2013 End of Year Reading Survey

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I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s answers to the end of year survey, that I thought I would play along. The End of Year Book Survey, is hosted by the amazing Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (you can break it down by genre if you want back)

Best YA: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell/More Than This by Patrick Ness
Best Nonfiction: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Best Audiobook: Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman, read by Jenna Lamia
Best Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere: The BBC Radio Adaptation (of course Neil gets his own category)
Best Historical Fiction: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein/Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Best Short Story Collection: The Last Girlfriend on Earth: and other love stories by Simon Rich

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. That book just gave me the yucks. I still feel dirty.

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

Eleanor & Park. I read it at a time it was already getting pretty hyped up and, while I knew I would probably like it, I never realized I would fall so head over heels in love with it and the author, Rainbow Rowell.

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

 Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and the Chaos Walking series. I got a record number of people to read that series! So proud of me.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013? 

Surprise! Rainbow Rowell.

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

The Migraine Miracle by Josh Turknett. I don’t typically read self-help/health books, but my migraines became something to not be lived with this past year and I was getting desperate. What Turknett has to say makes a lot of sense (in some ways, I’m still not quite down with going completely paleo) but cutting out the gluten did the job. No more migraines. It seems a high price to pay, until I eat some and get a migraine

8. Most thrilling, un-put-down-able book in 2013?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I didn’t love it like I thought I would and I don’t think that is any fault of the author OR mine. I think it’s the type of book, for me, that is going to take some work and it is work I am totally willing to do.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

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11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Owen Meany. Owen was…is…unforgettable. I love him.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Skloot seriously made me think, make me feel, made me CRY, and even made me worry a little bit. To take a topic like cell research and make it into such a moving book is truly amazing to me.

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

The Migraine Miracle.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

Do you have a minute? This is definitely going to be TL;DR. Sorry, but she asked! (Yes, I know she asked for one. I don’t care.)

Quotes

Okay, okay! I’ll quit! I could go on for ages. I practically have that last one memorized. Best first line EVER.

16.Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2013?

The looooooooongest (in more ways than one) was The Count of Monte Cristo at 1,276 pages. The shortest was Un Enchantement (The Louvre Collection #6) by Christian Durieux, a short, sweet graphic novel set in the Louvre in Paris France.

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. And not in a good way. *shivers*

18. Favorite Relationship from a Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Eleanor and Park – Romance (who is surprised?) – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Zach, Poppy and Alice – Friendship – Doll Bones by Holly Black

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

More than This by Patrick Ness. I will read anything this man writes from now on. Honorable mention to Doll Bones by Holly Black, which was just a tremendously enjoyable read. It really made me look at my daughter’s toys and their importance in her life in a new light. She will be the one to choose when to give them up, that’s for sure.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY on a Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell. Thanks Ana!

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Graphic novels! Having read 33 of them this year, I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. I hadn’t realized I had read that many.

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

It’s a toss-up between Jon Snow, Robb Stark, and Ned Stark (love those Stark men) from A Game of Thrones.

23. Best debut book you read?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book just made me so happy! For some reason.

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

It’s a reread, but The Name of the Wind by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Podehl always astounds me with the world building and imagery. I was to go live in that world. Silver Sparrow was pretty vivid for me too. Something of that powerful book is still with me. And also Boxers/Saints by Gene Luen Yang. The art probably helped there, and the knowing that at least the historical part of those books really happened.

25. Book That Was the Most Fun to Read in 2013?

The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule. What a wry, ironic, hilarious gem of a book. Good Lord, I loved this little delightfully sadistic tasty nugget.

26. Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2013?

Since I just finished it, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, jumps immediately to mind. I cried at the end.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

Eleanor & Park? I KID, I KID. I feel like Boxers and Saints has been overlooked by the book blogger community. I just haven’t seen it around that much, probably because not only is it a young adult book, it’s also a graphic novel. Everyone should read graphic novels.

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

 *blush* noooo……not really….

29. Bookish Events on your blog in 2013?

I do all that stuff over at the Estella Society, you know that!

30. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness is one. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is another. I read the first chapter in the store and liked it, so I bought it, and then never picked it back up. Also Just One Day by Gayle Forman. And geez, so many others.

31. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?  

