Jess’s 2013 End of Year Survey

2013, End of Year

Jess’s 2013 End of Year Survey

1. Best Book You Read In 2013?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Out of all my 5-star rated books, this one still jumps out, therefore I’m naming it my favorite of the year.

Tomorrow I will have my Top Ten Favorites Overall of 2013, so be sure to check that out!

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

Rush (Breathless #1) by Maya Banks – I really enjoy Maya Banks’ KGI series and when I learned about this trilogy in 2012 I was really excited about it! But then I didn’t end up loving it like I thought I would… :( (My Review)

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

Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman – After the way Just One Day ended I had certain expectations of Just One Year…I thought it was going to go a certain way, but Gayle completely surprised me with the way Willem’s story was told, and that is why it earned this spot. :) (My Review)

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

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – This book so sad and beautiful and it really made me think. (No Review…YET!)

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Adult: The Sullivans by Bella Andre – This family has stolen my heart. :) (My Reviews)

Young Adult: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I love that Celaena is still girly yet a badass!! (My Review)

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

I read quite a few new authors this year, but the one that jumps out loudest in my mind is Jojo Moyes.

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

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Read by Jake Gyllenhaal – If I was assigned to read this in HS, I must have skipped school that year, because I don’t remember it. :P (I was a bad student.) ANYWAY! I wanted to read this before watching the movie. I don’t read classics, but the audiobook was read by Jake and it was only about 4 hours long, so I went for it. The end gutted me and left me seriously pissed off. Great audiobook though!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

TIE! Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare AND Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu – These two finales were completely unputdownable!! And they both end perfectly! BRAVO!

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

Truly by Ruthie Knox – I read Truly as a serialized novel this October/November for free on Wattpad, but the book isn’t going to be published until 8/5/2014! I loved it SO much, I want to read it again and review it, hopefully.

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

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

GEORGE! From My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door #1) by Huntley Fitzpatrick – This kid made LAUGH! He was SO freaking adorable! I just loved him and I haven’t forgotten him, that’s for sure. (My Review)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Adult: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Young Adult: For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) by Diana Peterfreund

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

This year I read a few books that made an impact on me emotionally, so here I’ll give you the last one to do so:

Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves – This story about marriage and boundaries and cheating and hardships really left me thinking…

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

The Host (The Host #1) by Stephenie Meyer – I bought this book in 2010 or 2009 after my love affair with the Twilight series…but I didn’t even attempt it until this year, and that was because the movie was coming out. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking The Host! Glad I finally read it.

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

“You think it’s so easy to change yourself. You think it’s so easy, but it’s not. True, things don’t stay the same forever: couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred. And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions– but always at last it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor. Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you: beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable. And isn’t that – just you – enough.” ― Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life (My Review)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

I read quite a few novellas this year, but I’m not counting those for this answer, just full books…

Shortest: Hidden by Helen Frost – 160 pages
Longest: Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) by J.R. Ward – 696 pages

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare – Um, I pretty much wanted to explode all over twitter while reading this book, but I’m not the type to post spoilers, even now, months after being released. The whole book had me reeling.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013.

Familial: The Garretts, My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door #1) by Huntley Fitzpatrick (My Review)
Friendly: Will & Jem, Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
Romantic: May & Ben, Truly by Ruthie Knox

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

Things I Can’t Forget (Hundred Oaks #3) (My Review) and Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally

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

Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins – The lovely Estelle from Rather Be Reading got me on gchat and told me I should read this one. I did and I loved it!! Thanks, Estelle! (My Review)

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Looks like Contemporary Romance, in Adult, Young Adult, and New Adult.

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

TIE! Between JASE of My Life Next Door and MATT of Things I Can’t Forget – It was the year of the good guy for me, I just loved reading about the good guys, and these two are as good as they get.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Nantucket Blue (Nantucket #1) by Leila Howland – I didn’t read many 2013 debuts. I think it was only three, actually. So it was pretty easy to narrow it down to this one. (My Review)

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

Just One Day/Just One Year by Gayle Forman – These books take us around the world! So well done!

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

Austenland (Austenland #1) by Shannon Hale – OMG! If you guys haven’t read this one yet, save for a rainy day, when you need a pick me up. Also, the movie was just as enjoyable. SO much fun!

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

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I just…I was SO emotional after finishing this! Loved it.

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

Nantucket Blue (Nantucket #1) by Leila Howland – I didn’t see too many ratings/reviews for this one or a big push around its release date, but I think more people should definitely give it a go!

Book Blogging/Reading Life 2013

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?

Hands down, Book Rock Betty :)

For being fairly new to the game, she’s got many things down already. Pro status! She’s got a great, unique, fun voice (and I’m not just talking about her speaking voice, which you can check out in her videos!) and her reviews are broken down to what matters to her most, like kissing, which I 100% approve of! If you have yet to “meet” Betty, stop by her blog NOW! :D

Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?

