2014: Year of the Buggery

1 January, 2014 Announcement, Giveaways 131 comments

eating-drinking-boozing-lazy-resolution-new-years-ecards-someecardsThat time has come to say goodbye to 2013 and embrace the new year. I think we can retroactively dub 2013 as the year that Steph and I burned out. Big time. It’s been a long slog to make it through the year intact. And we almost quit many, many times. Thankfully, we had some awesome blogging friends to help us through!

Kara and Lynn from Great Imaginations, Christina from Reader of Fictions, Wendy and Kate from The Midnight Garden, Renee and Sparky from Fangs for the Fantasy and many, many more. We also had Kate helping us out with Buzz Worthy News this year which was an amazing effort.

Steph and I are dubbing this 2014: Year of the Buggery. Cause damn. I mean DAMN do we have some things lined up for you!  But first a recap!

1. What were our favorites of 2013?

 

Steph:

Fault Line

Unteachable

The Winner's Curse

The Distance Between Us

This was a really good reading year for me because I ended up loving more books than disliking. In fact, I have an entire Goodreads shelf devoted to all my 2013 favorites. But these are ones the ones that really stood out:

Fault Line by Christa Desir
This book haunted me! I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did, but it tore at my feels. I try to avoiding books I know will leaving me sobbing in a corner, but I just couldn’t resist and I’m so glad I didn’t. This is probably one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve read this year.

Unteachable by Leah Raeder
All I have to say is HOT, HOT, HOT. I know a lot of people might be completely turned off by the whole “teacher & student” relationship, but Raeder really wrote this book in a way that made me feel uncomfortable and intrigued at the same time.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
This book, guys! I can’t stop thinking about it and I’ll be doing a re-read in January!

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
I pretty much loved all of West’s books, but this one was just so incredibly cute. No one writes sarcasm that sings to my soul like Kasie West.

 

Meg:

Fangirl cover

Vicious cover

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

The Bitter Kingdom

For squeals and giggles and feels: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I love, love, love Rainbow Rowell’s writing and Fangirl was such a fun, lovely story. While it does have it’s serious parts, overall this book gave me giggles and heart flutters and one of the most adorable love interests I’ve read all year.

Best mindbending brain puzzle: Vicious by Victoria Schwab
Vicious is like Breaking Bad except not at all beyond the fact that they’re both dark and epic morality stories. A superhero book about what it means to be a villain? It may as well have ‘written for Meg’ across the cover.

Total Nervous System Collapse: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
You could argue that this is cheating because this book has been out for forever but a) I only read it recently and b) your argument is invalidated by the powerhouse that is this book. It’s like Beyonce, don’t ask questions, just experience it.

Favorite Series Conclusion: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
This book came out before I wrote for Cuddlebuggery, but check out my Goodreads review to see how much I loved it. 2013 was a pretty big year for trilogy conclusions and of all of them, The Bitter Kingdom was my favorite. It was a completely satisfying ending to a series I’ve come to love dearly.

 

Paul:

Shades of Grey

A Dance with Dragons

Days of Blood and Starlight

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
It’s weird and a rather difficult story to get into, but Fforde’s latest series is near bursting with charm, quirks, and some of the most interesting worldbuilding you’re like to find in any work of fiction. It’s only flaw lies in the fact that the sequel is as of yet on the far, far horizon.

A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
As plodding and indulgent as it is, the latest monster of an installment in Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series is great reading regardless, giving fans time aplenty to catch up with all of their favorite characters and see their many storylines spin off in some interesting new directions. The entire affair is adrift in filler, and works mostly as an elaborate buildup to the final two books in the series, but it’s riveting storytelling nonetheless.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Grisly, twisted and a great deal more depressing than its more whimsical predecessor, Taylor’s sequel to her acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a hard story to swallow, but a worthwhile one. Taylor’s writing is as lovely as always, and her imagination takes the characters to intriguing places that should ensure her forthcoming conclusion is a worthwhile one.

Kat:

This puppy:

a.baa-Cute-Photogenic-Puppy

 

 

2. What book(s) most surprised us in 2013?

Steph:

Charm & Strange

The Seven Realms

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
This is one that I haven’t reviewed yet because I’m a blogger who is extremely behind in reviews (*smacks hand*), but it was amazing. Surprisingly, I almost DNF’d it because it’s such an odd book. The last 10% brought everything full circle and blew me away.

