End of Year Book Survey – 2012

One of my favorite bloggers, Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, hosts a wonderful thing called the End of Year Book Survey. What is this? 2012 was the first year I was blogging so although it’s the third year she’s hosted, it’s the first year I even knew about it. Surveys? Books? Blogging? I’M IN! All of the links below will you link you back to my reviews 🙂

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Best In Books 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Contemps
: I’m cheating on the first question and listing two. No wait, three. I LOVED all of these so, um, I can’t pick. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Dystopian
: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Paranormal: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Fantasy: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, then a toss up between Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (SERIOUSLY. Go read this NOW)

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood PromiseSpirit Bound

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Gayle Forman, Lauren Morrill, Stephanie Perkins, Leigh Bardugo, Lauren DeStefano

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Basically anything fantasy/high fantasy: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and Rift by Andrea Cremer

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
All totally not in a “thriller” type way but that they were so beautifully written that I didn’t want to tear myself out of how involved I was in the story.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I keep thinking about how much I want to re-read it but I don’t have the time right now

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
Crewel by Gennifer Albin

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11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Nastya/Sunshine/Emilia from The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Tiger Lily
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (seriously, it’s almost every single answer) 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
The Princess Bride by William Goldman 

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson:
“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve ever heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest FULL story (not novella): A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (and one of my first-ever reviews too!)
Longest story: The Passage by Justin Cronin (read in Feb (before I started my blog in April))

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!
WTF momentsFrostbiteShadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Steamy scenesSweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Anna Oliphant & Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols (from various blogger reviews)

 Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?
For the bloggers as well as the blog!!
The Grown-Up YA
YA Crush
Books Take You Places
Gone Pecan

Hobbitsies
The Perpetual Page Turner
The Broke and the Bookish
The Reading Date

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?
Oh geez, I don’t even know. I honestly can’t pick one.  

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
Are Books Back? (Or How Harry Potter Led to Accidental Thievery)

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I really loved When a Love Triangle is not really a Love Triangle from The Housework Can Wait! I can’t remember many others, but that one was a lot of fun!

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

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?
Winning a big box of books (new releases as well as ARCs) from Epic Reads and Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner!! It was incredibly exciting!! 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Casting Call [2] – Divergent

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins I guess? I can’t really think of any one that’s lacking, but Anna could always use a little mroe love!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Goodreads 2012 reading challenge is well on its way!
Series Catch-Up 2012

Looking Ahead…

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

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
Requiem by Lauren Oliver

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
I’m thinking about buying my own domain name! I may do that as a Christmas present to myself and really take my blogging to the next level. It’s something I really love doing and I get more and more serious about it every day 🙂

13 thoughts on “End of Year Book Survey – 2012

  1. DEBtastic Reads!

    Wow! What a great survey and great list of books you shared! I’d love to fill out your complete survey but I’m on a self-imposed writing deadline so I’ll just share my favorite reads of 2012:
    The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
    See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles
    Heist Society by Ally Carter
    Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
    The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
    Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
    Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Adult fiction)
    52 Reasons to Hate my Father by Jessica Brody

    🙂
    Happy Holidays and good reading to you! (Can’t wait for Stephanie Perkin’s new novel in 2013!)

  2. Alyssa

    Yes. Go read Cinder ASAP. C is borrowing my copy of Scarlet and then it is going to you! Also you are on my list of fav. bloggers too <3

    1. Brittany

      Yahoo! <3
      I think it might be one of my first reads of the new year…… I don't have any other plans so far. SO FAR. But I will be getting that big box soon soo…… We'll see.

  3. Elizabeth

    You’ve accomplished quite a lot this year! I’m still working on this survey myself… I have a really hard time picking favorites, so I’m still mulling that one over!

  4. Candice

    Yay! Hope you get to Cinder soon! If you like audiobooks, I suggest listening to it. That’s what I did (because I was a little hesitant) and absolutely LOVED it. I’ve also been debating buying my domain name… figure I’ve been blogging for a year. I think I’m serious about it! Glad you’ve had such a great blogging year and that I’ve gotten to know you from blogging! Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings us!

    1. Brittany

      Yay me too!
      I actually purchased the hardcover of Cinder a while back but DANG because I need a new, good audiobook. I feel like I keep picking up crappy ones 🙁
      I’m afraid that someone might do something wild and actually do something for my blog for Christmas so I didn’t want to do anything until after I know what all of my gifts are (and I pay the credit card bills from all the shopping hahaha), but I think I may do that!!

  5. Ashley

    All of your answers are awesome! You listed quite a few books that I still need to read.. like Anna and the French Kiss and Under the Never Sky!

    Also you should definitely get your own domain name! Just the domain name is only about $10 per year – not too much. 🙂 You could even go a step further and get your own hosting too! (That’s about $5 per month, but self-hosted WordPress sites are THE BOMB!)

  6. ocdreader

    I have a LOT of reading to do and books to pick up according to your list! I am woefully behind. Keep up the awesome job 🙂

  7. gab

    I’m the same with The Fault in Our Stars! I know everyone loves it, and I thought I would too, but in the end I was a bit disappointed.

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