2013 End of Year Book Survey

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Hey, everyone! Sorry for the long lag between posts. What a year this has been! I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked, but I did find several that I love.  The Perpetual Page-Turner, located here, is hosting their 4th annual End of Year Book Survey. Here goes!

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? 

Attachements by Rainbow Rowell

This story was just adorable. I found myself flipping back through to read over different sections.

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

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I fell in love with The Fault in Our Stars, but it took me forever to power through this one.  Just wasn’t into it.

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

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken

I know I have talked non-stop about this book, but it is definitely one of my favorites.  I started it thinking it would just be a quick read, and became ridiculously attached to the characters.

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

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This was a re-read, but I still can’t stop telling people to read it. This series is unlike many other vampire series. It is an absolute must-read.  I’m also very excited for the movie coming out in February. Read it. Now.

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5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

I was a late bloomer to this series. Truly fantastic. Yet another book-to-movie I’m anxiously awaiting.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Really loved Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. I look forward to seeing what else she has up her sleeve. (Rainbow Rowell, I love you too!)

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

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

I typically avoid anything cancer related.  Call it a phobia. I just don’t like knowing what’s coming.  This book was not at all what I expected.  I loved it and immediately ordered the hard copy to add to my favorites shelf for future re-reads.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Deadly by Sara Shepard

This series has been rejuvenated for me. Couldn’t. Put. It. Down.

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

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

There’s just something about this book that has me itching to go back…

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

Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

I’m a sucker for anything medical with a humorous twist. She had me at toe-tag.

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Adrian Ivashkov from the Bloodlines Series.

He makes me swoon. Enough said.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

This little book covered so many serious issues. I had to finish it in one sitting and then pour back over my favorite parts.

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

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

This book has so much going for it. It will make you question everything.

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

City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Amazing series. Haven’t watched the movie yet, but I loved the way Clare weaved this story.

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

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

-Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest is definitely Clockwork Princess. Shortest would probably be Collide by H.M. Ward. Silly novellas.

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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.)

Allegiant by Veronica Roth had me (and countless others) wtf-ing for days. I had to step away from reading all together to recover.

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

Beth and Jennifer from Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Their interactions are so cute and sometimes poignant. They are honest with each other in a way that most people avoid.  True friendship.

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

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

I seriously can’t get enough of Sydney and Adrian. The Fiery Heart had a little more happening between them, but I still liked this one a bit better with all the anticipation.

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

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

I have mixed feelings about too many vampire books. It has to have a completely different take for me to enjoy it.  This one was unlike any I had read and I couldn’t put it down.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Obviously Young Adult. Can’t get enough.

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

Definitely Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars. I loved his humor and his never-ending pursuit of Hazel Grace.

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23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Ok so I couldn’t find a brand new author that I read. I really enjoyed the Selection by Kiera Cass. She released another book a few years ago, but I think this series put her on the map. Not anything groundbreaking, but I enjoy America and Maxon.

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

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

This book was ridiculous.  The world Yancey created was so in depth that I sometimes had to go back through passages to catch it all.  Truly amazing.

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

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I can’t help it. I love everything Rainbow Rowell touches. This book was super adorable and I loved the fandom action.  I’m not into that kind of stuff, but I liked peeking into it. Cather and Wren. I totally didn’t get it until it was pointed out to me. I’m incredibly dense sometimes.

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

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

If you didn’t cry or nearly cry in this book, something is wrong with you. Holy cow.

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

World After by Ee Susan

This series has amazing reviews. Everyone loves it. I can’t understand why I don’t hear or see more about it. What’s up with that?

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I think that covers my year pretty well. I hope to read a lot more books next year and write many more reviews. I got started with Her Novel Ideas kind of late in 2013. Here’s to a year filled with fabulous books and hopefully many new blog followers.

Happy New Year!
-Teri

 

Elect by Rachel Van Dyken Review

Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Publication Date: December 10, 2013

 

Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family’s enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him. 
Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family’s sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend… But Trace isn’t ready to give up on a future with Nix–and if he won’t fight for them, she will. 
In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . . 