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton

32. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

Read more of the books I own…in fact, I’m taking all my library books to the library and I’m removing all holds. I won’t be going to the library for a pretty long time. I also want to read more classics and backlist titles. And also more nonfiction. I feel like I did better with the backlist this year, but I can definitely DO BETTER. I’m hoping to go more for QUALITY than QUANTITY. Unfortunately I can be kind of competitive, with myself, in numbers. I always want to read more year after year. I’m actually entertaining the idea of not actually counting how many books I read next year. We’ll see how this line of thought goes. Seriously considering it though….

So, let’s break it down into numbers anyway, shall we?

Total # of Books Finished: 102
Pages: 30,623 (according to Goodreads)
Re-reads: 24
Short Story Collections: 6
Nonfiction: 10
By new to me authors: 40
Young Adult: 26
Audiobooks: 24

Favorite authors discovered this year: George RR Martin, Rebecca Skloot, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Ruta Sepetys, Terry Moore, Beth Hoffman, Simon Rich, Jean Teule, Isaac Marion
Least favorite book of the year: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Best reading month: January
Worst reading month: November

And, just to make it clear, my top ten books of the year, in no official order:

A Prayer for Owen Mean by John Irving
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman
The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Doll Bones by Holly Black

How was your reading year? What are you looking forward to in 2014? Happy New Year!

18 thoughts on “2013 End of Year Reading Survey

  1. You are brave to remove those holds. I…I can’t do it. lol But I do want to read more of my own books. I read some of my own books in 2013, all right, but most were books I bought that same year. At this rate, I’ll never get to my backlist!

    1. I’ve reached the point where I don’t read them. I’m too busy reading other things. So I thought I’d give it a break. We’ll see how long it actually LASTS! LOL

  2. Well, if I just waited until today I would have known the title of that book after all… But, I bought it last night instead. 🙂 I am looking forward to it. I hardly used the library in 2013 and I am planning the same for 2014 unless something comes along that I can’t get elsewhere. 🙂

    1. I can’t even remember the last library book I read. So I’m thinking I may not miss it. Of course, they are building one barely two miles from where I work, so I don’t know how long I will last!

  3. I’ve lost track of just how many people have mentioned E&P in their end of year stats. Love it! Those are great quotes you chose from the book too.

    Wishing you a wonderful year!

    1. Just writing out those quotes made me want to reread it! Which I’m sure I will this year!

      Happy New Year to you as well!

  4. Oh my gosh, I loved reading this post so so so so so so so soooooo much! And you totally could have kept going with your quotes there…so many awesome ones! Hope 2014 brings you loads more awesomeness, dear lady! You deserve it!!!

    1. Why thank ya kindly! 🙂 I could have gone on for ages. I actually considered a separate post! I hope your 2014 brings YOU lots and lots of awesomeness! Cause YOU deserve it too!

  5. I’m sad to hear you didn’t like Gone Girl. It’s definitely very gritty, but the characters were SO good. We can totally talk about that scene any time 🙂

    Game of Thrones, of course, is awesome.

    I haven’t read anything by Rainbow Rowell, yet, but you’ve raved so much that I’ve added Fangirl to my list to start with.

    I’m doing the Modern Library 100 Best Novels challenge and it has totally rocked my thoughts on quality vs. quantity. So many things I was reading just don’t compare to the great classics. It really makes me evaluate what I’m spending my time reading – in a good way.

  6. This year really was the year of Rainbow Rowell, huh? She totally kicked 2013’s butt. I enjoyed Eleanor and Park but the ending snuck up on me as I was listening to the audio. I wanted more!! and Owen. Oh Owen. How could he not be my most memorable character of 2013? Oh, because of Jamie Fraser. 😉

    Happy New Year dear Heather!

  7. Clearly I am the only one in the world who hasn’t read Rowell. Argh. So many good books on this list. I was not a Gone Girl fan either, but for other reasons. I pretty much had it figured out before the big reveal and had my suspicions of the ending… odious characters.

  8. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was my favorite non-fiction book this year too. I didn’t include it in my list of faves for the year and now I’m kind of regretting that!

    I really need to read Game of Thrones!! I have the first book somewhere . . .

  9. I’m so happy to hear that you loved More Than This! I definitely want to read it soon. I loved loved loved your quotes. This is why I need to keep track of quotes :D. Happy New Year, Heather!!

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