End of Year Book Survey

Jamie from the Perpetual Page Turner is running an end of year book survey, and with sucha  fun way to talk the best of 2012, I couldn’t resist!

The Diviners by Libba BrayBest In Books 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012?
My favorite 2012 release was The Diviners by Libba Bray. This book is extraordinary. Don’t even get me started on the 2011 releases I read!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Don’t get me wrong. I liked this book. But I expected to love it and… I thought it was okay. I’m curious to see where the series goes, but  I was dissapointed Throne of Glass wasn’t my new Graceling.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
Easy, by Tammara Webber. I was unsure of this book. I don’t take rape lightly, and – while it’s a quality I dislike in myself – I’m aware I judge books for being self published alone. This book proved me wrong on the self-published front, and made me burst with pride that a book handles something like rape so deftly, effectively, with the power to really make a difference.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
My number one most recommended book has been Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost the past couple years running. This year? It’s changed. I’ve recommended Storm by Brigid Kemmerer a lot, and I’ve been an ardent supporter/shipper/pusher of Anna and the French Kiss since I read it in January.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Elemental by Brigid Kemmer. I’m kind of in love with this lady.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Brigid Kemmerer (Jeez. This is becoming a theme). And after this year, Hannah Harrington’s officially on my auto-buy list, as are Stephanie Perkins and the amazing Laini Taylor.

Don't Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
A story about a gay teen, brutal bullying, and contemp? Before this year I had never read a contemp. Then Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble came alone and shook me to my core. In a good way.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Unravelling, by Elizabeth Norris. High-stakes FBI sci-fi thriller. AMAZING. Slated by Teri Terry runs a damn close second. If I wasn’t trying to give 2012 releases the attention her, it would be Divergent, by Veronica Roth, hands down.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book is like happiness distilled into book form. It’s the perfect bad-mood/weather/day/reading-slump book.

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

  The Diviners by Libba Bray

11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Karou, from Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Étienne St.Clair, from Anna and the French Kiss.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight  by Laini Taylor. Anyone who’s read this will understand. For those of you who haven’t, you truly won’t regret it.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
There are two: Saving June by Hannah Harrington. This book broke my heart and re-made it better than ever before. It made me fall in love with contemporary, with life, and all over again with music.

Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble is just… extraordinary. This book… it’s one of those books with the power to change lives. Wonderful.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
In my defence, I wasn’t really aware of its existence till late last year, but I’m going to have to go with Divergent, by Veronica Roth.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
…how am I supposed to answer that with just one? :O

“This new thing between them it was… astral. It reshaped the air, and it was in her, too—a warming and softening, a pull—and for that moment, her hands in his, Karou felt as powerless as starlight tugged toward the sun in the huge, strange warp of space.”
― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone

“I gaze out at the glittering sea, the breathtaking sky above it, and think of birds and the moment before the fall, and how my sister as a child had been strong enough for the both of us, and I wonder when exactly that changed. I don’t know when, but it did. Jake was right – I’m strong in a way June never was. Because I know that I want to be here. Even with the pain. Even with the ugliness. I’ve seen the other side – marching side by side down city streets with people who all believe they can change the world and the view of the sunset from Fridgehenge and Tom Waits lyrics and doing the waltz and kisses so hot they melt into each other and best friends who hold your hand and stretching out underneath a sky draped with stars and everything else.

There is so much beauty in just existing. In being alive. I don’t want to miss a second.”
― Saving June, Hannah Harrington

“I’ll never understand why some people can’t just let others live their lives, you know,” Danial said. “You don’t have to understand. You don’t have to agree. Just leave people alone. When I look at the moon and planets and stars, all that narrow-mindedness and hate seem so petty. The universe is such a big place. One hundred thousand light years just from one end of the Milky Way to the other. One hundred. Thousand. Light years. In the time it’s taken for light to travel from one end of our galaxy to the other, thousands of generations have passed. It really makes you realize how small we are, doesn’t it? How short our time on earth is.”
― J.H. Trumble, Don’t Let Me Go

“Love is a luxury.”
“No. Love is an element.”
An element. Like air to breathe. Earth to stand on.
― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest: Choker, Elizabeth Woods (233 Pages)
Longest: Last Sacrifice, Richelle Mead (594 pages)

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. There was a scene in this book involving a cat that had me raging to anyone who would listen (big kudos to the wonderful Mandee from Vegan YA Nerds who listened while I ranted – repeatedly). I didn’t wind up reviewing the book because, despite thinking it brilliant, I couldn’t see past my anger over this one ‘small’ thing.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012
Burruu and Yukiko in Stormdancer. The bond between Thundertiger and human girl is the stuff legends are made of. And, I mean, this:

“FEATHERS GROW BACK. SISTERS DO NOT.” ♥

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
I read so many new authors this year that my old favorites barely got a look-in! That being the case, it has to be A Million Suns, by Beth Revis. She followed up a near-perfect debut with a book just as shiny, terrifying, and brilliant.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Anna and the French Kiss – Celine and Brodie. You Guys ♥
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Brodie
Divergent by Veronica Roth – Yes, Brodie, you’re always right. I’ll listen better in the future. I promise.
Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble – thank you the amazing Brigid Kemmerer

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012

Novel Sounds
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?

