Jan 2, 2013

End of the Year Book Survey - 2012

Even though it's a little late, I decided to participate in this fun End of the Year Book Survey created and hosted by Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner
Best Books in 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012?

This is such a tough question, but I am going to have to say The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa was my favorite read in 2012.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

While I did enjoy it a lot, I didn't love Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake as much as I thought I would.

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

I am really hesitant about indie books, but Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan blew me away! I definitely recommend it and it's still free for Kindle!

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

I think since I re-read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins because of the movie release, I definitely recommended it to lots of people!

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

Gah, not too many! I am really bad about finishing series, so while I did finally read a few books that start off some series, I am not sure if I will be continuing them.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Quite a few actually: Julie Kagawa, Darren Shan, J.L. Bryan, Jess Rothenberg, Shelena Shorts, Maria Geraci, Kristina McBRide, and Gretchen McNeil.

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

While The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg was not out of my comfort zone or a new genre for me, I probably wouldn't have read it if it hadn't been the monthly pick from my book club.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

I'm going to have to say Ten by Gretchen McNeil.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

Hmmm, there are a few I would like to re-read, but it's not very likely that I will.

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

Probably Zom-B by Darren Shan. It's so awesome!

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Allison Sekemoto from The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa and Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Hmm, I'm going to say One Moment by Kristina McBride.

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

A Girl Like You by Maria Geraci and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan.

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

The King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby, but only because I've had it on my shelf for years and just got to it this year.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?

"But now I'm seeing we don't live in a single song. We move from song to song, from lyric to lyric, from chord to chord. There is no ending here. It's an infinite playlist."

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

The shortest one was The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss and the longest was The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.

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!

Definitely Zom-B by Darren Shan! I couldn't believe the twist at the end, eeep!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

One of my favorites was Delilah and Oliver from Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha VanLeer.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

I do any reading from previous authors, except for a re-read of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan!

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?

There are way too many to name!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?

I don't think I had one, actually.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

This post and this one.

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

Definitely this post about brown haired/eyed girls being portrayed as ugly.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

ALA Annual!

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

It might not be a "blogging" moment, but the best moment was going to Mysterious Galaxy and meeting nine different authors (Carrie Arcos, Nina Berry, Jennifer Bosworth, Gretchen McNeil, etc.) and being one of three people in the audience! (Okay, there were several more but they were relatives or friends who came to see the authors, so they technically didn't count because they weren't fan fans...) It was such a nice, intimate little affair with lots of talk, laughter, cupcakes and best of all, books.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I'm going to go with this one because the others were giveaways or negative-ish reviews.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

None in particular, to be honest.

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

ALA Annual being 20 minutes away from my house and Mysterious Galaxy being 15 minutes away from my house. Awesome times spent there :D

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself

Sadly, no. I signed up for a few challenges, but dumped those at the beginning of the year. I usually stick to the Goodreads reading challenge though, but failed miserably at that one.

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

There are WAY too many books to count. I'll name a few: Lola and the Boy Next Door, Forbidden, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, The Fault in Our Stars, etc.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

I'm going to say this one.

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

Reading: Make more time to enjoy reading!
Blogging: Enjoy it. And keep going.


  1. Ten and The Immortal Rules are going to be two of my first reads this year. Have them both from the library.

  2. I am so excited for Just One Day too! I love your survey answers, I haven't seen any others that included The Immortal Rules (including my own lol) but I really did love that book. I'm a huge fan of Julie Kagawa in general. Anyway, happy New Year and thanks for stopp by my blog!

  3. I really need to start reading Julie Kagawa! Also need to get to Ten & Zom-B this year. Need to read Lola & Perks too! Woo!

  4. The Immortal Rules is the only Kagawa book I have read. I will check out her other books, hopefully this year! :)

  5. Lots of books to read! :) Thanks for stopping by!