Hi! Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner created an end of the year survey that’s a super fun way to recap the bookish year. My answers are below the cut!
Best Books in 2012
1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Spoiler alert: this survey is probably going to be all CODE NAME VERITY!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley and Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. I KNOW, I am profoundly bummed I wasn’t into them like I thought I would especially since the authors seem like cool people too.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I seriously wasn’t expecting to love it so much.
4. Book you recommended most to people in 2012?
…Code Name Verity.
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Heist Society series by Ally Carter is super fun and I absolutely can’t wait until Perfect Scoundrels. The Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valente is lovely. The Ashbury/Brookfield series by Jaclyn Moriarty makes me so, so happy with an urge to pen letters.
6. Favourite new authors you discovered in 2012?
MELINA MARCHETTA <3333 I totally understand the reverence for her now, she is a queen.
7. Best book out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Code Name Verity. Not really into historical fiction or WWII narratives but IT WAS AMAZING!
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I was like, “okay, I’m going to stop after the first part” but then I read the first sentence of the second part and was like, “OMG I CAN’T STOP NOW” so I read it straight through. So twisty turn-y!
9. Book You Read in 2012 That You Are Most Likely to Re-Read Next Year:
A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare. This is EXACTLY what I would want out of a historical romance and it is incredibly delightful. At some point next year, I will need a pick me up and this is perfect for it. I will probably re-read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo before the sequel hits too because of the “um, what exactly happened in the first book?” syndrome.
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2012?
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Oscar from The Brief Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. I mean, the whole book was about him and his family history so it’s pretty memorable. Also, Victoria from The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand!
12. Most beautifully written book in 2012?
Wow, this is a tough one! Three-way tie between A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente, and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. All the Melina Marchetta books I read this year because it’s Melina Marchetta.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Hm! Probably Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta because there was a passage that really made me go, “yes. this is it.”
14. Book you couldn’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. I would have LOVED that series when I was younger and it’s still full of impact as an adult.
15. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2012?
“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.
It happened on the Jellicoe Road. The prettiest road I’d ever seen, where trees made breezy canopies like a tunnel to Shangri-La. We were going to the ocean, hundreds of miles away, because I wanted to see the ocean and my father said that it was about time the four of us made that journey. I remember asking, ‘What’s the difference between a trip and a journey?’ and my father said, ‘Narnie, my love, when we get there, you’ll understand,’ and that was the last thing he ever said.” – Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta
“The bed was warm and ordinary and perfect, and it had been such a long, long day. Probably the longest day of my life. I felt like I had proof that not all days are the same length, not all time has the same weight. Proof that there are worlds and worlds and worlds on top of worlds, if you want them to be there.” – Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Carol Rifka Brunt
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read in 2012?
Shortest (162 pages) – Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Longest (1126 pages) – The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
I took a class on The Tale of Genji, which is the first modern novel, this semester and it’s very interesting.
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!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is seriously nuts too with so many WTF moments & things that made me go !!!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Verity and Maddie from Code Name Verity. “It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.” Emily, Lydia, and Cassie from the Ashbury/Brookfield series. GIRL FRIENDSHIPS!!
19. Favourite Book You Read In 2012 From An Another You Read Previously
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. Lovely & heartfelt & made my face a waterfall.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Kendra, former co-blogger and now occasional contributor, told me to read Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. I wasn’t really interested in the series but I read Delirium to get to Pandemonium, which I ABSOLUTELY LOVED. Julian really is the greatest. Everyone’s like rah rah Team Alex but whatever, I’ll be over here with Julian.
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2012?
Well, Novel Sounds started last December so pretty much all the book blogs I discovered were new! My favourites are Saz101 (who is the most wonderful and so supportive), Rather Be Reading (I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!), Alexa Loves Books (so kind and lovely!), and The Perpetual Page Turner (you all probably know her already and for good reason! ridiculously friendly & helpful).
2. Favourite review you wrote in 2012?
Wow, this is hard, not because I think all my reviews are great but finding one I completely like. I think maybe the Ashbury/Brookfield series review.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
The art of reviewing & how you review. I think it’s so fascinating to read about how everyone reviews and what they look for in reviews!
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
The Book Smugglers’ pondering post on Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. I have very conflicting feelings towards Stormdancer and the post outlines many of the problems clearly.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Attending J.K. Rowling’s event in NYC and meeting her then Morgan Matson afterwards!! What a DREAM.
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
Hanging out with Estelle from Rather Be Reading & Alexa from Alexa Loves Books while I was in NYC!! LOVE hanging out with bookish friends and they make me so happy. I hope we can do it again soon!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Excluding giveaways and Top Ten Tuesday posts, my introduction for Armchair BEA was pretty popular! I guess now everyone knows my ridiculous obsession with ice cream.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Haha, what a question. My post for if you like John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars, you will like this film. My book travel with a soundtrack. Also, I recommend five songs.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Ummm can I just say book blogging in general? I’ve met (“met” in most cases) SO many amazing people, had the most splendid conversations, and generally been having so much fun. Sometimes it can get hard but I remember how lucky I am to be doing this at all & having people actually read this blog.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I did! I originally set my goal on GR for 100 books, surpassed that, then it was 150, surpassed that, then it was 200, surpassed that, and now it’s 230! I have ten more books to go for the challenge. I think I can do it!!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
I am not sure! If I do not finish IQ84 by the end of this year, it will that.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
SO MANY! I made a list of 2013 anticipated reads that already have descriptions & covers but others I am excited for are Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Throne of Glass #2 by Sarah J. Maas, The Year of the Shadows by Claire Legrand, More Than This by Patrick Ness, Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak if that actually comes out, etc. etc.
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
Keep on growing and being creative and read more ~literary~ fiction. I said I was going to read an adult book for every 10 YA books this year but HA! that definitely did not work out. Hopefully, I’ll be better at it next year.