My 2013 End of Year Book Survey

Posted 2 January, 2014 by DLWhite in Writers Read 2 Comments

I got this from PrettyBooks, who got it from The Perpetual Page Turner.  Looked like fun so I jumped aboard.

I read 79 (4 over my goal of 75) books in 2013:



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)

 The best book I read in 2013 doesn’t come out until 2014, Feb 11th to be exact and if you like a slightly creepy thriller, you should snap up The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon.


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

  Probably going to be an unpopular choice, but I didn’t enjoy Who Asked You? By Terry McMillan as much as I thought I was going to.  It was not awful but it wasn’t the read I thought I would savor and drag out.



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

 I didn’t think I would enjoy The Banks of Certain Rivers but it turned out to be a great read.



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

 Probably a tie between:


Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn


Sycamore Row by John Grisham



5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

 Not really a series reader,  Roni Loren put out a e-series this summer called Not Until You  that I ate right up.  If you like Erotic Romance with a touch of BDSM (really, more than a touch but I tell Roni that I enjoy her writing so I read the kink with one eye closed), check out her backlist, and pick up her forthcoming novel Need You Tonight, which releases in March 2014:   


6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

 Paul Cleave. OH. MY. GOODNESS, Paul Cleave.  Thriller writer to beat most thriller writers. I’ll read whatever he publishes. Seriously.

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

 I typically don’t read YA or dystopia but I found myself really looking forward to Requiem, by Lauren Oliver, the last in the Delirium series where love is illegal.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

 First of all the word unputdownable is ridiculous! It drives me crazy!

Second of all, I pretty much browbeat everyone I know into reading Sycamore Row by John Grisham, simply because I love him and it’s a great book. IMO. Honorable mentions to A Place at the Table  by Susan Rebecca White and Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn.

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

 I very rarely re-read books. If anything a Grisham or The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart… if I re-read any books it’s usually theirs.

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

  Hmm. Hard to say. The most peculiar cover was What the River Washed Away because it’s an edited version of the  cover from The Darkest Child


Though, The Mourning Hours had a very pretty cover with fireflies:

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

 Uhm. Joe 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

 A Place at the Table. I simply love the way Ms. White writes, almost poetically.

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

 I don’t have a selection for this question

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

 Uh, Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan. I’m SLOW okay? LOL.

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

 “There’s no pain in the world like loving someone who doesn’t love you in return. But it disappears, almost like it wasn’t there at all, the moment you find the person you were really meant to be with. “

-Waking Kate, Sarah Addison Allen

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

 Shortest: Thorn in My Side, a Novella by Karen Slaughter (33pgs)

The shortest full length was Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna at 144 pgs

Longest:  Envy by Sandra Brown (549 pgs)

 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.) Be careful of spoilers!

 Definitely Joe Victim. I stalked my reading buddy until she had read it because I wanted to TALK ABOUT IT OMG.

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

 Tossup between Wyatt and Kelsey in Caught up in You by Roni Loren  and Joe and Melissa in Joe Victim.

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

 Can I mention Paul Cleave enough times in this post? Also John Grisham (Sycamore Row) and John Lescroart (Ophelia Cut) and A Tap on the Window, Linwood Barclay

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

 Disappearing Acts, Terry McMillan. Never would have read it if Reads4Pleasure had not recommended it.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

 General fiction, thrillers.

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

 Wyatt from Caught Up in You. YUM.  Followed by Rowdy from Getting Rowdy. GRRRR.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Between Hush Little Baby and Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson

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

 The Plague by Lisa C Hinsely . Very VERY graphic depiction of a modern day spread of infectious disease.

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

 Sycamore Row.  I have never giggled with glee at a legal thriller before. A really enjoyable ride.

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

 The only book that has ever made me cry is Columbine, but I read that many years ago.

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

 There aren’t really any books I read where I am shocked that they didn’t get more love or attention. Books that I expected to be panned were pretty much ignored. Books I expected to do well (based on sheer name recognition– Grisham– did very well. Few surprises this year. Even ‘WHo Asked You’ didn’t get much praise, which was in line with what I thought of it.


Check out the rest of the survey at Perpetual Page Turner– there are some great Book Blogger questions that I didn’t do because I’m not really a ‘boo blogger’ with blogging goals and such. I’m a writer who loves to read and blogs about books.  : D

Yes, there’s a difference! 

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