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.

I counted.

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!!

Looking Ahead

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 LegrandMore 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.

30 Responses to “2012 end of the year book survey”

  1. Liviania says:

    Looking at your favorite covers, I’m surprised Unspoken isn’t up there! (Unless you haven’t read it.)

    Good luck with your goals next year! (And I hope Bridge of Clay comes out too!)
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  2. VeganYANerds says:

    I love the idea of this survey and your answers were great, E! I share your love of Code Name Verity <3 <3
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  3. Cassie says:

    ahh, you read Tell the Wolves I’m Home, too! I adored it. June was just the perfect character.
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  4. Ahhhh! I’m so happy for you that you discovered Melina Marchetta this year! She’s one of my favorite authors OF ALL TIME. Have you read her Lumatere Chronicles? It’s might even be better than her contemporary works.
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  5. Gone Girl = 100% yes! That ending. Just so chilling *shudder*

    As always, I think we have pretty similar taste in books, although I also got some new ideas from this post. Glad you had such a great year of blogging!!
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  6. Estelle says:

    This is what I love about you:

    You care about how this looks and what you are saying. All the time. You put a lot of time and work into your blog and it shows. And I’m so proud to be your friend and know you.

    You’ve opened me up to so many books this year, and for that I am so thankful. Now I have to get off my tush, get a new library card, and take out Code Name Verity. :)

    Can’t wait for more book adventures and chats!
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  7. I think YOU are absolutely amazing. I’m so glad that we were able to meet in person, and even more glad that we’re friends! You inspire me all the time to be better at blogging, and to be even more critical when I read, write and blog.

    Obviously, because Code Name Verity appears on this list multiple times, I am going to have to read it already. I have no excuse other than that I keep saving it for when it feels right to read it, and December actually seems to have that vibe for me.

    I definitely hope we get to hang out again soon! More cupcakes + books! <3
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  8. Yes! Second Chance Summer! That was an AWESOME book! It made me feel ALL THE THINGS! :) And I do have to give Code Name Verity another try … I had tried the audiobook a while back but got lost in the narration, so I decided to go with the paper book. At any rate, your love of it has me itching to read it!

    Great yearly recap!
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  9. Ohh I love your answers to so many of these! I’m glad you discovered Melina Marchetta this year. I think I started reading her books in 2011 but it was pretty much love at first sight. And so many Code Name Verities up there! I must get my hands on that book soon. ;)
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  10. alicejane011 says:

    I was recommended books by Melina Marchetta this year but still haven’t gotten to them yet… :/ Super jealous that you got to meet J.K Rowling!

    I totally agree that Gone Girl had so many WTF and “!!” moments. The characters are just so messed up but the book is so addicting!
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  11. Awesome survey responses, Elena! I totally cheated on this one SO MUCH! I mentioned at least three books for each question! ;)
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    Also: *huggles*
    Seriously, this is a pretty amaznig 2012. SO many amazing books, you got to meet J.K. Rowling, and… whoa. AMAZING ♥

  13. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Meant To Be very much – I actually didn’t either, and I was really bummed about it too.

    As for Saving Francesca – when I read it, a couple of things really resonated with me too. I cried at one point.

    The 1/10 adult/YA goal is a really good one! I’ve actually been on quite an adult reading kick the past few weeks, I actually feel like I need to get caught back up on YA now.
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  14. I am reading Code Name Verity right now, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be one of my favorite books of the year as well. That quote: It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend. So amazing. And I love Verity so much!

    Also, that is amazing that you got to go to a JK Rowling event this year! I am jealous!
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  15. Lori says:

    Yay for discovering Melina Marchetta!! She is The Best! Have you read Finnikin of the Rock yet? OMG so good! Anyway…I’m listening to Gone Girl now…WOW! I’m semi close to being finished and after that twist with Part 2, I have no idea where they story is going.

    Congrats on reading so many books! You rock! :)
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  16. Love this! I’m currently working on filling this out but it’s taking me FOREVER. I did it last year two and really enjoyed it so hopefully I get round to posting it and SOON. I’m currently reading Code Name Verity and liking it, hopefully the more I read the more I’ll it :)
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  17. Jamie says:

    I FEEL LIKE I HAVE SO MUCH TO SAY! But that would require that we print out your list, grab some coffee and chat about it. Ok sounds good? YES? Please? * i wish *

    I am sooo happy to have met you this year! <3

    A few things:

    – Clearly I need to discover Melina Marchetta soon.
    – I LOVE the cover for Eleanor & Park. I need to read this.
    – PANDY!
    – UMMM I guess I need to read Code Name Verity!
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  18. Reut says:

    I am so happy you have come over to the Melina Marchetta side of the world… we have cookies! Loved reading this post and I must read Code Name Verity soontimes!
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  19. I LOVE YOUR LIST!!! I’m currently working on mine…it’s so much fun!
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  20. capillya says:

    I’ve heard really good things about Tell the Wolves I’m Home from a friend — planning on reading that one definitely.