I started blogging only shortly before the end of 2011, so this is very hard to answer as all my favorite blogs were ‘discovered’ this year! I love Novel Sounds, though. Elena runs wonderful features, and her music recommendations are perfect.

 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
The response to my post on ‘Why I Love This Community‘ was wonderful, and only re-enforced the huge love I had before!

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
The Amazing Wendy Darling’s discussion with Dan Krokos on reviewer space, Authors as public figures, and author/reader interaction was insightful, intelligent, and wonderfully handled by both parties. I loved Wendy long before this, and I respected her even more afterwards.

The amazing Lisa, behind Badass Bookie, recently posted a blistering retort to those who label YA fiction ‘trashy’ that had me cheering, and, well, pretty much every discussion post by one of my favorite blogger peeps, Amanda, at On A Book Bender.

5. Best event that you participated in?
Is it biased to pick Author Appreciation August, which I co-hosted with the beautiful Becca of Reading Wishes? I loved the spirit behind this event – saying thanks to the authors who give us so much, and it’s so, so Becca to come up with an idea so thoughtful and beautiful and perfect – such a reflection of herself ♥ I also loved participating in Brigid Kemmerer’s book tour for Storm. This was a ridiculous amount of fun.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
Meeting my BFF Kristin in the flesh. Kristin and I met last year, online, through blogging. When Kristin flew out to Australia to spend the week with Lauren and me, and we met up with Alex from Alexandra’s Scribblings, it was like the stars aligned.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
It’s a fairly even tie between my review of Easy, by Tammara Webber, and my discussion posts on Blogger Burnout and Why I Love This Community.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My review of Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble. This is one of those books I want to make ALL THE PEOPLES READ.

9. Best bookish discovery ?
E-READING! Oh goodness. Getting the Kindle App on my phone has revolutionised my reading!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Eep, no! I’m failing terribly at my Goodreads challenge! I’m up to 87 of 100.

Looking Ahead…

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Under the Never Sky. It’s insane I haven’t gotten to it yet!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
I just wrote a post about this! It has to be The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

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

Consistency and balance. A blogging place that is comfortable for me to maintain, and I’m happy with! I’d really like to hit that 100 for my Goodreads challenge next year, too ;)

32 thoughts on “End of Year Book Survey

  1. I loveee this survey! The Diviners was AMAZING as you mentioned and I loved so many of the books you mentioned, such as that quote from Saving June and Jellicoe Road and DoBaS…amazing! :)

    • ERIN! ♥♥♥
      Me, too. I want a blogging place that is comfortable for me, and I can keep up with without it feeling like a job or stressor or… you know? Because I LOVE this community, and I love blogging, and I want to keep that up with momentum. IT WILL HAPPEN ^__^

  2. You have made me SO excited for Don’t Let Me Go! I promise you I’ll be reading it next year. I do, I will, OK? Oh, The Diviners cover is amazing, I love it. Us Aussies totally got the best cover which is rare because we get some pretty crappy covers… Before this year I had never read a contemp. *cries for you* I’m so glad that this year you were introduced to the amazingness that is contemporary and that you’ve had such a good run with them. I know which scene you’re talking about in On the Jellicoe Road and get it and I’m sorry that scene made you so angry. ♥
    Under the Never Sky, yes, we must read this soon!

    Aw, your so sweet and I put AAA as one of my favourite events as well. It was such an amazing experience and you were the best co-host a girl could ask for. ♥

    Consistency and balance would be a great thing to accomplish in 2013 and I’d definitely like to get into a good routine yet at the same time make sure it remains FUN. The main thing for me though is enjoying it! I haven’t felt as enthusiastic towards blogging and reading recently and I just want to get that spark back like I had when I first started out.

  3. HIII SARAHH!!!!!!!!! How are you?? Sorry I’ve been kinda absent lately- I was on a short blogging break but I’m back! Merry christmas :) This is such a great post with so many awesome books. LOL I can’t believe you waited until 2012 to read Divergent! And OMG Etienne…. <3333 Missed you!

  4. OMG, I was thinking of a post for the end of the year where it showcases my fav books or series. This is PERFECT. Thank you so much for introducing me.

    Because of how much you are obssessed with Elemental it is going to be a part of my next purchase. Promise.

    The Deviners?? Really??? Hmmm, guess I will have to check it out if it’s your fav this year.

