I'm so excited to be doing Jamie's End of the Year Book Survey. I enjoyed it last year. I find it a nice way to reflect back on a year of reading, as well as other stuff that happened, that you might have blogged about. Do you agree/disagree with any of my answers? Please leave a comment! Also, let me know if you've done the survey too. Happy Holidays!
1. Best Book You Read In 2012?
I decided to go with Jamie’s suggestion (cheat) of breaking it down by genre. I read some really great books this year. This list isn’t even half of them.
Best Children’s Book – Go Away, Big Green Monster, by Ed Emberly
Best Zombie Book – World War Z, by Max Brooks
Best Non-Fiction – How To Be A Woman, by Caitlin Moran
Best Classic – Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Best Short Story Collection – Forty Stories, edited by Cal Morgan
Best Literary/General Fiction – Canada, by Richard Ford
Best Fantasy – The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis
Best Science-Fiction – Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling – It was slow to begin with, but it did pick up. In the end, I did enjoy it, but I didn’t love it. You can read my thoughts here.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
I knew I would probably like Night of the Living Trekkies, but I didn’t know how much I would love it. I loved every single quirky, geeky reference. It was so much fun!
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
For people who like literary fiction, I probably recommended Canada, by Richard Ford.
For genre lovers, I recommended Night of the Living Trekkies and Divergent…. and maybe World War Z.
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Divergent! I can’t wait until the third book is out.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Is this new to me - like the Top Ten list I did recently - or new as in first book? For new-to-me, check out my Top Ten list from December 11th.
If it’s first books, then I really enjoyed The Maladjusted, by Derek Hayes. Also Darcy Pattison’s non-fiction picture book, Wisdom, the Midway Albatross.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I read a lot of genres, but something I don’t read a lot of is non-fiction and I actually read three this year! My favourite was How To Be A Woman, by Caitlin Moran. So fantastic.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
I read a few unputdownable books this year including: Divergent, Insurgent, How to be a Woman and Night of the Living Trekkies.
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
I don’t re-read a lot. If I do, it’s likely not a book that I only read a year before. But to answer the question, of all the books, I’d most likely re-read Night of the Living Trekkies.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
I can’t decide between:
Insurgent and World War Z.
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Frankenstein’s creature from Frankenstein.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Canada, by Richard Ford
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Greatest impact? How To Be A Woman and maybe The Causal Vacancy. They dealt with social issues, that continue to resonate with me.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2012 to finally read?
The Garden Party and Other Stories, by Katherine Mansfield. She was the only writer Virginia Woolf said she was jealous off. How did I wait so long to read her?
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
"Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that others cannot?"
- Dr. Van Helsing from Dracula, by Bram Stoker.
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
By Page Count:
Longest: 541 – City of Glass, The Mortal Instruments #3, by Cassandra Clare
Shortest: 16 – I Love You, Stinky Face, by Lisa McCourt (Children's Book) OR 112 – Matchless, by Gregory Maguire
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 Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling… so many WTF scenes.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
For very different reasons:
Jim Pike & Leia, from Night of the Living Trekkies
Mina and Van Helsing, from Dracula
Sukvinder and Gaia, from The Causal Vacancy
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
Blockade Billy, by Stephen King
Fever, by Lauren DeStefano
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Like I said previously, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. If I wasn’t recommended How To Be A Woman by a few bloggers I like and respect, as well as one of my real-life friends, whose reading tastes are very similar to mine, I don’t know if I would have picked it up.
Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2012?
Probably Bridget’s Books. I only just started following this contributor to The Broke and The Bookish. She has an entire reading project about Stephen King! So awesome.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?
If I have to pick one, I’d say, Forty Stories, edited by Cal Morgan. I did Twitter sized reviews. It was fun.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
The best discussions/comments I had this year weren't on posts about books. There were on my posts: Image Use, where I talked about copyright and someone getting sued for using images on their website and I Am Without Job, where I talked about getting laid off this year.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I read the blog, Feminist Philosophers a lot. It's not a book blogs, though they discuss books sometimes. I always find myself diving into their posts about genderized products. I especially enjoyed reading about the new "BiC for Her" pen. It's so awful. Ellen even made a video about it on her show a few months back.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I don’t get a lot of event in my neck of the woods. I’d have to drive an hour to go to any bookish events and with the little ones, that’s not happening. I do enjoy Short Story Monday and Top Ten Tuesday. I participate in them as often as I can, but it's been a while since I did Short Story Monday. There's a story I plan on reading this week...
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
Even though it’s not bookish, it happened because I blog about books -I appreciate all the support I got when I posted about losing my job. Thank you again, everyone.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
By views, my most popular post was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! Such a great book.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
This one is a little difficult. I feel pretty loved. My posts get an okay amount of views (okay to me, I guess). In general, I’d like more comments and more discussions about the books (or whatever) I’ve posted about. But there isn’t one post that’s fallen by the wayside. So thanks for the love everyone!
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I just started using Goodreads this year. It’s a little addictive. I love scanning books with the Goodreads app. I like tracking my progress through a book; I find it encouraging.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I don’t join challenges, but I set myself a personal goal of reading 26 books (one every two weeks), which I decided to track on Goodreads since joining this year. I’m at 32 right now. I might get to 33 or 34 before the end of 2012.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Hmm… Number 1 Priority?? I plan on reading His Dark Materials next. However, I did buy The Raven Boys a couple months ago and didn’t read it right away. I don’t want to let it sit on my shelf too long like some other books I have.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
Though I’m excited for Dead Ever After (I'm loving the cover) and Divergent #3, the book I’m most looking forward to in 2013 is Sever, by Lauren DeStefano. I loved Wither and Fever had me longing for more. Just a couple more months until February!
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
I want to read more. I’d like to decrease the number of books I’ve owned for years and haven’t read yet. I’d especially like to read more Stephen King and Margaret Atwood and catch up on the Legend of Drizzt, by R. A. Salvatore.
I guess that’s it for the survey. Thanks to everyone who made it all the way to the end. See you in the blogosphere!