This is a bit difficult for me to answer, as this year I struggled with review writing, so I’ll go with one I was happy with…

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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

I very much sucked at visiting blogs this year, but the lovely gals at Rather Be Reading always had great personal posts

Best event that you participated in?

ALA in Chicago was SO much fun! I got to meet and hangout with so many great bloggers and also OMG! THE FOOD!! *drools*

Also Austin Teen Book Fest was a lot of fun! Ginger (GReads!) and I got to hang out with so many great people, including some very fun authors… ;D Also? We got poured on! Like, torrential rains! LOL That was so much fun.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?

I had the pleasure of hosting Rachel Caine on the blog for a “live” Q&A and HOLY CRAP! The amount of views that post got left me speechless. Most I’ve ever gotten on the blog, by a long shot, in my three years of blogging. Probably small potatoes for some bloggers, but it definitely shocked me to get almost 800 views.

Looking Ahead

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

I don’t really have anything planned out yet… FAIL!

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


Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon

2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Wish You Were Italian: An If Only novel by Kristin Rae

Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

TIE! Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi AND! Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

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

I pretty much wanna do better in all aspects of blogging this year. Read more, review more, visit/comment on other blogs more…all that good stuff.



Jess @ Gone with the Words

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Jess is a 30 something female living in Texas. Most days you will find her on Twitter, giving her opinion on her latest reads, her latest tv obsessions, movies, and hot dudes. In her free time she loves to watch tv, movies, and of course, read tons of books with hot dudes in them. She also makes time to run this blog. :)

13 Responses to “Jess’s 2013 End of Year Survey”

  1. Lisa Schensted


    Also, I love that we love the same bloggers. You are my people.

    Here’s to another great year of blogging at Gone with the Words! oxoxoxo

  2. Betty

    I have not read Just One Year yet!! I got the ARC from Jamie, started it, but stopped because I felt like I was betraying my preorder. LOL So it came… and I still haven’t picked it up! I like that you still loved it even though it didn’t turn out as you expected it to! I’m even more intrigued to read it now! I also have Me Before You, but am nervous because it sounds so sad, but so many people recommend it! :/ Still hesitating on the Miranda Kenneally series! I gotta agree with you on Nantucket Blue. I really enjoyed that book– even though a bunch of the bloggers on talk to pretty often read it, I don’t feel it got as much attention as it deserved!
    P.S. Thanks for the shout out! ;)

    • Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I actually do know what you mean with the whole ARC/Preorder thing…not weird at all! *side eye* JUST KIDDING! :D I think if you go into it with an open mind you’ll like it.

      I was scared to read Me Before You for a long while, but trust me when I say it is so worth it. It, like, breaks and mends your heart all at once. I don’t know…maybe I’m just being overly sentimental about it. *drinks more wine*

      With Kenneally’s books, each one is better than the next, so even if you’re unsure at first, I say keep at it. And Nantucket Blue! I think you East Coast bloggers were who I noticed pushing this book most, but like you said, outside of that I didn’t really see it around a lot. Can’t wait for Nantucket Red! I was told by Leila to keep my hope alive for a good outcome! lol

  3. Kat C

    I listened to the Great Gatsby audio too. It’s odd, I’ve always known how the story ended (even though I never read the book) but hearing it was like a whole new experience. I also agree with you on the Clockwork Princess scenes. My co-blogger finished the series before me and practically threw it in my face, so I could read the ending too.

    • Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Jake is such a great actor and he made that audiobook come alive. It seriously made all the difference, having him voice this book. I never knew how it ended, so it really affected me. lol I hope you listened to your co-blogger and immediately read CP!

  4. Christina (BookTasty)

    I’m so glad you read Gatsby! I did read it in high school and loved it so much! I haven’t read it since then, but the movie brought up all those feelings I had when I first read it. Like how much I despised Tom and Daisy! They’re so heartbreaking and frustrating all at once! I hope you have a wonderful 2014 full of great reads!

  5. Bookworm Brandee

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this, Jess. Guess I’m gonna have to pick up Me Before You. ;) If if moved you so much, no doubt it’s outstanding. You’ve listed quite a few other books that I need to get to as well. Oh, and I loved Austenland, too! But I haven’t seen the movie yet.

    Cheers to a fab 2014!

  6. Estelle

    You mentioned so many of my favorite books here! Miranda’s books… This Song Will Save Your Life … and I’m getting more and more nudges to finally read Just One Year. Can you believe I haven’t yet? Ugh. Also glad to see Covet had an impact on you. Wouldn’t that be a great book to read with a book club? I can imagine the discussion would get feisty.

    Here’s to another year of great books! xo

  7. Rave

    I read some old books in 2013. And I am confused about the new writers. Contemporary writers are not interesting as the old writer.

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