The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
This year I discovered audiobooks and was so surprised at how much I loved it. The Seven Realms series was pushed on my by Andye from Reading Teen and boy am I glad.  This was me while listening to this series (especially The Crimson Crown):

eargasm

 

Meg:

For Darkness Shows the Stars

For Darkness Shows Stars by Diane Peterfreund
Here I am, cheating again, but For Darkness Shows the Stars deserves a mention because I connected to this book, er ship, in a way I did not expect and cannot fully explain. Kai and Elliot go down on my list of OTPs and the rest of the book is pretty damn fantastic as well.

 

Paul:

The Snow Child

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
A quiet little tale of woodland magic and love, Ivey’s novel isn’t particularly exciting, but it is beautiful. Its premise and buildup lead to a thoroughly unexpected second half, and culminates in a startlingly bittersweet finale that ensures the book is memorable, sweet and powerful.

Kat:

 I like…stuff.

3. What were our worst reads of 2013?

 

Steph:

September Girls

The Burning Sky

Eleanor & Park

Shatter Me

September Girls by Bennett Madison
I don’t think anyone is surprised September Girls shows up on my worst reads list. I understand what Madison was trying to accomplish with the novel, and for that I applaud his efforts, but it just didn’t work out for me. I raged a bit. Well, okay, I raged a lot.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
I’ve yet to review this one because I just finished the other day, but wow, what a let down. All my friends loved this one and it felt so flat for me. Poor characterization, terrible world building and a romance that made zero sense.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I’m a black sheep when it comes to disliking this well-loved novel, but the romance killed my happy cat.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
UGH. Reading this book was like wading through a mind field filled with commas. The writing style was definitely not my thing.

 

Meg:

The Madman's Daughter

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard
I haven’t had a chance to review this one yet, but spoiler alert: it pissed me off really bad. It should have been so good, the writing was gorgeous, the premise was fascinating and the plot utterly failed to deliver. So much potential squandered on pointless romantic wangst.

 

Paul:

Fifty Shades of Grey

The Magicians

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Even when read with prior knowledge of its infamy and a bracing for its dire quality, James’ debut excuse for a fictional romance is a vile and thoroughly unpleasant experience. Poorly written and offensive, a disservice to every theme and topic that it tries to handle, this courtship of one very stupid girl and her revolting monster of a suitor lacks even the “so bad, it’s good” quality to make it remotely worth picking up.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Marketed as a cynical sort of take on the Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia series, this “adult” story of schools of sorcery and enchanted worlds is too haphazardly plotted and cynical to prove much of a comparison to either of the works that it so clearly resembles. Shallow worldbuilding and unlikeable characters make this adventure a mildly entertaining one and nothing more.

Kat:

Steph’s diary. All she wrote about was how I didn’t respect her authoritah.

 

4. Book of 2013 that we felt was underrated?

 

Steph:

Gated

Gated by Amy Christine Parker
Gated was a pleasant surprise this year with its addictive plot. I wish more people would pick it up because it’s a fantastic debut. Deranged man lures broken people away from society to create a cult? Strap in because you aren’t going anywhere!

Meg:

Croak

Croak by Gina Damico
While you may think I’m cheating again, I am not because the series concluded this year and my thoughts apply to the whole thing. It seems like the Croak books haven’t received a ton of attention and they totally deserve it. Damico lures you in with laughter and then sucker punches you in the heart. These books need more love guys, they are love deficient.

Paul:

A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
Though rightfully regarded by many fans as the weakest installment thus far in his Song of Ice and Fire saga, Martin’s fourth book is filled with enough fascinating character moments and narrative twists to make it an excellent sequel to the wonderful A Storm of Swords. Many dismiss the novel for its lacking of several fan-favorite faces, as well as its several fairly unassuming storylines, but the emphasis on the female figures of Westeros is refreshing and thought-provoking, and makes certain that things come an end with a series of shocking cliffhangers.

Kat:

Quokkas. Here’s a picture of a Quokka I met three seconds before it bit me.

