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Because I prefer to keep each post below 1,000 words, I’ll only be doing the book related questions. I hope that’s okay.
1. What was your overall favourite book this year? (Yes. Pick one.)
Hmm… To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee? Perhaps. Honestly, that book is as close to perfection as one can get. A close second would probably be American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.
2. Favourite debut(s)? (Author must have been first published in 2013.)
I haven’t read any new authors who were published this year, unfortunately. This is mostly because you can’t find them in my school library and I hate hardcovers.
3. Which books did you reread this year?
Paper Towns, by John Green. I will not elaborate further because I’m getting tired of talking about this book. I’m afraid I’ve set expectations way too high for people planning to read it.
4. Favourite cover(s) this year?
Probably The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey. As disappointed as I was with this novel, I have to admit it had a pretty badass cover.
5. Worst cover(s)?
You can tell when a book is only popular because of the author writing it when the name is twice as big as the title. This is a problem for most Stephen King books nowadays, but mostly this one.
6. What self-published books did you read this year?
I read the sample to The Dreamers: A Story of Sam Kullen, by Olver Dahl, if that counts.
7. Which book(s) gave you a massive hangover?
I wish I didn’t have a 2013 restriction here, because all the depressing books I’ve read were from last year. I guess the closest would be The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which was a school assignment. This book made me temporary dislike reading. (Don’t worry! That feeling went away the moment I looked at just about any other book.)
8. Best standalone you read?
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.
9. Biggest book(s) you’ve read this year?
Probably A Game of Thrones, although its sequel, A Clash of Kings, is even longer.
10. Book(s) you followed the hype for and then loved!
The Long Walk, by Stephen King. There was decent amount of hype for this book, so I followed it, albeit doubtfully. I hated the ending (and by that I mean the last few pages), but the rest of the book was amazing. This is one of those books you pick up, not expecting much, and the next thing you know you’re one hundred pages in, after what felt like maybe ten minutes of reading. Surely I’m not the only one this has happened to?
11. Most disappointing book(s) you read this year?
The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey. I was told it would be as good as The Hunger Games, but it didn’t even come close.
12. Favourite leading-female character?
Does Daenerys Targaryen count? Because she was great. It was nice seeing her grow from a weak, spineless girl to a strong, assertive
queen khaleesi. Of course, it appears she’s going over to the dark side, since she doesn’t seem to mind burning people alive.
13. Favourite leading-male character?
Roland Deschain, (AKA: The Gunslinger). This guy is basically Clint Eastwood, except about thirty years younger and even more of a badass. He’s obsessed with finding “The Tower.” I still don’t know exactly what The Tower is (I’m only 3/4ths through with the series), but it appears to hold the answer to life, the universe, and everything in it. I just hope the answer isn’t 42.
14. Best romance(s)?
Sansa Stark and Joffrey Baratheon. These two were just meant for each other.
15. What book(s) hit the DNF list? (Did not finish.)
Pet Sematary, by Stephen King, because I didn’t want to be mentally scarred for life. The author himself didn’t want it published because he felt he went too far. Let that sink in for a moment: The King of Horror himself thought this book was too scary.
16. What book(s) did you read out of your comfort-zone?
Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I don’t usually read books with LGTBQ+ characters (mostly because there’s not a whole lot of them, unfortunately), but I’m glad I did. Although I wasn’t a fan of the ending.
17. Which author did you read the most from?
Stephen King. This year I’ve read The Gunslinger (rating: 4.5/5), The Drawing of the Three (5/5) The Waste Lands (4.9/5), The Eye of the Dragon (3.5/5), The Long Walk (4/5), and a bunch of his short stories.
18. Top 5 books you’d recommend from all the books you’ve read this year?
- The Dark Tower series, by Stephen King. I’ve only read the first three, but so far I’d consider them to be superior to The Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire (which I’ve only read one book of so far).
- American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. It’s a slow book, but everything, from the writing to the gods themselves, is amazing.
- The Underland Chronicles, by Suzanne Collins. In terms of quality, I’d rank it right next to Harry Potter. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to get any credit.
- On Writing, by Stephen King. Anyone who wants to be a writer should read this book immediately.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If you don’t laugh, something’s wrong with you.
19. How many books did you read this year all up?
Enough to cause me serious long-term health issues from lack of exercise.
20. What’s a book you’re hugely excited for coming out in 2014?!
Hopefully, Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep is coming out in paperback next year. I know this shouldn’t count, but I hate hardcover novels. On the plus side, I might be getting a Kindle Fire for Christmas, so I might soon be able to let go of my hatred of hardcovers.
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