    And of COURSE Code Name Verity is a must-read as well. =)

    Clearly we have the same taste in cover art! Great picks!
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  21. Karen says:

    One of my goals for 2012 was to read a Melina Marchetta book. I failed btu I asked for several for Christmas so I’ll carry that goal over to 2013!

    I was still in my slump until just a few months ago, so my reading was way down but I have to agree with you that Days of Blood and Starlight was a beautifully written book.
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  22. EEEEEEEEEEE Elena! What an AMAZING post. I need to make my 2012 favourite books post soon too ;) I am SO happy you discovered Melina Marchetta this year. Isn’t she such an incredible and talented author? My favourite book from her is definitely On the Jellicoe Road. I had the honour of meeting her this year and I was beyond ecstatic!

    Thank you for sharing this awesome post with us, Elena ♥ 2012 has been a wonderful year :D
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  23. I can’t believe this is just your first year of blogging—as I’ve said before, I love your blog, and holy hell, lady, what an incredibly packed and exciting year you’ve had! Congratulations. :)

    P.S. <3 <3 <3 Code Name Verity. I don’t know what Wein is going to do with the companion novel she’s apparently written, but ohmigod, so excited!
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  24. Ahem. I am behind (perpetually) on my google readin’, but OH MY GAWSH — you are the best. I’m so, so thankful that 2012 brought me YOU. You have quickly become one of my favorite people and I’m so glad for the texts/tweets/gchatting we do. I love reading your reviews and visiting your blog for all the clever posts you do. Thank you so much for the shout out to us. I’m so incredibly jealous I couldn’t be in NYC to hang out with you, Estelle, & Alexa. Daggonit.
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  25. Aylee says:

    Oh yes, Code Name Verity! I also thought it was a very surprising book and totally outside my comfort zone – I didn’t expect to love it so! I STILL need to discover the brilliance that is Melina Marchetta and I am rather embarrassed about that, but it WILL be a priority for me for 2013. Congrats on having such a great year, girl! Meeting Jo and reading 230 books? Awesome awesome.

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  27. Sonia says:

    CODE NAME VERITY <3 It dominated my (unposted) list too, it was sort of ridiculous LOL. But aaaaaaaaahhh, Maddie + Verity = THE BEST. That book just broke my heart/brain/everything about 50 times over.

    Melina Marchetta.
    ^ 2 words that express my BIGGEST SHAME in the book blogging world. Everyone worships her and yet I've never read anything by her D: But someday, I will! I WILL!

    Elena, you reading MACHINE! I am so so so jealous at your reading goal, you little book devourer (is that a word?). My goal was 100… and I won't even get close to that *cries* Oh well. Whatevs. At least I still read some pretty rad books. And that means more for next year!!

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  28. I just love how you edit the covers! I can stare at them all day long, they are so pretty! I love that quote from Jellicoe Road.

    I’m not into historical fiction either but I really am interested in reading Code Name Verity and wow, you got to meet JK ROWLING! This is so freakin’ awesome, I adore her (I mean who doesn’t but yay)! =D

    It’s amazingly awesome that you read 230 books! I can’t even cross the 100 line and I suck. Even though I am a fast reader. Ugh.

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile
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  29. Your answer to question #1 made me laugh because it’s exactly what I would have expected. I think you made it your personal mission to convince the world to read Code Name Verity this year, and I’m glad you did. You’re why I read it! And it really was as good as you promised it would be.

    I just read Meant to Be recently and was also disappointed. I’m almost glad to see you were, too. Based on the description, cover and reviews I read, I really thought I’d love it. It just didn’t really work for me in some ways and that meant I couldn’t really get invested in it.

    I haven’t read the Heist Society series because I’ve always been a little put off by the covers. You have wonderful book taste though so I’ll definitely be looking for them at the library now. I bought the first Fairyland book while in San Francisco, and I keep meaning to read it. Definitely will be prioritizing it now!

    I’m SOOO with you on Melina Marchetta. I’ve read three of her books, and I cannot wait to read more. Is there anything she can’t do?!

    I picked Gone Girl for the most thrilling book, too. It’s so crazy! I kept turning the pages in a frenzied blur – I just had to know what happened. That was one of the few books where I enjoyed it even though I hated the characters.

    I really love that you picked Saving Francesca as the book that had the most impact on you. I just adored that book so much. I know I’ll be re-reading it this year because I just want to experience all over again. And I obviously love your Jellicoe Road quote. Melina is seriously the bomb.

    Second Chance Summer “made my face a waterfall,” too. Such a touching book!

    I loved Julian, too, and am DYINGGGG to know how Oliver will end this series. Is she going to break our hearts?! AHHH! I’m nervous just thinking about it.

    I know I didn’t comment on it, but I loved your art of reviewing post. The comments were so interesting and told me so much!

    JEALOUS of you attending the J.K. event. Seriously.

    Girl, I had NO IDEA you read so many books in 2012. LOVE IT! So proud of you!

    Looking forward to seeing what else you read this year! Keep up the fabulous blogging :)
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