2012 End of Year Book Survey

December 21, 2012 Year in Review 16

Image17-1024x584 The 2012 End of Year Book Survey is hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner!

Best in Books 2012

1. Best book you read in 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

YA Contemporary – Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (I gave it a slight edge over The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)
Adult Contemporary – I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
YA Non Contemporary – The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Adult Non Contemporary – Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. It wasn’t awful or anything, just totally not what I was expecting. And the writing felt off.

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

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I’m not a fan of being scared but this cover was just so pretty I couldn’t resist it.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

Either Beauty Queens by Libba Bray or Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

The Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot. So funny. So cute.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

So many! Check out my Top Ten Tuesday on that topic.

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I don’t do aliens. I can’t stand them. I’m also not a huge sci-fi fan. This book was destined to be a huge dislike for me, except it wasn’t. I really enjoyed it, so thanks Andrea for making the deal with me to read it!

8. Most thrilling unputdownable book in 2012?

Books I read in one sitting: Timepiece by Myra McEntire, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, Stealing Parker and Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. Just to name a few ;)

9. Book you read in 2012 that you are most Likely to re-read next year?

Excluding any series books, Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

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

Kendare Blake Anna Dressed in Blood

There are so many too choose from, but I’m going with Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake because it was the sole reason why I picked up this book.

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Again, so many! I’ll go with Samantha from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Not the most likeable character, but one of the most memorable ones for me.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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

This is hard one because I don’t feel like any of them really “affected” me personally, so I’ll go with a book that has a great message and was wonderfully written, Easy by Tammara Webber.

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

Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot. I’ve seen these books on the shelves forever and never actually picked one up. That was a mistake.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2012?

I’m absolutely terrible at keeping track of quotes. I’ll say that one of my favorite scenes this year was between Echo, Noah and her parents in Pushing the Limits.

16. Shortest & Longest book you read in 2012?

Shortest – Hana by Lauren Oliver (novella) 64 pages
Longest – 11/22/63 by Stephen King 679 pages (ebook version)

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.) Be careful of spoilers!

The ending to The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. The ending was just… what???

18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc):

Rather than go with a romantic relationship I’m going with a friendship on this one. I loved the friendship between Jacqueline and Erin in Easy by Tammara Webber. It’s wasn’t perfect but it was real, and Erin is probably the best BFF in a book I’ve ever read.

19. Favorite book you read in 2012 from an author you read previously:

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. She doesn’t disappoint.

20. Best book you read that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else:

Venom by Fiona Paul. It was recommended by a few of the ladies that worked for Penguin. I’m very picky about historical fiction and didn’t plan on picking it up at BEA until their recommendation.

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?

All of them. How can I choose? (And yes, I know that’s a cop out!)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I don’t really do a lot of discussion posts, but my post on why I might not be commenting was popular.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

This one I just read recently about negative reviews over at A Reader of Fictions. She hit the nail on the head for me. I’ve never had a bad experience with an author, but I’ve seen some things and it always makes me sad. Not everyone is going to like every book written ever.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, meme’s, etc)

BEA. I had so much fun. The books. The bloggers. The authors. It was so good.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

When I received my first tweet from an author. That was awesome.

7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)

Excluding memes, readathons, etc I had a tie (using comments) between Not Enough Time to Read and 50 Shades and Walmart.

8. Post you wished got a little more love?

My review of Ballads of Suburbia.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc)

Bookmarks. Laugh if you want but I didn’t start using bookmarks till this year. I used to fold the corners of my paperbacks and use the flap in my hardcovers. Now I can’t imagine ever doing that!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed two challenges. The first I completed was to read 15,000 pages hosted by Abducted by Books. I more than doubled this one.

I also completed was my Good reads challenge. I originally started with 100 books, but when I started crushing that I bumped it up to 130, but then I ended up lowering it to 120 when I realized I didn’t take into consideration how busy the end of the year was going to be.

I participated in a few other challenges but I failed to complete them.

Looking Ahead…

1. One book you didn’t get to in 2012 but will be your number 1 priority in 2013?

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I promised my mom I would finish this like 6 months ago…

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2013?

Requiem by Lauren Oliver.

3. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2013?

Attend more author events. They are so much fun and something I never really thought about until this year.


16 Responses to “2012 End of Year Book Survey”

  1. Leela

    I want to read Beauty Queens, but the vocabulary is hard for me to understand :_( This is not happening with Simply Irresistible ;)

  2. ....Petty Witter

    Interesting reading.

    It’s one of my dreams to attend an author event/book launch but alas they all tend to take place in London which given my mobility problems is too far away.

  3. Bittner

    I believe I remember you saying that I was your favorite blog to discover this year…yep.. that sounds about right to me!

  4. Marce

    I downloaded Body Finder last week as bloggers reminded me it was a must read now you wasn’t impressed, uggh, the roller coaster, lol

    Some characters are memorable because they are not nice, I like that, they bring out emotion for sure.

    I’m still considering Anna Dressed in Blood

  5. fakesteph

    I am sooooo glad you discovered bookmarks. And a lot of your favorite new discoveries are books I hope to become my own favorite new discoveries in 2013. :)

  6. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    Yay, I’m so glad you liked Cinder! I know we’re not always going to agree on books, but it’s nice when we do! ;)

    And bookmarks are fantastic. I have a few swag bookmarks I could send you–just say the word and they’re yours!