2013 End of Year Book Survey!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
*Drumrolls* Dear friends, the time has come...

Let's get right in to recapping this year, my first year blogging! This survey about our reading and blogging habits in the year 2013 was created by the lovely Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. Here's her original post.

Best in Books

Best book you read in 2013? (Genre breakdown?)
Dystopia/Sci-Fi: The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu.
Fantasy: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Realistic Fiction: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn't?
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.
Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
I swear guys, I'm not trying to be repetitive, but The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
Best series you discovered in 2013?
(I'm so sorry). The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Technically, I didn't discover him because I knew about him before, but 2013 was the first time I read one of his books. John Green is now hands-down not only my favorite author, but one of my favorite people and someone I aspire to be like.
Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple was the first adult contemporary book I ever read, and I loved it!
Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Prodigy by Marie Lu.
Book you read in 2013 that you most likely to re-read next year?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

Most memorable character in 2013?
Tris Prior, for several reasons. *maintains pokerface*.
Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.
Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It served as a spectacular pick-me-up when I was down, which unfortunately this year, has been a lot of the time.
Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?
"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities."
-The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Shortest and longest book you read in 2013?
Shortest: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (110 pages)
Longest: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (584 pages)
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).
Definitely Allegiant by Veronica Roth. The ending. OH. MY. GOD.
Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc.)
Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you've read previously?
I guess Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. I didn't read a lot of books by authors that I had read previously.
Best book you read in 2013 that you read SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. I thought it was pretty good, but not my favorite. but as previously mentioned, I loved the writing.
Genre you read the most from in 2013?
Fantasy, with 17 books. In 2nd was Dystopian/sci-fi with 13 and in third with 10 was realistic fiction.
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Oh, so many. I think I have to say that recently, the one I've been crushing on really hard, is Percy Jackson.
Best 2013 debut you read?
Ack... I don't think I read any 2013 debuts. *Cringes*.
Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. I loved her imagery, especially of a setting like Prague.
Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?
Beauty Queens by Libba Brat. Start to finish, it was a blast!
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?
The book that made me cry the hardest this year was without a doubt The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I got really close to drowning in a pool of my own tears.
Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?
I don't know, I guess Cinder by Marissa Meyer? Plenty of people read it, but not enough by my standards. ;)

Book blogging/Reading life in 2013

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
I swear, Jamie, I'm not trying to flatter you just because this is your survey, but it is The Perpetual Page-Turner.
Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
I sucked at reviewing this year, but probably my review for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Best discussion you had on your blog?
Definitely my discussion on book hangovers. There weren't many comments on my blog, but I got several on my Google+ profile. 
Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else's blog?
I don't know, actually. I don't keep track of all the discussions I comment on!
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Probably doing Christmas Booktube-a-thon.
Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
Whenever I get a new comment on a post. :)
Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
By views, for some reason it was my review of Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.
Post you wished got a little more love?
The one where I opened up about my insecurities as a blogger.
Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Blogger! I did start my blog this year, after all. :)
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Well, my original, and only challenge was for 100 books this year and I failed... miserably.

Looking Ahead... 

One book you didn't get to in 2013 but will be your number one priority in 2014?
Definitely catching up on the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan!
Book you are most anticipating for 2014 (non-debut)?
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
2014 debut you are most anticipating?
I can't see any on my immediate list...uh oh! I have to change that! Any books you guys recommend I look out for?
Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014?
Also City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.
One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2014?
Read more, gain more followers, get more comments, and definitely catch up on all my reviews. :)

That's my post! Happy New Year! Leave a link to your survey in the comments, tell me what you thought of mine, or answer some questions down below.

Bye guys!

The Hunger Games: Panem Favorites Survey

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Hey everyone! So Jasmine over at Flip That Page made a really cool bookish survey about our favorite books based on the Districts in The Hunger Games, and questions based on the characters as well! I really want to do this survey, so here we go! By the way, if you want to do this survey, feel free to, but first check out Jasmine's original post here.

Regions of Panem

District 1

Industry: Luxury Items

Favorite book involving royalty: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I loved this book, and the royalty was a big contributor to my love of this book. Queen Levana, Emperor Kai, and the mystery behind Princess Selene made this book all the more interesting. :)

District 2

Industry: Masonry and Weapons

Favorite book on war: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It's beautiful and heartbreaking and breathtaking. As for the war aspect of the book, I loved reading from the perspective of someone who wasn't being prosecuted, but didn't agree with Hitler. It was a very interesting new point of view.

