Thursday, 2 January 2014

2013 Roundup

So hello readers!

I know, it's been a little while. Sorry for being absentee for so long  but all three of us have been getting used to our much more packed schedules now our A-Levels have started. Any of our fellow Brits will tell you that it takes a while to get into the swing of things. But as a trio we have collectively decided we are ready again and want to return to our beautiful, little blog. Thank you for waiting for us!

So what happened this year in the world of books for the three of us? Reminder that not all the books that we pick for this list had to be published in 2013, just that we had to read them in 2013.

1) Favourite female character of 2013?
Izzy: Eleanor from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Bronte: Wander/Melanie from The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Eleanor: Kira from Partials by Dan Wells

2) Favourite male character of 2013?
Izzy: Graham Larkin from This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith
Bronte: August from Wonder by R.J.Palacio
Eleanor: Callum from Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

3) Book you enjoyed more than expected?
Izzy: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Bronte: The Statistical Probability of Love and First Sight, Jennifer E. Smith
Eleanor: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon

4) Book you were most disappointed with?
Izzy: Uglies by Scott Westerfield
Bronte: The Moon and More, Sarah Dessen
Eleanor: Mystic City, Theo Lawrence

5) Most disliked book of 2013?
Izzy: Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
Bronte: Paper Towns, John Green
Eleanor: My Soul to Take, Rachel Vincent

6) Most loved book of 2013?
Izzy: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Bronte: Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare
Eleanor: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

7) What are you most excited for in 2014 in the book world?

Izzy: Lots and lots of things! I'm very excited about Rainbow Rowell's upcoming release of "Landline". I think Rowell is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors and I am definitely keeping my eye on all of her work. Also, I can not wait for the release of  "Isla and the Happily Ever After" by Stephanie Perkins as well as the highly anticipated film for The Fault in Our Stars. 2014 is shaping up to be an incredible year!

Bronte: 2014 will hopefully be better for me in the world of reading. For some reason after summer, when we went back to school, I stopped reading and decided to sleep instead. But that hasn't worked out too well. I miss reading so I am going to start with two amazing books: 'Allegiant' by Veronica Roth and 'Love Reborn' by Yvonne Woon which are the concluding books from my favourite trilogies. Like Izzy, I am anxiously awaiting Isla and the Happily Ever After which seems to be taking forEVER to arrive and, obviously, the film adaption of The Fault in Our Stars will be a definite highlight even though I will spend an afternoon at the crying at the cinema! Welcome 2014!!

Eleanor: Although I read quite a bit last year, I didn't really find 2013 to be a brilliant year in terms of the books I read. Nothing really stood out for me (except for perhaps The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) and so this year I am very excited about making time to read a lot more books and find some really good ones. I want to be starting the year with a few of the (fairly) newly released favourites such as The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence, as well as catching up with those books that are sitting on my kindle and making me feel awful every time I realise I haven't read them i.e. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare and If I Should Die by Amy Plum. This year is going to be good!

What's happening to Titles and Teacups in 2014?

We have a couple of changes up our sleeve for expanding our readership of T&T. We are hoping to make the blog much more visual for you all, as well as publishing more and more reviews. We are also trying to expand more into social media, restarting our Goodreads page and creating a Tumblr as well. If you have any thoughts on how you could enjoy Titles and Teacups please let us know.

Happy New Year! From the Tea Drinking Trio xx


  1. I agree about Rowell. FANGIRL was probably my favorite read of 2013 and I can not wait to see more from her. Clockwork Princess was phenomenal as well, though! So emotional. Great post, ladies! Thanks for linking up to Bloggers Commenting Back!

    1. I ordered my copy of FANGIRL in paperback a couple of days ago, as the UK have been receiving her novels a bit later and I couldn't afford hardback haha. Are you excited about Landline? And it is a fabulous idea, and hopefully will integrate us more into this wonderful community. -Izzy