahead.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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6 Responses to End of the Year Survey 2013

  1. bookaddictbieke says:

    Oh I did this survey too today! 😀 It’s a great way to end the year! 😀

  2. Candice says:

    Sooooo many good books from this year! I’m extremely happy you found the Lunar Chronicles this year; love this series! And I still need to reread The Secret. You’ve got me missing my comfort books! 🙂

    Glad you had such a great year. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

  3. I so agree on your best reads list! I love Eleanor and Park!!

  4. Great post, considering doing the survey myself…I loved Wonder too! 🙂 Still have to read Rainbow Rowell and Stargirl!

  5. Meeting you was so much fun this year, and I hope we get to do it again! 🙂 You are absolutely so sweet and I love how much we have in common. I must read I Hunt Killers and Wonder this year. I must. Here’s to a new year of new books and more Newsies? 😉

  6. Hannah says:

    I loved seeing The Lunar Chronicles all over your survey! Those were some of my favorites from this year, too. I was disappointed in Stir Me Up, too. I didn’t know what I expected, but it just didn’t deliver for me. And I didn’t read it this year, but I completely agree that The Scorpio Races has gorgeous writing. I just looooved it! The audiobook is really good, too, if you haven’t listened to it 🙂

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