We’re joining in our linkup! (It’s an awesome linkup, we’re humble to admit.) Who doesn’t like recounting the books they’ve read?!
You can join in this linkup too, if you like. Just jump over here and grab the questions (without my answers in them) and you’re ready to go. (More merrier, too, by the way!) Plus, extra points in the giveaway if you join in. (That’s not at all bribery.)
1. What was your overall favourite book this year? (Yes. Pick one.)
Mime: You cruel question-thinker. Do you know how hard a choice this was? I’m going to have to say The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff because it took me about a year to recover.
Cait: First of all, this is a stupid question. How can I pick one??!! I’ll go The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
2. Favourite debut(s)? (Author must have been first published in 2013.)
Mime: Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil. It’s the most hilarious, geeky, writer book ever. It’s just plain funny.
Cait: I’ll go Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis. I totally collapsed under all the awesome.
3. Which books did you reread this year?
Mime: Let’s see… Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Heist Society by Ally Carter. Also, Matilda and Charley and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. And Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe.
Cait: I reread Divergent by Veronica Roth. Yep. That’s it.
4. Favourite cover(s) this year!
Mime: Splintered by A.G. Howard! Wow, that book has an amazing cover. And not only is it a real eye-grabber, it sums up the book perfectly. It’s crazy, mad, and rather ingenious.
5. Worst cover(s)?
Cait: The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson…um, believe it or not, the book isn’t about a girl losing her dress or being blinded by her own hair.
6. What self-published books did you read this year?
Mime: Five for me: Haphazardly Implausible by Jack Lewis Balliot and Sew, It’s A Quest by Kendra E. Ardnek. And also both Ellie Sweet books. And St. Mallory’s Forever by a large collection of authors.
Cait: A LOT! Ready for it?
Click to Subscribe and Two Roads by L.M. Augustine
Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf
Steel Lily by Megan Curd
Enter the Bluebird by Brendan Halpin
The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill
St. Mallory’s Forever by Charley Robson, Saffina Desforges, and Miriam Joy
Paranormal Legacy by Caitlin Hensley
American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin
The Dreamers by Oliver Dahl
Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne
7. Which book(s) gave you a massive hangover?
Mime: This is a very difficult question, because there’s a lot of them. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Fury and Preloved by Shirley Marr. And Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth.
Cait: My list is massive, blogglings, massive. We’ll start with: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. Red Rising by Pierce Brown. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Light by Michael Grant. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky. Aaaaaaand The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. (I spent a lot of this year hung over.)
8. Best standalone you read?
Mime: This question destroyed my soul. I’ll just say Preloved by Shirley Marr.
Cait: Easy! How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller. (PS. Mime, I’m glad you find my questions soul-destroying. You’re welcome.)
9. Biggest book(s) you’ve read this year?
Mime: Reboot by Amy Tintera, I think. You could have thrown it at someone and killed them.
Cait: Surprisingly, The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson. 500+ pages. It was on Kindle so I didn’t realise it was that big. Mm.
10. Book(s) you followed the hype for and then loved!
Mime: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. You wouldn’t believe how much I’m hyping for Cress right now.
Cait: Hype? HYPE?! I live off book hypes! (I also host them sometimes. Yay!) Sooo… These Broken Stars and The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. I was very hypey by The Royal Ranger. Hypey is a very good word.
11. Most disappointing book(s) you read this year?
Cait: Settle down there, grasshopper. You’re such a book snark. Without doubt Aberrant by Ruth Silver. It was such a rip-off.
12. Favourite leading-female character?
Mime: Wren from Reboot by Amy Tintera. She’s an undead soldier with no emotions. Perfect recipe for an insipid, boring character, right? No way! She was the most go-getter girl I’ve ever read, probably, and in her Vulcan lack of emotions, she was amazingly compelling.
Cait: Um, Mime? Settle, petal. For me, I’m going to be a little less BONKERS and just say Elise from This Song Will Save Your Life. I mean, gosh, I just really related to her!
13. Favourite leading-male character?
Mime: Peaceable Sherwood from The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Pope. He’s a crack-up and absolutely a…gentleman! While being a really horrible bandit. He’s like Loki.
Cait: CHARLIE!!!! from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky.
14. Best romance(s)?
Mime: Thorne and his ego, from Scarlet. They were a match made in heaven, since Thorne has been in love with himself since birth.
Cait: Okay, first off, you’re assuming Thorne was made in heaven. Secondly, that’s called narcism. For me, definitely Tarver and Lilac from These Broken Stars. They’re basically like this:
Which is awesome and funny and not really romantic, but hey.
15. What book(s) hit the DNF list? (Did not finish.)
Mime: About a hundred manuals on how-to-be-a-good-Christian-teenager-without-answering-any-real-life-questions. As for fiction? Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska was really boring. (They most interesting part of the book was the author’s name.)
Cait: NONE. NIL. I always finish my books.
16. What book(s) did you read out of your comfort-zone?
Mime: Well! First there were a lot of historical, of either heavy content or archaic language. Also, The Ghost in Tokaido Inn. I don’t usually read mysteries, historical mysteries, or Japanese historical mysteries. It has to have been the first of its kind for me.
Cait: For me, it’d have to be Me, Just Different by Stephanie Morrill. I don’t usually go for Christian contemporary. Also, Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Denard. I really haven’t done steampunk-zombies before.
17. Which author did you read the most from?
Mime: Stephanie Morrill…I’ve read 5 of her books this year.
Cait: I will admit (guiltily) that I haven’t read more then two books from any author this year. I know. It’s pretty shocking. But Stephanie Morrill, L.M. Augustine, and Marissa Meyer. (“M”s are popular if you’re an author?)
18. Top 5 books you’d recommend from all the books you’ve read this year?
Cait: Eeeeeep. This is still hard. But at least I get five, right? Okay, so Red Rising,
How To Lead a Life of Crime (don’t judge me; read it)
All The Truth That’s in Me
The End Games
aaaaand This Song Will Save Your Life.
19. How many books did you read this year all up?
Mime: 83…clap, peasant.
Cait: No. I will not clap. Because…my goal was 70…buuuut! I read 90 and I’m still counting!
20. What’s a book you’re hugely excited for coming out in 2014?!
Mime: Shall we say it together, Cait?