Judith’s 2013 End of Year Survey

2013

I’m not lying when I say that I’ve been looking for the end of year book survey, hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner, for about the entire year. I love surveys, and this one in particular was a lot of fun. Since 2013 is my first full year of blogging, I’m even more excited to answer. So let’s do this!

Best in Books 2013

1. Best Book You Read In 2013?
This is an evil question and I can’t. But this is probably my top five (in no particular order): If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. Most of the book blogging world absolutely loves this book, and I honestly don’t see the appeal. Also, Just One Year by Gayle Forman, which was a huge disappointment.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
More Than This by Patrick Ness, because it was the biggest mindfuck ever and I wasn’t expecting anything from it. I’m still not sure if I liked it, but it was definitely wonderfully surprising.

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
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5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. It was released forever ago and I never read it because ew vampires. And then I did read it and found the ship and cried and it was all horrible and glorious. Oh boy.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Rainbow Rowell. Not only is she the sweetest person, but she also writes amazing books with wonderful covers and she’s definitely on my auto-buy list. I loved Eleanor & Park and Fangirland I can’t wait for more.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I don’t usually read adult books, but I’m currently reading Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer and it’s pretty fantastic.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris, which was insane and very good, and Pivot Point by Kasie West, which gave me goosebumps, and These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, which was thrilling and just completely captivated me.

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I think Second Chance Summer, because I am insane and like crying.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
The covers for Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm are my favorite, hands down. 

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11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Sturmhond from Siege and Storm, because he’s Sturmhond, and Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy and Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass, because they’re BAMFs.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Golden by Jessi Kirby is just so beautifully written it reminded me why I love reading so much. Honestly, I could quote that entire book.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Just One Day by Gayle Forman, because I related to the main character so much that it hurt a little.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Again, this would be Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I really do adore that series.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
This quote from Unravel Me is giving me major (angry) feels, and I so, so agree.

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16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
The longest I read is Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead and I had no idea it was 594 pages long! The shortest book I read is Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad with 200 pages, which I read for university and hated.

 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 endings of Shadow Kiss and Siege and Storm and The Evolution of Mara Dyer and the twist in Crown of Midnight KILLED me. All of them. They ripped my heart out.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Friendships: Celaena and Nehemia, Rose and Christian. Families: Carey and Jenessa, Taylor and her father; Noah, Beth and Isaiah. Romantic: Celaena and Chaol, Rose and Dimitri, Alina and Sturmhond shut up this is totally a thing.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Does a book I’m still reading count? I think so. I am absolutely loving Cress by Marissa Meyer, which is by far my favorite in the series so far.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Someone Else:
Amber made me read Altered by Jennifer Rush and Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris and both were really good. Cassie made me read Golden by Jessi Kirby, which was absolutely fantastic. Cassie, Hannah and Ellice made me read Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer, which is wonderful.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
YA Contemporary. This is no surprise, because it’s my go-to genre.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Chaol Westfall from Crown of Midnight and Sturmhond from Siege and Storm. These boys stole my heart and if they were real, I would be drooling all over them. Kidding. Maybe. Chaol is strong and moody and sweet and wonderful, and Sturmhond is charismatic and sarcastic and hilarious and awesome. Le sigh.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, the book that surprised me and made me feel all the things and then turned me into a total fangirl and book pusher for the rest of the year.

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Ravka in Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo blew me away. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner also had gorgeous scenery. And the lakehouse in Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson was such a unique setting and one I could see before me so clearly.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Definitely Holly Smale’s Geek Girl series. Those books are just a breath of fresh air in between all my heavy contemporaries, and I just adore the main character and her shenanigans. I also laughed a lot while reading Robin Benway’s Also Known As.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
Oh, I did a lot of sobbing over books in 2013. Second Chance Summer, of course, made me sob like a baby and drown my tears in the pool, because I was smart enough to bring it with me on holiday. Then there was Crown of Midnight, which had the evil twist that made me cry in the shower like Veronica Mars. Oh, and then there was A LOT of sobbing involved after the ending of Shadow Kiss.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
I think more people should read More Than This by Patrick Ness, because while it was really strange and vague, the message was great and the characters amazing.

