Monday, December 24, 2012

2012 End of Year Book Survey


The End of Year Book Survey is brought to us by The Perpetual Page Turner. I figured I'd better do something like this because I can't think of how to break one of these down on my own. Too much on my mind lately... but anyways, here's my year! <3

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


Adult fiction:   Heat Wave by Richard Castle


YA Contemporary:   Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill


Dystopian/Sci-fi:   For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund


Paranormal/Fantasy:   Brightest Kind Of Darkness by P.T. Michelle


Nonfiction:   Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

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


Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt. My review isn't on the blog until the release, but you can read it on Goodreads to see why. I did love the cover though...

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


Brightest Kind Of Darkness by P.T. Michelle and Untraceable by S.R. Johannes. Not that I didn't expect a good story, I just had no idea how amazingly well written and pieced together the story would be.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?


I think it's a toss-up between the following: For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund, The Game Changer by Marie Landry, and The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I'm pretty sure I went off on them all on numerous occasions.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?


Divergent by Veronica Roth.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

A.C. Gaughen, Lauren Morrill, Veronica Roth, Jenny Lawson, Diana Peterfreund, and Miranda Kenneally.

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


The only one I can see that was remotely out of my comfort zone was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I also got into the New Adult genre starting with Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?


The MOST?! You're making me choose?! It's a HUGE toss-up between the following: Divergent by Veronica Roth, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, The Game Changer by Marie Landry, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill, and For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund. I had a hard time putting all of them down when I was reading. It's hard to determine which one had me sucked in the most.

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


Well... I probably won't be doing any rereads next year... but as far as the one I'll most likely reread in the next few years, that would probably be For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund.

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

For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund. HANDS. DOWN.

EPIC gorgeousness.

11. Most memorable character in 2012?


Quite possibly Scarlet from A.C. Gaughen's Scarlet. There was just something special about her that topped most characters in books.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?


For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund.

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


What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Both got me to thinking about life and the fragility of it.

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


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Seriously. What made me wait until the year the movie comes out?

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
“I am your Prince and you will marry me," Humperdinck said.
Buttercup whispered, "I am your servant and I refuse."
"I am you Prince and you cannot refuse."
"I am your loyal servant and I just did."
"Refusal means death."
"Kill me then.”

― William Goldman, The Princess Bride (-add this quote on Goodreads-)
“I picked up the phone to call the police, but then I considered how it would sound when I told them that I was calling from inside my bathroom, where I’d OD’ed on laxatives, and that a possible rapist was quietly passing me notes under the bathroom door.”

― Jenny Lawson, Let's Pretend This Never Happened (-add this quote on Goodreads-)
“Be careful, though."
"Aren't I always?"
"No, I think the word for how you usually are is 'reckless.”

― Veronica Roth, Insurgent (-add this quote on Goodreads-)
“The more I protested about this ambiguity, the more Joanna pointed out to me that it was both a terrible and wonderful part of life: terrible because you can't count on anything for sure--like certain good health and no possibility of cancer; wonderful because no human being knows when another is going to die--no doctor can absolutely predict the outcome of a disease. The only thing that is certain is change. Joanna calls all of this 'delicious ambiguity.' 'Couldn't there be comfort and freedom in no one knowing the outcome of anything and all things being possible?' she asked. Was I convinced? Not completely. I still wanted to believe in magic thinking. But I was intrigued.”

― Gilda Radner, It's Always Something (-add this quote on Goodreads-)

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?


Shortest:   The Forever Contract by Avery Sawyer


Longest:   Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

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 Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Seriously. All the above had a million moments strewn in throughout that had me going WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU KIDDING ME THIS IS SO INSANE. I won't spoil anything. You just need to read the above if you haven't already.

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


Noah and Mara from The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin in the category of romantic.


Melody and Olivia from The Game Changer by Marie Landry in the category of friendship.

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


Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver.

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


Divergent by Veronica Roth.

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Looking Ahead…

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


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and Triangles by Ellen Hopkins. There are more, plenty more, but these are the top ones.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

I'm cheating and putting down more than one because I cannot narrow it down to just ONE...


Requiem by Lauren Oliver, Hysteria by Megan Miranda, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, The Retribution Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Smoke by Ellen Hopkins, and the last book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

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

I would like to have my blog on a regular schedule and stick to it. Reading-wise I don't really have much in mind to accomplish. All the above is going to be changing for the sake of my writing.

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That's all for me! What were some of your favorites of the year? You don't have to tell me everything, just pick one of the above questions and let me know. I would love to hear about it!





Jessica

12 comments:

  1. I can't believe you managed to finish this survey!! I couldn't possibly try and break down the books I've read. Can't wait to see what you think of Mockingjay. I still need to read Scarlet but it's def on my TBR for the coming year.

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    1. It took awhile! I opted for doing this instead of coming up with my own End Of Year post from scratch. I can't wait to read Mockingjay! And I can't wait to see what you think of Scarlet! :)

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  2. Divergent is definitely the best series I've discovered this year - I can't wait to pick up the sequel :)

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    1. Oh definitely! It was just amazing times ten. :)

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  3. *mouth hangs open* The Game Changer made it into THREE of your categories?! *dies from happiness* I'm so thrilled and excited and humbled to see my book on ANY list, but especially yours. <3
    There's only a handful of books from your list that I've read, but I definitely agree with The Hunger Games...I can't wait for you to finish the series. The Princess Bride finally arrived on Monday, so I'm going to *try* to make that a priority in January. Ditto for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
    I found this survey the other day and I've been working away at it, so I'm happy to see you did it...I'll hopefully post mine Friday. :-) <3

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    1. That's because I love you and your books Marie!!! <3 *super hugs*

      Yay for you planning on reading Princess Bride and Mara Dyer in 2013! I can't wait to finish The Hunger Games series. :D

      YES! I can't wait to see all your answers. ^_^ It was a lotta fun to do. :)

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  4. I think I need to read for Darkness Shows the Starsn next year :P

    Great to read about your read..
    Is it Okay if I copy your questions and answer them on my own blog :)

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    1. That one was such a good one. It's probably even more so since I loved Persuasion so much. :)

      I don't see why not! The original post I took this from is here: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2012/12/end-of-year-book-survey-2012.html

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  5. Fantastic list! I have For Darkness Shows the Stars on my shelf and still haven't read it, so looks like I need to get on that! ^_^

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    1. Hehehe, yeah, I really adored that book! Hope you can read it in 2013, it was amazing. ^_^

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  6. I hardly ever read memoir but Let's Pretend This Never Happened was HILARIOUS! The quote you picked out made me laugh out loud all over again.

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    1. Same here! I never thought I would be interested but Jenny's blog made me laugh so much, I knew the book would be the funniest thing ever. Gosh, I love that quote. I can't stop giggling over it. :P

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