Wednesday, 2 January 2013

2012 End of Year Book Survey

This is the 3rd annual End of Year Book Survey, hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner.
The survey is a great way to reflect on what you've read, what you've achieved and to start looking ahead. You can fill it out whenever you like now or later in January, and if you do decide to fill it out now you can always update it if you happen to read something earth-shattering before then year ends. The survey can include any books you've read as long as you read them this year, they don't have to have been published in 2012.
Jamie has a Mr. Linky at the end of her survey for you to share your End of Year Book Survey and check out some other peoples lists. Anyone who links up by January 10th will also be in the running to win a book of their choice that they saw on Jamie's, mine or somebody else’s list, so why not take part?!

The Best of the Books for 2012!

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want) 
Adult Fantasy: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Contemporary YA: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Dystopian YA: 
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Fantasy: The Keeper's Curse by Diana Harrison

Mythology: Demons of the Sun by Cindi Madsen
Historical Fiction: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

(I may have made up some genre's but I've read so many great books this year, I couldn't help it!)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr - I'd been seeing this book around a bit and I thought it sounded really cool and I was very excited to begin reading it, but though I read it quite quickly I wasn't very attached to any of the characters and the book just left me a little unsatisfied. 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris - I thought this book sounded good and I thought I'd like but I didn't expect how much i'd love this book! It had me laughing, crying and falling in love. The characters were amazing and I just loved the story!

 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
I think the books I recommended most would've been My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, Pushing the Limits and Alice in Zombieland. I just couldn't get over the zombie's, I thought they were fantastic!

 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare - I was going to hold of on reading them until the last book had been published but when I was trapped on a 9-hour plane trip with limited reading material I had to succumb. I gobbled up the first book then jumped right into the second! I fell in love with the series and read the last couple of chapters extra slowly just so it didn't have to end. Bring on Clockwork Princess!

 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Libba Bray! I read Beauty Queens and it was so different and amazing and I really want to read more by her! My most-wonderful boyfriend got me The Diviners for Christmas (I think all my not-so-subtle hinting was extremely helpful) and I am very excited to start reading!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
It's not the sort of book I'd have chosen for myself, I'd never heard of it until I was told to read it for school, but The Longest Memory by Fred D'Aguiar was a really good read. The book was only short but it had a lot going on emotionally and I enjoyed the different style of writing

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
I think it would have to be Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. I could not put down that book!

 9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Delirium. I shall probably re-read before I continue on with the series. If I do read it again I'll be sure to have a box of tissues handy; I am shocking with sadness, I cry at the drop of a hat!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
I'm not sure if I'd say it was my absolute favourite but The Keeper's Curse is definitely in my top 3. I love the girl, the background, the colours and the flower/plant swirls on the side. It's actually the main reason I wanted to read the book, that the book turned out to be a good read was also an added bonus!

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 
I probably only find him memorable because I just finished the book, but I really liked Grumm from Tournament of Chance. He wasn't in the book very much but I really liked him! He was funny and fun and just a little bit different.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - It just had the most gorgeous, lyrical quality to it. I really liked the story, but it was the writing that I loved.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 
I'm honestly not sure.. The Longest Memory was definitely the most thought-provoking book but I think Demons of the Sun impacted me the greatest because it was the first book I reviewed and it's what started me down the path of book blogging.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - I didn't want to start it until all the Infernal Devices books had been released but I just couldn't resist and I'm both glad and not-glad that I read it. I absolutely loved the book and the second one too but waiting for the third one is just sad! I need to know what happens!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 
“(Addie) I said. (If it had been you - if it were you trapped inside. If you were the one who couldn't move, I'd go back. I'd go back in a second.)” ~ Eva from What's Left of Me
I loved What's left of Me and some of it was just really amazing. The things said between Eva and Addie, the powerful emotions there, lead to some great quotes.

 16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 
Longest — Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (763 pages)
Shortest — The Longest Memory by Fred D'Aguiar (144 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!
The last little bit of Delirium. I won't say why I wanted to scream at talk to someone, but it definitely left me reeling and I needed someone to share it with.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
I loved the relationship between Eva and Addie in What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang. It's a very unique relationship and I loved how it was portrayed. I think Kat did a really good job of showing their relationship; the love, the strain, the pain, the joy.. it was very good to read!

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
Either Clockwork Angel or Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I read and loved her first three Mortal Instruments books (haven't got around to reading the newer ones yet, but I will when they're all out) and this series is just as fantabulous!

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. My boyfriend gave me the book to read and I really enjoyed it! I knew nothing about it and was pleasantly surprised. It was an action-packed adventure, nor a dragon-infused fantasy ride and even though the romance was scarce.. I still really liked it!

 Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012? 
Can I say my own? No? Then I'm going to have to include several blogs here.. I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, Read-A-holicZ, The Broke and the Bookish, Jen Ryland/YA Romantics, Pure Imagination and of course Bloody Bookaholic, the book blog that first got me interested in blogging!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012? 
I think it would have to be my review of  Demons of the Sun just because it was my first review. It's probably not my best but it's definitely a review that I'll always remember.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I don't think I really had any discussion-type things in 2012, probably the most discussion like posts were my Feature & Follows and discussing the questions in there.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Actually, it would probably be the brilliant rant about people who believe readers are layabouts who do absolutely nothing, ever. I found this great post, written by our fabulous survey host, in one of her survey answers and I just thought it was brilliant. It got me thinking about how many of my friends believed all I did every day was read and never did anything else. I mean, I do read a lot, but I also do a whole heap of other things!

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I haven't participated in much but I do love my memes and I had an absolute blast participating in Rachel Harris' Flirt Squad. I won a signed copy of er book and had heaps of fun doing cool activities and promoting her book. My first ever blog post (before I decided to become a book blogger) was actually as part of the Flirt Squad, helping to promote Rachel's book. It's what really game the incentive to start blogging!

6. Best Moment of Book Blogging in 2012?
Starting my blog, writing my first review, my first follower, reaching 100 followers, reaching 200, followers, holding my first giveaway, participating in my first tour, getting my first review request, talking to other amazing bloggers and authors.. every moment has just been great!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
When I participated in the End of the World Giveaway Hop! I had over 600 pageviews on that post in one week, had almost 100 comments on the post and over 150 individuals entered my giveaway! It was by far my busiest post.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Any of my Judging a Book by It's Cover posts. I'm revamping it this year, maing it a fortnightly post and I've also made a pretty image to go with it!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The Book Depository! I have found so many bargains through there and it's also really helped be able to host my own giveaway's! It was especially brilliant for Christmas, I bought quite a few gifts from there and they're just fabulous!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I don't think I really had any goals this year but starting my blog has created a whole heap of goals/challenges for next year and I'm really looking forward to the challenge!

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - I've had this book on my e-reader for quite a while now and I also got a paperback copy of it the other day so I'm really looking forward to starting it!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
There are quite a lot of them but my top 5, as difficult as it was for me to narrow down, are..
- Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
- Splintered by A. G. Howard (won a copy of this that should be arriving in the next few weeks, so excited! *squees*)
- Requiem by Lauren Oliver
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
- Poison by Bridget Zinn

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
I want to keep on with my blog, learning new things and making it even better. I wan't to improve my reviews and better organise myself and my blog, preparing my posts in advance so I have everything sorted out in time. I just want to try my best and see where this takes me!

1 comment:

  1. Just did the survey on my blog :) I also have The Night Circus down for Most Beautifully Written Book-it was absolutely stunning!