Best Of All The Stacks 2013

What a year! 2013 was a great reading year for me and I want to share my favorite books, reviews, and bookish moments from the past year.

Challenges

My overall book reading goal was 75 books. As of typing this (December 29th), I read 77 books. So two books over my goal. I’m happy with this amount but would always love to fit in more reading and attempt to conquer my TBR mountain.

For the Debut Author Challenge, my goal was 12 books and I read 12. I loved finding some new favorites but sadly disliked quite a few of the books.

Hits:

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Misses:

The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

For the 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, I chose ten books to read. Out of the ten I read six.

I tried my hand at challenging myself to finish the many, many series that I am in the middle of.

Finish Your Series Challenge All The Stacks

The Finish Your Series Challenge is ongoing but I have made some progress. So far I finished Champion by Marie Lu which finishes the Legend Trilogy and gives me the sads because I love those books.

Superlatives

Questions care of Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner from her 2013 End Of Year Book Survey.

Coolest bookish thing that happened to me in 2013.

I was able to take part in the Today Show Book Club With Samantha Shannon. So freaking cool!

Favorite Books By Category

Contemporary: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic: This is a hard one for me because I read a ton of great books in this genre this year. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey if I have to pick just one.

Historical Fiction: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Paranormal: Not a huge fan of this genre but would have to say The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa.

Science Fiction: Across The Universe by Beth Revis.

Fantasy: Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I finished this entire series this year and loved all of the books.

Thought I Would Love More But Didn’t

Splintered by A.G. Howard. Could not get into this book at all. I know lots of people loved it but just not for me.

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

Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. I picked this up randomly at the library and was blown away. Funny, sad, and just a little strange. More people should read it.

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

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. This book lived up to all the hype and I could not stop telling people that they need to read it right now.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

The Gone series by Michael Grant. This year I read Gone and Hunger. Both books are wonderful and I cannot wait to read Lies.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Like many, I have to say Rainbow Rowell. I loved Fangirl so much and promise in 2014 to finally get to Eleanor & Park. If I were to add a runner-up here, I would say Alexandra Bracken. I love The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. The series is not as popular as it should be.

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

I don’t read as much literary fiction as I would like but did pick-up Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. What a strange and wonderful book. It is such a creative concept and the writing is just wonderful. It is a hefty read but captivating enough to get lost in the book.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

I would have to say The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. This book takes place at break neck speeds. Honorable mention here is Prodigy by Marie Lu. Prodigy reads like a video game or a great action movie. I really do hope this series gets made into a movie. I think all of the books would translate really well to the screen.

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

I may reread The 5th Wave to prepare myself for the second book in that series.

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

Champion by Marie Lu.

Champion by Marie Lu

Runner-up is Forever (Wolves OF Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater. The cover change of this series really makes me sad. Not a fan at all.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Ruby from The Darkest Minds. Always ready to do the right thing and kick some butt.

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

If I Stay by Gayle Forman. It is impossible to read without having all of the emotions. Reconstruction Amelia is a book that really makes you look at the people around you differently. It is interesting to think how we are all connected.

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

So many books! The Gone series, Vampire Academy series, Anna And The French Kiss, and Graceling.

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

From Fangirl:

“It’s okay if you’re crazy,” he said softly.

“You don’t even know-“

“I don’t have to know,” he said. “I’m rooting for you.”

 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

The longest book I read this year is The Host, which is sad because I really did not enjoy it. The shortest book I read was a reread from childhood, The Face On The Milk Carton.

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!

Obviously, the last few chapters of Allegiant. I experienced anger, grief, and some disappointment all at the same time.

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

Sam and Grace from Forever. Understated but really powerful, I love the relationships in this series.

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

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. I love this series so much. It is the perfect blend of Sci-Fi with a great love story and compelling characters. (I will be dropping everything when Into The Still Blue comes out in January.)

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

Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction (but I am trying to read more) but I loved this book. I still need to read Just One Year and am looking forward to enjoying it in 2014. Not sure what took me so long to read any Gayle Forman but I am so glad I did.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

My reading is all over the map but it looks like I read the genre I read the most of is dystopian.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Po from Graceling. Roar from Through The Ever Night for being awesome.  

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

I read a lot of debuts so this is a very difficult question to answer. If I have to pick one, I would pick The Cadet Of Tildor. I couldn’t put it down and need Alex Lidell to write a sequel .

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Any of the books in the Greaceling Realm. World building in fantasy books is so important and these books get it right.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

The House Of Hades by Rick Riordan. Any middle grade book that takes place in the Percy Jackson universe is so much fun. I am just so sad that this series is coming to an end!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl had me laughing and crying.

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

The Darkest Minds and the sequel, Never Fade are both amazing and very overlooked.

Looking Ahead 

 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

Eleanor & Park. I own it and just keep meaning to get to it. 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Here is a list of my winter TBR list. The first half are new releases.

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Defy by Sara B. Larson.

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Into The Still Blue (Under The Never Sky #3). I may just die if Aria and Perry don’t end up together.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I want to get caught up with the one million series I am in the middle of and to actually read the books I own. I probably should implement a no more book buying until I read the towering piles of books throughout the house policy but that might be impossible to enforce. 

Cover images from goodreads.