I found this End of the Year Book survey posted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, which is a most wonderful book blog I have recently discovered and am now subscribed to. Wonderful, fun blog that you must read if you have not yet. Definitely one of my favorites now.
Best In Books 2012
1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
I would have to say Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It was hands down one of the best books I have ever read in my life. It is a pretty intimidating read due to its size, it is roughly over 1000 pages and was one of the heftiest books I have read to date. Don’t let that scare you though because it is such an amazing book and experience. I had been wanting to read it for years and finally sat down to read it. It is now one of my most favorite books. I definitely recommend it to everyone but definitely if you love Arthurian literature. The perspective is really different from the other stories and is just all around amazing.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Ugh, sadly this question is all too easy for me to answer. Definitely The Awakening (Vampire Diaries #1) – L.J. Smith. I am a big fan of the television show. Typically I try not to watch a television show or a movie based on a book unless I’ve already read the book but this one just sort of happened this way. I had actually no clue what I was looking at the first time I saw the television show and just ended up getting sucked into (as I happen to do with about a million other shows). I was super excited to finally have a chance to read the series and I absolutely hated the first book. I, who usually delights in reading anything, found reading this book to be such a chore. I struggled to get through it but get through it I did and I was not impressed. But, I am a fan of second chances and in some cases even third changes. I have yet to pick up the second one in the series but I will be reading it this year. I’ve just found it hard to interrupt my current streak of awesomeness with the books I’ve been reading lately to try to entertain the sequel to a book I didn’t care for. But I’ll come around to it sometime.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
I’m not really an avid reader of Children’s literature but I actually took a Media for Children class this past semester. One of our assignments was to read thirty-five children’s book (only twelve of which could be picture books). This was to get us into exploring the surprisingly awesome world that is Children’s literature – an area of which I had little to no experience in prior to this class. One of the books I just happened to pick up while perusing the book aisles (in HEB of all places!) was The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere #1) by Jacqueline West. It was a really light, fast read but was so much fun. It was super entertaining and sometimes spooky and just an all around blast of a book to read. The short version is that it’s about a little girl who moves to a new (but really old and freaky!) house in a small town. Strange things start happening in the house and the little girl, Violet finds these magical spectacles that allow her to travel through the dark, mysterious paintings in the house. While she is in these paintings she feels as though someone dangerous and powerful is watching her and doesn’t want her in the paintings or in the house. This story comes complete with ghosts, talking cats, and a healthy dose of friendship and learning to overcome your fears. Fun!
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Probably The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty #1) – Anne Rice writing as A.N. Rocquelaire. I recommended this to numerous people because everyone was going completely bonkers over Fifty Shades of Gray. I only read the first book in the Fifty Shades trilogy and it was alright. I wasn’t like most people who were just gushing and oohing and ahhing over it. I think this is due in part to the fact that erotica really isn’t that new to me. It’s an area of literature I’ve been familiar with for a really long time. My introduction happened to be through Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy and that is way more hardcore than Fifty Shades. The Fifty Shades crowd will either love it or hate it. It’s definitely very different from it but written infinitely better. I’m a huge Anne Rice fan.
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
I discovered so many series in 2012. I had kind of fallen off the reading wagon until about April, maybe May. That’s when I really started picking up. The past few years have been pretty busy for me as well so I hadn’t really taken much time to do what I love to do. I barely started to read Harry Potter which is amazing of course. I know I am so late! I’m going to say the best series I’ve discovered so far is is the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Holy Cow! Love these books! But I also just discovered The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and I really really loved Oppression (Children of the Gods #1) by Jessica Therrien.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Jessica Therrien, Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, Jay Asher and Linda Sue Park
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Although there are some really great nonfiction books that I love I tend towards fiction just because I want to escape real life when I read and I want fanciful worlds and magical romance, etc. I am pretty choosy about the nonfic books I choose to read. On a trip to one of my local libraries I picked up Grape Vs. Grain: A Historical, Technological and Social Comparison of Wine and Beer by Charles Bamforth. I had picked this up because I wanted to learn more about beer and about wine. Although this book wasn’t what I was looking for and what I had expected it was going to be I enjoyed it and enjoyed learning about the process of making beer and making wine. It was definitely interesting and made me appreciate both of them more. It really made me appreciate beer because I think the book favors beer a lot more than wine.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Insurgent by Veronica Roth, no contest! I flippin’ loved this book. No one could pry this out of my hands. I liked Divergent, it was amazing but Insurgent left me completely breathless. I seriously could not stop talking about this book. AHHH. Just thinking about it and writing about here makes me want to read it again and I am so mad I have to wait so long for the movie and next book lol.