Quokka

5. Review that we’re most proud of for 2013?

 

Steph:

I’m really proud of a few reviews this year. For some reason, there were times in 2013 when I found it difficult to find the motivation to review. Yet, there were a few reviews that I look back on and feel I did a decent job.

The Symptoms of My Insanity

The Collector

Fault Line

The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf
I had a nice rage moment in this review that really reminded me of when I first started reviewing before this blogging thing came along. Heh.

The Collector by Victoria Scott
To be honest, the main character Dante was so funny that writing that review was super easy and fun. I think it was the most fun review to write out of the entire year.

Fault Line by Christa Desir
I was so emotionally touched by this book, that I feel I poured my heart into that review. Something like that doesn’t happen often for me.

Meg:

Gorgeous

Untold

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
Trying to sort out my feelings on this book completely fried my circuits. I’m amazed I was able to scrape together any kind of a coherent review at all.

or

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
This one was so much fun to write. Plus, themed gifs!

 

Paul:

The Magicians

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

11/22/63

I’m torn between those for The Magicians, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and 11/22/63. If I had to choose just one, however, I would go with the first mentioned.

Kat:

Any review I wrote whilst heavily intoxicated.

6. Books of 2014 that we’re most anticipating?

 

Steph:

There are tons of books that I can’t wait to get my hands on, but here are my top picks!

Complicit

Breakable

Landline

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
Breakable by Tammara Webber
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir
On the Fence by Kasie West
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

Meg:

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Lady Thief

Oh boy, there are so many. Top of the pile are Dreams of Gods and Monsters (epic conclusion in the works), The Raven Cycle #3 (I NEED MY BLUE/GANSEY FIX STAT. Plus, MOAR RONAN) and Lady Thief (gender-bending + Robin Hood + another OTP, I needs it now). Other ones I’m looking forward to: Second Star, On The Fence, Isla and the Happily Ever After, A Mad Wicked Folly, Cruel Beauty, Cress, Split Second, The Winners Curse, Sinner and many more that I am not thinking about right at this moment. Basically, ALL THE BOOKS. GIVE THEM TO ME.

 

Paul:

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Servants of the Storm

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Kat:

Your face.

 

Stats!

And since Kat can’t be fucked to take anything seriously (I’m guessing she’s drunk), I’ll lay some 2013 stats on you. This was a busy year for us and I’m blown away by the fact that people actually cared what we were doing in our little part of the internet. I mean, GUYS, we hit over a million page views this year! That’s epic!

Busiest day of the year: February 14th with 3,398 views and the most comments of the year – Blogoversary Day 4: Guest Post by Author Leigh Bardugo

Most popular posts of the year:

Top search engine terms that lead people here:

  • Cuddlebuggery (Wait… people went looking for us?!)
  • Henry Cavill (Clearly, you all have excellent tastes)
  • Fuck you
  • Adele
  • Sally ride

Top referring sites:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Goodreads

Where do you all come from?!

  • US
  • UK
  • Canada
  • Australia

Golden Commenters (you guys rock!):

  • Kate
  • Christina from Reader of Fictions
  • Fangs 4 Fantasy
  • Meg

We have a good feeling about 2014. Mostly because we are psyched up and ready to go. What can you expect?

Well, for starters, you can expect to see a lot more of our pretty faces! Want to watch your YA News instead of reading it? Want to listen to it as a podcast on the way to work? Steph and I are here to help. You can even watch us livestream and contact us in real time as we relate and discuss the latest news in the Young Adult Genre.

We’re also secretly planning a secret project with a super special blogger… secretly.

With all the changes to the site, we won’t be posting Buzz Worthy News such as it is. Buzz Worthy News is DEAD, people. Dead. We killed it! Since you’re seeing it and hearing it with us, we won’t be posting it to the site anymore. But you’ll still be able to read it… elsewhere…soon. We’ll be coming back in the New Year with a new Buzz format. The Buzz.

And, by popular request, MORE DICK JOKES! I did have some prepared for this post, but they were all too long.

Steph and I feel so utterly blessed and honoured to be part of this community. We’ve had so much support and love from you guys, even though often we don’t deserve it! So we want to say thank you. If you’re thinking this means end of year giveaway then you would be 100% correct.

Giveaway

All the reviewers are giving away some books!

