2013 End of the Year Survey

 2013 End of the Year Survey is based on 4th Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2013 Edition by The Perpetual Page-Turner.


1. What’s the best book you read in 2013?

I have to choose 1? Just 1? Seriously? I’d take a shot and judging from my memory alone, I’d say Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

2. What book were you excited about and thought you’d love but didn’t?

Alliegent by Veronica Roth: I looked forward to this for a while and was very disappointed.

3. What was the most surprising book of 2013?

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: I scoffed when I heard the fanfare about this but Shannon knows her stuff, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this.

4. What book did you read in 2013 and recommend to people most in 2013?

The Help by Kathryn Stockett: because it was awesome, duh.

5. What was the best series discovered in 2013?

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor: I am dying for the third to come out.

6. Who is your favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Julianna Scott: This was a tough one to choose because I really got into YA and Fantasy books this year and I read a lot but I’ve read her stuff most recently and I am very excited to read more by her.

7. What was the best book that was out of your comfort zone?

Did I read outside of my comfort zone though?

Skim by Jillian Tamaki: I like graphic novels but tend to avoid this aesthetic or coming-of-age style thing, but Skim was pure brilliance.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I finished this in a marathon 6 hours until 6am.

9. What book that you read in 2013 will you most likely re-read?

Harry Potter series by Rowling, won’t even lie on that one!

10. What was your favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

Though I wasn’t fond of the book, Asunder‘s cover was pretty good.

11. Who was the most memorable character in 2013?

Meda from Cracked.

12. What was the most beautifully written book read in 2013?

The Help by Kathryn Stockett is perhaps the most beautifully written thing I’ve read, ever.

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

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore revitalized my interest in coding and tech!

14. What book you can’t believe you waited until 2013 to finally read?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

15. What was your favorite passage or quote from a book you read in 2013?

“If we can understand each other, then is anything really beyond our reach?”
Pearl North, Libyrinth

16. What are the shortest and longest book you read in 2013?

Shortest: Skim by Jillian Tamaki

Longest: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

17. What book had a scene in it that had you dying to talk to somebody about?

I don’t really do that? So I can’t really think of any, sorry!

18. What was your favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013?

*Rolls eyes* Um, well I am not overly fond of relationships in literature but if I had to pick one… So I can’t remember their names but the series, Libyrinth, had an awesome multi-racial lesbian couple! There was much fanfare and fireworks in my world.

19. What was your favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve previously read?

Err, I don’t have one for this either! I’m a hit-and-run kind of reader, I read something, I like it, and then I keep going. Unless it’s a series, I tend not to revisit authors.

20. What was the best book you read based on a recommendation from someone else in 2013?

Cinder, my friend Sasha recommended it and I finally gave in and loved it.

21. What genre did you read the most from in 2013?

Fantasy and YA! Easy for me, I love these two genres.

22. Who’s your fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

I’ve dedicated a whole post to this that’s currently scheduled but I had a big crush on Seraphina from Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Sigh, she seemed like such a cutie.

23. What was the best 2013 debut you read?

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard.

24. What book had the most vivid world or imagery that you read in 2013?

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

25. What book was the most fun to read in 2013?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor

26. What book made you cry in 2013?

I don’t cry often but I remember crying in a few books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series but I attribute that to the fact that I just had surgery and had enough medications to ravage me completely.

27. What book that you read in 2013 got overlooked?

The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston.


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?

OMG so many! Where do I begin?! I have a book blogger appreciation series that I’ve scheduled a few follow up posts with but I’ll just name 2 right now because if I name everything and everyone I’ll be here all night and I want to go to bed:

Laura @ The Girl And Her Books (she’s such a sweetie guys, check her out)

Cee @ A Novel Hermit (this chick is hilarious and been my mental solace during school!)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?

I’m thinking of cutting out reviews, did I mention that? I hate writing them. Absolutely hate it, but I try to putter on… I did enjoy writing the review for Seraphina, so there.

3. What was your best discussion you had on your blog?

So easy! Dumbledore and his inability to recognise my magical AWESOMENESS!

4. What was the most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

If Every YA Story Was True – Guest Post by Lesley Marie @ Another Novel Read was brilliant and basically summed up nearly all of my arguements against YA (though I really do love YA).

5. What was the best event that you participated in 2013?

I didn’t participate in any events? Not physically anyway though I was part of a few book tours, if that counts…?

6. What was the best moment of book blogging life in 2013?

I have moments, not just a single, solitary moment. But to be cheesy, I’d have to say meeting everyone, interacting with them and getting to know their quirks and loves.

But most of all, I love what they taught me about myself, that I’m geeky and shy, a bit irreverent and I have too much attitude, but that this is all OK. There was one moment, when I confessed to relating to Seraphina‘s confusion at being bicreature (word?) and that it paralleled my struggles with my biraciality, and Kelley @ Another Novel Read wrote such a simple beautiful comment that I actually cried. It was a simple moment, and I’m sure it wasn’t a big deal but for a moment I liked that I wasn’t the confused girl.

7.  What was the most popular post this year on your blog?

My letter to Dumbledore complaining about his ineptitude: (2) A Letter To Dumbledore: Where’s My Damn Letter?

8. What post do you wish got more love this year?

My Giveway! I gave away two books and was looking for a teensy more love lol.

9. What were the best bookish discoveries you made this year?

The publishers Angry Robot and Strange Chemistry, I bow down to their awesomeness

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

Hahaha, please read the accompanying link at my failure at this.


1. What’s one book you didn’t get to in 2013, but want to make it your priority in 2014?

Reread Song of Fire and Ice series because I need to remember what the hell is going on.

2. What is your most anticipated book for 2014?

Cress!!! CRESSS!

3. What is your most anticipated debut for 2014?

White Space by Ilsa Black

4.What is your most anticipated series ending release in 2014?

Series ending? I have no idea, so I have to skip this.

5. What’s one thing you hope to accomplish or do in your blogging in 2014?

Write more. Read more. Tweet more. Make more friends. But realistically, I’ll settle on write more.


I know this is a bit late, 11 days actually, past 2013 but later is better than never!


About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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4 Responses to 2013 End of the Year Survey

  1. Pingback: Looking Back & Forward: 2014 Survey with 2015 Resolutions | Bitches With Books

  2. Rain Jeys says:

    It is totally acceptable to cry over the events in the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series, surgery or no. 🙂

    It’s also acceptable to do the survey late (at least I hope it is, since I filled it out later than you did!)

    I still need to read Cinder. I’m probably being stupid waiting for all the books to come out.

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