Hahahaha, my answer is so obvious and I don’t care – Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I have a feeling I shall be answering a lot of these questions with this answer t b h.
I’m gonna cheat a little bit too and add to my answer because I loved both these books so much – The Diviners by Libba Bray (no-one is surprised lbr) and Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge.
Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Soooo many. Angelfall by Susan Fe, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky, Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, all the sequels in The Maze Runner series by James Dashner as well as all the sequels in The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan.
Me after reading these books:
Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2013?
Gullstruck Island, easily. I was just so blown away by the level of complexity in the story; I want to take this book and shove it in the faces of anyone who doesn’t think Children’s literature has any literary value tbh.
Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Code Name Verity and The Diviners, probably. Although everyone just went and read The Song of Achilles instead, which is an excellent compromise since y’know, Achilles and Patroclus.
Best series you discovered in 2013?
Lauren will like this answer XD Umm, ‘discovered’ may not be the right word here, more like ‘threatened into reading’, but I am really loving both the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong and The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I am going to find a way to marry Gansey, you watch.
Favourite new author you discovered in 2013?
Kelley Armstrong, Frances Hardinge, Donna Tartt, Libba Bray, Madeline Miller and Elizabeth Wein.
Neil Gaiman would be on this list too but he is on notice after Neverwhere, a book in which rats are important characters. Like, n o p e.
Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Err, none of them? I don’t know, I read widely so it’d be pretty hard for me to come across something out of my comfort zone since I don’t really have one.
Most thrilling, unputdownable book of 2013?
Code Name Verity, Gullstruck Island and The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness, bane of my existence.
Book you read in 2013 that you’re most likely to reread next year?
I want to reread so many but the only one I know I’ll be rereading soon is Code Name Verity. Because I hate myself.
Favourite cover of a book you read in 2013?
Most memorable character in 2013?
All the main characters of The Raven Cycle, Evie from The Diviners, Julia and Maddie from Code Name Verity, Patroclus from The Song of Achille, Hathin from Gullstruck Island and Viola from The Ask and The Answer & Monsters of Men.
Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
The Raven Boys & The Dream Thieves, Gullstruck Island, The Secret History, The Song of Achilles, Code Name Verity and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente.
Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Code Name Verity, The Song of Achilles and Monsters of Men absolutely devastated me, I will never be whole again tbh.
Book you can’t believe you waited until 2013 to read?
The Secret History and Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. They’re both old as balls and yet somehow passed under my radar? HOW?!
Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?
“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”
– The Song of Achilles
“It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.”
– Code Name Verity
“You know the reason The Beatles made it so big?…’I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ First single. Fucking brilliant. Perhaps the most fucking brilliant song ever written. Because they nailed it. That’s what everyone wants. Not 24/7 hot wet sex. Not a marriage that lasts a hundred years. Not a Porsche…or a million-dollar crib. No. They wanna hold your hand. They have such a feeling that they can’t hide. Every single successful song of the past fifty years can be traced back to ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ And every single successful love story has those unbearable and unbearably exciting moments of hand-holding.”
“But I think of her and I feel like she’s as big as the world.”