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End of Year Books Survey
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Jamie from the Perpetual Page Turner is running an end of year book survey. I saw Sarah of Saz101 and loved it, so I thought, “man! I am so doing this!” because it looked like a whole lot of fun.

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BEST IN BOOKS 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012?
*checks my Goodreads challenge and opens seven tabs for seven favourite 2012 books*
This wasn’t going to work. So, therefore, I made a Best Debut/Stand-Alone and a Best Sequel, but of course, even then, the Best Sequel ended up with three finalists *head desk* There we go, I splattered two away.

Best Debut: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. ‘Nuff said.
Best Sequel: Fear by Michael Grant. Again: ’nuff said.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake. After reading and hearing so many gushing reviews from such people like Brodie, it was a shame that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. There was a certain inauthenticity to it that I couldn’t get past, which affected my reading of it. There was also Skylark by Meagan Spooner, which was pretty much a letdown since I was pretty giddy to read it.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
These questions just keep getting harder to answer, however my most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012 would have to be Reached by Ally Condie. I believe this is because Crossed left me a bit worried for how this might trilogy might end since I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did with Matched, which I loved. Ally Condie, however, surprised me with a beautiful and poetic prose and rekindled my adoration for Cassia, Ky and Xander with their different POVs and how everything tied up so brilliantly.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Uhh, that would have to be Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer. I not only have promoted and recommended this book continuously online, but I also have numerous times at work (fyi: I work at a bookstore), and so I have sold my fair share of this book to receive royalties… haha!

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Again, Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer, the first book in The Lotus War series – all I want to do is return to the Shima Isles and trek across its terrain again, whether by land, sea or sky. There’s going to be so much more to love in the next books; I just know it! I also will say Libba Bray came out with a stunning new series beginning with The Diviners and I’m pretty eager to see how the series progresses as Libba Bray set up so much in just this first book.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Doug MacLeod’s The Shiny Guys was an exceptional read, so as soon as I finished it I wanted to go out and get his other novels such as The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher. I also kind of discovered Libba Bray’s blooming amazing writing in The Diviners. I’ve had A Great and Terrible Beauty on my shelf for a few years now and Beauty Queens since it came out last year, but I never had the urge to pick them up and read them – now I do!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I would have to say K.Z. Snow’s The Zero Knot. It’s a male/male contemporary romance, which I had gotten from NetGalley around this time last year and read while I was away in Europe. It was quite the change to what I have been reading, but it just made me realise so much more. This book did kind of wreck me, but it’s been almost a year since I read it so I can’t recall much but I do remember liking the relationship between Jess and Dylan. Next year I’m going to try and read more LGBT novels – I still have to read Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes and Phantom Eyes – and I think I’m going to start off with Sarah‘s recommendation of J.H. Trumble’s Never Let Me Go, in which I had read the first page but no further back when it came out.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore – non-stop action. Fear by Michael Grant – once I begin these books each year I cannot put it down until I finish it. Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta – I fell in love with Froi and Quintana in the previous book and I just could not stop reading more about this precious duo. And there was A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, which was pretty much addictive crack.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
I am definitely going to be reading Michael Grant’s Fear again before the final book in the Gone series, Light, comes out, however I have planned to reread the series from the beginning so that I can get a complete story to work with for my “practice” tv series script. Quintana of Charyn might also be a book I’ll reread next year, for reasons that only involve impulsivity.

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

11. Most memorable character in 2012?
My most memorable character would certainly have to be Violet Eden from Jessica Shirvington’s The Violet Eden Chapters, especially in Endless, as there was a particular moment where, and I quote from my review, ‘I thought, “How much more can Jess harness upon Violet? That girl is indestructible. That girl is extraordinary. That girl is a machine. I want to call her mine. And mine only.” It was a moment where Violet’s identity as the heroine of this series jumped from black and white to living colour; I realised Violet’s worth, her purpose and everything she stood for.’ Quintana and Froi in Quintana of Charyn were another two memorable characters. Although I just read and finished it a few days ago, Sam from Melissa Keil’s February 2013 debut Life In Outer Space will become a pretty memorable character due to his voice and his nerdy ways. However, I might also continue on to list many characters from Michael Grant’s Gone series, so I’ll stop now.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
That would have to be Ally Condie’s Reached. Also Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Michael Grant’s Fear, as well as Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. I believe it was going to Berlin a year ago that pushed me to read this book. I had always planned to read it, but just when I did not know. Am thrilled to say that I have read this literary masterpiece.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
Just one? Never!

