End of the Year Book Survey – 2013!

January 1, 2014 Challenges, Guilty Pleasures 0

The End of the Year Book Survey is hosted by Jaimie over at Perpetual Page Turner! I have to say I just found this and I absolutely love, love, love this idea so I thought I would do my best to get this done!

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)

I do have to break this one down a bit… I absolutely love horror and I’ve read so many great ones this year!

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

Ohh… World War Z. First book that I’ve read and I even listened to the audible, where I just wanted to quit. I felt that the movie put everything together much better!

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

Definitely The Drake Equation by Heather Walsh! I was very hesitant since the synopsis says this does have some politics in it, and it does! But the way Heather delivered it was just fabulous, and really funny!

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

Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot! I cannot get over this book! And the first kiss… the relationship, the plot! Everything was awesome!

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Everything written by Cecilia Gray. That girl can write. She might have a stalker…

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

I really have found that I am enjoying English authors lately. I love Ian Rob Wright. He writes the best horror imaginable!

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

It has to be Whistling the Graveyard by Susan Crandall. I don’t often read contemporary and I really don’t really enjoy coming of age stories, but this one was phenomenal. It was also based in the south during some difficult times in the 60’s but it wound up being great and I’m so glad I tried it!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Nightmare Man by Alan Ryker!! I had to read it in one sitting! It wasn’t too long but I’m surprised I got to sleep and didn’t have nightmares after reading this!

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

Definitely The Severed Tower by J. Barton Mitchell. After I was lucky enough to get this arc I then promptly bought it on audible and plan on reading the book again soon!

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

Ohhh… there’s so many!!


11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Does it count if it’s a re-read?!! Death in The Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett is always, by far, my favorite character. There’s just something about being an anthropomorphic personification that just rings a bell with me!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

I really enjoy zombie books but as we all know they’re getting kind of old, and they sort of smell! So when I read a zombie book that has a twist, I just love it! But especially when I don’t even see that twist coming! Which is what happened in the series for Brilliant Darkness by A.G. Henley. Just marvelous!

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

I read a lot of spiritual books and this particular one had to do with dogs also! What a winning combination! The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone by Michael J. Chase is absolutely amazing. I will definitely re-read this one!

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

Ohh goodness… I still have books on my shelf that I swear yell at me every time I walk by… I’ll just skip this question!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

“Wherever you are, if you have family or friends, love them. If you’ve got food, enjoy it. If you’re alive, live.” Robert Kent

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

My largest was a spiritual book that I read in chunks: 706 pages Feeling Good by David D. Burns and the shortest was a short story added to the series A Brilliant Darkness, The Keeper by A.G. Henley and had only 45 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!

Ohh… the ending of Mortality by Shellie Keridan. I just… it was just too much!!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

In This Time Around by Ellie Grace I was sure that I knew what I wanted to happen between the two main characters. I love how these two are written and really enjoyed reading about them.

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

Denise Grover Swank just kills me with her writing. She is amazing and such an artist at what she does! So when I found that Thirty and a Half Excuses was published in September I knew I had to get my hands on it. And it was fabulous!

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Skinny Bitch in Love by Kim Barnouin

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Horror! But that YA genre is trying to catch up!


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