Book blogging and reading life in 2013

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
I really don’t like this question, because I have absolutely no idea which blogs I found before 2013. Some of my recent favorites are Rather Be Reading – Megan and Estelle are so sweet and I completely trust their opinion, and Writer of Wrongs – Gillian just writes the greatest posts and always manages to make me laugh. There are more, of course, but my brain is sucky at the moment.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
As much as I love my fangirly reviews, I think I’m most proud of my reviews of More Than This by Patrick Ness and Just One Year by Gayle Forman, both of which I gave the feared middle rating of 3 stars. I didn’t, and still don’t, exactly know what to think of these books, but I’m glad with the reviews I wrote. I also love my joint review of The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin with Cassie, because it was so much fun to write.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I’m not sure if it’s the best, but the most interesting discussion I had was when I talked about the pressure of keeping up. I’m really glad I got to talk about it and you all shared your opinion on the pressure that comes with book blogging, because it helped me a lot in the way I feel about blogging.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
The post that really got to me was Lauren’s post about why LGBT+ representation in books is important. I think equality is the most important thing ever, and Lauren’s writing is just beautiful. You should all read it.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
In real life, the Boekenfestijn. On the Interwebs, I loved Bout of Books and the #bookishparty that Cassie and I hosted.

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
I think the most glorious moment was when Amber, Betty, Hannah and I started the Recaptains and realized that everyone loved it so much. I still am so proud of this blog and all the help we’ve gotten from other readers, and the fact that everyone is still so excited about it. The other best thing that happened to me this year was meeting other bloggers! Hanging out with Gaby when she was in Amsterdam was amazing, and I’m so excited about starting a book club with Debby, Mel, Daph, Daisy and Iris. Seriously, so many good things!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My post about Blogger vs. WordPress definitely got the most attention, with over a thousand (!) views. As for the most popular review, that would be my spoiler-free Vampire Academy series review, with about 800 views.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Probably my interview with Emily Murdoch, because I am so proud of it. I really loved this book and I really love Emily Murdoch and was so thrilled I could interview her. But even though it didn’t get that many responses (and I understand, I mean, that thing is MASSIVE) I am still really proud of it.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
2013 was the year in which I discovered bookstores. My favorites right now are the American Book Center and Waterstone’s in Amsterdam, which I visit almost every time I am in Amsterdam (which is almost every day – don’t judge me). I also loved to learn that the second hand book store in my hometown sells English books. But my favorite by far is Shakespeare and Company in Paris, which is just so amazing. If you are ever in Paris, you have to go there.

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10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Well, I miserably failed the dystopia challenge I participating in, hosted by my friend Ula, but that’s only because I realized that I don’t like dystopia that much anymore. Other than that, I did complete the Debut Author Challenge, hosted by Tara from Hobbitsies, because I read 17 books instead of the 12 I challenged myself to read. I also completed my Goodreads goal, which was 75 books.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
One that I’m particularly looking forward to is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, because it’s Rainbow Rowell and I’ve heard amazing things.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
The third Throne of Glass book, probably. Though I also can’t wait for What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Here’s a list of my top ten most anticipated 2014 releases.

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira, which sounds like it was written especially for me.

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo because omfg I need to know what happens!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
Get better at commenting. I used to be very good at this, but then summer happened and my laptop happened and university happened and then it was all what was commenting again? I will get better at this, I promise!

Judith is a 21 year old book blogger and reviewer, English student, part time magazine editor, compulsive book buyer, aspiring writer, proud book pusher, founder of Paper Riot and co-founder of the Recaptains. She is kind of addicted to Twitter. More?

14 Responses to “Judith’s 2013 End of Year Survey”

  1. This was really interesting! I found out about If you find me today and am so looking forward to reading it! :)

  2. I am with you on All Our Yesterdays and Just One Year. *sighs*

    Lol, you did recommend If You Find Me to a lot of people. *coughs*

    Rainbow Rowell was an awesome find. Also Kasie West.

    Just One Day hurt my feels so much. I may have read that one last year though. I think I did.

    Your Crown of Midnight statuses were hilarious to watch.

