End of the Year Book Survey

Best In Books 2012

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1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

Adult fictionThe Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (I was really surprised when I picked this – but it has stuck with me)
Contemporary YAThe Fault in our Stars by John Green
Sci-fiThe Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma
FantasyFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

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

Ironskin by Tina Connelly – Really disappointed by this one, the cover was absolutely gorgeous.

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

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani – Trigiani did something different with this latest release.  And it was beautiful.

 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

The Fault in our Stars by John Green – hands down.

 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta – I just plain discovered Marchetta in 2012 and fell in love.

 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie.  I’m so behind the curve but seriously – gut-wrenching, beautiful writing.

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

I don’t do horror, so reading The Sandman by E.T.A. Hoffman was totally out of my field and, I discovered as a result, I kind of like the being scared thing! (Within reason)

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Redshirts by John Scalzi – I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t stop laughing either.

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

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf – read it and finally understood it for the first time this year and plan on re-reading while it’s all still fresh.

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

The book is just as good as the cover.

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 

Jean Valjean from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  I read it for the first time this year.  Although it might be a tie between him and Bishop Myriel.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie – just.. read it.

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

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved — loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” – Victor Hugo

 16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 

Longest — Les Miserables by Victor Hugo at 1463 pages

Shortest —Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead at 180 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!

The Fault in our Stars by John Green – so hard not to talk about this book to people who haven’t read it.

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

The relationship between Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - so much tension and it provided so much suspense throughout the novel.

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

Broken Harbor by Tana French – she never fails me.

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

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich – loved Tracks by Erdrich and Love Medicine was recommended to me to follow-up.  It did not disappoint at all.

 

Looking Ahead…

 

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

Dune by Frank Herbert. I need to read it.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson – so I can FINALLY re-read all of the Jordan books and finish off the series.

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

See the above =) I want to re-read a mammoth series for sure.

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End of the Year Book List

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