Sunday, December 29, 2013

Last Minute 2013: Rembering 2013 Challenge + Update

The Last Minute Read-a-Thon of 2013 is hosted by Maria over at A Night's Dream of Books and by me.

For more information on this read-a-thon just visit here.

Today's challenge is:

Remembering 2013: Answer the following...

1. Best Book of 2013
2. Worst Book of 2013
3. Favorite New Author
4. Book that surprised you
5. Book that disappointed you


Best Book of 2013

These two books were given to me for review and I absolutely loved them! I also love their covers!

My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White (review) was adorable. It pretty much described the reasons why many women (like me) are in love with Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice and wish we could find our own.

Shuttered Affections by Rene Folsom (review) was one yummy erotica. It had a well developed story line and had me fanning myself. I can't wait to get my hands on the second book.

Worst Book of 2013

The Hidden Realms of Firestone by Linda David was not the worst written book. I simply couldn't get into it. It took me two months to read the first three chapters. I had to drop it after realizing that this was not my book.

Favorite New Author
Kate DiCamillo is not a new author of 2013 but she is a new one for me. I've seen her books around on the shelves at my school but I never took the time to pick it up. Even though I work with elementary age children, I don't tend to read children's literature. I picked up The Tale of Despereaux (review) last month to read with a group of students and fell in love with DiCamillo's writing style. I then tried The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (review) and adored it. I can't wait to read the rest of her books!

Book that surprised you

Both of these books were given to me by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

Dance the Moon Down by R.L. Bartram (review) had a good premise when it was presented to me but I was hesitant because of the cover (yeah I know...I shouldn't judge a book by its cover). Luckily I gave it a chance because I fell in love with it!

I recently finished The War Inside by M. Kircher (review) and it certainly surprised me. I was not expecting to be so hooked-in into this book.

Book that disappointed you
 I was really looking forward to both of these books but unfortunately, they disappointed me. They are not 2013 books but are books that I've been trying to read for a while.

You can check out my reviews for both by clicking on the titles:

My Progress:

Day 1
Number of pages read: 141
Number of minutes listened to: 63
Number of books completed: 0

Day 2
Number of pages read: 83
Number of minutes listened to: 133
Number of books completed: 1 (The War Inside by M. Kircher)

Day 3
Number of pages read: 52
Number of minutes listened to: 145
Number of books completed: 1 (11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass audio book)

This read-a-thon has giveaways for two winners! One is given by me here, and the other is given over at A Night's Dream of Books. Like Maria's, mine is an international giveaway.

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The only challenge tomorrow is to finish up your reads and have a wrap-up post by the end of the day or early the next day.


  1. I had mixed feelings about the new Lemony Snicket books too.

  2. Hey, Vonnie!

    Great post!! I really enjoyed reading your review of "My Own Mr. Darcy", and want to get this book for my collection!

    I also want to get "Dance the Moon Down" and "The War Inside".

    As for "Salt Water Saints", I'm sorry you didn't like it. I've read a couple of negative reviews of this book on Amazon. As you know, I first saw this book on your blog, and went ahead and bought it. Well, I guess I'll read it anyway, and see....

    Thanks for sharing!! : )