So I saw this on Little Onion Writes‘s blog and I thought it would be a good idea to do it too!
This is gonna be one of the hardest surveys I’ve done, since I’ve never been able to singularly say, I like this the best or that. I usually have half a dozen favourites. But that’s because they’re all so goooooddd!!!
1. Best book you read in 2013?
So tough as question. There are so many good books. But the best books I read this year are:
The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
Reached – Ally Condie
Sever – Lauren DeStefano
Shades of the Earth – Beth Revis
Burn for Burn and Fire with Fire – Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare (This made the best book list because it was serious one of the best final sequel books I’ve ever read)
Quicksilver – R.J.Anderson
Boundless – Cynthia Hand
2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Number one on this list is Lauren Oliver’s Requiem. I loved Delirium and I was pretty partial to Pandemonium, but Requiem just didn’t cut it for me.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Hm, the most surprising book? Oh that’s easy! Ally Condie’s Reached. I had no expectations for it since Matched was okay and Crossed was a bit annoying, even though both were written beautifully. But Reached… was completely surprising and what I like to call brilliant!
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
I definitely recommend Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Mind. This was my favourite and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s into YA novels and Dystopias – and particularly if they liked George Orwell’s 1984.
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Best series? Let’s see the Burn for Burn trilogy is my favourite 2013 discovered series. But mostly I didn’t discover any newer series that I hadn’t actually started reading the year before.
As for manga, Horimiya by Hero is my favourite 2013 discovered series.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Hmmm Marie-Louise Jensen. Writer of historicals with great flair, she’s probably my favourite new author for 2013. I would have said Alexandra Bracken, but I read her other book a few years ago so not exactly discovered. Same as Ally Condie, Lauren Destefano, Lauren Oliver, Jenny Han, Jim Butcher and more.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Harlequin manga. The manga version of those harlequin romances. Completely new genre for me! And a bit roll your eyes kind of stories, but there were a few that I really liked! For a list check this out: Here
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Omg this has to be The Darkest Minds! But also Reached. The Ruins by Scott Smith was a surprise read but it was pretty thrilling, particularly when it got down to the horror bits. Any of the Dresden File books by Jim Butcher that I read in 2013 were also a must read in one sitting kind of book.
9. Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
So I actually re-read Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder in 2013, and I’ll most likely read it again this year!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
I had two favourite covers for 2013. One was Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber.
And the other one was Kiera Cass’s The Selection. I really loved this cover! The pose, the dress, everything. I like it even better than the sequel cover.
I guess I really like big dresses and pretty covers!
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
I have a tonne of memorable characters. Ruby, Liam, Chubs and Zu from The Darkest Minds. Sydney Sage and Adrian Ishvakov from the Bloodlines series obviously. Tris and Four from the Divergent trilogy. And Ana and Sam from Jodi Meadow’s Incarnate trilogy.
As for manga, I have too many memorable characters. Some of which are Mizuho from Piece by Hinako Ashihara, Hori and Miyamura from Horimiya by Hero, Futaba from Ao Haru Ride by Io Sakisaka, and Shiho from P.A. by Michiyo Akaishi.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Requiem by Lauren Oliver. Anything written by Oliver is bound to be beautifully written.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Marie-Louise Jensen’s The Lady in the Tower had a pretty big impact, I guess. I really fell into the story and I was sucked in completely. Past Perfect by Leila Sales also had a great impact. I loved the story and I really liked how the protagonist eventually dealt with her problems.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to read?
So I can’t believe I keep repeating myself. Sure I could have read this when it came out but I put it off until 2013. The book I couldn’t believe I waited until 2013 to read was Reached by Ally Condie – see I repeated myself again! Lol.
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?
Technically I have three favourite passages, all of them from Jim Butcher’s Dead Beat. I couldn’t decide which I liked better, so I just did eeny-meeny-miny-mo and this is the passage I picked:
“Kumori held up a hand. ‘This is no deception, Dresden. The world is changing. The Council’s end is near, and those who wish to survive it must act now. Before it is too late.’
I took a deep breath. ‘Normally I’m the first one to suggest we t.p. the Council’s house,’ I said. ‘But you’re talking about necromancy. Black magic. You aren’t going to convince me that the Council and the Wardens have suddenly gotten a yen to trot down the left-hand path. They won’t touch the stuff.’
‘Ideally,’ Cowl said. ‘You are young, Dresden. And you have much to learn.’
‘You know what young me has learned? Not to spend too much time listening to the advice of people who want to get something out of me,’ I said. ‘Which includes car salesmen, political candidates, and weirdos in black capes who mug me on the street in the middle of the night.'”
One of favourite passages because it shows just how witty Butcher’s writing is!
16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2013?
Longest: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
And Shortest…any manga volume that I’ve read. Novel though, it might be: In Honor by Jessi Kirby
17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?
Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson. I cannot believe what happened in the end. She’s so daring!!
And The Ruins there’s this one scene, I just had to talk to my friend about because it was so gruesome.
18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013?
This is so hard!!
Friendship: The girls from Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. They have the best friendship! The strawhat pirates in One Piece have this unbreakable bond. And strangely, the main characters in The Ruins.
Romance: Adrian and Sydney in Bloodlines; Ruby and Liam in The Darkest Minds; Hori and Miyamura in Horimiya; Eleanor and Stanton in The Lady in the Tower; Ana and Sam in Incarnate; and Sarasa and Shuri in Basara
19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve read previously?
Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, and Quicksilver by R.J.Anderson top the list of favourite books that I’ve read previously.
20. Best book you read in 2013 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else?
White Knight by Jim Butcher and the other eight Dresden Files novels that I read previously, all based solely on the recommendation of a friend. He told me that up to about book eight, I’ll start saying, omg this is the best series I’ve ever read. And now, I can’t say I don’t agree with him, because he’s totally right.
21. Genre you read the most from in 2013?
Manga topped the list, but romance and dystopia/fantasy came a close second.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
On top of all the other crushes including Liam from The Darkest Minds, Adrian from Bloodlines, I guess I have to pick Stanton from The Lady in the Tower, Dan from Past Perfect and Nine from The Fall of Five. Out of all these book crushes though, Nine is the only one who is not in love with someone. Sohe’s totally up there on book crushes. Plus, I like his character more and more every time I read the next instalment of the series.
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
I have a feeling, I have not actually read any novels that debutted in 2013… I didn’t even realise! haha.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
I suppose any of the dystopias I ‘ve read (most of which I’ve previously mentioned) had pretty strong imagery. Any of the Dresden Files novels were great too.
25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?
Man I didn’t read it in 2013 but My Unfair Godmother was pretty fun! In 2013 though, the most fun book that I’dread would have to be Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs.
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?
The Darkest Minds. I think I nearly cried.
27. Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?
Hm, I have no idea. This ones a toughie. Guess I’ll have to think about it.