Sunday, December 16, 2012

Kat's 2012 End of the Year Book Survey !

It's the 2012 End of the Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner

Best In Books 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Contemporary: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Dystopian: Legend by Marie Lu
Paranormal: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Urban Fantasy: Curseworkers Series by Holly Black and The Raven Boys
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally 
 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. For some reason I had it in my head this wasn't the kind of book I would like. I thought it was going to be about a girl losing her mind over hot, brooding boarding school boys--boy was I wrong. This was one of my 2012 faves!
 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
I think there was a lot of me recommending Curseworkers by Holly Black as well as Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Again, Curseworkers. I read (er, listened) to them all within two months and have re-read the series multiple times.
 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
I discovered all of these from their signings at Fountain Bookstore--Elizabeth Scott, Malinda Lo and Kristen-Paige Madonia
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Finnikin of The Rock by Melina Marchetta. It's a high fantasy and I enjoyed it.
 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
For some reason I could not put down Divergent by Veronica Roth. That was one of the most addicting books I've read. I found myself Googling for more information the second I put it down.
 9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
I listened to Everybody Sees The Ants in one day and I'll probably visit it again.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

I think this is such an original and intriguing cover !

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 
Gansey from The Raven Boys, I think his eccentricities made him very memorable.
 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
I'd say the Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater or Daugher of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 
I re-read Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (an oldie, but a goodie) and it affected me much more than when I first read it. I actually felt uncomfortable as I read it.
 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It only came out a year ago, but I kept picking it up and putting it back down so many times.
 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 
The only one that really sticks with me and that I use alot is from Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, particularly the underlined part:
“In a field, I am the absence of field. In a crowd, I am the absence of crowd. In a dream, I am the absence of dream. But I don't want to live as an absence. I move to keep things whole. Because sometimes I feel drunk on positivity. Sometimes I feel amazement at the tangle of words and lives, and I want to be a part of that tangle. "Game over," you say, and I don't know which I take more exception to- the fact that you say that it's over, or the fact that you say it's a game. It's only over when one of us keeps the notebook for good. It's only a game if there is an absence of meaning. And we've already gone too far for that.” 

 16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 
I'll estimate:
Shortest: Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott (217 pages)
Longest: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare  (502 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!
I have to say The Blessed by Tonya Hurley had a few WTF moments. No book ever has made me say WTF more.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
I thought the relationship between Tess and Day in Legend was endearing.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
I'd say Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson. I wasn't a big fan of Devilish, but Name of the Star was great.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. I only got this book because I saw Sash & Em had rated it so highly, I didn't even read the description.

 Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012 (optional)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012? 
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012? 
Um, I'd say my review of The Raven Boys. The book had so many elements and was so easy to write about.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
Hmm, haven't had a lot of discussion in 2012.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I think pretty much any conversations about the author/blogger relationship.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
 BEA. Just BEA. It was such an amazing and crazy experience and I got to meet so many book bloggers. It was just awesome.
Also, all the awesome signings at my local book shop. I like how intimate and small they are !
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
When I noticed someone had linked to our 25 Under 25 posts as a resource on a forum for writers.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Without looking, I think it is a post call The YA Couple That Really Gets Around  showing all the things Stella and Pepe from Jennifer Armentrout's Onyx series have shown up on.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I'd say my Raven Boys review, I feel like it got lost in the shuffle.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The local library ! They have an amazing selection !
10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Hmm, not really.

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I've been waiting for that book for a year and still never opened it.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
Invisibility by Andrea Creamer and David Levithan, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
I hope to read more books, my personal goal will be 75, even if I don't end up reviewing all of them. I also want to get better at writing reviews.

1 comment :

  1. Thank you so much for including me as part of this post! It was a pleasure to meet you both at BEA :)


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