2013 End of Year Book Survey

The Perpetual Page-Turner hosts a questionnaire asking bloggers to review their year in books. Through the Ambage, I was forced convinced to fill it out. Here were my answers:

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

I’ll just break this into two genres; fiction and non-fiction. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald for fiction; The Conquest of Fear by Basil King for non-fiction (but I have to mention Walking by Henry David Thoreau as runner-up).

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didnt?

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

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

The Big Four by Agatha Christie.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Probably The Lord of the Rings (I said with a shamed face), although I’ve only read The Hobbit so far (said I with an even more shamed face).

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Mary Shelley.

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

Behind My Mask by Kirn Hans.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

One of the mysteries of my reading life has always been that I have rarely found a book “unputdownable,” though I loved one ever so much; The Tale of Despereaux was 2013’s top exception.

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

I know of a certainty that I will read both Frankenstein and The Conquest of Fear next (this!) year.

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

I don’t judge books by their covers. ButI was fond of this cover for Perelandra.

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Easily Amory Blaine, This Side of Paradise, apparently a previous incarnation of my soul.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

You’re killing me. I’ll pick The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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

In different ways, This Side of Paradise, The Conquest of Fear, and Frankenstein had the most dramatic impacts on me.

14. Book you cant believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

The Hobbit.

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

Have mercy on me! This would take days to decide. I’ll go with two lines out of a poem in The Hobbit:

Follow, follow, stars that leap
Up the Heavens cold and steep

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Without going into the technicalities of a novel versus a novella, Heart of Darkness (approx. 70 – 100 pp.) would be the shortest book of fiction I’ve read; The Good Earth (357 pp.) would be the longest.

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

Just like it’s rare that a book is “unputdownable” to me, it’s rare that I read a book I’m not dying to talk to somebody about. Prime example of the year? The Secret Garden, I guess (yes, again!).

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

Aguirre and Luna of Luna Benamor broke my heart; Mike and Ellie of Endless Night twisted it and rent it and kind of tore it up into shreds.

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

Perelandra, the best Lewis I’ve read to date (I really need to get around to That Hideous Strength!)

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

The Secret Garden . . . again. Recommended by a good friend (my respect for her opinions has gone up even more, if possible).

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Easily mystery, mostly (if not solely) books from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

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

I’m brave enough to answer this. Sallie McBridge of Dear Enemy by Jean Webster stole my heart.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Behind My Mask by Kirn Hans (notwithstanding that it was the only debut I read).

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

Perelandra again. The Hobbit, close second.

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

The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices was pure, hilarious fun.

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

I don’t cry over books very often; but I’ll be honest, I had an emotional breakdown after finishing Endless Night.

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

Walking by Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau had a beautiful way of looking at the world, but his thoughts and writings were sadly unappreciated during his lifetime.



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