Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 Book Wrap Up

You guys know I love all things books, so when I saw that Emily was doing a wrap up of her 2013 reading, I knew I had to jump on the band wagon!!

1. How many books have you read this year?
At the moment, it's sitting on 168. I'm 98% through another one, and about a quarter of the way through a second, so it'll be at least 170 by the time New Year's Eve rolls around next week!

2. What book surprised you the most?
Probably Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity, because it's one of those books that's got a major plot twist that's managed to remain a secret to the uninitiated despite being hugely popular.

3. What book were you most disappointed in?
It's a tie between Buffy season 8 volume 8 - Last Gleaming, and Kelley Armstrong's Thirteen. The first because it was just SO COMPLETELY AWFUL (as I already discussed last week), and the second because it felt decidedly average in comparison to all the other books in the series, and left me feeling like the series deserved a better ending than it got.

4. Did you start any new series?
Did I ever!
- Kate Daniel series by Ilona Andrews
- The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood
- Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch
- Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
- Wilfair series by Alysia Gray Painter
- Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
- The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken
- The Fifth Wave series by Rick Yancey
- Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
- The Vicious Deep series by Zoraida Cordova
- Gone series by Michael Grant
- Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
- Virals by Kathy Reichs
- Matched by Ally Condie
- Finishing School by Gail Carriger
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
- Ashfall by Mike Mullin

5. Did you finish any series?
Not nearly as many as I started, but I did finish a few. I'm not counting those ones where I'm currently up to date with the published books but there are others in the pipeline!
- Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
- Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
- Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
- Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
- Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce (reread)
- The Ellie Chronicles by John Marsden
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8 by Joss Whedon et al.
- Harry Potter by JK Rowling (reread)

6. What was your favourite book cover of the year?
I don't tend to pay that much attention to covers, and as a result they don't really play much of a role in whether or not I read something (unless they're half-naked-people covers in which case they tend to go right back on the shelf). That said, the cover of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is GORGEOUS.

7. What was the best non-fiction book you read?
I read almost no non-fiction this year. I think it's a product of having used my Kindle a lot more, and also frequenting the library a lot - non-fiction usually takes me a while to get through and I like to have it in physical copy. The best one I read was the book based on the gallery I worked on in Canberra, and I feel biased saying that because I'm listed as a contributing author. So I'll go with what I'm currently rereading - Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City.

8. What are you currently reading?
As I just mentioned, I'm rereading The Devil in the White City. I've been trying to do more rereading in the past couple of months, just because it seems like forever since I read some of my favourites. I'm also about to finish Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberley McCreight.

9. Any reading goals for 2014?
I'd like to reach 175 books again, like I did last year, because it seems like a nice round number (I swear, if I could read another 7 books before the end of this year, I would be THRILLED. 170 isn't the same...) and I'm not sure I can successfully reach 200, unless I cheat and read a whole lot of really short books...

Other than that, I have plans to record how many pages I read each day, just for the hell of it.

10. What books are you looking forward to in 2014?
Oh my God, there are so many series that are due to finish next year that I can't wait to get my hands on. Fairlwil by Alysia Gray Painter, for starters. Plus Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, and Clariel by Garth Nix. I'm also insanely excited about Rainbow Rowell's Landline, because of reasons. Plus, Libba Bray's Lair of Dreams.

11. What other books deserved a shout out?
The Wilfair series, which I give almost constant shoutouts to. But you guys, it's just SO DANGED CUTE. Also the Kate Daniels series, J. Meyers' Anywhere, Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, and Sarah Tregay's Love and Leftovers. Yes, the last is a verse novel, which I wasn't expecting and which I still don't know how I feel about. But it was pretty damned fabulous.

12. Your top three books of 2013.
You have no idea how hard this was, you guys. But I think I'm going to have to go with Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity, Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, and Garth Nix's Newt's Emerald.

If you want to see everything I've read this year, you can click here. And feel free to add me as a friend on Goodreads too!

Now go write your own post and link up with Emily!

K xx


  1. This is great, I will have to try and come up with a list of my own to link up with Emily.

  2. I'm outrageously jealous of your reading skills. I wish I could read over 100 in a year! It's not fair! Sigh... but it's okay.

    A lot of the series you started this year I want to start next year. Shatter Me, Uglies, Finishing School, Daughter of Smoke and Bone etc. I have the first books of all of these - so it's about time I read them!

  3. I think I'm going to try for 150 this year. This is the first year I've actually counted what I read, so I hope I'm not horribly overestimating myself.

    Also, THANKS for all the wonderful book recommendations! I have sincerely loved every single one. I love having friends who read the same kinds of books I do :)

  4. How many books?! I'm a little bit speechless…

    I've heard really good things about Code Name Verity so I think I'll have to get to that next year (sounds so weird saying that).

    Wishing you a ton of luck to reach your 175 goal next year although, to be honest, I'm not sure you'll need it :D

  5. I'm seriously impressed with the reading skills. I don't think i'll be reading too much for pleasure this year :( unless I get awesome at reading the short PT stints to work.


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