 

 

I have been counting down the days to this book since the moment I picked up Elect after I had my appendix out in April (coincidently, a good time to read).  I am in love (and maybe lust) with Chase and Nixon. I won’t say I was disappointed, but sometimes I want things tied up in a prettier bow.  Van Dyken did a good job of that, but like most of her books, this one leads into another spin-off series. I will dutifully see where it goes, but without as many Amazon checks for a publication date on the next installment.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you give Elite and Elect a shot. I will definitely be reading both of these books again and again.  I’ve already added Elite to my favorites shelf.  Maybe I just need another peek at this one?

Teri

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

These lists are always so hard.  I’ve narrowed it down as best as possible! I know I’ve *mostly* focused on young adult with this blog, but my interests are quite wide.  This list includes mostly books I already own but haven’t made time for yet.

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Elect by Rachel Van Dyken- This book comes out TODAY. I reread Elite last night and cannot wait to dive into this one after work. I can’t explain how good it is! Nixon and Chase stole my heart many months ago, and I’m excited to see what’s in store next.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Site by Jennifer E. Smith- I have heard so many wonderful things about this book, not to mention this author in general.  It has been on my To Read List for a long time, and I’m finally gonna make it happen.

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard- I always have good things to say about Pretty Little Liars, but I’ve never ventured to Shepard’s other books. I’m thinking I need to dive in head first.  I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while now and I think I will do myself the favor of reading it.  I doubt I’ll be disappointed.

London Bridges by James Patterson- I was really into this series for a while.  Like anything else, I got burned out. I think I need to give Alex Cross a second chance and pick this series back up.

anna-fallenAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- This book just sounds adorable.  Occasionally, I just want something light and fun to read.

Room by Emma Donaghue- This is on the complete other side of the spectrum.  From what I’ve read, this is an amazing book, but far from light and easy.  My grown-up self can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Fallen by Lauren Kate- I have had this book FOREVER. Not sure why I’ve yet to pick it up, but I’m gonna force myself to read it. Inevitably, I will love it and wonder why the heck I waited so long.

luxe-lincolnLuxe by Anna Godbersen- Jane Austen meets Gossip Girl? I am so in! The setting of this book sounds wonderful. Hopefully Godbersen pulls it off.

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead- It’s Richelle Mead. Need I say more? All of her books are fantastic! I’m excited to read some of her adult work.

Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly- No, I haven’t seen the movie.  I’m very opposed to seeing a movie before I read the book. However, I have heard good things about both. I’m totally gonna get sucked into this series….

I’m sure I could come up with a lot more books, but these are the ones that jump out at me.  Happy reading!

Teri

 

 

Monday Maybes: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

Monday Maybes is a weekly feature of books that have kept me on the fence. Do I add them to my kindle library or leave them on my wish list?

Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Publication Date: May 8, 2012

 

When seventeen-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she’d pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up…until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It’s hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he’s an alien. Turns out that Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities and Katy is caught in the crosshairs. Daemon’s touch has lit her up like the Vegas Strip and the only way she’s getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until her alien mojo fades. That is if she doesn’t kill him first.

 

Having been to pharmacy school in the mountains of Virginia, I can relate. Who am I kidding? I grew up there, too! So what’s holding me back, you say? Aliens. I can’t get past my thoughts of E.T. or those creepy mind controllers from Independence Day. Perhaps I need to envision Tom Welling as Clark Kent? Now there’s an alien I’d like to get to know.  I’m thinking this one will make the cut. This series has had a lot of good reviews.  I hate to let my prejudice against little green men hold me back.

Teri

 

Week In Review-December 7

 

What a great week! Sometimes life gets a little too busy (or I get too engrossed in a book) to post daily.  On these occasions, I’ll try to make a longer post to tell you what went down this week.

Let me just say, there was a LOT of reading happening this week.  I was able to read three amazing books.  Let me slow down and start at the beginning.

Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Publication Date: November 19, 2013

 

I wasn’t sure about this series when I started it.  I think I’ve said before, but I’m not really into the whole Angels genre. This was the exception.  I love Penryn and couldn’t wait to hear the rest of the story.  I was a little disappointed it took so long to combine her and Raffe’s story lines in this one, but loved it once it happened. Sometimes I was a little concerned with Penryn’s age, but I think that’s just the old lady coming out in me. The reviews for this series on Amazon and Goodreads are amazing.  I find myself agreeing and anxious for the next one.

