Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013 End of Year Book Survey

Hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner

Can you believe it is the end of 2013?! It feels like just yesterday I was celebrating the beginning of the year. This year has been a good year for me, my anxiety hasn't been so bad, I have been getting A/A+ on almost every single maths lessons, science test etc and I have been going back to dancing! I hope you guys have had an amazing year and that you'll have an even more brilliant year next year!

Best in Books 2013 
 1. Best Book You Read In 2013? 
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic YA  - Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Contemporary Middle-Grade - Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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

 The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. Everyone raves about Sarah Dessen, I've read one of her books and didn't enjoy it and I was hoping that I would love The Moon and More better than Dreamland, but it was still an average read for me.


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

 The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. I'm not a fan of ghost stories and I was quite hesitant to read this, but I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the storyline. As well as The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, I wasn't sure what to expect of this book but it was such a raw, emotional read,


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

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. It is honestly been one of the most amazing reads that I have ever experienced and I can't recommend it enough! 

 

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

 One of the best trilogies that I have discovered this year is The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. I read all three books one after the other, and loved them!

 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Stephanie Perkins! I adored Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door! 


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

Definitely The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, which is in the ghost/horror genre, which I NEVER read. 

 

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

There have been a lot...but the most, I would say, has been Insurgent, The Paladin Prophecy, City of Ashes, Mockingjay and The House of Hades.

 

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

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi! It was so good and I would like to read it and Unravel Me when Ignite Me is released. 

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

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

 

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

August from Wonder. I love him so much! He is such an inspiring character! 

As well as Leo Valdez from The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, he is so amazing and funny and GAH! 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Chime by Franny Billinglsey. I absolutely adore the way this author writes - it's so quaint and magical! This book definitely needs to receive more recognition!  

 

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

I'm mentioning this book way too much, but I am going to have to say, once again, 

WonderThis book left me with tears in my eyes, and made me smile to see how compassionate and kind some people can be.

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

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare! I have heard nothing but good things about the books and I decided it was high time to read it...and I loved it! 


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

“If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you wil try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.” - Wonder by R.J. Palacio 


16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest - My Teachers are Zombies by Tom Shin - 79 Pages

Longest - The House of Hades by Rick Riordan - 584 Pages 

 

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

The last few chapters of Allegiant and the ending of City of Bones. I needed to rant and rave...and cry. *grabs tissues* 

 

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

Martine and Jeremiah in The White Giraffe by Lauren St John! I love reading about the special relationships between human and animal.


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

The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan! THEY'RE SO GOOD! 


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

I don't think there has been one! 

 

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

YA Contemporary and YA Dystopian/Fantasy.

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

WHERE DO I BEGIN, NEXT QUESTION. Kidding. Maybe. ;)  Jase from My Life Next Door, Jace from City of Bones, Conrad from The Summer I Turned Pretty, Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss, Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door, Eldric from Chime and Leo from The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan.

 

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

I don't think that I read a debut this year... 


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

Gone by Michael Grant. He described the desolate, fearful world perfectly.

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

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens. It was such a fantastic fantasy read. I loved the plot, the characters and the dialogue. I also thought Stephanie Perkins'  anovelsre fabulously fun! 

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

I absolutely sobbed during The Knife of Never Letting Go, during one of the character's deaths. And I was sitting in the dentist office, to make it more embarrassing. I also got quite teary-eyed towards the end of Allegiant, but I was expecting it so I didn't sob like others. 


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


 

Chime by Franny Billingsley. It's such a charming, magical story that has that authentic, olden feel and such lovely characters and I wish more people would read it. 


Looking Ahead...

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

The rest of the Mortal Instruments series, as well as Unravel Me. 

 

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

Cress by Marissa Meyer! I recently received Scarlet and I can't wait to read it as I loved Cinder! 

 

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae, it looks so cute and summery! 

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

City of Heavenly Fire and Ignite Me! Still need to read the last 3 TMI books and Unravel Me, but I loved the books that I have read so far in the series/trilogy.

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

To read as much as I can and blog and comment more as well and keep more in touch with my bloggy friends! 


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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Happy Holidays!

Hi everyone!

Hope you guys have an AMAZING holiday!

I won't be blogging for awhile as I am going on HOLIDAY (you can always get hold of me on Twitter though!), to see my family whom I haven't seen in 6 YEARS, so needless to say, I'm pretty excited. I'm going to see if I can buy cheap books, as they have a few cheap bookstores around there (apparently) and I'm going to try and buy me some new ballet/dance stuff at the one shop there!

I have also selected a few books to take with me, even though I could just take my Kindle I suppose...

Books That Are Going On Holiday With Me!:

Will I be able to read all of these? Probably not, I'm going to be busy! But we'll see!

Hope you guys all have an amazing holiday with family and friends!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!



