End of Year Book Survey! Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

I was trying to think of a great way to end the year of 2013 as a book blogger, order when I stumbled upon this end of year survey on Jamie of The Broke and Bookish and The Perpetual Page Turner blogs. I thought it was really awesome, web and definitely something I’m not used to doing so I definitely wanted to try it!

I hope you enjoy!

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I love that I have these cute little pictures to go along with it too. I love all the blogs that have these cute little things going on. I’m much too lazy and much less creative to do that on What A Nerd Girl Says. Moving on though, drug to the actual end of the year survey!

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1. Best book you read in 2013?

This is hard. But to name a few: Winger by Andrew Smith, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Legend by Marie Lu, The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. I’ve read nearly 200 books this year. Its hard to narrow it down.

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

Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I was so looking forward to this book.

3. Most Surprising (In a good way!) book of 2013?

Vampire Academy. I hated the title and the name, and caved in, because my friend Jade convinced me to, and I absolutely loved it.

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

Winger by Andrew Smith. I mean, literally, I’m shoving it down people’s throats.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Goodness. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu, the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

I discovered so many new authors this year…I can’t even begin to list: Jessica Brody, Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Rainbow Rowell, Andrew Smith, Marissa Meyer, Jennifer Bosworth, Rae Carson, so many. I broke out of the box this year.

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

I don’t read vampire novels. I tend not to, anyway. But I read Vampire Academy and I’m so glad I did. It makes me much more open to reading vampire novels in the future.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

There’s no way I could even begin to list. I’ve read nearly 200 books at this point. I can’t even…so many good books this year.

9. Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to reread next year?

Hmm. Unremembered, in time for the release of Jessica Brody’s Unforgotten. The Grisha books before the third book release. Fangirl. Winger. Those definitely. I read a lot of good books this year.

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

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan.

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Cath from Fangirl, Ryan Dean from Winger, Alina from Shadow and Bone, Rose from Vampire Academy.

12. Most beautifully written book in 2013?

Winger by Andrew Smith. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it now and I’ll say it again: He takes what John Green does, and makes it so much better.

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

I am going to keep saying this: Winger and Fangirl

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

Vampire Academy. The first book was released in 2007, and I finally read it 6 years later. I’m so glad I finally did though.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?

“No,” Cath said, “seriously. Look at you. You’ve got your shit together, you’re not scared of anything. I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and social inept, I’m a complete disaster.” –Cath, Fangirl 

“You are the first dream, the only dream I ever was unable to stop myself from dreaming. You are the first dream of my soul, and from that dream I hope will come all other dreams, a lifetime’s worth.” –Will, Clockwork Princess

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2013?

I re-read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at 734 pages. I read a lot of novellas so they would be the shortest.

17. A book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?

The end of Allegiant. I stayed up all night reading it, which basically meant that there was maybe a handful of other people that had finished it and I needed to talk to someone about it!

18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013?

Tessa and Will in Clockwork Princess. Day and June in the Legend trilogy. Kami and Jared in Unspoken. Elisa and Hector of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Cath and Levi in Fangirl. Rose and Dimitri in Vampire Academy.

19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you had read before? Actually, everything I read this year was new to me. Unless you count rereads, in which case that would be Catching Fire and the Percy Jackson series

20. Best book you read in 2013 that was based solely on a recommendation from someone else? Anna and the French Kiss, and Vampire Academy

21. Genre you read the most from in 2013?

Either dystopian or fantasy.

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

Um, a lot? I mean, seriously, a lot. But a big one was Jared Lynburn from Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes

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

Hmmm. The Grisha trilogy had some incredible world building, along with Gennifer Albin’s Crewel. Oh and the dystopian world of the Legend trilogy is the best by far. Easily. Her world is so much more built than others have been.

25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?

Winger and Fangirl. I seriously loved these books.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?

A lot of books did. Winger made me cry a lot, both from crying and laughing.

27. Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?

Winger by Andrew Smith. Don’t get me wrong: it has been acknowledged all over the place, but ask the average teen/YA reader and they haven’t read it, and it makes me so angry. Its an incredible book.

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1. New favorite blog you discovered in 2013?

All of them! I was new to the blogging world in 2012, and in 2013, I really became more involved with the blogging world and I met so many amazing bloggers this year. I love you all!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?

Hmmm. I’m not sure. Probably my review of Winger, honestly.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

Well, I did one on Unfavorable Characters and why I tend to like them. I also wrote one about internet safety, which was incredibly important to me.

4. Most thought provoking discussion or review you read on somebody else’s blog?

Hmmm, I wish I could remember. I follow so many blogs that its hard to remember all that I have read.

5. Best event that you participated in?

Oh god. Do I have to choose. I called this the Year of What A Nerd Girl Says because I have truly had an amazing year. All the book events I’ve been to, the movie premieres, the interviews, all of it has been truly amazing. If I HAD to choose, I would say…The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones premiere in August.

6. Best moment of book blogging/book life in 2013?

Interviewing Cassandra Clare was an incredible moment for me. And each time I make friends or make a connection or form a relationship with an author…that makes me so incredibly happy. OH! And Tamora Pierce, one of my favorite authors in the entire world, second only to JK Rowling, commented on a blog post of mine. I died.

7. Most popular post on your blog this year?

I wrote a post, addressing the critics of the City of Bones movie, and I got incredibly impassioned and a TON of people read it. It really meant a lot to me.

8. Post you wished got a little more love?

I would say my actual reviews. My giveaways, my Tuesday Top Ten posts, my Fictional Crush posts, those are always getting big reviews. But I work the hardest on my book reviews so I hope those get more views.

9. Best bookish discovery?

GoodReads? I mean, technically I discovered it in December of 2012, but I really started using it, truly using it, in 2013, and not only did it help me as a reader, but it was SO incredibly helpful to me as a blogger.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of the year?

(don’t forget to do this one!)

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1. One book you didn’t get to in 2013 but will make your priority in 2014?

I want to finish reading The Song of Ice and Fire series. I’ve read Game of Thrones, and a bit of  Clash of Kings but nothing more. I really want to finish this series.

2. Book you are most anticipating in 2014 (non debut)?

I can’t even begin. I wrote a whole Tuesday Top Ten post about it. I put Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith as number one though so that would be it!

3. 2014 debut you are most excited for?

Lindsay Cumming’s The Murder Complex. She’s SO incredibly sweet, and I’m excited to be helping her out with her debut!

4. Series ending you are most excited for in 2014?

Ruin and Rising, the last book of the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. City of Heavenly Fire, the last of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument series. Isla and the Happily Ever After.

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2014?

Focus more on reading books, and enjoying them, and less on meeting my 200 book goal. There are lots of books that I didn’t read (like the Song of Ice and Fire) because I was too busy trying to meet my goal. I am looking forward to just reading, just to read, and enjoy and review :)

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I hope you enjoyed reading all about my year! How was your book year? Share in the comments, or link your own end of year survey!

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