Lety’s 2013 End of Year Survey


Lety's 2013 End of Year Survey

1. Best Book You Read In 2013?

Question 1

There was no real way to narrow this down since I read a lot of great books this year, so I have broken them down by genre:

  • Best Adult Paranormal Romance: Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1) by Thea Harrison – I probably read the most books from this genre and in specific, dragon-related paranormal romances which can be a hit or a miss. This first book in this series was definitely a hit!

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

Question 2

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

Ender's Game

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

Question 4

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Dragon Bound

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

  • Diana Gabaldon – Such an amazing author!

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

  • Wounded by Jasinda Wilder – So many uncomfortable emotional situations happening in this novel, some of which were definitely outside of my normal reading comfort zone.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Unravel Me

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


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

Question 10

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

  • Jamie Fraser (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon) – “Ye werena the first lass I kissed,” he said softly. “But I swear you’ll be the last.” – I mean with that accent and lines that like how could he not be memorable?!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Unravel Me

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

Question 13

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

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

  • His eyes, I thought, were the color of lakes and skies, and as fathomless as either. He reached out and touched my lower lip, barely brushing the edge. “It starts out the same, but then, after a moment,” he said, speaking softly, “suddenly it’s as though I’ve a living flame in my arms.” His touch grew firmer, outlining my lips and caressing the line of my jaw. “And I want only to throw myself into it and be consumed.”Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon *swoon*

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

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

Question 17

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013

Question 18

  • Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon – This entire relationship was a bit difficult for me to accept but in the end it was Jamie’s charm and their passion that won me over.

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

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


21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

  • Paranormal Romance – This will most likely continue into 2014 but I would like to branch out more into other genres.

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

Question 22

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

  • No debuts this year… :(

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

  • Hands down A Song of Ice and Fire series, the world-building and imagery in these novels are on par to Tolkien standards.

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

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

Question 26

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

  • Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover – This is a self-published novel that I fell in love with, it was well-written and lead me on an emotional journey but felt that it wasn’t as popular as it should’ve been.

Looking Ahead

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

  • A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) by George R. R. Martin – I’ve put off reading this book because of the author’s history of taking a very long breaks between novels and knew that once I finished it that I would be waiting a while for the next one. I have put this one off long enough and need to see what else is in store in this series.

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

Question 2b

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Question 3b

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Question 4b--

  • Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi – I cannot believe this series is coming to an end but I am so super stoked about reading the conclusion to this trilogy. I am also anxious to see what Tahereh Mafi’s next writing projects will be.

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

  • Since I just started writing reviews this year in July, I’d like to increase my reviews in 2014 and get them on a consistent schedule. I’d also like to review some books that I have in my collection that I have not had a chance to get around to reading. I’d like to branch out and review different types of novels not just new releases or those that are trending within the book blogging community. Also, not really directly related to the blog, but I’d like to attend more bookish events. I don’t feel I do this enough.




Lety @ Gone with the Words

6 Responses to “Lety’s 2013 End of Year Survey”

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    Jenn @ Book Beats

    I’m currently reading Outlander. And Jamie is a great choice for best swoon/relationship moments. Loved seeing him show up so much on this list. Alpha male but still sweet. And that quote you posted! Sigh.

    Hehehe…great list. Shatter Me is on my TBR list soon.

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    Lisa @ Captivated Reader

    Diana Gabaldon is one of my favorite authors ever! I’ve been reading her novels for years now and yes, Claire Randall & Jamie Fraser are an awesome couple… I’d pick him too for fictional crush!!

    As as side note, you can order autographed copies of Diana Gabaldon’s novels from The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona if you’re into collecting books with authors autographs in them. http://www.poisonedpen.com/

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      :O Thank for that awesome tip! I will definitely check that out, I’d love to have at least one signed copy of her books!!

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    Jess @ Gone with the Words

    I love and am so happy you loved Outlander, friend!! I can’t wait to geek out over the show with you some more! :D I also can’t wait for you to continue the series. Maybe 2014 will be the year I finally start GoT. ;)

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    Mandi Kaye

    I love how many times you listed Outlander! I’ve just started An Echo in the Bone in audiobook and I just can’t get enough of that world!

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