Jamie, the Perpetual Page Turner, provided us with a whole slew of questions about our 2011 bookish endeavors.
1. Best Book You Read In 2011?
YA contemporary- Paper Townsby John Green
Dystopian- Delirium by Lauren Oliver
YA paranormal/supernatural: Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Adult Fiction: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
I have to say Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl and Looking for Alaska by John Green I loved Beautiful Creatures, but Beautiful Darkness took all the good things about it and over did it too much for me. As for Looking for Alaska, it was hyped so much and in the end I felt it was just a manic pixie dream girl roller coaster.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
Beautiful Creatures–I made fun of Jess for getting a lame paranormal romance. I thought it was a Twilight redux, but boy was I wrong. It is really good !
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
I always reccommend Sarah Dessen.
5. Best series you discovered in 2011?
The Beautiful Creatures books. It’s a fun group of characters
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
Lauren Oliver, Tahereh Mafi, David Levithan and pretty much every author I follow on Twitter.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Its the first adult book I read that wasn’t a genre novel like Dan Brown or Stephen King
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
Unwind by Neal Shusterman. I literally would not get out of my chair until I finished it. It was so amazing !
9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
Beautiful Chaos by Stohl and Garcia–and yet, I still haven’t read it. It’s sitting in the TBR pile.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?
It’s so shiny in person. It always catches my eye when I see it in bookstores.
11. Most memorable character in 2011?
Owen Armstrong from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
I’d have to say The Hunger Games, it has really caused me to stop, step back and think.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
Um, pretty much all of the books. Mostly The Hunger Games.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?
“Sometimes the only choice is between acceptance and madness.”
_ Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
I thought it was cute and sums up the series quite nicely.
16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?
I plan to re-read the Hunger Games.
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!
City of Bones. Just City of Bones. Read it, ya’ll.
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2011 (optional)
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2011?
I’m a new book blogger, so all of them really. I really likeReading Vacation andReading, Writing Breathing because they are so young and yet have some of the most beautifully written reviews.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2011?
Um, City of Ashes or City of Glass because I brought the snark . . .
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
Not on my blog per say. I liked the discussions on fiktshun’s book blogger’s corner.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
The Story Siren’s articles about book blogging always get me thinking.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Well, I went to my first book signing at the DC book festival, but I have to say meeting Erin Morgenstern was better because it felt personal.
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?
Just starting the blog for me was a big moment.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
In Twilight We Jest–a post about Twilight Spoofs. It’s popular because I linked it on Tumblr with a picture Jess took of a copy of Breaking Dawn in Wal-Mart with Jacob’s face covered by a price sticker. I also added this caption
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
A post about how Hunger Games is not the next Twipotter.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
AUDIOBOOKS ! ! ! Love these things.
I’m a lifelong reader who started blogging about YA books in 2011 but now I read in just about every genre! I love YA coming of age stories, compelling memoirs and genre bending SFF. You can find me talking all things romance at Romance and Sensibility.