Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2013!! Also, all links go to Amazon.
1. Best Book You Read In 2013?
This is like asking me to select the best bone in my body. I'm rather partial to all of them. But if I MUST choose, I'd say The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Allegiant by Veronica Roth.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
I've recommended both The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein an awful lot this year.
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
I discovered Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms series this year. It's one of the best fantasy series I've ever read.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
It's a tie between Cinda Williams Chima and Sharon Shinn!
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I read 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma this past Summer. I don't really know what genre it is - it's kind of a mystery-paranormal-psychological thriller-ish book - but whatever genre it is, I don't read a lot of it. It was nice to dip my toes into these unfamiliar waters for a while, though I still prefer reliable narrators to unreliable ones, as I was reminded of with this reading experience.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
I SO LOVED Veronica Rossi's Through The Ever Night. It's one of the few sequels that improves on the already fantastic first book in a series.
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Let's be honest here. The Harry Potter series has been a pretty much guaranteed annual read for me since I discovered them over a decade ago. I look forward to it every year, much like my annual Christmastime viewing of The Lord of the Rings movies with my husband. Because nothing says Peace On Earth like watching Aragon take on hoards of orcs.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
This has to be Zoe Ardelay from Sharon Shinn's Troubled Waters. She's a kindred spirit, and one of the fictional people I'd most like to sit down and have dinner with.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Sharon Shinn's Troubled Waters. I loved that book. I wonder how many more times this book will pop up in this survey....
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Of course The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
-The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this yeaer that was the shortest and longest.
Shortest– The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (180).
Longest — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (759).
Longest — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (759).
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 end of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo had me positively DYING to talk to somebody. (Probably a therapist.)
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Hmm. Han Alister and Raisa ana'Marianna were lovely to read about.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Of course, the answer to this question every year will be the Harry Potter series. Second to that, though, is probably The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. I still like the first book in the series best, but I still greatly enjoyed finishing Elisa's journey.
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
I can't find a Goodreads sort button for genre, so I'll guess... fantasy? I have read more fantasy this year than I have in years past. What can I say, I'm on a kick.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Sturmhond from Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo.
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
I'm a little embarrassed to say that I only read a handful of debuts this year. Of those, though, my favorite would have to be The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
I can't decide between Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms series and Sharon Shinn's Troubled Waters. Both had phenomenal world building.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. That book is completely nuts. But I loved it.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
Oh goodness. I'm not much of a crier, but The Fault in Our Stars by John Green nearly did me in.
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
I don't think many people are reading Sharon Shinn's Troubled Waters, which is a crying shame. (And part of the reason I'm promoting it so heavily.) It's well worth the read.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
Ummm.... mine. All hail the B-Drag.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
Writing reviews is my favorite part of having a book blog. I take my time on them and try to really capture the essence of the books I read without resorting to spoilers. I had the most fun writing reviews for Troubled Waters and Allegiant, for very different reasons, but fun nonetheless. (These links go to my review, but if you want to go to Amazon instead, here are the links for Troubled Waters and Allegiant. You're welcome.)
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
Still working up a viewership wide enough to engage frequent discussion, but so far the posts with the most comments are my post on minimalist posters of Disney films and my post on the Meyers-Briggs type indicator of Harry Potter and Star Wars characters.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I enjoyed reading this post on if book blogging has fallen out of fashion. As a new book blogger, I obviously found this to be relevant and worthy of consideration.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
...Virtually connecting with other book bloggers? I haven't attended many events this year (largely due to the birth of my daughter early in 2013) but hope to attend more in 2014. Someday I'd like to make it to BEA, where all the fancy book bloggers go.
6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
Starting the B-drag!! Connecting with other book bloggers who I've read for years! Engaging with others in the comments! Participating in the book blogosphere! It's been an exhilarating ride so far, and I hope this is just the beginning.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I am delighted to say that my post popular post is my review of Sharon Shinn's Troubled Waters.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I have to echo what Jamie said: All my reviews! They take the longest to write, but only rarely get comments. I have no doubt that people read them but sometimes when they aren’t getting as much comment love it’s easy to think they aren’t being read.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
My local indie bookstore, The King's English, is awesome-sauce.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I only started the B-Drag in October, so I had no goals for 2013. Looking forward, though, I do have a few goals... (drum roll please...)
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
I still haven't read Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand. I MUST.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
OH MY GOSH. Rise and Ruin by Leigh Bardugo; Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi; Cress by Marissa Meyer, to name a few.
3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Ahhh! I don't know!! I need to get on my debut lists STAT.
4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
See answer to question 2 above. Cue squealing and hand flapping.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
I'm avoiding setting marketing goals (number of page hits, number of comments, etc.) because I want this to continue to be a place of fun and stress-free book discussion. But I am setting other goals: I want to read at least 50 books in 2014, and I want to read in more genres than I'm currently familiar with, just to broaden my horizons. I'm looking forward to it. Bring it on, 2014!