Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 End of Year Book Survey

Hosted by Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

It's impossible to pick just one! Bloodrose and Rift by Andrea Cremer were amazing, as are all of her books. I also loved In Honor by Jessi Kirby, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker and the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han. I'd heard great things about them and hoped that they would have more emotional impact than they did.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. I expected this to be a fun story, but it turned out to be much darker with deeper emotions in it. Still, it really spoke to me at the time I read it and I loved the direction the story took.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

Probably the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. Not only is it an amazing series, but also friends don't let friends read 50 Shades of Gray without offering other suggestions.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

I knew about this series before, but I finally started reading Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter. I've loved every book in this series! For YA, I started reading Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls. I always pick up the next book whenever I need something fun to get me energized about reading again.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

There are so many! Gena Showalter, John Green (I know, shame on me for not reading his books before!), Miranda Kenneally, Jessi Kirby, Morgan Matson, and Katie McGarry, to name a few.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I actually don't think I read anything out of my comfort zone this year. I'll have to fix that in 2013!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

I don't know that any of these count as thrillers necessarily, but the ones that definitely qualify for unputdownable are Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward, Bloodrose and Rift by Andrea Cremer, and The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

I rarely re-read books that aren't part of my favorite series, but I would consider re-reading Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. Also, I'm sure I'll re-read Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

I always love pretty covers. I've seen so many great ones this year, but I haven't necessarily read all the books. I do love this cover, though, because of the stars in the background.

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Another tough one! Bria from Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard, Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, and Parker from Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally. And of course Barrow from Rift by Andrea Cremer and Tohr from Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson and In Honor by Jessi Kirby.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

This is probably cheating, but a lot of books had an impact on me. I love books that make me think and look at the world in a different way.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers. I loved Frannie's voice since I heard Lisa read at one of her signings, but I still waited over a year to read it.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?

Again, I have to cheat:

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
“That's the thing about pain...it demands to be felt.”
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
~ The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

“You can't control the past, but you can control where you go next.”
~ Wanderlove, Kirsten Hubbard

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Shortest - Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic, 200 pages

Longest - Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward, 572 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!

In Honor by Jessi Kirby. There's one scene in which Honor goes scuba diving - it's one of the most beautifully written scenes I've ever read.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

I loved the relationship between Ember and Barrow in Rift by Andrea Cremer and Ellie and Will in Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward, Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, and Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

I've had several recommendations but actually haven't gotten around to reading them, but the one I did was Catching Jordan, recommended by Cari from Cari's Book Blog.

~ Looking Ahead ~

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

All of them? Namely Defiance by C.J. Redwine, What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang, Every Other Day by David Levithan...honestly, I could be here all day if I kept listing them!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

Rise by Andrea Cremer, Requiem by Lauren Oliver, Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton, and Lover at Last by J.R. Ward.

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

I hope to stay on top of my to-read pile better and post more timely reviews. I also want to have more discussion posts on my blog and be more comfortable about sharing my opinions in situations outside of reviews. I have a hard time remembering that blogging is a hobby, not a profession, and I want to find that balance better. Finally, I hope to still love reading and blogging as much as I do now throughout another year!


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