2013 End of Year Book Survey: Part 1
Rehearsals (written a month ago)

2013 End of Year Book Survey: Part 2

[Part 1 here]

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Temeraire and Lawrence in Empire of Ivory

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Leviathan20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY on a Recommendation From Somebody Else:  This is a difficult question.  I enjoyed the Bartimaeus books by Jonathan Stroud, which all three of my kids recommended, and I also enjoyed the Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, which they also recommended.  

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?  Interestingly, this is due to the CPAP I had to get used to this year.  I ended up with lots of insomnia from it, and I read Regency romances when I have insomnia.  I find them (overall, but not always) easier to put down after a few chapters.  OTOH, I read Leviathan at bedtime once and stayed up half the night.  

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

Alexia in Soulless by Gail Carriger.  Here's the beginning of the Publisher's Weekly review:

Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. Prickly, stubborn 25-year-old bluestocking Alexia Tarabotti is patently unmarriageable, and not just because she's large-nosed and swarthy. She's also soulless, an oddity and a secret even in a 19th-century London that mostly accepts and integrates werewolf packs, vampire hives and ghosts...

23. Best debut book you read?
The Night Circus (again)

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

The Leviathan Trilogy

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

LetsPretendI started reading Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson to myself, and then I went back, started at the beginning, and read it out loud to the guys.  It's hilarious!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
For Camelot's Honor by Sarah Zettel

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

I would like more people to read Skater in a Strange Land by D.W. Frauenfelder.  In my blog review of the book, I described it as:  "... a sort-of-Steampunk novel about a hockey player, a phase-shifting continent, political intrigue bears, and a romance."   As I mentioned in the previous post, I'm not very interested in sports, but this book actually made me interested in the ice hockey games.  

28. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I stopped doing reading challenges last year because I focused more on reading books for the challenge than on reading the books I actually wanted to read at the time.

29. Bookish Events on your blog in 2013?

Going back through the list of books this year, I realized that I didn't blog as much about some of the wonderful books I've read as I would have liked.  With the exhaustion from the CPAP being the major feature of the year, however, blogging took a definite back seat.  [Actually, I just looked back at my book blog posts, and I wrote even fewer of them in 2012.]

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

It won't be my #1 priority because I only read it when I have my full energy and attention so I'm not trying to finish it quickly, but I think I will probably finish Little, Big by John Crowley in the next month.  

31. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)? 
I have no idea what is coming out in 2014.

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

 Last book note:  Two book activities are special luxuries for me.  One, in the winter, is a hot bath with a good book.  The other, which I do far less frequently, is reading something for fun before noon.  I have the most energy in the morning, but I'm usually using it on many other things.  This year, I was getting allergy shots two mornings a week, and I would have to stay in the allergist's office for half an hour to make sure I wasn't going to have a reaction.  I got a lot of enjoyable reading done those mornings!


Carrie K.

I like your goal for the most mornings! I tend to spend my mornings on the "have-to's," too.

M Light

I keep telling myself that I should just get up half an hour earlier and read, but it doesn't usually happen...

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