Saturday, January 5, 2013

2012 End of Year Book Survey

The End of Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual-Page Turner

Best Book(s) You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Contemporary: Home Front by Kristin Hannah
Historical: The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Fantasy: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Romance: The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
Science Fiction: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
Nonfiction: Little Princes by Conor Grennan

Young Adult
Contemporary: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Historical: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Fantasy: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Romance: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Science Fiction: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Dystopian: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Middle Grade/Juvenile 
The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens

Book You Were Excited About And Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Reached by Ally Condie, Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame, Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook

Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien-I'd read it before and didn't care for it but when I reread it 10 years later, I was surprised by how much I loved it! 

Other books that surprised me in a good way: Little Princes by Conor Grennan (I don't read nonfiction very much so I wasn't sure I'd get into it but I was wrong), Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (hated it at first but kept going and liked it), and Cinder by Marissa Meyer (a case of don't judge a book by its cover!)

Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Little Princes by Conor Grennan, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, The Diviners by Libba Bray, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Best series you discovered in 2012?
The Maggie Hope mysteries by Susan Elia MacNeal, A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, the Healer series by Maria V. Snyder

Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Marissa Meyer, Sara Zarr, Adriana Trigiani, Rachel Hartman

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
The Little Princes by Conor Grennan, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Insurgent by Veronica Roth, The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

Most memorable character in 2012? 
Eddard Stark and Tyrion Lannister (A Game of Thrones)

Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 
Little Princes by Conor Grennan and Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
"...a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." ~A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown (shortest not counting e-novellas) and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (longest)

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!
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Taken By Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
The friendship between Maddie and "Verity" in Code Name Verity, the sibling relationship between Michael and Emma Wibberly in The Fire Chronicle, the romance between Josef and Lenka in The Lost Wife, and the budding relationship between Sydney and Adrian in The Golden Lily

Favorite Book(s) You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Little Princes by Conor Grennan

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I finished all 12 of the reading challenges that I participated in and I reached my goal of reading 127 books.

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

Books You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson, The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead, Book 3 in the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, Requiem by Lauren Oliver, and The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
I hope to reread The Lord of the Rings which I haven't read in a few years. I also want to read more classics and maybe read more books on my TBR pile. As for my blog, I need to find a way to revitalize it and make book blogging fun again.


  1. So many good moments! Every time you mentioned Code Name Verity, I just nodded because I 100% agree. I have so much love for that book!

  2. Yay for The Hobbit! It's my favorite to reread from the LOTR series. And I agree with TFIOS being such a wonderfully written book.

  3. Loved Code Name Verity! Maddie and Verity's friendship was so sweet...and now you've got me excited for Insurgent! I was gifted a copy over the holidays :)


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