Sunday, December 30, 2012

Best Books in 2012

Book Survey 2012

Best In Books 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
I think I might have broken the rules here...
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I don't know if I was super-excited about anything. But I grabbed a lot of books of the shelf and didn't enjoy them though. I didn't finish Daughter of Smoke and Bone, for example. I expected the last Maximum Ride to be dreadful (at least I can say I called it). This is the year I give up on James Patterson for good (New Years resolution #1: No more James Patterson.).
 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 
Legend by Marie Lu... I pulled it off the shelf because I liked the cover, and ended up reading in twice and then buying it.
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. I'm on the third re-read. I really should just buy the book.
Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange, #1) 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Lesley Livingston's Wondrous Strange trilogy. I had to lend them out to people and worry over whether or not they would get eaten... I do that sometimes (do I have control issues? maybe...)
 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Can it be a trilogy? If so, then Legend by Marie Lu and the Razorland trilogy by Ann Agguire.
If not: the Agency by Y.S. Lee
 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Y.S. Lee (author of the Agency). Marie Lu (I've already mentioned her debut, Legend). 
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (I think it was this year, though I have a feeling it might have been last year). I don'r typically read realistic fiction, but I really loved it. I managed to get the old cover when I bought it too (I really don't like the new printing cover).
 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl, #8)I'm going to have to say Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian. I threw my self into reading this one with a desperate, desperate need to finish. I was in Belize with almost no Internet (I had a long battle getting the book to download), and while everyone else was sightseeing I was locked in a hotel room frantically trying to reach the end. I'm just a little in love with the series. That, and Enclave by Ann Agguire.
 9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
A lot of them. I often almost obsessively re-read.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
The Time Travelers (The Gideon Trilogy, #1)Go figure. It's a kid's book. 
11. Most memorable character in 2012? 
I don't know. There were a lot this year... a lot. Right now the ones that come to mind most are most of the Artemis Fowl cast (like I said, I love the series), Kelley Winslow from Wondrous Strange (I don't even know why, I just find her fun to read, though I can only visit her in re-reads now), and for some bizarre reason, William Herondale from Infernal Devices (probably because I just finished Clockwork Prince, though, and the boy got rather brutal treatment in the last fifty pages-or more like 150 pages... even if he kind of got on my nerves a lot).
 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Hmm... I loved Michael Scott's story telling in the Enchantress.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 
None that come to mind. I didn't read anything that was really profound this year. Though I did re-read Fat Cat by Robin Brande, which always makes me think. And go off of chocolate. And make my own pasta.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 
Fine. I'll say it. Infernal Devices. There, I said it (I hope you're happy K.B.). In spite of how much I complained and ranted and bashed the books (and disliked the covers), I actually kind of liked them a lot. 
 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 
Are you sure you want to ask me this? I have a habit of quoting that makes some people want to kill me...
 16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 
Heart of Darkness was both the longest and shortest book I read. It was painful to read (says the girl who read Lord of the Rings before she turned 16), but was an incredibly small book. If you're talking length, Heart of Darkness was the shortest. And Inheritance was the longest.
 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 end of The Mark of Athena. I think the entire fandom has decided that Rick Riordan is trolling us.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
...*is stuck*...
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
You've got to be getting tired of this by now, but Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, and Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Enchantress. Also, the Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Dash and Lily's book of Dares. It's the only book I read solely on somebody else's recombination, without even reading the blurb (does Goodread's book club count?).

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Prodigy (Legend, #2)Just one? I'm going to have to cheat here. For non-fiction: Your Inner Fish. For fiction I'd love to try Jane Eyre (good luck, self), since I feel like I need to give classics another chance. 
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
Prodigy by Marie Lu, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, and book 4 of the Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan.
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
Consistency! And the whole reviewing thing. I need to work on that, don't I?

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