Monday, December 30, 2013

The Perpetual Page Turner's 4th Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2013 Edition!

It's the 4th annual End of Year Book Survey from Jamie at 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)

I'll break it down by genre:
- Contemporary: I Am Messenger by Markus Zusak
- Paranormal: The Archived by Victoria Schwab
- Adult: Joyland by Stephen King
- Audiobook: Tie between Out of The Easy by Ruta Septys and  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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

Well, the obvious is Insurgent and Allegiant. The Infinite Moment of Us as well.

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

I Am Messenger by Markus Zusak. I picked it out of our TBR book jar and at first I thought it was a bit dry, but I ended up really enjoying it ! 

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

I've suggested Out of The Easy by Ruta Septys as an audiobook  a few times. 

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I didn't start too many series this year, but I did discover the Kowalski Family novels by Shannon Stacey.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Like many, Rainbow Rowell. I knew nothing about her, but liked Eleanor and Park.

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

Reading nonfiction is always out of my usual wheelhouse. But this year I ready Orange is The New Black by Piper Kerman and found it very eye opening.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Champion by Marie Lu, I was racing to the end ! 

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

Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally. People seemed to really love this book and I think because I read it during a readathon I didn't read it very closely.

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

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

Ronan and pretty much the whole Lynch Family in The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

It's a tie between Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan and Out of The Easy by Ruta Septys

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

Unfortunately, I don't think I read a book that made a life changing impact on me.

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

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It was so amazing !

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

I really liked this quote from Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist:

“You know the reason The Beatles made it so big?...'I Wanna Hold Your Hand.' First single. Fucking brilliant. Perhaps the most fucking brilliant song ever written. Because they nailed it. That's what everyone wants. Not 24/7 hot wet sex. Not a marriage that lasts a hundred years. Not a Porsche...or a million-dollar crib. No. They wanna hold your hand. They have such a feeling that they can't hide. Every single successful song of the past fifty years can be traced back to 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand.' And every single successful love story has those unbearable and unbearably exciting moments of hand-holding.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

How (Jamie) did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this yeaer that was the shortest and longest.

I can't figure out how to do the Goodreads thing, but I'll guestimate:
Shortest: Marly's Ghost by David Levithan at 176 pages
Longest: Clockwork Princess by 565 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!

Jess has been subjected to quite a few of these ! Mainly the end of Champion by Marie Lu and Requiem by Lauren Oliver.

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

Friendship: Naomi and Ely from Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
Child/Mother Surrogate - Willie and Josie in Out of The Easy by Ruta Septys

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

Pretty much anything from David Levithan

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

I don't think I've had one of those.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

More than half the books I read this year were contemporary YA. I had no idea.

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

I don't think I had any.  A lot of the books I read had some pretty non-loveable MCs

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 

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

The Archived by Victoria Schwab has some amazing imagery

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

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

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

More so than usual: Code Name Verity, Out of The Easy, Champion, Requiem and I Am Messenger.

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

I just finished Hostage Three by Nick Lake and I feel like it got lost in the shuffle.

Well, that's 2013 in books for me. Can't wait to check out everyone else's list ! 


  1. I'm happy to see that I Am the Messenger was so pleasantly surprising, because it's been on my TBR for awhile! I loved The Book Thief, so I've been both really excited but also nervous to read another book by Markus Zusak--there's always the fear that it won't stand up well.

  2. It's very good. This book actually came out before the Book Thief (which I need to read) and it's very different. It takes place in modern day Australia.

  3. I've heard so many positive things about Code Name Verity! I've had earmarked as a soon-read for so long but have been putting it off because I know it is going to be sad! I think I just need to read it... I'm sure I'll feel the same way as you, and wonder why it has taken me so long to read it!

  4. So fun to read your picks! I really need to read Eleanor and Park. I have to start 2014 with it! I think I will be making a trip to the bookstore tomorrow. I have wanted to read it since I first heard of it- but seeing your comments and references to it makes me want to read it now! Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. It's almost impossible not to cry at Code Name Verity. I didn't sob at it, but it's one of those books that really gets to you.

  6. Out Of The Easy sounds really good! I think I'll definitely have to read that next year. I loved Legend and Prodigy, but I'm so nervous for Champion! I'm glad the ending's great, though :)

    -Montana @ The Book Belles

  7. Wow! There are so many books I need to add to my growing TBR list. So many like Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I just need to read the stuff I have first. Great survey.


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