2013 End of Year Book Survey

Posted January 1, 2014 by Bonnie in End of Year Survey / 9 Comments

Survey and Graphic courtesy of Jamie @ 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)

Yep. Totally cheating.

Literary FictionLife After Life by Kate Atkinson
Dystopian/Post-ApocalypticOryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy #1) by Margaret Atwood
Historical FictionIn the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Urban FantasyBinding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell, #3) by Jenn Bennett
Science FictionFortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach
FantasyDreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
Mystery/ThrillerThe Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Romance/Chick-LitHow to Love by Katie Cotugno
Middle GradeThe Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
AudiobookThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal

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

Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler was the final book in her Jane True series. I’ve loved that series from the beginning but the ending was one big disappointment for me.

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

This book shows up often on this list but it’s still the most surprising: How to Love by Katie Cotugno. I don’t often read Contemporary YA but I really loved this one and I still can’t quite put my finger on why.

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

Probably Darkhouse by Karina Halle, or the Experiment in Terror series in general. Such a fantastic series.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I didn’t start too many new series this year since I was trying to work on catching up on the ones I was already in the middle of but…The Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle or the Fables graphic novel series by Bill Willingham.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Karina Halle. I read 15 of her books this year alone.

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

Tampa by Alissa Nutting was leagues outside of my comfort zone but despite the icky subject it was surprisingly well done.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach. I read it in almost a single day which is pretty unheard of for me. I usually get distracted by other pretty books.

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

Honestly, I read some amazing books but I hardly ever re-read.

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

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Tie between Lex (Croak series) and Sybella (Dark Triumph).

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

The Beautiful Indifference: Stories by Sarah Hall impressed me so much. Brilliant writing, I would love to read this authors other works.

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

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock. Reason I say this is it opened my eyes to the southern-gothic/country-noir genre that I found I really, really like. I read a few other books in that genre that I don’t think I ever would have picked up normally.

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

Atonement by Ian McEwan. The film is one of my favorites, ever, and I’ve always meant to read the book. Might not have beat out the film but was a beautifully written novel.

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

“Each leaf that brushed his face deepened his sadness and dread. Each leaf he passed he’d never pass again. They rode over his face like veils, already some yellow, their veins like slender bones where the sun shone through them. He had resolved himself to ride on for he could not turn back and the world that day was as lovely as any day that ever was and he was riding to his death.”
― Cormac McCarthy, Child of God


“I think of how it felt to lose him, slow and painful and confusing, and how it felt to wonder if I’d ever really had him at all.”
― Katie Cotugno, How to Love

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest– Night by Elie Wiesel (120 pages)

Longest — NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (709 pages)

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!

The ending of Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett. Oh my GOSH. I will say no more.

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

Lex and Driggs (Scorch/Rogue)
Blue and the Gang (Dream Thieves)
Sybella and The Beast of Waroch (Dark Triumph)
Devi and Rupert (Fortune’s Pawn)

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

More Than This by Patrick Ness. This book was intense and lovely and everything I’ve come to love from Patrick Ness.

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

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Rory and Kate were both after me to read this. I’m glad I caved. 🙂

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

I read a lot of Horror and Mystery/Thriller types this year and a lot more Adult novels than YA.

22. Best 2013 debut you read?

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

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

I remember Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn being extremely vivid in detail, whether that’s a good or bad thing I’m still undecided on. The comparison to Stephen King is spot-on.

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

I think the most fun I had reading was doing a re-read of the first three Harry Potter books on audio. I had only read them once before but it was YEARS ago, plus the narrator (Jim Dale) does an amazing job.

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

The Book Thief had me SOBBING. I listened to it on audio too and it was intense. I read Rose Under Fire immediately after to (which was a huge mistake) and that one almost had me crying.

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

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith was a Post Apocalyptic story that didn’t get nearly enough attention. There are currently less than 900 ratings and under 250 reviews on Goodreads. TERRIBLE. Orleans had fantastic world-building and surprisingly enough, NO ROMANCE. Check it out.



9 responses to “2013 End of Year Book Survey

  1. For me, it was The Clockwork Princess that made me sob. I’m pretty sure I still have bags under my eyes. As for this year’s favorites, I’ll go with The Dream Thieves, The Bone Season and Written in Red.
    Also, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, but that’s a 2012 release.
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    • Ohh yesss… how could I forget CP. I didn’t cry (because it takes a lot to do it for me) but I definitely had all the feels. The Dream Thieves was truly fabulous, I can’t wait for the next installment and I still need to get around to Written in Red!

  2. I’m glad you caved with Burial Rites (I caved after Kate told me to read it, even thought historical fiction isn’t my favorite), but I’m happier about Devil All the Time. It’s too dark for most readers I think (though it’s not that dark…maybe relentless?), but it’s just so well done. I want DRP to write another book so badly.

    And of course there’s EIT. I watched the trailer that KH posted last night. I liked it, though Dex is hotter in my head, of course (while pretending I’m Perry, naturally – dark-haired, blue-eyed, with fabulous taste in music – sadly I don’t have someone like Dex chasing after me).

    I have to check out Another Little Piece now.
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    • Gosh, The Devil All the Time was fabulous. Very dark but I read Child of God last year too and whoa. I can’t handle it all the time but I love them when I’m in the mood to handle them.

      An EIT trailer?? I missed this. Much search.

      Another Little Piece was so very strange but reminded me a little of the warped aspect of King’s stories. Plus, I love that authors are providing more horror in YA. This pleases me.

  3. 1. I was REALLY bored when I read Oryx and Crake, but I’m thinking I might try again with the audio version. Maybe I was in the wrong mood or something. I also want to try Bell Jar again on audio (because I hated it in high school). Also, HELL YES FORTUNE’S PAWN.

    5. I want to read the Fables series SO badly, but can’t think of a way to get them without buying, which NO.

    8. Other books are super distracting. Haha.

    10. Love that cover, but it makes no damn sense.


    13. Southern gothic/country noir almost couldn’t be less Christina.

    17. I think I need to make sure this Jenn Bennett series is on my list.

    25. Following up The Book Thief with Rose Under Fire. Your poor feels.
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