2013 Book Meme

Since I’ve actually kept track of what I read this year, thanks to Goodreads, I decided to do this book meme found here.

Best Book of 2013
This was a toughie for me since I read a couple of great series, and I tend to lump the books in the series as a whole. So I then thought about what book in the series I like the best, but since these are series, I just can’t choose a single book. Therefore, the best book(s) of 2013 are: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan and the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld.

Worst Book of 2013
The Diary of the Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney falls in this category for me. I am fond of children’s book, but I ended up really hating the protagonist within the first few pages, so I just decided to stop reading it. Sure, I can see why kids like it, but I sure don’t!

Most Disappointing Book of 2013
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett took the cake for me. I wanted to like the book, because I do like the characters and all, but the writing style of defining every word on a page just got to me. So I was disappointed that I couldn’t get into the series by that.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins was also that for me. It wasn’t horrible per se, but after the first two books, it just left me quite disappointed.

Most Surprising (in a good way) Book of 2013
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi ended up being a good read for me since I wasn’t expecting it to be that good! Same thing with A Chinese Life by Li Kunwu. Both of these graphic novels introduced me to a country and culture I wasn’t familiar with, so I liked the educational value of them as well.

Book You Recommended to People Most in 2013
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan and the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld were the series I recommended to my friends. I just couldn’t believe how much fun I had reading these, and I wondered why I hadn’t read them sooner! I love the modern interpretations of the Greek myth Rick Riordan showed in the Percy Jackson books, and I love the alternate history of WWI Scott Westerfeld crafted with the Darwinists and the Clankers. Just absolutely brilliant.

Best Series You Discovered in 2013
See the previous question :D

Favourite New Authors You Discovered in 2013
Rick Riordan and Scott Westerfeld hands down!

Most Hilarious Read of 2013
Uh, I went through my list, and I have to say none of the titles really stood out as a hilarious title. But if I were to pick a scene, it’d be the whole “Dam” incident in The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan. It was just “dam” hilarious.

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book in 2013
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. The world in the book and the situations Katniss was put in were enough to make me read these two books on the edge of my bed, and I really couldn’t stop reading because of the intensity of the plot!

Book You Most Anticipated in 2013
The Sandman and the War of Dreams by William Joyce. Unfortunately, I haven’t read it yet. Will remedy that soon, but I really was looking forward to that book!

Favourite Cover of a Book You Read in 2013
I never really judge book covers . . . so N/A on this one.

Most Memorable Character in 2013
Katniss Everdeen from the first two books of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I really admired her strength in those books. I just hated her change in the third book.

Most Beautifully Written Book in 2013
Though I haven’t finished it yet, I have to give props to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It really is beautifully written for me. I especially like how Death narrates the book, so it gives it a more surreal quality to the writing.

Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2013
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan and the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld did impact me in literary way, but I have to say that Quiet by Susan Cain impacted me on a personal level since I learned a lot about introversion and how it applies to me!

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2013 to Finally Read
Everything I mentioned above. Really. I don’t know why I waited so long to read some of these series, and I am glad I did!