Time to recap the year with all the book highlight of 2012! Here’s the annual survey from The Perpetual Page-Turner. Feel free to share yours with me in the comments!
Best In Books 2012
1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Alright, so I’m very tempted to cheat, but I WON’T (SURPRISE, SURPRISE). My favorite of the year was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Ten by Gretchen McNeil and Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. I think I expected very different things from them.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
I wish my review for it was up, because it’ll be full of gushing and stuff, but this one goes to Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. It was so, SO delightful. Also, Easy by Tammara Webber — it could have gone so wrong, but Tammara Webber handled some difficult stuff really well..
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Cheating ahead because it’s more like re-discovered, since I read the first book in 2010, but I didn’t finish it until this year: the Chaos Walking trilogy. LET ME CRY ABOUT EVERYTHING. No, really, these books affected me so strongly. Patrick Ness is brilliant.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Where to start?! Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Alexandra Bracken, Susan Dennard, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Huntley Fitzpatrick, on and on…
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Erm, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green? I wasn’t enamored with the previous book of his that I read so I was very hesitant to give him another go. THANK GOD I DID. This is definitely one of my favorites.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
With work suffocating the life out of me, it was really hard for me to read anything straight through this year. However, The Crown of Embers screamed to me “FORGET WORK!!!”…and I did.
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Shadow and Bone because the temptation was already high to read this OVER AND OVER again this year.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
AHHHHHHH. Easy: the Darkling from Shadow and Bone. I was pretty much “!!!!!” over him as I read the book, I was “!!!!!” over him when talking with friends, and I was still “!!!!!” about him when I met Leigh at her signing. YES, THE DARKLING.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
I was pretty much salivating over every word in Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Probably a cliche answer, but I think I have to go with The Fault in Our Stars for this one.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
Again, wrapping up the Chaos Walking trilogy. I know why I didn’t want to read on, but I was really missing out on a lot.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be. – Every Day, David Levithan
“And it feels like, finally.” – Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.” – The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
“I’m not myself,” she offered, guiltily. She softened around Tik Tok, and when she did she was, for those rare moments, girlish.
He smiled. “You can never say that. You’re just a piece of yourself right now that you don’t like.” – Tiger Lily, Jodi Lynn Anderson
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest: Not 100% sure, but I think it was Purity by Jackson Pearce at 218 pages.
Longest: According to Goodreads it was Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness at 608 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!
Rebel Heart was a whole lot of “???!” for me. Not in a good way, sadly, but I was definitely freaking out about it.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Forever James and Mary from The Agency series, the most recent installment being The Traitor in the Tunnel. HEARTS IN MY EYES FOR THEM, FOREVER. Also, Chaol and Celaena from Throne of Glass, Todd and Viola from Chaos Walking, and the Black Betty gang from The Darkest Minds.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
I had Tiger Lily on my TBR list, but Reut wrote such a gorgeous review for it that I said, “Yes, I must have this.” If it wasn’t for that review I’m pretty sure it would still be unread.
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?
I’m not even completely sure when I came across what blog — so apologies if I came across you before — but Realm of Fiction, Reut Reads, and The Fake Steph have become some of my favorites!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?
I enjoyed spazzing out over Shadow and Bone so perhaps that one!
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I don’t have much (any) discussion on the blog, but maybe by Covers I Would Redesign post? I think that’s the only one that counts. Hopefully I can change this in the new year!
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I liked this rant from Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner. There was so much to agree with!
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Book Expo America! There’s no other answer. I had a blast with my dauntless babies, met some awesome authors, picked up some great books…I can’t wait to do it again next year!
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Interestiiiing. Apparently my cover reveal of Rebel Heart and review of Lauren Oliver’s Pandemonium have the most views.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Not sure. All comments are appreciated!
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Does my Kindle Fire count? Haha, I have no idea, but after my original Kindle met its demise, I was so excited to finally get my hands on another ereader.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Ehh, kinda for my reading goal of 2012. I had to lower it, but I reached it. As for the others, probably not. I totally underestimated how busy I would be.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Easily Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. I was “saving” it and then time ran out. FAIL ALL AROUND, but I’m really looking forward to it!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. And others. But THAT one I will be freaking out over until I have it in my hands. And probably after I’m done reading it, too.
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
Have some sort of blogging schedule going on and hopefully have some interesting posts that aren’t just reviews, reviews, reviews.