    Awww, I love that you put Noah, Beth and Isaiah as a family. So sweet. ROSE/ADRIAN. YOU ARE CRAZY. Also, STURMHOND/CHRISTINA.

  3. I also discovered Rainbow Rowell this year! I read Fangirl and loved it. I just bought Eleanor & Park so hopefully will be diving into it soon. Crown of Midnight feels. I loved reading your tweets as you were reading. Hilarious. I literally teared up a little when you said Celaena and Nehemia for best friendship. *sniffs* And of course Chaol and Celaena for romantic. Chaol freaking Westfall. I love him. I just got Shadow & Bone! I can’t wait to start reading so I can find out what all the fuss is about. :)

  4. Estelle says:

    After reading all of these surveys so far, I feel like I’m mentally making a list of books I just need to buy. Emily Murdoch’s book is on my list! I’ve heard you and Cassie say nothing but amazing things, and it’s about time I get on that.

    I still haven’t read Just One Year. I was thinking about it on the way to work today… I have five days off including Christmas coming up and I’m thinking maybe I should read it then? Rip the band aid off finally?

    Anyway, it’s been wonderful getting to know you and your reading habits this year. I love your reviews, and your design and I hope that maybe we can work on something together in 2014. It would be super fun!

  5. 1. If you find me, Siege & storm and Crown of midnight. Mel approves :D
    2. All our yesterdays. REALLY? I forgot about that. I also didn’t enjoy it so much!
    11. Sturmhond & Celaena <3
    17. The crown of midnight tiwst *dies*
    18. Celaena & Nehemia are two of my favorite friendship couples! And yes to her and Choal. And Sturmhond + Alina.

    6. Starting the book club, yes!

  6. I absolutely love these surveys! They are so fun to read! I NEED to get my hands on a copy of ‘Unravel Me’ because WOAH, just that paragraph was so powerful and hard-hitting. I can’t imagine how good the rest of the book will be!

    -Sophie

  7. alisa selene says:

    Siege and Storm was amazing!

  8. Johannah says:

    You have read a lot of books I need to read! I haven’t read shadow and bone yet or If you find me. I hope to get to them in 2014. I’m so jealous you got to read them.

  9. I think the only thing that I love more than doing my own end of the year survey is reading everyone else’s responses! I am STILL waiting for my library to get If You Find Me (it’s been “on order” since you first started raving about it) and I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’m going to give Vampire Academy and Shadow & Bone a try next year too =)

  10. Angie says:

    I think the Siege and Storm cover is very pretty too. It does make me think of Russia so I love it even more. I love Rather Be Reading’s blog too!!! So fun. Oh and I love the ReCaptains and have your button on my blog for it. Sometimes I just can’t remember a series at all when a new book comes out so it’s a big help!

    Angie
    My End of Year Survey

  11. Jan says:

    I was just introduced the Vampire Academy series this year too and really enjoyed it! Have you seen the trailer for the film? The Siege and Storm cover is very pretty – havent’ read it yet but looking forward to curling up with it soon!

  12. Kim says:

    I love surveys too and I love reading all of these bookish ones!
    I will definitely read Second Chance Summer, crying over books is the best <3 (Am I the one being insane now? Probably. Oh well.) You shared that part of Unravel Me on twitter, right? Because seeing that quote on twitter was what made me buy Shatter Me! I love that quote & I need to read Shatter Me soon.

  13. *cackles over VA again*

    “I like to cry.” This is my motto.

    “I think the most glorious moment was when Amber, Betty, Hannah and I started the Recaptains and realized that everyone loved it so much.” WEEPS HOW COULD YOU. Recaptains gives me so much joy every day. Whenever anyone tweets us to tell us we helped them I get all emotional. Best decision ever. I love you ;_________;

  14. I can’t believe that I still haven’t read any Rainbow Rowell. This definitely needs to be rectified soon, I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about all of her books.

    I really want to read If You Find Me and Golden, those have been on my TBR list for quite some time now. I loved Second Chance Summer when I read it, such a great book. I haven’t read All Our Yesterdays yet, but I’m intrigued to see what I make of it.

    Great answers :) My End of Year Survey.

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