Thursday, December 6, 2012

2012 End of Year Book Survey

Thursday, December 6, 2012
The 2012 End of the Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner. Fill out your own survey and make sure to link up!
1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Oh sheesh. This survey doesn't start out with any easy question, does it? 

Uncertain about genre but it's my favorite: Every Day by David Levithan
Contemporary: The Fault in our Stars by John Green and Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Fantasy: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Satire: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Paranormal: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Classic: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Romance: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. More so, Piratica III by Tanith Lee. I adored the first two books and I wish I hadn't read this one. Honestly, it made me so sad. By all means, read this series, just maybe skip the last book?
 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 
Every Day by David Levithan. I expected to like it, but by no means did I expect to LOVE it.
 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
All of John Green's books. All of Libba Bray's books. I make really long book recommendation lists for my friends whenever I have time, so it's hard to keep track of all the book recs.
 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
The Graceling series by Kristin Cashore is the best, hands down.
Honorary Mentions: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard, Beka Cooper by Tamora Pierce
 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
A.S. King, Stephanie Perkins, Kristin Cashore are my top three.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Die for Me by Amy Plum. I don't read a lot of paranormal romance, especially that in the vein of girl-meets-immortal-boy-and-falls-desperately-in-love-despite-the-odds. However, I really, really like the Revenants series. A lot.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I had to keep this book in a separate room so I could actually get work done. If it was anywhere near me, I'd pick it up and start reading and wouldn't stop for hours.
 9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Every Day by David Levithan. Have I mentioned this book enough in this survey? I'm sure it will come up more in the rest of the questions.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
Splintered
Splintered  by A.G. Howard. I mean, look at that. GORGEOUS.
11. Most memorable character in 2012? 
A from Every Day by David Levithan. Just thinking about A makes my heart break. Augustus and Hazel from TFIOS. Katsa, Fire, and Bitterblue from the various Graceling books. Astrid from Ask the Passengers
 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Shocker, I know, but Every Day by David Levithan. 
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 
I can't pick just one for this, so here's the list: Every Day by David Levithan, Ask the Passengers by A.S. King, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, Graceling by Kristin Cashore. 
 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 
Definitely Anna and the French Kiss. I mean, seriously, what was WRONG with me??? 
 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 
Egad.

From Every Day by David Levithan:“I have been to many religious services over the years. Each one I go to only reinforces my general impression that religions have much, much more in common than they like to admit. The beliefs are almost always the same; it's just that the histories are different. Everybody wants to believe in a higher power. Everybody wants to belong to something bigger than themselves, and everybody wants company in doing that. They want there to be a force of good on earth, and they want an incentive to be a part of that force. They want to be able to prove their belief and their belonging, through rituals and devotion. They want to touch the enormity.
It's only in the finer points that it gets complicated and contentious, the inability to realize that no matter what our religion or gender or race or geographic background, we all have about 98 percent in common with each other. yes, the differences between male and female are biological, but if you look at the biology as a matter of percentage, there aren't a whole lot of things that are different. Race is different purely as a social construction, not as an inherent difference. And religion--whether you believe in God or Yahweh or Allah or something else, odds are that at heart you want the same things. For whatever reason, we like to focus on the 2 percent that's different, and most of the conflict in the world comes from that.” 

There's a passage from Beauty Queens that I REALLY want to post, too, but unfortunately, my friend is borrowing my book. :/ So instead I'm going to include this one, because it's also brilliant.

"Sexuality is not meant to be this way - an honest, consensual expression in which a girl might take an active role when she feels good and ready and not one minute before. No. Sexual desire is meant to sell soap. And cars. And beer. And religion.” 
 16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 
Longest: The Diviners by Libba Bray at 592 pages
Shortest: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury at 159 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 literally shared nearly every scene of Beauty Queens with my mom. haha

While I talk about books a lot with my friends, when a book is amazing or mind-blowing in one particular scene, I tend to keep my freaking out to myself or blog about it. haha
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Romantic: Hazel and Augustus in The Fault in our Stars, of course! (Honorary: Daniel and Eleanor in Something Strange and Deadly)

Friendship: Howie and Jazz from I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. 
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
Wicked Jealous by Robin Palmer. So fun! 
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Stolen by Lucy Christopher. My friend brought it to me one day and basically said, "Borrow it." I'm glad I did!

 Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012? 
Oh gosh. I'm trying to remember which blogs I started following in 2012. One blog I love and I know I started following in 2012 is Rather Be Reading. Definitely check them out!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012? 
Probably Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. It was a challenging review to write, the same with Every Day by David Levithan (which goes up next week!), because it was hard to express why I loved those books so much.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I was really proud of this discussion post about all the hating on YA.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Can I just say all of the posts on WORD for Teens? Seriously, get to that blog and just read all of the discussion posts ASAP.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
MEETING J.K. ROWLING. It was the best night of my life. 
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
Meeting A.S. King and then having her say she had seen my blog before was incredible. Getting my first requested ARC felt so cool and I was *so* excited to see I'm listed as one of the Epic Bloggers on HarperTeen's site Epic Reads. Getting involved with my first blog tours and getting to interview so many amazing authors was also a fantastic part of the blogging year!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Surprisingly, it seems to be the Around the World in 30 Days Intro Post, based on pageviews. 
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Perhaps A Search for Equal Representation? Tough question!
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
ARCycling is a great way to get and share ARCs and other books! Also, publishing blogs!! (Especially Pub(lishing) Crawl.)
10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Haha well, I signed up for the Debut Author Challenge. I'm not sure I even got through six of the twelve books you're supposed to read. Basically, I realized that reading challenges aren't for me. I don't want to be confined to the newest books. I want to be able to read old authors, new authors, and not have the added stress of a challenge.

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Probably Cinder by Marissa Meyer. (The paperback comes out in 2013!) Also, Insurgent. It's been on my shelf for a month or more now.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
Here's an easy answer: Just check out my Top Ten Tuesday. (:
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
I really want to have more discussion posts. My main goal, though, is to learn html web design. I don't dislike the way my blog looks now, but I want to be able to create something that looks a bit sleeker.

Did you do the survey? What do you hope to accomplish blog-wise in 2013?

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