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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

4th Annual End of Year Book Survey 2013

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Welcome to the 4th Annual End of Year Book Survey - 2013 Edition hosted by Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner (click here for the original post) This is my first ever survey and I hope I can make it right, since I'm bad at rating. Without further ado, here it is!


1. Best Book You Read in 2013? (If you have to cheat - you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg and The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (Though The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan is also my favourite but I have the feeling this book will be mentioned quite a bit in this post.)
2. Books You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn't?
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I stopped by book 2 and didn't have the plan to continue it. And The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Cliché. Nothing special. But I can't wait for the movie to be released..
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I mostly recommend this series to my classmates, and they love it!
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. This series change it all.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
I know I'm cheating but Rick Riordan.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Carrie by Stephen King is my first horror book that I read this year (or perhaps in my life? I can't remember) and I was okay with this bokok.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan. Gah I just want to continue this series!
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?
Looking for Alaska by John Green. Just beautiful.
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
The Son of Jupiter, child of Rome, consul to demigods, Praetor of the First Legion, who slew the Trojan Sea Monster, toppled the Black Throne of Kronos, and destroyed Titan Krios with his own bare hands, Jason Grace, from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games trilogy) by Suzanne Collin.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan. This book brings me to the world of fandom.
14. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Maybe House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan. But I didn't wait for it before 2013 because I just read the series in 2013..
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
"Survive first. Figure out crayon drawing of destiny later." (from The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan)
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
*Open up Goodreads*
Shortest: I don't have any idea.
Longest: House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan.
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!
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, Jason's POV, when he's about to destroy Porphyrion. This line got me crazy
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc)
Jasper for relationship, Jercy for friendship. (Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan)
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You've read Previously?
Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (Diary of A Wimpy Kid #6) by Jeff Kiney
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan and Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russel.
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Fantasy and Dystopian I think.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Jason Grace
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
I don't think I read any.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Divergent, Harry Potter, and Heroes of Olympus.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Ring of Fire (Century Quartet) and Harry Potter.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
TFiOS, nearly cried.
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Wings series by Aprillyne Pike.
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1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist) - See more at: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2013/12/4th-annual-end-of-year-book-survey-2013-edition.html#sthash.Xi4T9w5J.dpuf
1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist) - See more at: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2013/12/4th-annual-end-of-year-book-survey-2013-edition.html#sthash.Xi4T9w5J.dpuf
1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist) - See more at: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2013/12/4th-annual-end-of-year-book-survey-2013-edition.html#sthash.Xi4T9w5J.dpuf
Anyone who links up by January 10th will be in the running to win a book of their choice that they saw on my list! - See more at: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2013/12/4th-annual-end-of-year-book-survey-2013-edition.html#sthash.Xi4T9w5J.dpuf
Anyone who links up by January 10th will be in the running to win a book of their choice that they saw on my list! - See more at: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2013/12/4th-annual-end-of-year-book-survey-2013-edition.html#sthash.Xi4T9w5J.dpuf

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Theodore Boone: The Activist (Theodore Boone #4) by John Grisham

Sunday, 12 January 2014
"Theodore Boone is back, and he’s facing his most dangerous case yet. As Strattenburg sits divided over a hot political and environmental issue, Theo finds himself in the middle of the battle. When he uncovers corruption beneath the surface, Theo will confront bigger risks than ever to himself and those he loves. But even face-to-face with danger, Theodore Boone will do whatever it takes to stand up for what’s right."

Theodore Boone, the kid lawyer from Strattenburg is back in the 4th installment of the series. The town is facing a serious issue and Theo and his friends are counted in.

An ‘un-needed’ bypass is to be build in Strattenburg. It’ll cost two hundreds million dollars that the city doesn’t have and will ruin acres of land. This is just one out of a bunch reasons why the bypass is un-needed.

If you’ve read the last three books, you’ll find Theo’s character developments here. (Still) described as a talented yet down-to-earth kid lawyer, the author will show you another side of Theo in some chapters (that will make you love him more).

The characters seem so real you can feel what they’re feeling at the moment. It’s like you’ve know them for a long time. When you read this book you’ll ask yourself what’ll happened next and the answer for your question is always unexpected. The book is thrilling and heart-breakingly beautiful I even cried.

I read this book for 5 days, according to Goodreads, both at school and my house. I didn’t read this book for two days in a row because I can’t concentrate on reading those past two days but I can’t wait to get my hand on it. Finished it at school on Wednesday as my first read book in 2014 but unfortunately the ending didn’t gave me much feels. Not because it’s not good, I think, but because I’m rushing to finish this book. I’m planning to re-read a bit of the ending again though, so I might get the feel. If you haven’t read the last three books, you still can understand the story because it isn’t related with the previous books. 

I still remember the day when I went to Books&Beyond to buy this book and literally jump because I found it in one of the display and suddenly broke because it’s a hardcover book and I bring money only enough to buy the paperback one (around IDR60.000-IDR70.000) when it costs about IDR180.000 so I left the store with nothing. It was May 2013, a day or two after the book’s published. Everytime I went to the store I was hoping if I could bring this book home right at that moment but with my lack of money, I brought home this book on January 30th.
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