Kat:

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Steph:

Fault Line by Christa Desir
Charm & Strange by Stephane Kuehn

OR

Pick two other books mentioned in this post. Yes, even 2014 titles.

Meg:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Vicious by Victoria Schwab

OR

Any two of Meg’s favorite books of 2013.

Paul:

S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
More Than This by Patrick Ness

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131 Responses to “2014: Year of the Buggery”

  1. Rashika

    Oh Kat you’re hilarious 😛 ALSO FROZEN FOR THE WIN (I cannot seem to stop fangirling over the movie and have starting becoming obsessed with all things Disney. It’s a phase).

    Happy New Year GUYS! 😀 I hope you have a great year of blogging and coming up with more interesting things to entertain us.

    Here is to 2014, the Year of the Buggery (and coincidentally also the year I graduate :P).

  2. Tanya

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I love looking at the books that other people have loved over the year- yes it increases my TBR pile which is already ridiculously long, but still! Great post 🙂 Really like the Snuggie picture!!!!

  3. Dahlia Adler
    Twitter:

    Thank you guys for a fabulous year of blogging and reviews and general awesomeness! Nice to see a few of my own favorite reads of the year up there – UNTEACHABLE (duh), THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, and FANGIRL – as well as a few books I acquired in 2013 but haven’t gotten to read yet, i.e. VICIOUS and FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS.

    Looking forward to more dick jokes in the new year! Oh, and also book reviews and stuff I guess.

  4. Nova @ Out of Time
    Twitter:

    Omg, Kat, you are so funny! Lol. Loved your picks and I agreed with like 3/4 of them. Was really thrown off with Fault Line because I HATED it like you hated September Girls!

    Can’t wait for more year of the Buggery. And I WILL be stalking your blog…so yeah ^_^

    – Nova

  5. Lili

    Happy New Year!

    I’ve been stalking you guys all year and I’m hoping to hell that I get better with commenting because I desperately need to. This year was definitely the year of the CuddleBuggery 😉

  6. Celine

    Happy New Year to you too!

    I suck at commenting but know that I always love reading your posts. I hope 2014 will bring you guys all the awesome!

  7. Sallie M

    RIP Buzz Worthy News. Srsly, I need it to livvveeee. But as long as you guys still post most of your stuff on Facebook I think I will be okay. Maybe.

  8. April Books & Wine

    Looks like it was a great year for you all!

    Kat’s answers are hilarious.

    Also, I think I need to read September Girls because I liked ALL of the other books that Steph hated hahaha, don’t you love when that happens?

    Also, I will miss BWN, BUT am super excited for whatever y’all have up your sleeves.

    Happy New Year!

  9. Anya
    Twitter:

    Fact: this is the only end of year post that I read every single word all the way through because it was hilarious! Also I love Rachel Hartman EVEN MORE NOW (because I clicked through to the goodreads post >.>)

  10. Clara

    Thank you very much for the giveaway, I would like to read all the books you recommended in this post, specially Fangirl and The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. Happy New Year!

  11. lillian

    Hapoy New Year to you too! 😀
    I’ll be reading Gated ans The Snow Child soon! They both soon great and I am shocked Gated’s premise didn’t earn it its deserved attention!
    I can’t wait for Dreams of Gods and Monsters! 2014 is going to be year of reading more books than ever! Let’s all kick our bookish challenges’ ass! 😀

  12. Angie Edwards

    Happy 2014, Cuddlebuggery! I love your posts and find that we have similar tastes in books. I read all your reviews and I’m most definitely a fan of your snarky humor. Of all the thousands of book blogs out there, yours is without a doubt the best! 🙂

  13. Britt
    Twitter:

    Way to be a buzzkill, Kat ;P

    But seriously, thank you for a wonderful year! I’m more of a lurker, and found the blog through your Stormdancer post and interview with Jay, and I was SOLD. You guys are a blast to read. 🙂

  14. Jackie G.

    Happy New Year! I look forward to the unveiling of the changes and your super secret plan. Buzz Worthy News is one of my favorite features ever, so I will be sad to see it go. But, I can’t wait to know what the Buzz is all about!

  15. Kate Copeseeley

    I think someone was too sloshed on New Year’s Eve to give adequate answers. Still, we love Kat for Kat, don’t we?

