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2013 End of The Year Bookish Survey

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1. Best Book You Read in 2013?
Contemporary: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West or Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Paranormal: Pivot Point by Kasie West
Dystopian: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi 
Fantasy: Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier or Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Science Fiction: Rush by Eve Silver

2. Book You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn't?
Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin- I loved her Daughters series, but I thought this one was kind of disappointing.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Night School by C.J Daugherty- I picked this up without previously reading any reviews, and I ended up loving it! It's such a good book :)

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
I loved Pivot Point so much and I recommended both that and The Distance Between Us to a lot of other people. 

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
I read the entire Ruby Red trilogy this year and it was such a good series! I really want to see the movie, although it's originally in German. 

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Kasie West- I've given both books I've read by her, Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us, 5 flowers. They're both amazing reads! 

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas- I'm not usually a big fan of fantasy, but Throne of Glass was an awesome read and I love Chaol already ;)

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi was one of the best sequels I've ever read!

9. Book You Read in 2013 That You Are Most Likely to Re-Read Next Year?
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West- I'm planning to do a reread next summer.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013? 
Boundless (Unearthly, #3)Everbound (Everneath, #2)The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)Uninvited (Uninvited, #1)

11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Celeana from Throne of Glass or Magnus from Rebel Spring- I love Magnus and Celeana is a very awesome, witty character.

12. Most beautifully written book in 2013?
Unravel Me by Tahareh Mafi- She just writes so beautifully and there's so many memorable quotes in this book.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers- This was such a good book and I had to keep reading to see what would happen next!

14. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer- Cinder was great, but Scarlet was so much better. I'm now a huge fan of that series.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote from a Book you Read in 2013?
“I want to be the friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and into your bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. I want to be that kind of friend. The one who will memorize the things you say as well as the shape of your lips when you say them. I want to know every curve, every freckle, every shiver of your body. 

I want to know where to touch you, I want to know how to touch you. I want to know convince you to design a smile just for me. Yes, I do want to be your friend. I want to be your best friend in the entire world.” 

“Books are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people can remember them.” 

-Unravel Me, Tahereh Mafi

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read in 2013?
Shortest- Curse of The Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene (188 pages)
Longest- Cress by Marissa Meyer (560 pages)

17. Book That Had a Scene In It That Had You Reeling and Dying To Talk to Somebody About It? 
Chapter 62 in Unravel Me was so amazing! That definitely changed my support from Adam to Warner.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read in 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc.)
Romance- Scarlet & Wolf from Scarlet; Rachel and Isaiah from Crash Into You; Warner and Juliet from Unravel Me; Caymen and Xander from The Distance Between Us
Friendship- Celaena & Chaol from Throne of Glass

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You've Read Previously
Wait For You by J. Lynn- Excluding sequels or continuing books in a series, Wait For You was an awesome read!

20. Best Book You Read in 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer- This was recommended to me by Em @ The YA Book Butterfly

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Contemporaries- my favorite genre! 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Chaol from Throne of Glass, Sean from Uninvited, Wolf from Scarlet

23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Pivot Point by Kasie West- I can't say enough good things about this book! 

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes has a pretty unique world that I loved reading about.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun to Read in 2013?
How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer was super cute! Hex Hall was also hilarious.

26. Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2013?
I finally read The Fault in Our Stars and the letter towards the end is what made me finally cry.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year or When It Came Out?
Night School was an awesome read, but I haven't seen too much about it on other blogs. 


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 
I think I might have discovered this last year, but I really like Effortlessly Reading. There's so many cool features and the reviews give such good recommendations.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
That's so hard for me to choose! I think my review of Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, just because I had so much to say about that book.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I had a Superpowers in YA discussion, which was a lot of fun!
Also, the other co-bloggers and I hosted a readalong for Smart Girls Get What They Want and included several discussions.

4. Most thought provoking review or discussion you read on somebody's else's blog?
I like the discussions on both The Perpetual Page Turner and Effortlessly Reading a lot. I'm not sure I could pick just one!  

5.  Best event that you participated in (author signing, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
ALA Annual 2013 in Chicago was so much fun! It was amazing to get the chance to go.

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013? 
It was so amazing to be able to meet Morgan Matson, Sarah Ockler, Jessi Kirby, Shannon Messenger, and Kimberly Derting at a signing. They're all some of my favorite authors.

7. Most Popular Post This Year of Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I could only figure it out for this month, but that was the TTT with the 2014 Releases I'm Dying To Read.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My review of Endless Knight by Kresley Cole-It was an awesome sequel! and my Review/Giveaway of Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins. That book was great :)

9. Best Bookish Discover?
I'm not sure, I loved finding a bunch of new blogs and other things.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals you had set for yourself at the beginning of the year?
Yes, I completed my goal on the Bookish TBR Challenge, and read/reviewed 20+ books for it. I also completed the DAC and I also completed the contemporary challenge.

1. One Book You Didn't Get To in 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
I finally want to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Bookish is even hosting a readalong for that, which is exciting!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating for 2014 (non-debut)?
Definitely What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick! My Life Next Door is one of my all time favorites and this one looks even better :)

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I haven't actually heard about too many debuts releasing next year. I'm sure I'll think of something sooner of later, though ;)

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi- I need to know how Juliette's going to choose *please be Warner*

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish in Your Reading/Blogging in 2014? 
I hope to blog on a more consistent basis and have more variety in posts! I'm also planning to post a survey at some point next month about which things should be added to the blog.