 

 

 

 

Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Publication Date: December 3, 2013

 

Sara Sheppard has finally found her way home! This series seriously jumped the shark there for a while, you guys. Being a dedicated fan, I stuck around.  I think it also helped that I caught this series early enough that I have been waiting for the last 6 books to come out and wasn’t reading them all at once.  A is back, bitches. With a vengeance.  I loved that this book finally had some true progression with it’s villains and even our main girls came face to face with their past decisions.  I know I say this a lot, but you won’t be disappointed if you start this series! Even the television show has its own charm. Just don’t expect it to follow the books.

 

 

 

 

Publication Date: December 14, 2012
Publication Date: December 14, 2012

 

This book completely came out of left field. It has a ton of great reviews on Amazon, and for 99 cents I thought I couldn’t go wrong.  Even with all that going for it, it sat on my kindle for a while before I picked it up.  Today (yes, I read it all today) was it’s lucky day, and apparently mine as well. As always, I LOVE vampire books.  This one had an extra perk because the vampire after all our hearts is named Derek. That’s also the name of my love, so I was suckered from the start. I’ve already started the second book, and find it promising that the reviews of this series don’t appear to taper.  Hopefully Derek and Sophia will continue to intrigue me.  Although, I think Teri would have been a better leading lady name, don’t you??

 

 

For all of you who read, and loved, Catching Fire as much as I did, check out this link.  It’s a thorough list of all the times Peeta messes up in Catching Fire.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am in LOOOOOOOOVE with Peeta. This list had me seriously laughing though. Admittedly, the book explains his behavior better.  Still left me rolling on the floor.  Isn’t he just precious?

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Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read

 

Top Ten Tues

It’s Top 10 Tuesday! This is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks feature is books coming out next year we can’t wait to get our hands on. Of course I couldn’t just stick to 10 this week…

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare- I’ll admit this series kind of jumped the shark with book 4, but I still HAVE to know how it ends.  Jace and Clary have to make it through, right??

Cress by Marissa Meyer- I found a surprisingly great read in this series.  I love the small tie-in to fairy tales with a futuristic twist.

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead- I’m telling you guys, if you haven’t read this series you don’t know what you are missing. Pick up a Vampire Academy book. They have so much more to offer than I can describe.  You won’t be disappointed.

Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings- I haven’t read any of her work, but this book by Cummings caught my eye. The story line is completely different and sounds like a page-turner.split second-landline

Split Second by Kasie West- Pivot Point was such a good first book! It could have been a great stand alone book.  As it is, we were left with a cliff-hanger, and now I’m impatiently waiting to see what happens.  Trevor made me swoon in the first book.  I can’t wait to see what he has in store this time around!

The One by Kiera Cass- This series has so many clichès. America and Maxon make the DUMBEST decisions. I must know what happens…

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han- This just sounds like a cute story line. Sometimes, I want an easy read with an endearing plot.  This seems like just the ticket.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell- I’m always so unsure based on her descriptions, but Rainbow Rowell has yet to let me down.  I eagerly look forward to another one of her stories.

prince-sidePrince of Shadows by Rachel Caine- I don’t usually read books that follow up to a classic, but this one sounds promising.

Diamonds & Deceit by Leila Rasheed-  I love a good royalty book, and this one seems sure to please.  I can’t tell if it’s a modern version or historic setting, but either sits well with me.

Panic by Lauren Oliver- This book sounds sooooo good. I haven’t read any of Oliver’s work, but this plot has me highly anticipating it’s release.

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy- I usually staunchly avoid cancer books, but John Green managed to win my heart. I’m hoping this book will do the same.

Honorable Mention: Toxic by Sara Shepard- I’m just starting Deadly, but I have loved this series from the start.  The TV version has only made me love it more (in a different way).

 

Monday Maybes: Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

 

Monday Maybes is a weekly feature of books that have kept me on the fence. Do I add them to my kindle library or leave them on my wish list?

Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.
Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test. 

 

 

 

Am I just on a New Orleans kick? Maybe…..

Or maybe I’m just trying to think outside the box.  A lot of the books I have been reading lately are very post-apocalyptic. Do I need something a little more realistic to change things up? I have a RIDICULOUSLY long list of books I want to read. I’m just not sure if this is gonna make the cut.  I really want to read it just to hear more about NOLA, but I don’t think this story line will suck me in just yet. I’ll keep reading the reviews and maybe take a crack at it when I have some more reading time. Like I always say, life’s too short to finish a boring book. And we all know there’s always a great book waiting on the nightstand!

Teri