“…death is better because death is the end of fear, isn’t it?”
– Michael Grant, Fear 

 

It’s not the monsters who are so completely different that are scary, Sanjit reflected. It’s the ones who are too human. They carry with them the warning that what happened to them might happen to you, too.”
– Michael Grant, Fear

 

…they assumed all fear must come from a thing or a place. An event. Cause and effect. Like fear was part of an algebra equation.
No, no, no, so not getting the point of fear. Because fear wasn’t about what made sense. Fear was about possibilities. Not things that happened. Things that might … Threats that might be there. Murderers. Madmen. Monsters. Standing just a few inches from him, able to see him, but his eyes useless. The threats, they could laugh silently at him. They could hold their knives, guns, claws right in his face and he wouldn’t be able to see.
The threat could be. Right. There.”

– Michael Grant, Fear

 

Dying is easy. Anyone can throw themselves onto the pyre and rest a happy martyr. Enduring the suffering that comes with sacrifice is the real test.”
– Jay Kristoff, Stormdancer

 

“‘…In the games of queens and kings,’ she said to Froi, ‘we leave our dreams at the door and we make do with what we have. Sometimes if we’re fortunate, we still manage to have a good life.’”
– Melina Marchetta, Quintana of Charyn


“‘I have to succeed,’ Annabeth said simply. ‘The risk is worth it.’”
– Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena
 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest: The Little Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff (33 Pages) – it’s a picture book; this is excluding novellas.
Longest: A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin (1128 Pages).  

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?
The ending of The Mark of Athena; a scene in Fear involving Caine and Penny (this may just be me); that scene in Endless I briefly touched on above; and various scenes in A Storm of Swords.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012
1. Yukiko & Buruu, Stormdancer
2. Quintana & Froi, Quintana of Charyn
3. Percy & Annabeth, The Mark of Athena

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
Michael Grant, Beth Revis, Andrea Cremer, Rick Riordan, Pittacus Lore, and Sarah Alderson all wrote amazing follow-ups and new books that were so much better than their previous books.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
I can’t answer this because I don’t think there was one book this year I read SOLELY based on a recommendation. Some were based on popularity, promotion, etc.

 

BOOK BLOGGING/READING LIFE IN 2012


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?

Saz101 I believe would be favourite book blog I discovered in 2012. Sarah writes extraordinary reviews that make me green with envy.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I wouldn’t say best because this year I haven’t done many discussion posts and otherwise haven’t been very popular, but I wrote a post: Consider This… Giveaways & Gratitude.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I really enjoyed reading Anna’s discussion post The Great Follow Debate on her blog Literary Exploration 

5. Best event that you participated in?
I didn’t participate in many events this year, only a bunch of blog tours hosted by the publishers.  

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
Maybe just that I got a job as a bookseller in 2012 because of book blogging and the knowledge I’ve gained from it the past two years.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Most Clicks: Anna and the French Kiss – Chapters 1-5 Thought Commentary
Most Views: For Your Viewing Pleasure: Stormdancer Book Trailer
Most Comments: Interview with Jay Kristoff and Stormdancer Giveaway!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Basically every post besides giveaways.

9. Best bookish discovery?
Although technically not books, I have fallen in love with reading tv scripts and film screenplays… in some ways they’re books aren’t they? (Otherwise, I can’t think of anything else to answer with.)

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
None, whatsoever. Excuse me while I go to the dungeon and strap myself. Maybe finishing Lauren Kate’s Fallen series could be an accomplishment, maybe?

LOOKING AHEAD…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone because I have all my lovely girls online hitting me with canes and batons for not reading it already. It’s my number 1 priority in 2013.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
That would be Michael Grant’s Light, the final book in the Gone series. However, I have listed a number of books I’m most looking forward to in 2013 here.

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
Be consistent, be organised, and be original. And most of all, be myself. I also would like to complete as many series as I can in 2013 as well as conquering my most anticipated books of 2013 list (see above).

 


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