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Hmm, this is a tricky one. I read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer again this year. Well I read all four again and I think they are calling out my name for an eighth read. Lol.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight y Jennifer E. Smith. I love the contrast of the black and white blurriness on the cover with the bright Red and White lettering. The font is really attractive too, it’s one of those covers that just instantly draws your eye because it looks so different from anything else that is out there. Love it!
11. Most memorable character in 2012
Hannah Baker from Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I can’t even explain it, just read the book if you haven’t. If you have, you know why. This was also one of the best books I’ve read to date. Job well done, Jay Asher…job well done.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice. She is just such a wordsmith and has a way of describing ordinary things so that they seem so wonderfully extraordinary. She makes me fall in love with the simplest things. If you haven’t read Violin from her, please do. She uses such beautiful language.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012
A friend of mine lent me an ebook on the Nook HD+ a few weeks ago, Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. Really, really great book. It has to do with the Holocaust and the story involves two narratives: we live the present with Trudy and relive the past with her mother Anna. Amazing! Books about the holocaust or really any type of book about human beings during war and genocide have such a profound impact on me. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming at times. Really great book, definitely a must read.
4. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read
I can’t believe I waited this long to read the Harry Potter series! So far I’ve read only the first three so I need to get on the others pretty soon here!
5. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012
“Pride is the parent of destruction; pride eats the mind and the heart and the soul alive.” – Anne Rice, The Wolf Gift
6.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012
The shortest book I read was Blubber by Judy Blume which was 127 pages and the longest book I read was The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley which is about 1005 pages.
7. 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!
Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Holy moly! I mean come on! My heart little jumped and I probably screamed a little when the dauntless become a synchronized army and Tris has to pretend to move like one of them. Then she sees Four and gets in the train beside him and is just crushed because he is exactly like the rest of him…except he isn’t. And that moment she finds out that he isn’t, oh my god! I can’t even talk about it! And then the end of Insurgent just left me totally, totally breathless…totally, totally on the edge of my seat. I think my first words after the last few sentences were, what the f***. Lol. Priceless!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
I love Tris and Four in the Divergent series, enough said!
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
The only book I read from author I had read previously was The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Those Who Save Us – Jenna Blum
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012 (optional)
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?
Perpetual Page Turner – http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/ .
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012
I haven’t posted any reviews on this blog yet since it is so new. My first will probably be of City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare since this is the book I am currently reading. I am hoping to be done with this by tomorrow night.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
n/a as I have only posted the introduction and this survey will be my second post.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I especially loved a post by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner called “Going In Blind AKA The Most Beautiful Gift in Reading”. Go read it!
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The only real reading event I took part in during 2012 was the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge. I had fallen off the reading wagon for a few years due to work, school and home life. Now that life has kind of calmed a tiny bit down (either that or I’ve just learned to manage my time better a.k.a not sleeping to read lol) I’ve found it easier to fit in reading time which I am so grateful for. I’m so grateful that my constant reading doesn’t annoy my husband also! If it did well too bad. I started the reading challenge a little late but I committed to reading 40 books and I went 11 over so far. Hopefully I can fit in a few more reads before the end of 2012. I will commit to 100 in 2013 which we’ll see how that goes since it will be my first semester in Grad school and I am taking 12 hours.
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
Discovering so many wonderful voices in the book blogging world. I love reading the reviews from so many knowledgeable, interesting and unique sources. I am very very grateful for each book blogger out there!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
No comment here yet!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
We’ll see how I do in 2013!
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I discovered Goodreads this year! I am super addicted and could not imagine my life without it. I love you Goodreads, you rock my world!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I did! As I mentioned above I committed to 40 books and read 51 so far!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Gosh, I feel like there are so many! I’d have to say The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I definitely want to read the book before the movie comes out so I need to jump on this one ASAP. I started it but got sidetracked with all the books I had to read to fulfill my YA and Children’s lit reading requirements for school. Also, Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer and The Selection by Keira Cass.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
The third book in the Divergent series written by Veronica Roth whose title still has yet to be revealed. AHHH the suspense is gnawing at me! The Program (Program #1) by Suzanne Young. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff. My Name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton. Uprising (Children of the Gods #2) by Jessica Therrien and so many many more.
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
I just really want to blog more. I just migrated to Tumblr/WP from LJ so i’m not too versed in them yet.