    Excited to see what you guys come up with in the new year!!

  16. Ellie

    Happy New Year! I completely agree with your choices here (well, for the ones I’ve read)! Thank god someone else didn’t like The Burning Sky…I saw so many raving reviews and thought I would love it but ended up being underwhelmed. SO EXCITED for Dreams of Gods and Monsters and Lady Thief!

  17. Leah

    Happy New Year! I just read all of the most popular posts of the year and they were awesome! Love your reviews!

  18. Denai

    If you tried writing this on the 31st in Aus, then it is fully reasonable for Kat to be drunk.

  19. Rida

    I always have so much fun reading your guys’ reviews and rants! Looking forward to more fun and hilarity in 2014, Happy New Year!! 🙂

  20. Ani

    I think I’m in love with Kat now. And it also looks like I’ve got a few more books to add to my list. Thanks for all the awesome YA-ness and Happy New Year!

  21. Lynn K.
    Twitter:

    Happy Buggery! Rock on, you guys!
    Love Kat’s best of 2013 and Paul’s 50S review was amazing! And I haven’t read September Girls yet but I like the other 3 on Steph’s worst list lol. Gated and Croak are on my TBR this year. 🙂

  22. Debbie H

    Happy 2014! I don’t reckon you guys need my well wishes, since you’re all doin’ so darn fabulously regardless, but I’ll add my bit to the vibes: Keep doin’ what you’re doin’! Love the ranty reviews and drunken tweets…

  23. Amber Hsu

    Happy New Year!!!
    I just love you guys’ blog. Seriously. My favorite blog.
    All the review are on a need-to-read basis for me, and they never fail to make me laugh. Especially the rant-y ones. And author interviews. And everything else. And Kat+Steph hahaha. I can’t wait for The Winner’s curse…. so many people love it~
    Have a great one!

  24. Jasmine
    Twitter:

    And a wonderful day of the kings? Wait. I don’t know my liturgical holidays. Auuuuuuuuugh what do I sayyyyy HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO.

    Books are cool.

  25. Shannelle C.
    Twitter:

    We love you too! 😀 Even if you guys are pretty much incapable of being serious enough to do something properly (by that I mean, Kat). But I do love that puppy. 🙂

    Anyway, happy New Year! And can I just say that I’m so jealous that you know how to make podcasts? I want to try it because there are just some things italics and bold can’t carry across, but I have no idea what to use to record my voice. >_<

  26. Rebecca
    Twitter:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love you guys. As always, Kat is hilarious. Looks like you all read some amazing books this year and I hope 2014 is an amazing year for you reading, blogging and life wise! Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for this year and I spot an amazing, drool-worthy giveaway!

  27. Annie
    Twitter:

    I have not commented much this year but i love your guys blog and am super excited for what’s in store for 2014.

    And, Meg, I can’t wait for Lady Thief or Raven Boys III either!

  28. Aimee
    Twitter:

    Happy new year! I loved all of Kat’s answers! xD Also, I noticed that everyone (but Kat) wants to read Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Sadly, I didn’t really enjoy the first book so I never continued the series. 🙁

  29. Cathryn

    So happy that I found you guys this year. Great recap of books. Look forward to your reviews and great articles this year.

    Also, I love that you all are looking forward to Dreams of God and Monsters as much as I am.

    Happy reading!!!

  30. Andrea @ Bookish

    Happy new year to all of you! I loved your wrap up post, but I have to say Kat definitely had some of my favorite responses. Cannot wait to see all that you come up with in 2014! 🙂

  31. Kara @ Great Imaginations
    Twitter:

    LOL I love how Kat just blew it all off. Every time I got to her answer, I laughed.

    Also, I am super, SUPER excited to hear you guys will be podcasting and doing more vlogs! BECAUSE I love to see your pretty FACES!

    And thank you for including Lyn and I on your list of valued friends. We feel the same about you more than words could ever express. And you get to meet us both in NYC at BEA. EEEEEEEEEEK!

  32. Kaethe

    I’m full of trepidation because I’ve loved Buzz Worthy News as it has been. I can’t take change!

