2013 End of Year Survey — Lyn’s Picks

Posted December 26, 2013 by Kara in Imaginative Discussions, Lyn / 4 Comments

This year is virtually at an end.  There is just a matter of weeks felt, but this time of the year leaves very little time for reading, and it is appears to be smooth sailing from here on out.  Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner is amazing for creating this survey!
This year, it was slow reading for me. Between gaining my degree, experiencing homelessness and a lack of a job market, then landing a job that I absolutely hate, my energies have not been solely on reading.  I failed to make my goal of 100 books (as of right now, I only read 53 books. In 2012, I read 78 books).  I’m honestly disappointed in my own progress.  I took on a co-blogger position, only to face a very difficult year and a drought of reading time and motivation. However, this was the first year that I stopped buying books at such a neck-breaking pace, and my selections are starting to turn out some quality reading material for myself.  
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)
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Midwinterblood by Marcus by Marcus Sedgwick

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

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172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

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

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And All the Stars by Andrea Host

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Pivot Point series by Kasie West

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

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

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Gold (adult fiction)

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
World After by Susan Ee

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

10. Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2013.
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Cress by Marissa Meyer
11. Most Memorable Character in 2013.

Liraz from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
12. Most Beautifully Written Book of 2013.

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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

13. Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2013.

Suicide Watch by Kelley York

14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2013 to Finally Read. 
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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From a Book You Read in 2013:
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16. Shortest and Longest Book You Read in 2013.
Longest – Cress by Marissa Meyer (560 pages)
Shortest – The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth (96 pages)

17. Book That Had a Scene That Had You Reeling and Dying to Talk About It. 

Boundless by Cynthia Hand – Clara’s decision at the end of the book. I was dying, and not in a good way.

18. Favorite Relationship From a Book You Read in 2013. 

Thor and Loki from the Thor and Loki: In the Land of Giants: A Norse Myth graphic novel. The Norse relationship between the two is nothing short of beautiful and humorous.

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

The only book I reread this year was the first Babysitters Club book.
20: Best Book You Read in 2013 That You Read Solely Based on A Recommendation from Somebody Else: 

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If you Find Me by Emily Murdock; suggested by Wendy Darling at The Midnight Garden.

21. Genre I Read the Most from in 2013.

No brainer – Young Adult

22. Newest Fictional Crush from a Book You Read in 2013.

Stephen from The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

23. Best 2013 Debut You Read. 
The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand

24. Most Vivid World/Imagery in a Book You Read in 2013.

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
25. Book That Was the Most Fun to Read in 2013.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

26. Book that Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2013.

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Suicide Watch by Kelley York

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

A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce



4 responses to “2013 End of Year Survey — Lyn’s Picks

  1. Great post. I really overlooked YA this year and I kind of regret not picking up half the books you mentioned in this post!

    Happy Holidays and have a great New Year :D. Happy reading.

    Georgie @ What She Reads

  2. Gosh, I really need to make time for Midwinterblood. Wendy raves about it and now you. 🙂
    Yeah, Boundless remains on my TBR pile because I have yet to get my mind around the series being over. So I’m going to pretend it goes on foreevvveeerrrr.

  3. 1. You chose a single book. You are a badass.
    8. Eeeee, I need to read World After. (also, punned)
    12. It’s funny because I do not remember Liraz.
    17. I still need to read the last two books in the Hand series, but all I can say is BETTER BE TUCKER.

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