I know it’s pretty late to be posting this, but I really wanted to do a 2013 round-up and this one has been my favourite that’s been doing the rounds. Thanks to The Perpetual Pageturner for compiling this. You can click on the image above to visit them.
I’m only going to do the 2013 book section because I’m so behind on life right now.
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)
On my TTT post I went for Graceling by Kristin Cashore as that’s the book I can’t stop thinking about and reaaaalllly want to read again. But it was so hard to choose. The best book I read that was actually published last year was probably Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll or The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – it’s a tie!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I’m torn between Poison by Sarah Pinborough and A Breath of Frost by Alyxander Harvey.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
I guess it has to be The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness just because I’d heard people talk about it a lot but it still took me so long to pick up, and when I did I wasn’t expecting it to be THAT Epic!
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Well I probably talked about The Selection by Kiera Cass the most, but not necessarily recommended it as such (and I first read it in 2012 so not sure it counts). I recommended Frost Hollow Hall and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown a lot.
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Graceling Trilogy by Kristin Cashore
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Sarah J. Maas
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Hmm I didn’t really read one, which is bad. But I guess Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep was out of my comfort zone a little bit just because of the size of it.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Has to be The Knife Of Never Letting Go.
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Let’s face it, it’s going to be The Selection (and The Elite) before The One comes out in May.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
This is soooo hard! Either Katsa from Graceling, or Celaena from Throne of Glass, ooooh or Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go. MANCHEEEEEEE!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
It was nowhere near my favourite book of the year, but The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice was written beautifully. As was Frost Hollow Hall.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Without a doubt The Knife of Never Letting Go.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
I read two books by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares) last year and they were both full of beautiful, perfect quotes. I think this was my favourite:
I mean, I don’t know how the world broke. And I don’t know if there’s a God who can help us fix it. But the fact that the world is broken – I absolutely believe that. Just look around us. Every minute – every single second – there are a million things you could be thinking about. A million things you could be worrying about. Our world – don’t you just feel we’re becoming more fragmented? I used to think that when I got older, the world would make so much more sense. But you know what? The older I get, the more confusing it is to me. The more complicated it is. Harder. You’d think we’d be getting better at it. But there’s just more and more chaos. The pieces – they’re everywhere. And nobody knows what to do about it. I find myself grasping, Nick. You know that feeling? That feeling when you just want the right thing to fall into the right place, not only because it’s right, but because it would mean that such a thing is still possible? I want to believe that.”
― Rachel Cohn, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest = The Prince, The Fairy and The Fouly by John Fitzsimmonds at 105
Longest = The Host by Stephenie Meyer at 652 (reread) followed closely by Doctor Sleep
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!
Uhm SO MANY! But mainly The Knife of Never Letting Go and the ending of The Polaris Whisper by Kenneth Gregory!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Katsa & Po in Graceling (for romance) and Tod and Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go for everything else! ‘Ow, Tod’
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?
Probably Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, and coming in a close 2nd, Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes.
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
Has to be Graceling again. (Thanks Tanner)
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
YA Fantasy. I never really used to read a lot of fantasy so I’m surprised just how many of my books this fell into that. I don’t think I can stop now.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Just one??? I need two because I’m greedy – Gavriel from The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. Fiiiit.
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
The Polaris Whisper by Kenneth Gregory
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman for sure.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Ooh this one is hard. Maybe Shooting Sean by Bateman because the Mystery Man books are just hilarious. Or The Elite by Kiera Cass, because I’m obsessed and can’t get enough, and the texts that my friend Di sent me whilst she was reading it were BRILLIANT!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
I think The Knife of Never Letting Go was the only book that made me cry. Bitterblue, the last in the Graceling Trilogy may have too.
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Probably Bitterblue again, because so many people say they haven’t read it yet. READ IT.