My 2013 End of Year Book Survey

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Best in Books 2013

1. Best book you read in 2013? (If you have to cheat – you can break it down by genre)

  • Graphic Novel – The Nao of Brown by Glynn Dillon
  • Young Adult – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Science Fiction – The Humans by Matt Haig
  • Fantasy – The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Nonfiction – Mummy Knew by Lisa James

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? 

  • ReMIND by Jason Brubaker – I had no idea what to expect from this from the synopsis, but it turned out to be absolutely brilliant! (See my review here.)

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

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – This one was fantastically spectacular. I completely fell in love with it! (See my review here.)

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

  • Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

  • Margaret Atwood – I knew about her, but this year was the first time I actually got a chance to read her books. Amazing!

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

  • Mummy Knew by Lisa James – Nonfiction books on abuse was definitely a new experience for me (the only one I had read before Mummy Knew is A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer), and it has given me a greater understanding of others and a greater ability to sympathize. (See my review here.)

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

  • Again, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – This was absolutely fantastic, and within that small book is many more lessons yet to be learned! (See my review here.)

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

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Utterly spectacular!

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

  • Unnamed Alien (in Professor Andrew Martin’s body) from The Humans by Matt Haig

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – The words are pure poetry!

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

  • Mummy Knew by Lisa James – It’s such a horrific story that really makes you think.

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

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I started reading this when it first came out, but my heart just wasn’t in it. I can’t believe it took me until this year to finish it! It’s absolutely magnificent!

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

“Dear Son,

You’re holding this letter now because this is the most important day of your life. You’re about to have your first child. That means the life you’ve built with such effort, that you’ve conquered, has finally reached the point where it no longer belongs to you. This baby is the new master of your life. He is the sole reason for your existence.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

  • Shortest: Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • Longest: Outlander (Outlander Series#1) by Diana Gabaldon

 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!

  • Again, Mummy Knew by Lisa James – This whole book is filled with shocking and horrifying scenes.

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

  • Jack and Mabel from The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – Their relationship was absolutely wonderful. It had flaws and was completely realistic. It is, hands down, one of my favourite couples of all time.

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

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 

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

  • The Nao of Brown by Glynn Dillon – It was recommended to me by a local librarian, and I ended up loving it!

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

  • Graphic Novels (It’s not really a genre, but I don’t want to get too specific on this one.)

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

  • Tim Drake and Wally West from Teen Titans (comics)

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

  • I’m not really sure about this one.

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

  • Excluding graphic novels, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

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

  • The Humans by Matt Haig – It was so entertaining and funny!

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

  • Mummy Knew by Lisa James
  • Damaged by Cathy Glass

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

  • Aquaman Vol. 2: The Others y Geoff Johns – I think Aquaman as a whole gets too overlooked. The New 52 actually did a great job with him and his storyline!

Looking Ahead

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

  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

  • I’m not sure! I can’t think of any as of right now!

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

  • I want to try and read and blog more!

Whew! I had a lot of fun answering these questions! Thanks for reading! Have a happy holidays and a very Happy New Year!

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The Sunday Post

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Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week. What’s been going on in my life? Same old, same old. I’ve been reading and lounging about the house.

Recap:

  • Started using my twitter account. Please follow me @missmorningtea for future updates on this blog and my YouTube channel, Weadorebooks
  • Review on Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom here
  • Video Review on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs here
  • Video Review on The Humans by Matt Haig here
  • Video Review on Tuesdays with Morrie here

What’s Coming Up:

  • I’ve made a dent in the Outlander (Outlander #1), and am currently enjoying it so far. However, I have heard that people started disliking it as they got further into it, so no official judgement yet! Hopefully, I’ll have it finished it by next week and get a review to you guys.
  • I’m probably going to be doing a book haul next week, so please stay tuned for that!
  • Doing a video review on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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  • Review on Saga Vol. 1 and 2 by the awesome Brian K. Vaughan                                                                                                             ImageImage

Artwork by Me!

Hey everyone! So a friend of mine on Goodreads asked to see some of my artwork, so I thought I’d post some of them here. Don’t forget to leave your comments – I’d love to know what you think of them. (I’m kind of nervous about showing them actually!) Some of these are pretty old, but oh well!

1. Kate Nash in charcoal

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2. Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars in charcoal:)

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3. Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation in acrylic

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4. River Tam from Firefly in watercolour

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5. Pocahontas in watercolour

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6. Maria Mena in charcoal

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7. Bob Ross Fanart (I did a painting of one of his paintings when I was in middle school 🙂 ) in acrylic (taken by my webcam)

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8. Arwen from Lord of the Rings in charcoal

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9. Random guy in Photoshop

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10. Siri Nilsen in charcoal

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10. Michishige Sayumi in graphite

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11. Regina Spektor in watercolour

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Finally in order to tie this in with books, I shall post post a painting that I did of one of my favorite authors ever! Can you guess who?

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Anyways, I hope you guys like them! 🙂

December Upcoming Reads

Hey everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving (for those living in the U.S.)! I can’t believe it’s nearing the end of the year already! Time has flown by far too quickly. This month is gonna be pretty hectic with all the books I have planned to read, so you guys can expect a lot of reviews!

I just wanted to share some of what I will be reading in the month of December with you guys:

1. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Thoughts: Honestly speaking, I’m not entirely too excited for this one. It doesn’t seem to be a book that I will absolutely love, but I’ve been mistaken before. It could become one of my favorites. Who knows? But as of right now, since I’ve read my fair share of bad and cliched YA novels, my expectations aren’t too high. My friend and I will be posting a review on it on YouTube next week, so please stay tuned for that!

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Thoughts: I’ve heard quite a lot of good things about this one, so I’m pretty excited to get started on it. I hope it lives up my expectations! Again, my friend and I will be posting our review on YouTube in the upcoming weeks for this one. Hope you all will check it out!

3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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Thoughts: I can’t wait to snuggle up with my blanket and hot cocoa by the fireplace in an armchair while reading this one! It’s the perfect book for the holidays, and I absolutely love Dickens. I’m reading this one for a book club on Goodreads called Tattered Tales, a book club dedicated to classics. I can’t wait to get started, so I can join in on the discussion! I especially love this Barnes and Nobles edition. It’s absolutely beautiful with its gold trimmed pages!

4. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

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Thoughts: This book has been on my to-read list for the longest of times! I finally went and bought in on my handy-dandy Kindle. I can’t wait to get started on it. The whole idea of the book is very intriguing, and I’m overall very excited to read it. I haven’t seen the movie adaptation yet, but I plan on seeing it afterwards and discussing my thoughts on both media versions with you guys.

5. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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Thoughts: I’m super psyched about this one. I’ve had it on my Kindle for a while, and I can’t wait to read it and share my thoughts with you guys. I’m reading it for a readalong on Goodreads, so I can’t wait for that as well.

Overall, I’m really looking forward to reading this month of December. I’ve picked out some really good ones for the winter time. I’ll be sure to be very comfortable with my blanket and hot cocoa – the perfect time to read!