I was very happy with the 98 books I read in 2013 and am going to review them in this slightly modified survey from Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner! The reason I modified it a bit is the original is geared for book bloggers and I am just a book lover and regular life blogger!
1. Best Book You Read In 2013?
The Goddess Abides by Pearl S. Buck, when I started the book I had no idea what to expect and I became so enraptured with not only the writing style but the ideas of womanhood and love the book held.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, I am do not know why but even though I did not really care for Shatter Me I still thought that Unravel Me would get me on the bandwagon but I could barely finish the book. The writing style immensely bothers me as does the main character so I think I will just let this series go.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
The Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts, I do not usually go for her books but I could not stop reading these books and even cried at a few parts and stayed up well past midnight to finish the last one.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I stumbled across this in the library and finished it one hungover Sunday and thought the writing was brilliant and was a great war book without being a war book, kinda like sneaky history if you will!
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, I had bought Clockwork Angel back in May of 2012 put it on the bookcase and promptly forgot all about it so when I came across it in February I was so excited to have it to read and that I could get the rest in the series so fastly!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Pearl S. Buck, for quite a few years I have had a huge Agatha Christie love but I think my discovery of Buck is taking first place this year. Each of her books I have been able to read have been an eye-opening look into ideas and concepts I have never thought of and have spurred me on to do further research and reading.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James, I know this book has mixed reviews but as I have not read any Jane Austen and often steer clear of books from that time period this was a challenge to read but in the end I felt proud I made it through and just might check out some Austen this year.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
This question is so tricky because so many of the YA books I read were just this but I think above all were all the Infernal Devices books.
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Any Pearl S. Buck book I can get my own copy of, I have read four of her books all from the library and I (and my grandparents) are on the hunt for some vintage ones for me to own. I find her books so full of wonderful text I cannot wait to be able to underline and really personalize my own copies.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
I love graphic arts and felt this cover in its simplicity and text heaviness perfect.
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
I started reading Lord Peter Wimsey stories and books this year and I love him and Bunter his manservant. The interplay between the characters is so sweet and I very much enjoyed a passage in which Lord Wimsey has a WWI flashback and Bunter takes care of him. I found it to be a passage that has relevance throughout time and the companionship between the two males very uplifting.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Letter from Peking by Pearl S. Buck, the accurate way in which she details immigrant life really hit home for me and found myself very comforted by the text and the backbone of the lead female character.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Letter from Peking again as it made me so happy to have endured visa processes among other things to be with my husband in a foreign country living my life without the fear of being separated from him.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Clockwork Angel since as I said it was just sitting my living room waiting for me to find it!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Longest was Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare at 568 and shortest was Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie at 176.
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?
In Command the Morning by Pearl S. Buck it is about the scientist that created the atom bomb and I could not stop talking to Mr. H about each and every chapter. I found it so interesting and history I was so naive about I had to get out all my feelings out loud, luckily though as it was history related I could talk about without Mr. H reading the book and have common ground.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013
Sydney and Adrian from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. I mean seriously Adrian is just o so dreamy!!!!
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Fire by Kristin Cashore, I was so happy to find this at the library as Graceling was so good and this book did not disappoint at all.
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else
This summer when we were doing a book crawl Mr. H suggested I start reading the Cat Who books by Lilian Jackson Braun and I have really enjoyed the four I have read so far. They are easy fun reading which is good every now and again.
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Mystery / Detective I would say at least 50% of the books I read fall into some kind of mystery category!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Any of the male revenants in the series by Amy Plum, honestly take me away to Paris undead ghost guys!
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer, took me a few pages to get the lay of her land/world but once I was in I was hooked and am so excited to read Cress this year.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
The Infernal Devices world was one I could so see in my mind and was honestly crushed when Clockwork Princess came to a close and I had to leave it behind. Or as I said to Mr. H “I am very despondent over the end of my book”.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
I did a lot of light hearted reading in 2013 alongside some of the older works I read and I think the most fun were any of the Charlaine Harris books I read as they are all so silly.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
I had the hugest sob fest when I finished Clockwork Princess, I was so happy I was home alone as it was very intense snot streaming type crying.
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
I really enjoyed Slated by Teri Terry and have not seen it reviewed on any blogs I read.
28. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I took part in the Goodreads yearly book challenge and fell short of my 100 projected books but with being sick, I do not know about you but I find reading comprehension hard with a fever, and our long trip to California I am happy with my 98 books.
29. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
It is a bit tricky for me to get books and am often at the mercy of the unique English book selection at the library but luckily my grandparents supply me with books via the post as well, however when we do our next amazon.co.uk order I am getting Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead!
What was your standout book or reading experience this past year?