Sunday, December 9, 2012

2012 End of Year Book Survey

Time to do some end-of-the-year reading reflections!  I used Perpetual Page Turner's survey last year and decided to have a go at it again this year.
1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Adult: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
YA: Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Unfortunately, Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen didn't really do it for me...but I think my expectations were too high.  Also, I couldn't get into Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry - I'm hoping I can come back to it with renewed interest later (I'm only 300ish pages into this chunkster).
 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 
That would be To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.  I wasn't sure what to expect from a historical sci-fi comedy of errors - but, wow was I enthralled with this book!
 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Definitely The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
I really enjoyed the first book in the Lunar Chronicles
 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
David Mitchell and Connie Willis
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I have to say, I didn't read much that was out of my comfort zone this year - but I loved the one non-fiction book I read which was Tina Fey's Bossypants.
 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (an intense conclusion to a great trilogy) and Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

 9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Flat Out Love by Jessica Park - it was an adorable story with really witty dialogue...a treat to read!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars and Patroclus from The Song of Achilles
 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Eeeek!  How can I choose?!  I'm going to say Cloud Atlas because each character's story was written in a completely different style - what a feat!
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Probably Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.  Like I said in my review, it came at time in my life where some of the themes and insights were really comforting.
 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
I Captured the Castle by Dodie Smith - an adorable story!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once." - John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (what a terrific line!)

“Why fight the 'natural' (oh, weaselly word!) order of things? Why? Because of this―one fine day, a purely predatory world shall consume itself. In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.”
― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel at 224 pages
Longest: Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey at 1,015 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!
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness - what an emotional rollercoaster of a book!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Wow, this is a really hard question to answer - there are so many!!  Just to include a new title to this post (you can just assume that any of my other faves feature amazing relationships) I would say the friendship featured in Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
The Probable Future by Anne Hoffman - recommended by Anne @ The Book Garden


  1. Great picks! I'm looking forward to reading The Song of Achilles and The Fault in Our Stars.

  2. I loved The Song Of Achilles too, it will definitely be on my end of year top ten list. I am so glad you enjoyed The Probable Future! I am hoping to reread it soon.

  3. Yay for Cloud Atlas! Also, The Song of Achilles and Tell the Wolves I'm Home are both on my must list because of your reviews!

  4. So many of these books need to go on my TBR!

  5. I've seen Song of Achilles on several people's lists. I may need to finally add this to my TBR.

    Glad to have found your blog!

  6. I really wanted to read Song of Achilles when it came out, but there were so many copies around that I figured some would start popping up in charity shops before long... only they haven't! I might need to actually bite the bullet and buy a copy!

    I really need to get round to reading Cloud Atlas too. I do own a copy, but I'm kind of intimidated by it.

  7. cool! here is mine, with some variations in the format: