Tuesday, 31 December 2013

End of 2013 Book Survey

This survey was created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner and I was inspired to do this by Holly at A DayDreamer's Thoughts and Jack at The Book Stop. The images used in this post were designed by me, because Jamie's images wouldn't work on my blog for some reason. Anyway, on with the survey!

1) Best books you read in 2013? (If you have to cheat, you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist.)

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Pivot Point by Kasie West and The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I've probably forgotten a million books but these are the ones that first flew into my mind. Holy fudge these were awesome.

2) Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love but didn't?

I don't really see how this question can go in the 'Best in Books' section but whatever. A book I was extremely excited to read was Stella by Helen Eve, but if you read my review you'll know Stella was a huge disappointment. I gave it 1/5. SAD FACE x100.

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

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but the plot completely took me by surprise.

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

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did, so after I'd finished it I recommended it like crazy! *cough* If you haven't read it, why not?.....

5) Best series you discovered in 2013?

Wow, I can see these books are going to pop up a lot in my answers...The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Sorry...

6) Favourite new author you discovered in 2013?

There are a few: Megan Sparks, Cassandra Clare, Annabel Pitcher, Karen Saunders, David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins, and Lisa M. Forester.

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

Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti. I didn't give it 5/5 but it was about demons and things like that, which is part of a genre I read very rarely.

8) Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Pretty Girl Thirteen by Liz Coley. A paranormal thriller, it was definitely unputdownable!

9) Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

I don't have time to re-read books, but if I did, I would probably pick one of the Harry Potter books!

10) Favourite cover of a book you read in 2013?

11) Most memorable character in 2013?

Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. He's so loud and loveable. WE APPRECIATE YOU, TINY COOPER!

12) Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Keuhn. 

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

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I thought I would include two books for this answer seeing as they are both on the same subject. Another book that had a great impact on me in the way that it re-fueled my dream of travelling Europe was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

14) Book you can't believe you waited until 2013 to finally read?

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare! I should've read it long ago!

15) Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once." 
"My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations."
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

16) Shortest and longest book you read in 2013?

The shortest book is actually a play, but it's in book form. That's not cheating right? The book/play I'm talking about is An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestly - it only has 81 pages! The longest book I read is City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare at 535 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.) Be careful of spoilers!

I'm trying not to mention this book too much but I'm clearly failing. THAT moment in City of Bones. You know the one. I went straight to Twitter and fangirled/died/hoped it wasn't true. 

18) Favourite relationship from a book you read in 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc.)

I liked Lilly and Emma's friendship in Cyberstalker by Jens Hildebrand. Emma was very loyal to Lilly, even in the most challenging circumstances. I also loved Addie and Trevor's relationship in Pivot Point by Kasie West, and Annie and Jesse's relationship in the Roller Girls series by Megan Sparks! I SHIP SO MANY PEOPLE.

19) Favourite book you read in 2013 from an author you've read previously.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I had previously read Paper Towns when I first started this blog, but I was very young then so I didn't enjoy it as much as I would now. I now own a signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars - it's one of the best things I own!

20) Best book you read in 2013 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else.

I don't really read books based on somebody else's recommendation, because we all have different opinions, so I might end up hating a book they thought was brilliant. I tend to read books based on my own judgement.

21) Genre you read the most from in 2013?

YA Contemporary.

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

Aaron from Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher and Will from Salvage by Keren David.

23) Best 2013 debut you read?

The Elites by Natasha Ngan.

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

Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid. The imagery was beautiful and I felt like I was really there...I'm glad that I wasn't, seeing as it was set in WW2!

25) Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?

Freaks by Lisa M. Forester. I just really enjoyed getting immersed in the story!

26) Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?

So many books. The Elites by Natasha Ngan, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, the final Roller Girls book by Megan Sparks and Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff. The last one made me nearly cry...from boredom.

27) Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?

The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts. Not many people seem to know about this book but I was pleasantly surprised by it and thought it was truly stunning! I decided to review this book in the Guardian newspaper because it's a book that deserves a ton of publicity!

1) New favourite book blog you discovered in 2013?

There are four that particularly stand out for me, and in no particular order they are...

Feed Me Books Now! Ruby has such a distinct writing style and her reviews always leave me desperate to read the book (unless it's a negative review, of course, but those are written brilliantly too!)

Another favourite book blog I discovered this year is The Book Stop. Jack isn't afraid to speak his mind, so you always know you're getting his 100% honest thoughts.

Booklol16 is also a great blog. I think it's great that Jaden is book blogging at such a young age!

And finally, A DayDreamer's Thoughts is a relatively new but extremely awesome book blog, and Holly has quickly become one of my best friends!

You're all kind of awesome. SLOTHY HUGS.

2) Favourite review that you wrote in 2013?

My favourite positive review that I wrote in 2013 has to be my review of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (HOW many times have I mentioned that book? Sorry!) My favourite negative review that I wrote is Stella by Helen Eve.

