I still have a couple ideas for end-year-bookish stuff, but I figured I’d start with this end of the year book survey hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner.
Best In Books
1- Best Book You Read In 2012 (You Can Break It Down By Genre If You Want)
I am so glad I can break this one down by genre! I don’t know how I’d pick otherwise.
Best YA Paranormal- Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine, The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Best YA Dystopic- Divergent by Veronica Roth, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Best Adult Fiction- When She Woke by Hilary Jordan, The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Best Overall- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
2- Book You Were Excited About And Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
This is a hard one because I liked most of what I read. I think I’m going to have to go with A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. It totally seemed up my alley, but I just couldn’t get into it.
3- Most Surprising (In A Good Way!) Book Of 2012
Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan had me all over the place. It’s also one of the books that I WILL NOT allow myself to read at work, because I don’t want anyone to freak out if they see me crying.
4- Book You Recommended Most To People In 2012?
If you’re talking about books I mention a lot, then check out question #1. But I’d also recommend Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Unwind by Neal Shusterman and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
5- Best New Series You Discovered In 2012?
The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Wings by Aprilynne Pike and Need by Carrie Jones top the list of series I read and loved this year.
6- Favorite New Authors You Discovered In 2012?
I’m not going to recap my favorite new authors here, because I’ve already covered some of my favorite new authors in this post.
7- Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
This is a hard one, mostly because I mostly stick to YA and history. But I loved Still Alice by Lisa Genova and really liked Good Fairies, Bad Fairies by Brian Froud.
8- Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
There are so many choices, and part of me wants to go with something I haven’t said already…but I really have to go with Morganville Vampires. It’s a very addicting series!
9- Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read In 2013?
Hmmm…probably The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.
10- Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012
One of my favorite things about reading is seeing all the really pretty covers! This one is my favorite:
11- Most Memorable character in 2012?
A from Every Day by David Levithan. I didn’t care for it, but A is pretty memorable. Lennie from The Sky Is Everywhere is also my top choice.
12- Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
My choice for this one is The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. It’s so beautiful, and I LOVED LOVED LOVED the random memories on the scraps of paper found around town.
13- Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
It’s a toss-up between And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts and A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier. And The Band Played On is a great look at the few first years of AIDS and it’s strange seeing how it was back then, especially knowing what AIDS is like now. As for A Mighty Long Way, it’s still mind boggling that schools were desegregated not that long ago.
14- Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
It’s a tie between Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and Looking For Alaska by John Green. I just can’t believe it took me so long to read them!
15- Favorite Quote/Passage From A Book You Read In 2012?
From The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: “My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That’s just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.”
16- Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest: I have a ton of books that are around 200 pages, so I’m not even going to bother listing all of them.
Longest: 11/23/63 by Stephen King- it’s an astounding 863 pages.
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!
Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan. It had quite the ending- to the point that I immediately bought Barely Breathing (the sequel) and starting reading it.
18- Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc)
Joe and Lenny from The Sky Is Everywhere and Anna and St. Clair from Anna And The French Kiss. Both couples are so adorable, and I couldn’t help but fangirl over Joe and St. Clair.
19- Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
I’m going to go with The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling…because I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. I really liked it, and it was great to see a new book from her.
20- Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else
Looking For Alaska by John Green. I saw this one on so many Top 10 Tuesday lists that I requested from the library immediately.
Book Blogging/Reading Life In 2012 (Optional)
1- New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?
There are so many, but The Broke And The Bookish and The Grown-Up YA are just two I read. I really could go on and on about some of my favorite book blogs.
2- Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?
I think my favorite review that I wrote is the one for Anna And The French Kiss. Mostly because I kind of acted like a fan-girl.
3- Best discussion you had on your blog?
I don’t really do a lot of discussion-type posts on my blog. The only one that really jumps to mind is the post where I talked about why I love (but sometimes hate) my e-reader. Maybe I should have some more discussion-y posts.
4- Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I really like the Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down posts that Jamie (from The Perpetual Page Turner) does. Tara, from The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh,” has some great posts on her journey to her Ph.D.
5- Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Honestly, I LOVE Top 10 Tuesday. It’s so much fun coming up with a different list every week. Some weeks are easier than others, but either way, it’s fun to write my list and see what other people come up with.
6- Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
I think my best moment was when I realized that book blogging is something I love to do and where I want to focus my attention, in terms of blogging. Although getting an audible account and getting my Nook are great too, because I have a ton of ways to feed my reading habit.
7- Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Endure by Carrie Jones got 119 views. Top 10 Tuesday posts are always popular too.
8- Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Besides the obvious answer of all of them, I really have no clue. Nothing is really coming to mind, even after looking through a bunch of old posts.
9- Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Being able to download e-books and audiobooks from the library!
10- Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
My original goal was to read 115 books, but I ended up changing that to 200…and I’ve currently read 215 books! So, yes, I have completed my only goal in terms of reading.
1- One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Where do I even start with this one? I could go with all of the books I wanted to read and didn’t get to, but I think The Daughter Of Smoke And Bone is at the top of the list.
2- Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
If you want to know which books I’m listening forward to, be sure to check out my list of my most anticipated reads of 2013.
3- One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
The one thing I really want to do next year is read outside of YA more. As much as I love YA, I really want to expand my horizons a little more.
And that wraps up this year-end book survey! Have a lovely day!