Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 End of Year Book Survey!


The End of Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner

Best YA book 2013


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)

Dystopian: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Fantasy: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Historical Fiction: Daughter of the Sky by Michelle Diener
Paranormal (Adult): Blood Vine and Blood Entangled by Amber Belldene
Paranormal (Young Adult): The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
New Adult: Girl with Guitar by Caisey Quinn
Science Fiction: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost - There was just so much wrong with this book. And I loved the first one so much so it was a huge disappointment.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Terra by Gretchen Powell - I loved this book and it came as a total surprise to me since. I had no idea it would be this good.

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

Girl with Guitar by Caisey Quinn - I've been raving about Girl with Guitar and Caisey Quinn all year. I'm sure my bookish buddies are sick of it by now.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer - It took me almost a whole year since I bought Cinder to read it and then it took my several months to also read Scarlet after that. Needless to say I could've kicked myself to the head.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Amber Belldene - Her Blood Vine books are amazeballs!

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

Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters - I haven't really been reading out of my comfort zone this year. But a genre I didn't read a lot and started to read more in 2013 was new adult and Tears of Tess (as well as Quintessentially Q) was a more darker book than other NA reads

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

 Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - I read these books so fast and they were both equally good!

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - I can't press enough how much I adored this book!

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

 



11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

Q from Tears of Tess and Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters - This was a very easy one. Q was most definitely the most memorable and intriguing character I read about this year.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano - So gorgeous! <3

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 
The Scientific Revolution by Robert Freeman - Really all his One-Hour History books were great but this one had the greatest impact on me for sure.

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - I'm still mentally slapping myself for waiting so long.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
When I was much younger, I sometimes imagined that the sky was an illustration in a book that we were all nestled safely between the covers, and that if I could only find the book and open it, we would all escape without having to fight the Gentle Lord. - Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest: Ghost Writer by Nick Wisseman - 17 pages
Longest: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare - 568 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!

Chapter 62 in Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi - Hot!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Adrian and Sydney in The Fiery Heart - Much much much love! <3

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Prophecy of Solstice's End by Diantha Jones - I'm such a fangirl when it comes to this author.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder - Recommended by Em and I really was surprised by how much I liked it!

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Paranormal Romance was the genre I read the most I think. Both Ya and Adult.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Just one? That's hard... Oooh  I know! Hunter from Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Yum.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - Hands down!

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - Again yes! <3

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Anubis Speaks! by Vicky Alvear Shecter - This book was a blast!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
Sever by Lauren DeStefano - I don't usually cry with books but this one made me sob like crazy.

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

Daughter of the Sky by Michelle Diener - I barely know anyone who has read this one and it was so amazing!

reading-life-2013

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?

The Book Babe's Reads -  Megan, who hosts it is super nice and we have an almost last name and the same birthday in common! Awesomesauce!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

Sever by Lauren DeStefano - When I was writing it I really felt all my feeling about it coming out of me and into the review. 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I'll have to pass for this question.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I love Megan from The Book Babe's Reads Scene It Sunday Posts a lot!

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Aside from all the awesome tours, blitzes, cover reveals, etc... the most awesome event I went to was the book signing of Lauren Kate for her new book Teardrop. It was the best day ever!

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

Again going to that siging of Lauren Kate and also my author interview with Jennifer L. Armentrout!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I really don't know. I guess all my giveaways and some memes were pretty "popular".

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any posts really, reviews and what not especially.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
This is a pretty recent discovery but these graphics over at ParaJunkee are pretty awesome! 

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

I completed 2013 Reading Challenge on Goodreads and the 2013, 50 Book Pledge!

2014-books



1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi - Loved the first book I read this year! 

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

Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost - *sobs* It's the end...

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Alienated by Melissa Landers

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Girl in Love by Caisey Quinn, Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout - I couldn't name just one...

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
I just hope to discover even more amazing books and authors. <3





So that was 2013...

Happy New Year! <3



Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish that features a new topic each week where we have to put down our top ten of it.




This week's topic:
Top Ten Books I Read In 2013


~In no particular order~


I read a lot of books this year and there were so many I loved so I don't even know where to start with this top ten. I'll probably forget a lot of amazing books but there's only read for ten unfortunately.

Here we go!



Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi


Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Girl with Guitar (Kylie Ryans #1) by Caisey Quinn


Blood Vine (Blood Vine #1) by Amber Belldene
The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead


Daughter of the Sky by Michelle Diener
The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. #1) by Eoin Colfer


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Prophecy of Solstice's End (Oracle of Delphi #3) by Diantha Jones






Happy New Year!


What's your top ten?
Leave me links to your posts!



Best of the Bunch ~ December 2013

Best of the Bunch is a monthly meme hosted by Always Lost in Stories on the last day of every month. The aim of this meme is to share the best book that we have read in that month and give it our Best of the Bunch award.




November Reads:

Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronciles #1) by Lauren DeStefano ~ 5 Stars ~ My Review
In The Beginning... A Galilee Falls Short by Jennifer Harlow ~ 5 Stars


Annie and Fia (Mind Games #0.5) by Kiersten White ~ 5 Stars
Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer ~ 3 Stars ~ My Review
Savor (Vicious Feast #1) by Kate Evangelista ~ 4 Stars ~ Review to come!


Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2) by Pepper Winters ~ 4 Stars ~ My Review
Mistress of the Wind by Michelle Diener ~ 3 Stars ~ My Review


Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi ~ 3 Stars
Galilee Rising (Galilee Falls Trilogy #2) by Jennifer Harlow ~ 3 Stars ~ My Review
Forever, Jack (Eversea #2) by Natasha Boyd ~ 5 Stars ~ Review to come January 6!



Temptation by Fire by Tiffany Allee ~ 4 Stars ~ My Review
Werewolf Sings the Blues (A Midnight Magic Mystery #2) by Jennifer Harlow ~ 3 Stars ~ My Review
Be With Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn ~ 5 Stars ~ Review to come





And the Best of the Bunch winner of December 2013 is...



I can't choose!
These three were definitely the best. <3






What was the best book you read this month?
Leave me links to your Best of the Bunch post if you participate in it.



Sunday, December 29, 2013

Weekly Round-Up #4

Weekly Review Round-Up is a meme where I'm featuring my posts of the last week.

*inspired by Charnell's Review Round-Up at Reviews from a Bookworm*





Monday-


Review:
Galilee Rising (Gililee Falls Trilogy #2) by Jennifer Harlow - 3 stars
"It was a slightly more darker book than Justice in my eyes, which is always a plus."



Tuesday-


Review:
Temptation by Fire by Tiffany Allee - 4 stars
"funny, light and hot"


Top Ten Tuesday:


Christmas Giveaway:



Thursday-

Throwback Thursday #16:



Saturday-

Stacking The Shelves #51











♥ Holly's Boys ♥

Highly recommended story to check out!