3) Best discussion you had on your blog?

I loved the discussions I had on my blog this year, particularly 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Start a Book Blog.

4) Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else's blog?

I remember this post on The Book Stop (link removed due to blog no longer existing) being very thought-provoking because I think it perfectly sums up how every book blogger feels at some point. I'm also including Holly's post on bullying (link removed due to blog no longer existing) because I think it took a lot of courage to write the post and she raised a lot of good points.

5) Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I haven't been to an author signing or festival since 2011, but I'm hoping next year will be full of them. I don't really participate in virtual events or memes, either... does my blogoversary festival count? Next year my answer to this question will be better because I'm planning to go to the Hay Festival in May, where authors such as Cassandra Clare and Jacqueline Wilson are doing signings. Hopefully going to see Zoe, Rita, Lucy, Sophie, Georgia and Hawwa there too!

6) Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

I got to interview David Levithan which was amazing but also extremely nervewracking and all kinds of scary as he's a very well-known author. I'm so glad to have been given such a great opportunity though; I'll remember it forever! I also got a job writing for an actual magazine which is my dream job, so to have been given my dream job before I'd even turned 15...well, I'm still speechless, even now.

7) Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

The most popular post on my blog this year by views was my discussion on Grammarly which got over 4000 views, with my post on how to start a book blog coming a close second. My most popular post this year on my blog by comments was when I was Parajunkee's featured blogger, gaining me over 100 comments, with my blogoversary kick-off post coming a close second with over 50.

8) Post you wished got a little more love?

Any of my reviews that got no/not many comments!

9) Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc)?

Ashley's new book blogging directory which I guest blog for. I'm so glad someone decided to make a decent directory, to be honest. The others were pretty useless, but Ashley's is a quickly-growing community of book lovers!

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

I don't participate in reading challenges because quite frankly, I don't need that kind of pressure. I know something like that would turn reading into a chore for me.

1) One book you didn't get to in 2013 but will be your number one priority in 2014?

Divergent by Veronica Roth. Maybe. I don't know, people keep pushing me to read it and that just makes me want to read it less. *edit* I'm reading Divergent now! I'd love to read The Book Thief but I don't own it...*hint hint*

2) Book you are most anticipating for 2014 (non-debut)?

The last book in the Chocolate Box Girls series by Cathy Cassidy. Sad to see the series ending, but I can't wait to read it! I'm also SO excited for City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare! AHHH! ....If anyone dies I will not be happy. JACE CLARY SIMON YESSS.

3) 2014 debut you are most anticipating?

Banished by Liz de Jager, out in February! The cover is gorgeous!

4) Series ending you are most anticipating for 2014?

Um...refer to my answer for question 2.

5) One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2014?

I just want to continue with it, really. I'd like to improve in my writing and perhaps hit 500 GFC followers. That'd be cool! It'd be good to get my quote in a couple more books too. You'll see more of my blogging goals in a blog post coming soon.

So...I finished it. Finally. Give me a medal. *gasps for water* *collapses* *dies from answering too many questions*

Feel free to link to your answers! I wish you all the best for 2014, I hope it's a good year for all of you. :)


  1. Anna and the French Kiss almost drowned me in all of the feels! ETIENNE!!! Eleanor and Park was pretty unbelievable too, there's something about the fantastic music and comic book references combined with the sweetest relationship ever :D
    You've read some awesome books this year and it's been so exciting watching your blog grow! Hope you have an even better 2014!

  2. Thank you Amber, thank you very much for everything you have said as those things have brought the end of 2013 for me to a happy ending.
    I feel very honoured to be considered as one of your best friends and I feel it is incredibly kind of you to say that given that this time last year we'd never heard of each other before. I would like to think of you as a best friend of mine as you've helped me through so many things when I needed to talk to someone.

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

    Holly x

  3. So I take it you'd recommend Cassandra Clare? :D I've read Clockwork Angel, but I've not yet got around to reading the rest of her books. I really should though.

    Happy New Year and all the best for 2014! :)

  4. Love that Picture Me Gone made you nearly cry from boredom. I read Just In Case by Meg Rosoff earlier this year, and thought it was not very good. After reading you didn't think much of Picture Me Gone, I won't be picking up her other books.

    Happy new year!


  5. AMBER! I AM BACK FROM MY BLOGGING BREAK! *dances around the room* I have missed your blog! Time to catch up with your posts... that's my evening planned out :P Your new-ish design is so stylish and professional. J'adore.

    I love reading everyone's Book Surveys! I agree with most of your answers. Cassie Clare pops up in a lot of my favourite lists too. I read The Mortal Instruments series this year so I have a new obsession in my life. :D

    MAY WILL BE AMAZING! I am so excited to meet you all and get a book signed my Cassandra Clare... now just to think of what to say to her other than "nfianfiWDIVB I LOVE YOU *faints*" Congrats on your dream job, that is such an amazing accomplishment when you're still in school. I hope 2014 is a good year for you, happy new year<3