District 3

Industry: Electronics and Technology

Favorite science fiction book: Legend by Marie Lu. All the high-tech equipment and the innovations in this book really intrigued me, especially the game aspect of Antarctica. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, you'll just have to read the trilogy to find out!)

District 4

Industry: Fishing

Favorite beach read (however you define one!): Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I define a beach read as something cute, fluffy, funny, and flirty, and this book is exactly it! It's relaxing and just a nice, carefree book.

District 5

Industry: Power

Favorite book involving superhuman/supernatural characters: Doctor Who. Oh wait, that's a TV show. Okay,then I'll say The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. It has everything. Vampires, werewolves, faeries, warlocks! You name it, this book's got it!

District 6

Industry: Transportation and Healing

Favorite road trip/self-discovery book: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. I haven't read many road trip books (which I hope to change!), but out of the ones I have read, this is the one that stands out the most, because what can I say? I love John Green. Plus, this book made me die laughing. I adore Hassan.

District 7

Industry: Lumber and Wood

Favorite book with a wilderness/dystopian setting: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. This book takes place in the Wilds (basically a large forest). Although it wasn't the most interesting wilderness settings, the way Oliver described it made it feel like it was. 

District 8

Industry: Fabrics and Textiles

Favorite book cover: Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, if we're talking about books I've already read. I'm a sucker for two things on covers: Fonts, and a vintage look. And this book combines both, and I absolutely love it.

District 9

Industry: Grain

Favorite under-hyped book: Half Upon a Time by James Riley. This book is the first book in a seriously fun middle-grade trilogy, and is entirely a fractured fairy tale. I love this trilogy, and highly recommend it. I wish more people read it!

District 10

Industry: Livestock

Favorite book involving animals (werewolves and shapeshifters count!): All of Carl Hiaasen's YA novels such as Hoot, Chomp, Scat, and Flush. They are all centered around wildlife and the environment and I love them all.

District 11

Industry: Farming and Agriculture

Favorite fictional setting: New Antarctica from the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. In this book's future, Antarctica has become habitable and is a virtual video game. It's so interesting and such a unique place, which is very fun to read about.

District 12

Industry: Coal Mining

Rock-solid favorite (from concluded series): (I assume this means favorite last book of a series or trilogy?) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. It's sad, because this is the most happy conclusion I've ever read. And my favorite character dies in it. -_-

The Capitol

Central Seat of Government

Favorite book with a political agenda:Divergent by Veronica Roth, because the idea of factions set up by the government was so very interesting! And then because of all the revelations in the third book.

Notable Characters

District 1: Cashmere and Gloss

Favorite fictional siblings: Isabelle and Alec from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. They balance each other out so well, and you can always feel their love for one another.

District 2: Cato

Favorite bad-boy character: Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I don't know what to say. I just love him. And yes, he's a bad boy because he's a kick-butt demon hunter!

District 3: Beetee and Wiress

Favorite geeky/genius character: Colin from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. He was so smart, and his thoughts about his intelligence were really something to think about. Things like the difference between a prodigy and a genius. 

District 4: Finnick Odair

Favorite swoon-worthy hero: Day from Legend by Marie Lu. Every time he shows up in the book, I swoon. He's a darling.

District 5: Foxface

Favorite mysterious character: Luke from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. NO SPOILERS, because I haven't read The Last Olympian yet, but I just can't get a read on this guy. Is he good or bad?

District 6: The Morphlings

Favorite secondary character: Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. He was so funny, and he helped to make the book less depressing and life-destroying. I would have loved to read more about him.

District 7: Johanna Mason

Favorite female character: Tris from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I felt like she was the perfect balance of not too strong but not too soft. And she was such a selfless person.

District 11: Rue

Favorite fictional kid: James from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. He was so funny, and I really appreciated it when he started interrupting the (excessive) making out scenes between Juliette and Adam.

District 12: Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen

Favorite fictional couple: June and Day from Legend by Marie Lu. I don't know if they're my absolute favorite, because I have about a million ships, but they're near the top of my list.

The Capitol: President Snow

Favorite villian (to kill): Jonathan Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Don't even get me started on that little...never mind.

That's a wrap!

Let me know what you think, and a link down in the comments if you decide to do this survey too!


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