    • It’s the best 2012 release I read, definitely. There were a couple of books I connected with more, on an emotional level, and there were some 2011 releases I read that were like WHOA (Divergent, Saving June, Shadowfever) but seriously… In terms of quality of writing, pacing, and the crafting of a novel The Diviners is, in my opinion, near perfect.

      But anyway.
      The survey.
      YES. RIGHT? Jamie = G E N I U S ♥

  5. I really like the quotes you chose, I’m terrible at remembering passages from books so I failed a bit at that question! I’m a big fan of recommending Anna and the French Kiss too. I read it in 2011, and I think I’m definitely going to re-read it next year. I still haven’t read Lola, so I might have a Perkins-fest at some point… :)

    • Thanks, Kit! I’m also absolutely terrible — I totally used Goodreads to see what I’d read this year, then checked what quotes I’d bookmarked :D

      Oh, Anna and the French Kiss is wonderful, huh? Pure happiness ♥

  6. I LOVE YOU!!! it seriously makes me so happy any time comments on the music aspect on my blog cos i don’t think people actually pay attention to it, ha. so excited for the neil gaiman book. i can’t believe i just ‘met’ you this year and i’m so so grateful for our friendship. you’re just the best and the most wonderful and make my heart swell with joy. &HEARTS;!

    • I LOVE YOU x ELEVENTY BILLION!
      I LOVE the music aspect of your blog. It’s one of the things I love most — there is nothing random or out of place. Everything fits together perfectly and beautifully. It’s like getting the perfect Christmas present, but having it wrapped perfectly, too :D

    • AND OMG. ELENA. “i can’t believe i just ‘met’ you this year and i’m so so grateful for our friendship.” THIS THIS THIS. SO MUCH ♥

      Seriously, I’m sad the days I don’t get to talk to you. Like now. I keep checking Gmail and I’m all like *sigh*

      *feels annoying and needy*

  7. I still remember your Jellicoe trauma. :(

    I really liked DIVINERS, EASY, STORMDANCER, and UNRAVELING, too. And ELEMENTAL is definitely one of my fave new series as well. :) Awesome list, Sarah–we’re publishing ours next week, though since there are three of us, it’s going to be pretty long, hah.

    • Oh goodness… I was a bit of a drama queen, huh? I… uh… have strong opinions. Possibly I’m slightly opinionated >__< So many amazing books, huh? And Easy was such a surprising standout for me. I was super hesitant to read a self-pubbed book, but… wow. I was so impressed with the message and the romance and… I kind of want Stormdancer #2 NOW :D

      ALSO: YOURS LISTS! EEEEEE! Long or not I can’t wait! ♥

  8. I MUST DO THIS SURVEY! I tried doing it, but it took me a while to get through only a few >.> But it’s so awesome!

    Great answers, Sarah! I was nodding my head along to your answers, and “Yes!”ing vehemntly. Such brilliant answers! And there are posts you’ve linked to I’ll have to check out. Sararararararararah! Awesome books recommendations and just all round amazingness from you. Thank you! :)

  9. These posts are great I’ve been reading a few today and having fun looking at what books people loved! I LOVED The Diviners ! It was humongous but oh so deliciously creepy! I also <3 Brigid! And Easy has been raved SO much lately I'm uber curious about it!! Sounds like you have an epic year, Sarah!! <3

  10. EMERGERD I WAS MENTIONED. Thanks Mom! You’re da bestest! I am SO doing this survey on my blog soonish!

    I totally agree with you about Throne of Glass, I really liked it but it SO didn’t live up to the hype!

    GOD BLESS AUNT BRIGID FOR GIVING US A BEAUTIFUL NEW SERIES AND A BEAUTIFUL BOY NAMED GABRIEL MERRICK <3

    Also I've GOT to check out this Don't Let Me Go book! :OOOOOO

  11. I’m looking forward to that Neil Gaiman book too – and The Diviners – I so need to get to it! I also loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone, one of my favorite reads of the year. Here’s to another fun year of blogging :-)

  12. I admit (not proudly) that I also kind of judge books for being self-published, but I’ve read some really great self-published books this year before they were picked up by one of the big publishers… On Dublin Street by Samantha Young is one of my new favorites. I’ve heard really great things about Easy, so I hope to get to it soon. One of my reading resolutions for next year is to read at least five self-published books because I want to give them more of a chance.

  13. Sarah! I kept meaning to comment on this, and not getting around to it, but I love it!
    I kinda really want Mara’s dress from The Unbecoming… cover. It’s so pretty-and-yet-wearable. What did you think of the book itself? For me, it’s got all these elements that I normally avoid like the plague (hate unreliable narrators, NEED to know what’s real and what’s not, don’t like unsettlingly creepy stuff) and yet I was drawn right in.
    And that Saving June quote is PERFECTION.
    And Author Appreciation August was so much fun to read.
    And yay for the Elementals books! (Hunter, I don’t care if everyone fangirls over Gabriel. I will always love you best.)
    *huggles*

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