2012 End of Year Book Survey

It feels a little forward of me to participate in The Perpetual Page-Turner’s end of year book survey, since I have had a book blog for approximately five minutes in internet time. However, part of jumping into blogging with both feet was the agreement with myself that I would do things like this, instead of being the lurker. Plus, who can resist a turn down the past year’s memory lane? So, without further ado:

2012 Book Survey

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

All right, let’s break it down like this: favorite non-fiction, favorite fiction, and favorite Young Adult.

Favorite Non-fiction: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

Favorite Fiction: American Gods, by Neil Gaiman(to be fair, this was the only non-YA fiction I read this year).

Favorite YA: Ah. It’s Unwind or Insurgent. Um, I gave Unwind 5 stars and Insurgent 4, so let’s go with Unwind.

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

Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me by Ian Cron. It was a decent and enjoyable book, but all the reviews were so complimentary that I thought it would become my favorite memoir. It didn’t.

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

A Year of Biblical Womanhood, by Rachel Evans. I thought I would enjoy the book and the humor, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so nuanced and thought-provoking.

 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

Divergent, Insurgent, and Unwind. Interesting that they’re all Dystopians. I’ve really been recommending Divergent, though.

 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

The Divergent Trilogy.

 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Frederick Buechner, Veronica Roth, and possibly Neil Gaiman. I’ve only read American Gods, but I definitely plan on reading Gaiman more in the future!

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

The Purity Myth. Full of Feminist theory. Even though I didn’t agree with some of the conclusions, I do have think it’s a good book to open discussion.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Unwind. I actually ended up pacing—literally pacing, walking up and down the hallway—during the last forty pages!

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

Divergent and Insurgent. I read them both in one day(not the same day!) and I’m sure I’ll re-read before the third book comes out!

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

unwind

Unwind. It’s amazing how often this book has been coming up! I must admit, it doesn’t have much competition with the other books I read this year in the cover department. I read a lot of great books, but few with good covers.

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 

Lev from Unwind. Tris from Divergent.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

It’s nonfiction, but the Magnificent Defeat by Frederick Buechner.

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

The Magnificent Defeat.

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

Bird by Bird! My writing teachers have been telling me I should read this book since I started college.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 

Fun story: Bird by Bird was the book that taught me that the Kindle has a highlighting limit for each book. Let’s go with this quote about books from Bird by Bird:

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

 16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 

Longest-American Gods, topping in around 600 pages.

Shortest- The Watcher, at around 100 pages.

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? 

SPOILER:

The Unwinding scene in Unwind! Ahhh! Creepy! Disturbing! I can’t believe that actually happened!

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

Tris and Four in Divergent. They actually make sense together, not just put together because the author wanted it that way. Plus, hooray for the lack of a love triangle!

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

Bird by Bird by Ann Lammot. Enjoyed Traveling Mercies in 2011.

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

Actually, there wasn’t one this year.

 Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012? 

Well, I’m SUPER NEW to book blogging, but I’m really getting into The Broke and the Bookish!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012? 

As I’m typing this, I’ve written ONE review(my blog is a week old!). So I don’t think this counts.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

None yet, but I’m working on a post about PTSD and YA Dystopians that I hope evokes discussion.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

The whole reason I even learned about book blogging was because of a discussion I read about rape culture in YA paranormal romance. Unfortunately, I don’t remember where it was, but I remember there were a lot of good points being made all around.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Once again, newbie here! I’m looking forward to some though.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

Is it cliché to say starting my blog? Probably. Well, I’m doing it anyway.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I was pleasantly surprised by first post, “Our First Date”, got as many views as it did.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Again, I’m going to wave the newbie card.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Um, the entire book blogging sphere of the internet. How did I not find this sooner? I would have had a book blog for years!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I had a new year’s resolution to read 30 books this year. I was pretty sure I would go over, which I did!

Looking Ahead…

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

Jane Eyre. I still have not finished Jane Eyre. I sometimes even declare it my favorite book(shh, don’t tell anyone!), but I still have not finished it! I love it every time I start it, get about fifty to seventy pages from the end, and then something happens, like school starts and I only want to read fun books, or I go on vacation. Sometimes I think the universe does not want me to read this book.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

The third installment in the Divergent trilogy.

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

To read more fiction books. I love non-fiction books and I read quite a few in 2012, but I really want to read more fiction.

Comments

  1. I LOVED Divergent, but Insurgent didn’t do it for me that much… but I definitely spend a lot of time reccing Divergent! And welcome to the book blog world! :)

    • Thanks for the welcome! Insurgent is one of those books I think I would have liked a lot less if I had read reviews of it before I read, but since I just gobbled up both books in two days, I didn’t have time to think of how different it was from Divergent.

  2. I love American Gods too.

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