Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Bookish Review of 2013

I stumbled upon this survey by means of one of my favorite bookish type friends
Miss Bonnie who runs the amazing book blog For The Love of Words.
You should check her out because she's all that and a bag of chips.
(Originally posted by Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner here.)

If you're interested in checking out all the books I read this year
 you can clickity click here.

1. Best Book You Read In 2013?
I'm going with a list of five 
(which are in no particular order):
(for being strange & beautiful)
2. The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
(for making me long for mood changing wallpaper)
3. Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry 
(for being irresistibly silly) 
4. Night by Elie Wiesel
(for tearing my heart out)
5. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
(for being the first book I've ever kissed)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? 
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3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
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4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013? 
Any book by Sarah Addison Allen
because they are loveliness.
Plain and simple.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
All right. 
I didn't *discover* this series this year
but I did FINALLY read the whole series 
and I DID discover that I adore them.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013? 
At the risk of sounding like a broken record:
Sarah Addison Allen.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? 
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8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
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9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
By design, I'm a rereader.
So, pretty much they're all up for grabs.
Even the books I didn't like,
because I'm all about second chances.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
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11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Will from Me Before You who I still think is THE MOST 
selfish, self-important, maddening character 
and honestly, I'm disgusted with myself for even caring 
the slightest bit about him.
Which I do.
End Ramble.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
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13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
There wasn't just one book that impacted me this year 
but the whole kid lit genre reminded me why I love reading
and what inspired me to start writing and
in general, it just made my heart happy.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for nearly two decades
patiently awaiting me to read it.
I am clearly
Out. Of. Control.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
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“I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody."                                          J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest: 79 pages
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Longest: 597 pages
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17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? 
Oh. My. LAWD.
This and the Buffy comics have been messing with my head all year long!
And don't EVEN get me started on Superior Spiderman.
*brain splodes*

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Laugh, if you must,
but I wholeheartedly believe that everyone
is in desperate need of a friend like Charlotte. 

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously.
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20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
We all have Carrie (aka OneBookishMom)
to thank for my new found obsession with all things 
Sarah Addison Allen.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
My top five shelves on GoodReads last year were
Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Classics, Comics, KidLit, & YA.

22. Best 2013 debut you read? 
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23. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
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24. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013? 
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25. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
I cried all the tears, my friends.
And I have NO SHAME.

26. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
That's a good question, survey.
To be to frank,
I don't have an answer.
There are SO MANY BOOKS.

Maybe a better question is:

What do my lovely readers think I've overlooked this year?!

Annnnnd on that note!
Happy Reading to all
and to all a book-tastic year!


  1. Oooh gotta give props to Jamie for setting this up originally. :D

    You know I own a copy of The Art of War but it's one of those books you buy and think, "Yeah! I'll totally read this someday!" But... it has yet to happen. Will have to dig it up and check it out. Sarah Addison Allen never fails at being amazing. I read Animal Farm for the first time a few years ago and LOVED it. Not sure I would have loved it as much when I was teen so glad I waited. The Sugar Queen. <3 My favorite of SAA. I have got to make time for an Island of the Blue Dolphins re-read this year. AMAZING BOOK.

    1. Animal Farm was such a great read the second time around. I HATED it in high school and couldn't put it down when I read it last year! Annnnd I WANT ALL THE SAA BOOKS NOW!!! *grabby hands*


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