  33. erinf1

    Happy new Year!!! Thanks for such a fun post and giveaway! Several of those I haven’t read yet so I’m definitely going to have to take a look… I’m also eagerly waiting to see what new and glorious posts you all have in store for 2014 🙂

  34. Catherine Siborutorop

    Happy New Year! You guys are so hilarious! I think those books on your favorite list was really interesting, since I haven’t read most of them. Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway. What a way to start the year 😀

  35. Wendy Darling
    Twitter:

    Just popping in to say I’m glad you guys didn’t quit. I totally understand the urge too, but you know we’re always here for you when you need to poke things. Or people. We’ll even help you fashion the poking device.

    xoxoxo Happy new year to all you buggers!

  36. Nara

    hahaha all of Kat’s responses are hilarious!
    And Happy New Year to everyone at Cuddlebuggery too! 🙂

  37. Ratri

    Happy New Year all you guys! How this GA is great for me. Please put me in. Hopefully being the winner soon then 🙂

    Regards,
    Ratri
    Indonesia

  38. Isa

    Happy New Year! Hitting over a million page hits is amazing, congratulations. Looking forward to the reveal of the secret project. I’m loving fantasy a lot more than usual lately so I squealed a bit when I saw The Seven Realms on your list, it’s a series I must get my hands on this year. Thank you for the giveaway, enjoy your day! 🙂

  39. Mona

    Seeing all those awesome books makes me feel so behind in reading. Here to 2014 with more books than ever! And I loved the movie Frozen as well.

    Merci beacoup for the giveaway!

  40. Farah K

    Happy Belated new Year (don’t know if it works that way, but who cares!) Hope this year is better than the last 🙂
    Love all the book choices, Fangirl was one of my favourites from last year as well:)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. C

    Oh Charm and Strange sounds really interesting. I need to read it. It’s been a while since I settled down with a book I genuinely liked and I think I need to start again.

  42. Lori M. Lee

    I completely agree with GATED was underrated. It was so good, but I don’t see nearly enough people talking about it!

    I love all of Kat’s responses XD

  43. Jassie DC

    Happy New Year! 😀 Those are so awesome books! Very much noted! I need a trip to the bookstore soon! <3

  44. Chenise J.

    Happy New Year! Can’t wait for more epic posts from you guys! Y’all never fail to make me laugh!

  45. Zarah

    Happy New Year
    and thanks for the fish!
    Oh… wait – that wasn’t it…
    Except it kind of was. In a booknerdish sort of way.

    Anyway: you rock. And 42.
    ;p

  46. Michelle D
    Twitter:

    I love your blog. Thanks for all the awesome reviews. I love YA books in particular and have found so many series through you all that I probably would never have come across. So thank you!!

  47. _Sandra_

    Happy New Year!!! Hope it’s the best ever! 🙂 Great recap! Thanks for a giveaway!

  48. G. Donald Cribbs
    Twitter:

    I resolve to have more Cuddlebuggery in my life in 2014. It’s going to be a good year, I can feel it, and not just because 7’s a lucky number and 14 is double lucky.

    BTW, I’ve got an awesome author interview and signed HC giveaway on my blog right now (until 1/31/14) for FAULT LINE, one of your top picks. And, it’s got deets on upcoming books from Christa Desir.

    Love this review of 2013, and the amazing giveaway opportunity. You rock.

  49. anamaria

    Happy New Year 🙂
    and thanks for the awesome giveaway, also, what a fun post to read, Kat always cracks me up
    thanks for an awesome year in books

  50. Eva

    yes, all of the books.

    I was a little unlucky with some of the things I read last year, but all in all there was a lot of good stuff there, too.
    this year is shaping up great, so far.
    I’m really looking forward to Cress, myself.

  51. Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Aw, shucks. *kicks floor* I love you guys too.

    Steph, three out of four ain’t bad, right?

    Meg, I’ve only read two of your favorites. I FAIL.

    Wow, I haven’t read that puppy. Glad it was good!

    I am very torn on audio versus print for the Chima series. WHAT DO I DO? I’m sort of thinking print for at least the first couple so I know how to spell things. Haha.

    *whispers at Meg* I kind of don’t like Kai/Elliot.

    Oh snap, Steph. We are like not bookish soulmates anymore, are we?

    CROAK

    Look at me commenting like a boss. (Is this a stat that WP tracks? Where? Halp, oh knower of all things WordPress)
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