20 December 2012

2012 End of Year Book Survey

I love surveys and lists! So when I saw that Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner was running her End of Year Book Survey, I had to jump in!

Best In Books 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012?

One? Nope, not possible! 

Best Heart Breakers: Every Day by David Levithan and Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Best World Building: Partials by Dan Wells 

Best Apocalypse/Dystopian: Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts and Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Best Zombies: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry and This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Best Adult and Best Audiobook: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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

Breathe by Sarah Crossan - it sounded so good but I was so underwhelmed.

Gone by Michael Grant - it feels like I'm the only one that didn't like this series - it took me over a month to finish it!

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

Zomblog II by T.W. Brown - I didn't like the first book at all, but the author convinced me to give the second book a try, and I was converted!

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, but I'm also going to push Every Day by David Levithan on everyone I know!

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

Benny Imura by Jonathan Maberry

The Paranormals by J.L. Bryan

Partials by Dan Wells

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Tabitha Suzuma, John Green, David Levithan, Kendare Blake, Courtney Summers - I read so many new-to-me authors this year the list is almost endless!

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

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa - A Young Adult Vampire book? 18 months ago I would have laughed myself sick at the suggestion I would even read, let alone LOVE this book.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts - I devoured it in a couple of hours, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!

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

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, 
Partials by Dan Wells and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  All for a variety of reasons but I loved them all so I'd love to go back and revisit them!

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

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake - I loved the creepiness of it!

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Amaliya from Pretty When She Dies and Pretty When She Kills by Rhiannon Frater - she was the best heroine - dark, troubled, funny, tough.

Flynn Laukonen from A Note of Madness & 
A Voice in the Distance by Tabitha Suzuma - oh I just wanted to take him home and hug him!

Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood / Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake - sarcastic yet sweet, clever, ah the list could go on and on!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Every Day by David Levithan, it was like reading expensive chocolate.

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

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma vs. Every Day by David Levithan - they both made me cry, and I even wrote down quotes from Every Day, which I almost never do, but Forbidden was about such a taboo subject but it was so good I didn't get hung up on it.

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

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - I tried reading it last year and just couldn't, and I'm so glad I went back to it.

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

''This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world.  It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot.  The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible.  And when it's just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.''

Every Day by David Levithan

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Longest - The Winds of War by Herman Wouk - 896 pages

Shortest - Not counting the serial episodes that I've read, the shortest is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - 107 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 ending of both Every Day and Forbidden, but especially Every Day! I just wanted to sit down and pick that book apart with like-minded people (whilst passing tissues around!).

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

Adam and Mia from If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman - oh it was just *sigh*.

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

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry and Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater.  Love 'em both!

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

Every Day by David Levithan, which I bought after Nikki at Foil the Plot flogged it out in her End of Year Book Survey. I knew if she loved it, I most probably would too!

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?
Oh there's SO many - Christina at A Reader of Fictions, Jenni at Alluring Reads, Karin at My Life, Kara from Great Imaginations, Giselle from Xpresso Reads, Nikki from Foil The Plot, Smash from Smash Attacks Reads.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012? 

Oh my reviews of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma and Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

Umm probably the one about being an International Book Blogger.

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

I'm terrible at keeping track of these, but the best discussion post I've read recently was at Smash Attacks Reads talking about what makes a good villain. Good bad characters are awesome!

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

I really enjoyed Armchair BEA - chances are I'm not going to get to the real thing anytime soon (unless anyone wants to sponsor me to go *flutters eyelashes*) so doing it from the comfort of my sofa was the next best thing. And I found loads of awesome blogs because of it!

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

Ah there was so many! Probably my favourite was being blurbed in Phillip W. Simpson's new book Tribulation. Oh and getting a signed copy of Zombie Fallouthttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8167001-zombie-fallout from Mark Tufo!

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

My review of Zombie Fallout 2 by Mark Tufo, I love that series!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Ah, such hard questions! Honestly, it's more the quality of the comments than the quantity, so if one person leaves a meaningful or funny comment, I'm happy!

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

Edelweiss, but not just for review requests, I also use it for checking out upcoming releases and catalogs!

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

Ugh I'm so bad at keeping track of challenges! But I did finish my Goodreads goal of 150 books, hurrah!

Looking Ahead…

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

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

Just One Day by Gayle Forman and Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma.  Stalking them like mad!

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

Just have fun! Put less pressure on myself, and make a dent in my TBR rather than encouraging its growth!


  1. Adam and Mia's relationship was really well done, I thought - great choice! I need to get hold of a copy of Forbidden, I've read a lot of great reviews and I'm interested to give it a go.

    1. It wasn't perfect, that's what really made it work for me! Forbidden is one of those books if you can get past the subject matter, the actual content is so compelling!

  2. I picked up Gone once and DNFed. I know I'll force myself to read it at some point, but I can't say I'm looking forward to it.

    Yay! I love those new book blogs! :)

    So...I'm wondering? Would you recommend Forbidden and Every Day? Because I'm just not sure how you felt about them... :-p

    1. Let me just answer for her, Christina... YES! :p

    2. There are so many better dystopians than Gone.....it was like wading through mud (or worse), cardboard characters and just blah! I'm so glad I only bought the first book....

      Yeah, if you have time to squeeze them in :-P

  3. YAY FOR EVERY DAY PUSHERS! I'm so glad you liked it (isn't it life changing?!)! And Battle Royale, OMG, so amazing. The movie rocks it out too! I really need to get Gone Girl, like, ASAP. I have no doubt it's going to blow my mind.

    ::Le sigh:: All of your Every Day references really make me so happy. We totally NEED to discuss the ending, because, WOW. Just wow. I'm so glad we're blogging friends. Now we need to meet in the real world so that we can be real world (is "apocalyptic defenders of the universe" a better title?) friends.

    1. I have to watch Battle Royale, because now I've read it, I can! I still cannot write my review of Every Day - I need to sit in a quiet room and get that into some kind of coherent language!

      LOL - Apocalyptic Defenders of the Universe gets my vote!

      Oh that ending *sniff sniff*. I wanted to sleep with that book!

  4. This is Not A Test was so freaking good! I really want to read Gone Girl. The cover always catches my eye at the book store but I have yet to pick it up. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I LOVED Adam and Mia in If I Stay and Where She Went. I can't get over how amazingly written their relationship was. I need to read Every Day next year, I've seen so many amazing reviews on it that I know I just need to get to it!

  6. I love so many of the books you read this year! Partials was the best! I can't wait until the next book comes out. GAH! And thanks for the lovely shout out. I had a ton of dun discovering you too!



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