Number of books read in 2013: 157
1. Best Book You Read In 2013?
I’m going to link to my favorites lists for each genre, rather than trying to pick:
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. This was picked for the challenge, and I had always thought it was a book I would love. Turns out I thought it was just okay.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Middlemarch by George Eliot. I tried to read it years ago and never made it past chapter two. This time I devoured it, and loved it.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. Love these cozy mysteries.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Rainbow Rowell – I will definitely be reading everything she’s ever written!
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Night Film by Marisha Pessl – This was definitely much scarier than what I usually read, and it really affected my thoughts and dreams.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Twelve by Justin Cronin – I’ll probably listen to this on audio again before the third book comes out.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
I did a whole post on my favorite covers, but if I had to choose one, it would be The Writing Class by Jincy Willett.
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Bernadette from Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – I don’t know how I missed reading this one when I was growing up.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
“We have all seized the white perimeter as our own
and reached for a pen if only to show
we did not just laze in an armchair turning pages;
we pressed a thought into the wayside,
planted an impression along the verge.”
From the poem “Marginalia” by Billy Collins
16.Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Bleak House by Dickens (989 pages)
Blood Binding by Helen Stringer (72 pages)
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?
Defending Jacob by William Landay
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Fin and Lady (brother and sister) from Fin and Lady by Cathleen Schine
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY on a Recommendation From Somebody Else:
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – recommended by pretty much everyone who read it.
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Cormoran Strike from The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
23. Best debut book you read?
The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma
25. Book That Was the Most Fun To Read in 2013?
City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I absolutely bawled.
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors – I wish more bloggers read his books and talked about how wonderful his writing is.
28. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
The one I’m most proud of completing is the Chunkster Challenge. In the past, my goal to read more books than the year before caused me to avoid long books, but I gave up that goal, and am so glad I did.
29. Bookish Events on your blog in 2013?
I hosted (badly) the Ireland Challenge and the Essay Challenge, but I seem to have lost interest in them. The one I enjoyed the most was The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge, which I’ll be hosting again in 2014.
30. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
31. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon – the next book in the Outlander series, coming in June.
32. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
In 2012, I did really well with accepting fewer review copies, but then in 2013, I got sloppy again and ended the year with a backlog. I plan to reduce those numbers again.