Best YA Books of 2013 AKA End of Year Book Survey

Best YA books of 2013 plus many honorable mentions to add to your reading list - Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s time again to join Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner in an end of year book survey. I did this last year and it was a lot of fun. I love looking back on all the books that I’ve read. I’ve written reviews for all of these (except for a few that I finished in the last week or so but those will come soon). So if there’s something you’d like to know more about check out my “read page” on my goodreads! Also I think I’ll be able to hit my goal of 100 books. Well I’ll at least be super super close. So here’s what 2013 looked like book wise.

1.Best Book You Read In 2013 by genre?

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

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

  •  Hideous Love – Not the type of book I normally read, not the type of character I normally relate to, but still totally fascinating.

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

5. Best Series You Discovered in 2013?

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

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

  • Eat to Live – I used to read a lot of self-help but I just don’t now a days but this was a great read. I don’t buy into it all but definitely some good ideas to strive for healthier eating.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

  •  The Program – Super good interesting spin on a dystopian world, I can’t wait for the next book.

9. Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

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

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11. Most memorable character in 2013?

  • Jaron from the Ascendance Trilogy – He’s such a thoughtful good guy without being a goodie goodie you just can’t help but fall in love and root for him.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

  •  Nothing is popping to mind but so many of the felt like the words just flew off the page.

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

  • Pretty Girl-13 – Such an interesting book. So different than anything I normally read but it was fantastic!

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

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?

  • I didn’t do a good job writing down quotes this year but there were definitely some great ones!

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2013?

17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?

  • Too many to list

18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013.

  • The friendship between the moms and the moms and the kids in the Summer series

19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve read previously.

  • Most of the books in this category were great the stand outs were The Princess in the Opal Mask, Scarlet, The Crown of Midnight, The Bitter Kingdom, and Dark Triumph

20. Best book you read in 2013 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else.

  • I Hunt Killers – I had no idea what this was about silly I know since the title is kind of obvious but for some reason I thought it was chick flick-y. Nope it’s a YA serial killer crime thriller and it was fantastic.

21. Genre you read the most from in 2013.

  • YA Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-fi

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

23. Best 2013 debut you read.

  • The Ward – I really loved this book!

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

  • Throne of Midnight

25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013.

  • Transparent – Such a great spin on kids with super powers!

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013.

  • Clockwork Princess – Crying crazy tears of happiness

27. Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out.

  • Pivot Point – This was really really good it’s a great contemporary meets super powers with a very fascinating intricate (but not confusing) plot.

28. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)

His Fair

29. Most popular bookish blog post of the year.

30. Book you’re most anticipating for 2014.

31. Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014.


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  1. I’m glad I’ve found someone else who’s picked a definitive favorite read for 2013! And Parallel is a good choice, I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it and I’m excited to read more from Lauren Miller.
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  2. I always love your book posts and I am pinning this for when I need something good to read. Have you heard of Swoon Reads. it is kind of like an American Idol for teenage romance books. It’s free for you and your votes can help someone get published-everyone wins. My good friend Stephanie has a book on there that is right up your alley. If your’re looking for something to read, please check it out:

  3. Some great choices there. I loved CP2, Parallel, and S&S. Everyone is disappointed in Allegiant, lol. I should check out Rainbow’s other books, I did enjoy E&P. Oh, I Hunt Killers was pretty good, I wanna check out the sequel! Oh, I can’t wait for the Mara Dyer ending!! Noah Shaw!
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  4. I LOVE Parallel! I am not sure if it is my favorite of the year, I will have to think about it more. So many good books on this list and I have actually read most of them! I totally agree about Allegiant and all of your best books by genre, I think the only one I need to pick up is Princess in The Opal Mask.
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  5. While I love Lauren Miller, I did not care for Parallel. I had such high hopes, but it just wasn’t for me. I can’t wait to check out all your other reads. Thanks for posting, I am curious to check out the others you wrote about.

  6. Great reviews as always Marissa!! I’m definitely adding some to my lists after this!! :)
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  7. Allegiant was the read I was most disappointed with too! That got a very ranty review from me. I still can’t believe that I haven’t read any Rainbow Rowell books, I’ve only heard amazing things about all of her books. I really need to read some soon :)

    I am currently reading The Program and absolutely loving it! I have an arc of The Treatment and I am going to be devouring both this week. I think I’ve found a new favourite series.

    Great answers :) My End of Year Survey.
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