Books

Annual End of Year Book Survey

annualbooksurveyLike last year, Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner has made a book survey, for everyone to fill in when they want! Even though I am going to make my own ‘Best of 2013’ list later this month, I thought it might be a nice idea to do this survey as well. This survey focuses entirely on books, while my best of lists have several subjects (books, movies, tv shows). I have decided to only do the first 27 questions because I couldn’t raelly give any good answers to the book blogger questions, and I am going to talk about the things I am looking forward to in a different post on 29/30/31 December!

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)
The best of the best book is probably The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I only have four books that I rated five stars this year, but out of them The 5th Wave has got to my my ultimate favourite. I just loved it, mostly because it’s about aliens, and there was a Hobbit-reference in it, and I just LOVE references to other books/tv shows/movies that I’ve watched!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
How I Live Now by Meg Rossof; I was excited about it because of the movie (and because a lot of people loved it), until I found it that the main character was going to fall in love with her cousin, and when I read the book, it was written quite sloppy (no quotation marks when someone said something, etc), so it was a bit of a disappointment for me. The movie was a bit better, but still the whole incest thing was a big NO for me.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I wasn’t a fan of her Twilight books, not at all, I actually hated it (I tried to read the first book, I really did but ugh). Then I watched the movie based on the Host and I liked it (mainly because of Saoirse Ronan), and then I read the book. Though it was a bit hard to get into, mainly because it’s about 860 pages long (the longest books I’ve read this year, if you count LOTR as three separate books). But in the end, I did like it. It was a lot better than Twilight, in my opinion (even though it had a love-triangle).

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
I think that might have been the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I just love those books a lot, and I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard about a book like I did with Allegiant (okay perhaps with Harry Potter but that was a long time ago).

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
I have three, actually: The Last Survivors by Susan Beth Pfeffer, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and Shades of London by Maureen Johnson. I just loved all the books in this series (almost) equally, and I can’t wait to read the other books in those series (unfortunately, I still haven’t read the last book in the Last Survivors series, because I really want it in paperback and it’s only available in hardcover, meh).

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6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Hmmmm, Gretchen McNeil I guess. I loved reading ‘Ten’, and the ending really surprised me, because I had never expected that to happen! I loved reading the book, and I will certainly read it a lot more times if I can!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I read De Geluksvogel by Ilja Gort, which is a Dutch book (something I hardly ever read) and not a young adult (or fantasy, or science fiction), like I normally read. So that was a bit out of my comfort zone, yes.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Life As We Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I started reading it immediately after it arrived, and I finished it within twenty-four hours, that’s how awesome and thrilling it was!

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Ten by Gretchen McNeil, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (right before the movie comes out), and Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer probably before Cress comes out!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, it’s really one of the best covers (and best books I’ve read) of 2013, I’ve already seen a picture of the cover of Hollow City, the second book in the series, which looks awesome as well! I also just loved all the pictures in this book, wow!

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11. Most memorable character in 2013?
I think it’s a tie between Cassie from The 5th Wave (by Rick Yancey) and Tris from Allegiant (by Veronica Roth). Both of them were just badass ladies, who weren’t afraid of using a gun, of being in danger, I just love both of them so much!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It was just so beautiful, the story being narrated by Death. I loved the book so much, and I am so looking forward to seeing the movie!

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Life As We Knew It (or actually the entire series) by Susan Beth Pfeffer, because it made me realise that a disaster like that could actually happen, and that if that exact thing (the moon coming closer to the earth) would happen, that my country would be washed away. And it made me think about what people would do to react. I thought about this too when I saw a documentary called ‘American Blackout’ in which they showed what could/would happen if all the electricity would fall out in America. It made me feel so creeped out!

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Both The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. The last one took me about three weeks to finish (the entire series, not just one book), because a lot of things were explained, but I can’t believe it took me so long to actually properly read the books (I had tried reading the first book when I was fifteen/sixteen, but I never really got into it).

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
I am going to be boring, and use the same quote I’ve used before in a survey:
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” – The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
The shortest is High Witch by Mona Hanna which is a novella of only 85 pages, and the longest is The Host by Stephenie Meyer with 864 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. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. The ending made me sob so hard, and I didn’t really have ANYONE I could talk to about it. A friend of Tanja has read the series as well, and a couple of days ago I finally talked to her about it, and we both just sat there for a bit, wide-eyed and flailing.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
A romantic relationship that I’d been rooting for was Alex and Lena, from Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I really wanted them to end up together (as much as I liked Julian). And of course Amy and Rory from the Doctor Who books that I read. I think they really are my ultimate favourite fictional couple (okay it’s a tie between them and Ten&Rose (also from Doctor Who)). My favourite friendship was between Liesl and Rudy from The Book Thief. I just loved them and I was so sad at the end of the book!

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), because I just loved Harry Potter of course, and I really liked the Casual Vacancy, so when I heard that the Cuckoo’s Calling had also been written by her, I just HAD to read it! And I really really liked it!

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, there’s someone on Tumblr who really loves the book, and basically recommends it to everyone who asks about it, so I got curious. And I ended up LOVING it!

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21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
The biggest one is Fantasy with 31 books, and after that is Science Fiction with 22 books. I haven’t added Young Adult to the list on purpose, because I think almost ninety percent of the books I read were YA’s.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Hmm, I don’t really think I have a fictional crush on someone. If I do have a crush on a character, it’s usually because of the person playing them in the movie(s). (So let’s just say I have a crush on Simon Lewis (Robert Sheehan) and Luke Garroway (Aidan Turner) from the Mortal Instruments series).

23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Splintered by A.G. Howard. I just loved reading the Alice in Wonderland story in a different way, I am really interested in fairytale retellings, so Splintered got my attention immediately, and it turned out to be an awesome book. I can’t wait for the second book, Unhinged, which comes out next year!

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
The world of A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, though I found it a bit hard to imagine everything. But there was a map at the front of the book, which I LOVE. Whenever a writer makes up a country or a world, I just love it when they add a map so I can imagine it better!

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, it was funny, it was about space, and the movie was awesome as well! It was a bit hard to get into, but eventually I read through it quickly and I really liked it!

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26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
I have five books that (nearly) made me cry: Allegiant by Veronica Roth, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers and Shroud of Sorrow by Tommy Donbavand; the first four for the same reason (character’s death), and the last one because of a flashback part to a lot of sad moments in Doctor Who (most of which made me sob like a baby while watching them).

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Dollhouse by Anya Allyn, because I’ve hardly heard anyone talking about it and it’s just an AWESOME book. It might be because I think the book was self-published (or used to be self-published but not anymore, idk?) and a lot of people don’t like/hate self-published book, but I wish they would give Dollhouse a go because it’s a very good book!