It’s time for the End of the Year Book Survey again! Can you believe it?
Best In Books 2012
1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Oh, goodness. How can I ever decide?! I guess if I have to choose just one it would be Finnkin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. It’s a high fantasy, which is my favorite genre. It was one of those books that I just want to live in. I loved it.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick comes to mind first. I had such high hopes for it, but it ultimately disappointed me. I feel like the only person that didn’t love it too. I had very similar feelings about Where Things Come Back as well.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid. It’s very sci-fi and I don’t read a lot of science fiction. It was way outside my comfort zone, but I ended up enjoying so much. I was also really surprised by The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman. It really wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, but it was sooooo good!
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
The Dairy Queen series by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. OMG do I love those books. I also recommended Finnikin a lot.
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
That would be Dairy Queen again! <3 those books.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Trish Doller, Laura Weiss, Leigh Bardugo, Robin LaFevers, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Robin Wasserman, Emily M. Danforth, and Libba Bray. Just to name a few…
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I listened to Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand which is a biography. I don’t even remember the last time I read something nonfiction, so this was very new and unusual for me. It was so amazing and I’ll definitely be giving more biographies a shot.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Probably The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Those books are the epitome of thrilling.
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
This one is the Mara Dyer books again. I reread The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer before I read Evolution and I’m sure I’ll read both before the third book is released. They are so twisty that it’s almost impossible not to reread.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
I really love Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill! So pretty! I also adore The Disenchatments by Nina LaCour.
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
D.J. Schwank from Dairy Queen. I love that girl.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
I just looked through my list of books read this year and I could answer this with so many different ones. The one book that I can remember being swept off my feet by was The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. Here’s a snippet from my review:
“There were many passages that made me close my eyes and just take it in. I really wish that I would have marked them somehow, but I was so engrossed in the story that it was hard to put the book down”
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I had all the feelings, but I also had all the thoughts. What an amazing book.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Weiss. What an amazing and heartbreaking book.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
“We felt so small with the city lights stretching forever below us, and we yelled at the top of our lungs because we were just these small humans but we felt more longing than could ever fit inside us.”- The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
“Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility— it is always expanding, it is never what you think it is. Everything around us was once deemed impossible. From the airplane overhead to the phones in our pockets to the choir girl putting her arm around the metalhead. As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits are of our own world’s devising. And yet, every day we each do so many things that were once impossible to us. ” The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
I think the shortest was probably The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan. Goodreads tells me the longest was Froi of the Exiles and The Diviners by Libba Bray was just a few pages shorter than that.
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
The end of The Evolution of Mara Dyer. Those books are going to kill me.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Francesca and Will from Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. They made me feel all warm and fuzzy. I really love D.J. and Brain from Dairy Queen too.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
Once again, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. It’s historical…kinda and I don’t like historical much. Candace from Candace’s Book Blog said I must read it. So I did and it was one of my favorite books of the year. I also read Sabrina’s review of the Dairy Queen books and then promptly downloaded the first one.
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?
This is a hard one! I just went through all my 2012 posts and I have a few. I really loved The Miseducation of Cameron Post and I hope that I did a good job of gushing about its amazing-ness while being semi intelligent. I also like my review of Finnikin of the Rock a lot too…it’s very enthusiastic. I would have never picked up Grave Mercy without so many recommendations and I’m so happy I did, so I like that one too. Last but not least, my Dairy Queen review. I loved it sooooo much and I think I put it on some people’s radar or at least gave them a nudge to read it.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I had a lot of fun with my Bookish Pet Peeves post. I needed to get all that off my chest and I loved reading everyone’s comments!
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I loved April’s post Relax, It’s Not a Competition. I think we can all relate to that post.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Decatur Book Festival! It happens every Labor Day weekend and I adore it. I get to see all my blogging friends and meet so many fantastic authors. I have no idea if I’ll be able to make it next year, because I’ll have a 3 month old. It’s probably safe to say I’ll have to skip it. (Pictured above from left to right: Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, Tiffani and her husband, Diana Peterfruend, Me, Liz, C.J. Redwine, Alli, Smash Attack Ash, Stacy, and Lauren Morrill
I also attended a Dark Days event last February with some blogging friends. We got to hang out with Lauren Oliver. So, my life has pretty much been made.
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
I can’t think of any one thing that stands out, but honestly, I just love everything about the community and book blooking.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My small rant about Bad Boys seemed to be pretty popular and my Bookish Pet Peeves post.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I reviewed Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. It was the first book of hers I’d read in years and I enjoyed it so much. But the review didn’t get that much love.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I can’t think of any new bookish discoveries. Does Pinterest count? I use it for lots of bookish things.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Well…no. I originally set my reading goal at 120 and I was on track for 9 or 10 months. I was even ahead most of the time. Then I got pregnant and I’ve never been more sleepy in my entire life. So I basically shot my goal within the month of October, but I don’t really care. The sleep and laziness was nice. I did read a ton of debuts, but I didn’t actually keep up with the challenge.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Lots of books…I’ve said I’m going to read The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima for 2 years now…maybe I’ll actually get to it next year.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
I’m really excited about The Retribution of Mara Dyer and Boundless and Requiem, and so many others. Here’s a post I did about my most anticipated books of 2013.
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
Be completely okay with my everything that has to do with blogging. Next year is going to be a completely new experience for me and I’m not going be able to maintain this blog like I have the past 4 years. I’m not going to post everyday and I need to be okay with that. My stats are going to change and I’m going to be okay with that. I probably won’t be commenting and interacting with everyone as much and I must learn to be okay with that. So my 2013 mantra is to be okay with whatever state my blog is in. Especially after June when the the baby comes!
Thanks so much to Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner for putting this together every year. If you want to participate visit her blog!