Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner has offered up the 4th Annual End of the Year Book Survey. And I answered her questions (ok, so I copied my questions from last year so if mine are a tiny bit different…oops!). While 2013 was not quite what I expected it would be in terms of the things I would accomplish, it was an awesome reading year. At the time of typing this I’ve finished 42 books (including audio) and I may finish one more by the end of the year. This is the most I’ve read since 2009 when I was at the height of my book blogging.
Best of Reading for 2013!
(links to posts are down below…where available)
1. Best Book You Read In 2013?
So so so tough. But it’s a toss up between 11/22/63 by Stephen King and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Oh, I totally forgot about Outlander by Diana Gabaldan. Ok, three way tie.
If you MADE me choose one, I’d have to go with Owen Meany. No, 11/22/63. Ok, I can’t choose.
2. Book You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Shining by Stephen King. I was terribly let down by this book after loving IT.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. A zombie love story. Who would have guessed?
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2013?
11/22/63 by Stephen King. Even my grandma read it!
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Normally I’d spout off about how I’m terrible at reading series (though I did finish Mockingjay this year!), but this year the answer is easy…The Outlander Series by Gabaldan.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2013?
I loved Jojo Moyes’ books this year (The Girl You Left Behind and Me Before You) and look forward to listening to more Mary Roach books after being fascinated by Stiff.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
2013 was kind of a year of comfort for me. Really I’m looking at my list and there’s nothing unusual there.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Outlander. It has been a long long time since I’ve been so utterly consumed by a book.
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Do people really do this? (nevermind that I did read The Great Gatsby twice this year)
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell? I’m making this up.
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Hrmmm. Either Charlie Manx from NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (those teeth!) or Jamie from Outlander.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
I can’t choose just one. The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami Don’t make me keep going…
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Unclutter Your Life in One Week. Ok, so not so much…but I do see clutter EVERYWHERE now.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. And not in a good way. Probably Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. So good!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
Oh well. I didn’t keep very good track of this type of thing. Next year. Undoubtedly my favorite passage would probably be from The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald can turn a mean phrase!
16.Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest: Being There by Jerzy Kosinski (2 hrs 51min audio)
Longest: ?? Either 11/22/63, Under the Dome, Outlander, or Vanity Fair. Since three of these I also listened to audio, I’ll say Outlander.
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!
Pretty much all of Outlander. Thank goodness my sister was reading it at the same time I was!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
If 2012 was the year of King, 2013 is the year of Outlander. Jamie and Claire. Though Eleanor and Park receive notable mention (from the same titled book by Rainbow Rowell)
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You Read Previously
11/22/63 by Stephen King. or A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldan. I had never heard of the series before blogging (and I even recommended it a few times before reading it).
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Fiction. Though I did read a handful of non-fiction.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Jamie Fraser from Outlander. I don’t dare say anything more for fear of blushing.
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Does this mean book that was published in 2013? Or an author who debuted in 2013? Oh well, going with The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Stephen King is the king (ahem) of world building. 11/22/63 and Under the Dome were both fantastic for this. Ok fine, Outlander as well.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldan. (Is this record broken?) CONSUMED I tell you.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
11/22/63 and A Prayer for Owen Meany. Both left me a sobbing mess. This is why I cannot chose a favorite between them. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan also made me cry. And Me Before You by Jojo Moyes–oh, I forgot about that one! Sobbing in Starbucks! The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Possibly The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Have I ever told y’all how much I love when books make me cry?
|(it’s in the freezer)|
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Meh. I don’t follow the new releases this closely.
And then looking forward…
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
One great thing about not participating in challenges anymore is I constantly have a clean slate (except for book club books). I have nothing planned so far except for Possession by AS Byatt.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014?
See above. So, um, Possession by AS Byatt. Though I have been meaning to read it for years!
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
Two things. First, I’d like to read some of the books that I’ve owned for years. Second, I’d like to read a few more classics than I did last year. I’m again setting my goal at 24 books for the year.
So what did I read in 2013? (links lead to posts and stars denote my favorites)
1. Bleak House – Charles Dickens (paper/audio)
2. 11/22/63 – Stephen King (audio/ebook)**
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky (paper)
4. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (audio)
5. The Shining – Stephen King (audio/ebook)
6. A Good American – Alex George (paper)
7. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes (paper)*
8. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson (paper)
9. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray (paper/audio)
10. Dear John – Nicholas Sparks (paper/audio)
11. Calling Me Home – Julie Kibler (paper)
12. Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walters (audio)
13. Little House in the Big Woods – Laura Ingalls Wilder (paper)
14. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (audio)
15. Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion (audio)*
16. The Obituary Writer – Ann Hood (paper)
17. The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff (audio)*
18. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami (paper)*
19. The Absolutist – John Boyne (audio)
20. Being There – Jerzy Kosinski (audio)
21. The Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline (ebook)
22. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (paper)*
23. The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan (audio)*
24. A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson (paper)
25. Under the Dome – Stephen King (ebook/audio)*
26. Naked – David Sedaris (ebook)
27. Pain, Parties, Work – Elizabeth Winder (audio)
28. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving (paper/audio)**
29. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson (ebook)
30. Unclutter Your Life in One Week – Erin Rooney Doland (paper)
31. The Talisman – Stephen King and Peter Straub (paper/audio)
32. The Other Typist – Suzanne Rindell (paper)
33. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins (paper)
34. Mudbound – Hillary Jordan (paper)**
35. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach (audio)*
36. The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes (paper)*
37. NOS4A2 – Joe Hill (paper)
38. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan (paper)*
39. Half World – Hiromi Goto (paper)
40. Outlander – Diana Gabaldan (ebook)**
41. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell (audio)*
42. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling (audio)
Book Posts: 30 (71%)
E-books: 7 (17%)
Audios (including dual reads): 19 (45%)
Library Books: 7 (17%)
From the Shelf (before 2013): 10 (24%)
Male/Female Ratio: 23:19 (55% : 45%)
Book Club: 17 (40%)
Fiction/Non-Fiction Ratio: 33:9 (79% : 21%)
How was YOUR 2013 reading year? I’d love to hear what your favorite book of the year was.