2013 Bookish Survey!

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Happy New Year’s everybody! So I’m doing my own end-of-year thingy here – feel free to use it if you want.

How many books did you read in 2013?

123 books, and about 43,970 pages.

Did you accomplish your reading goals?


Did you successfully complete any reading challenges?

I didn’t DO any reading challenges, so take that.

OK let’s get to the good stuff now!

1. Ten favorite reads of 2013?

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
  • Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  • Horns by Joe Hill
  • The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard P. Feynman

2. Ten worst reads of 2013?

  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  • The Return Man by V.M. Zito
  • The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway
  • Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti
  • Joyland by Stephen King
  • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  • The Returned by Jason Mott
  • A Room of One’s Own by Viriginia Woolf
 Sorry guys… I know you loved some of these, but they just were NOT my jam.

3. Favorite authors that you read for the first time this past year?

 See recent TTT post

4. Worst authors that you read for the first time this past year?

 Jonathan Franzen, easily.

5. Favorite releases of 2013?

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence.
6. Favorite re-reads of 2013?

 The Harry Potter books! Most epic readalong EVARRRRR.

7. Funniest book you read this year?

 Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, and Self-Inflicted Wounds by Aisha Tyler. Funny ladies!

8. Saddest book you read this year?

 A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines or Beloved by Toni Morrison in ways that just made me really depressed at how shitty people are (white people in particular, obvs). But Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch probably made me tear up the most.

9. Book that made you want to throw it across the room?

 THE CORRECTIONS. Goddamn Franzen.

10. Favorite non-fiction read this year?

 TOO MANY TO LIST. Seriously. I can’t pick just a favorite because I read such a wide spread of non-fic this year… physics, dinosaurs, memoirs, space, technology, etc. But some of my favorite non-fic authors this year were Brian Switek, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Richard Feynman.

11. Favorite quotes or passages from books you read this year?

 I am really, really bad at keeping track of this. I’ve attempted to keep quotes journals, I’ve failed, I’ve accepted it. Moving on…

12. Any new favorite bookish apps / websites / trends?

 I am really excited to see Oyster come out for Android so I can try it. I’m in love with the BookRiot podcasts, which I think started in May.

13. Any regrets over “read” or “to-read” lists?

 Not terribly… obviously I wish I had been able to read more, but what else is new.

14. Favorite challenges or goals in 2013?

 Well I beat my goal of 100 books, so I guess that one. And I made decent headway on the Classics Club challenge.

15. How do you feel about your 2013 reading year?

 Pretty damn good! And sad because I don’t think 2014 is going to be as awesome, reading-wise. I’ll have less reading time this year.

Okay, now some bloggy-questions…

16. Favorite blogs you discovered this year?

Bookish Realm

Reading the End

Chels & a Book

And I KNOW there are probably more, but I’m really terrible at keeping track of when I started following blogs, so my bad.

17. Did you attend any real-life bookish events? (signings, BEA, National Book Fest, etc.)

 NOPE. *sad face*

18. Did you participate in any online bookish events? (readathons, readalongs, etc.)

 Readalongs, readathons, Armchair BEA, etc.

19. Blogging highlights of this year?

 UMMMMM I don’t know, I don’t keep track of these things. Probably the awesome HP readalong, or the Franzy readalong, or any of the Bout of Books readathons…

20. What didn’t work for your blog this year?

Being on damn wordpress.com. I WILL be switching to self-hosting in the spring though. I know I said that last year, but it’s going to finally happen this  coming year. I’m excited.

Looking ahead to 2014…

21. Do you have any reading goals in mind for 2014?

 Reading 100 books… that’s always my goal. My actual hope is probably 75 books, depending on how work stuff goes this year. And I want to read more non-white authors, and some more lady authors, but I have no formal challenge or goal for that.

22. Are you participating in any 2014 reading challenges?

 Not really, except for the Classics Club challenge still.

23. What 2014 new releases are you looking forward to?

 Written in My Heart’s Own Blood by Diana Gabaldon! And Landline by Rainbow Rowell!

24. What are some of your 2014 blogging goals or things you want to focus on?

 Switching to self-hosting. And then I’m going to get contact / business cards, re-work my layout, and do some other cool stuff.

25. Are you ready to get 2014 started?

YES. You don’t even know.

What are you guys doing tonight for the New Year? The honeyman and I are getting dressed up and then heading to our friends’ house to sit around and drink and basically do what we do every week (play video games and drink alcohol and/or coffee), except we’ll be all fancy-looking and awake until midnight. Fun, I know. I hope everyone has a great time tonight, and a HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!





  1. Great list! Would you “X” Richard Russo of your list permanently or did you just not like that one particular book? I have him as one of the authors I would like to read sometime.


  2. This is AWESOME! I may have to steal it and do it myself lol.
    Blushing over my mention — thank you!!
    Your blog is one of the very few that I check ALL the time, regardless of if I have the chance to go through all of my subscriptions. Hope you, Gabby and the honeyman have a wonderful New Years Eve!


  3. Whoa you read so many books. Go you

    The HP readalong was so great. And I’m glad the Franzy readalong is on your list for good times, even though the book was…you know…less than your fav (dammit Chip).


  4. I think I’ll try Franzen this year… though I never would have think of it if it wasn’t that readalong! I’m so curious now. You read like double the amount of books I did. I think I’ll just add all your TOP10 books to my TBR list… (those that I haven’t read and those that aren’t there already).

    Maan I envy your New Year’s eve plans (I hope it was a good one!), we went out but honestly this was one of those years where I much rather would have just stayed home and read or watched something or played or just reflected on the last year. It was okay and now I’m just so tired.

    Glad you have been enjoying my blog, have a very good new year, Sarah!


    1. Ooooo I hope you do try Franzen, I would like to see what you make of him.

      It’s kind of pathetic, but I almost always prefer staying home or having small get-togethers than go out and party. *shrug*


  5. What a fabulous little survey. I can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2014. And I can’t wait to figure out how to celebrate Diana Gabaldon and Rainbow Rowell’s new releases… I’m so excited!!!


  6. Uh-oh, I have 2 books on my TBR from your “worst of” list. Here’s hoping I enjoy them more than you did.

    My NYE was similarly low-key: friends, drinks, and games. Unfortunately the first game of the night was Killer Bunnies, which several friends love but I find to be one of the stupidest games I’ve ever played. It would have gone on for HOURS but thankfully we called it quits early (after some not-so-gentle nudging by me and one other person) and moved onto Cards Against Humanity… MUCH more entertaining!


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