Did you do the End of The Year Bookish Survey? I'd love to visit yours!

Blogoversary Twitter Giveaway Annoucement! :)

Hi everyone! In celebration of the blogoversary, I'll be doing a Twitter giveaway.

For this giveaway, I'll be giving away 2014 preorders, and this giveaway will be open internationally. I'll be tweeting a riddle about which 2014 book I'm giving away. The first person to reply to the tweet and correctly guess the 2014 release will win that book. For example (this one won't be one of the books I'm giving away): "This companion to a book about a girl who lives in a jungle has a test tube displayed on its' cover" The book is Vitro by Jessica Khoury and whoever guessed that first would win the preorder! :) 

I'm really excited to host this giveaway and it'll take place at two separate times, 6:30 PM PST on Monday 12/23/13 and 9:30 AM PST on Tuesday 12/24/13

To be eligible for the giveaway, all you have to do is follow the blog and follow @MontanaGolin on Twitter. I hope all of you join in! :)

Two Year Blogoversary and Giveaway


Stacking The Shelves #50

Hi! I hope everyone's been having an amazing week :) My blogoversary is coming up in 2 days, so I'm planning some stuff for that. Here are all the books I received this week:

For Review:
Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)Bite-Sized Magic: A Bliss NovelInk (Paper Gods, #1)Split Second (Pivot Point, #2)

Outpost (Razorland, #2)A Midsummer Tights Dream (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey, #2)

The Space Between UsEmmalee (The Jane Austen Diaries, #4)Princess of Glass (Princess #2)Perfect TimingEvertrue (Everneath, #3)
Won/From Trade:
All That GlowsCress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott- The Collector was awesome, so I'm looking forward to reading this. Thanks Scholastic!

Bite Sized Magic by Kathryn Littlewood- This is the 3rd book in the series, but the entire series sounds like a lot of fun.

Ink by Amanda Sun- Emily actually reviewed this one, so I'm excited to see what I'll think of it.

Split Second by Kasie West- I'm so excited to read this! Pivot Point is one of my all time favorite books and I'm curious to see Layla's pov :) Thank you Harper! 

Outpost by Ann Aguirre- I've heard this series is pretty good, so I picked up the second book when it went on sale.

A Midsummer Tight's Dream by Louise Rennison- The first book in this series was hilarious!

The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez- I've been wanting to read this book for forever. Thank you so much, Ashley! :)

Emmalee by Jenni James- I love to read retellings and Emma is a great Jane Austen novel. Thanks!

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George- I'm hoping to read this series back to back and I've heard so many good things about it!

Perfect Timing by Laura Spinella- This was another Secret Santa gift from Ashley and one I want to start really soon. The premise sounds awesome!

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton- The Everneath series is one of my favorite series of all time and I can't wait to see how everything will conclude. Thank you Nikki!

All That Glows by Ryan Graudin- I've started reading this and it's pretty good.

Cress by Marissa Meyer- My friend, Em, and I entered the "Give The Gift of Cinder" contest and ended up winning an ARC of Cress. I'm about 150 pages in, and it's amazing so far! :)

What did you get this week? I'd love to visit your Stacking The Shelves!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. 
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Waiting on Wednesday: Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1)The yearbook votes have been cast. Senior year is about to get interesting.

Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laid-back swagger.

As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing away Will drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirt along with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will's new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started out as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…

I love several of Jennifer Echols' books, and this one sounds really cute! I really like the idea of a series based off of people who fit all the different yearbook categories. The cover is hilarious, too ;) What are you waiting on? 

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally Blog Tour Stop

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Review

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . . But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Pages: 433
Source: Barnes and Noble

Stacking The Shelves #49

For Review (via Edelweiss):
Don't Call Me BabyThe Last Best Kiss
Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley- I liked the author's other book, Where I Belong, and this one sounds pretty good!

The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik- Persuasion is my all time favorite Jane Austen book, so I'm pretty much up for reading almost any retelling. 

From Trade:
Love Letters to the DeadWhite Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer Armentrout- I'm so excited to read this! I really liked the prequel novella, too.

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira- This sounds awesome and the cover's very cool :) 

Pushed (Sense Thieves, #2)

Pushed by Corrine Jackson- Touched was amazing, so I'm curious to see how the sequel will compare.

What did you get this week? :)

Waiting on Wednesday: The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

The Secrets of Lily GravesWith the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor.
Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.
But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.
So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects.
As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.
Sarah Strohmeyer is one of my favorite authors and Smart Girls Get What They Want is one of the best contemporaries I've ever read. Her newest novel sounds really good and the cover is so pretty! What are you waiting on? :)

Top Ten 2014 Releases I'm Dying To Read

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole Book Review

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.
Shocking Secrets
Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who've been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It's kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.
Unexpected Allies
With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.
Gut-Wrenching Treachery
When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she's drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can't remember—but Death can't forget.

Holiday #Readathon

Happy December! I thought that'd it'd be fun to end the year with a readathon, so I've signed up for the Holiday #Readathon. There's so many fun challenges going on with it and I'm excited to participate. My goal for the three days is below:

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)RoomiesAvalon (Avalon, #1)

I'd love to see your goals if you're participating! If not, what's on your TBR for this month?

Day 1:
  • 26 pages of Pawn
  • I had school today, so I didn't get too much accomplished, but I'm hoping to read a lot more tomorrow!