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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Official 2014 Reading Challenges List

My reading challenges that I am participating in this year! You can check out my 2014 Reading Challenges tab  for my updates! :)


*challenge guide-lines take from the host's blog*

2014 Reading Challenges


1. 2014 TBR Pile Challenge
Challenge Guidelines:

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014.
  2. Anyone can enter! You don't have to be a blogger, as long as you review the book you've read! (On your blog, Amazon, Random Buzzers or Goodreads/Shelfari!)
  3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Short stories and novellas are OK, too! Only books released in 2013 and earlier! NO  2014 ARCs and 2014 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2013 TBRPILE Reading Challenge. (If you don't have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Tweet!)
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  8. On the 20th of each month we will post a wrap-up post, here, on BOOKISH. Every wrap-up will have it's unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this monthFor each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS. The giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up! (i.e. the entire month)
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;) 
  10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE giveaway
  11. You don't have to follow Bookish Blog to join the challenge, but you do have to follow us to be entered in giveaways!
Levels:

(how many books you're planning to read for this challenge in 2014)

1-10 - A Firm Handshake

11-20 - A Friendly Hug

21-30 - First Kiss
31-40- Sweet Summer Fling 
41-50 - Could this be love?
50+ - Married With Children

What's New:


  1. 2014's edition of the TBR Pile Reading Challenge will be hosted EXCLUSIVELY on Bookish. Co-hosting with other awesome bloggers was fun, but due to too many hiccups along the way, our Bookish Team has decided to take over to ensure that everything goes smoothly this time.  
  2. For your convenience and to ensure you won't miss any important posts / wrap-ups / updates / contests, we have created a mailing list! We invite you to sign up to receive all the important news in the mail (no more searching the web for wrap-up posts and missing out on all the fun!). You can sign up here: !! JOIN 2014 TBR PILE READING CHALLENGE MAILING LIST!! !!
  3. To help you tackle your TBR Piles, we will also be hosting monthly Read-A-Longs with prizes! And this time, you'll get to VOTE on the book we'll read together! Join the mailing list mentioned above to never miss out on the fun! Please note: You don't have to take part in our read-a-longs to participate in the TBR Pile challenge - or you can just take part in some of them, and skip the rest - participation is optional, tho we would certainly love to discuss the books with you! 
  4. We have sponsors! Which of course means more fun prizes!! YAY!

2. Ebook Challenge Rules:
The 2014 Ebook Challenge.
Encouraging readers to expand past just physical books to embrace ebooks in all forms.
Challenge Guidelines:
  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
  2. Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
  3. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
  4. You can plan your books in advance or as you read them.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
  6. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.

Levels:
                                                     Floppy disk – 5 ebooks
CD – 10 ebooks
                                                         DVD – 25 ebooks
                                                   Memory stick – 50 ebooks
                                                      Hard drive – 75 ebooks
                                                        Server – 100 ebooks
                                                  Human brain – 150 ebooks

At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews for that month. The linky will remain open for the remainder of the year, so if you forget, feel free go back and add them when you remember.

3. Review Pile Reading Challenge
  • The 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2014
  • Sign-ups will remain open until December 31st, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Grab one of the buttons to show off your participation! Parajunkee did a great job with them!
  • You DO NOT have to have a blog to join this challenge. You just need to have some books received for review and a place online to review them
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. If you do not have a blog, you can link up to your Goodreads profile that shows your 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge shelf
  • Please link back to the hosts in your sign-up posts
  • This challenge is to help clear up books you’ve received for review. Any format, or any length, as long as you received the book specifically for review, is allowed
  • There will be a kick-off post on January 1, 2014 at both Fiktshun and Phantasmic Reads where you’ll be able to leave your links for any January reviews. (No 2013 reviews.) At the beginning of every month, starting in February, these posts will alternate between both blogs. (See schedule below)
  • If you forgot to leave your review link in the challenge month in which you reviewed the book or the linky list closed before you had a chance to leave it, you can leave it in a future month. (No duplicates.)
  • There will also be monthly giveaways – make sure you check in each month!
  • Use the hashtag #RPRC2014 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter
Levels:
1-10 – Apprentice
11-20 – Journeyman

21-30 – Master

31-40 – Grand Master
40+ – Adept

4. 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
Have you ever logged on to Edelweiss or Netgalley with the intention of "Just Looking" and then logging off  having requested 5 new titles even though your TBR is a mile long? Inspired by Netgalley November the 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge will (hopefully) give you the incentive to tackle your review books, stumble upon new ones, and get your Netgalley percentage to the desired 80%!

Challenge Guidelines
  • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
  • Anyone is welcome to join. You do not need to be a blogger, just post your reviews and come back every month to link them up. 
  • Any genre, release date, request date, length, etc. counts so long as it came from Edelweiss or Netgalley.
  • At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews.
  • If you forget to link up one month it's not a problem just add your reviews next month.
  • If you would like to move up or down levels that is completely fine and at your discretion
  • Throughout the year there will be giveaways for Challenge participants, make sure to check in regularly and follow this blog so you don't miss any!
  • If you have any questions tweet me @FallingForYA or e-mail Emisbookblog@aol.com

                                                               Levels

Aluminum – 5 books
Bronze – 10 books
Silver – 25 books
Gold – 50 books
Platinum – 75 books
Diamond– 100 books

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