The 2012 End of Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner!
I don’t normally do surveys but this one looks like loads of fun and I’ve been enjoying reading everyone’s answers so far! Also since this is my first year blogging I’m answering a lot of these questions for the first time so I figured I’d give it a go! Don’t forget to swing by The Perpetual Page-Turner to link up your posts if you did participate!
Best in Books 2012
I can divide this up by genres… and thank goodness-there is no way I can possibly decide!
Dystopian: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Historical Fiction: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Contemporary: Easy by Tammara Webber, If I Lie by Corrine Jackson & Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Paranormal Romance: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Adult Romance: The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
Steampunk: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
Non Fiction/Biography: And I Don’t Want to Live This Life by Deborah Spungen
Grr… I’m still upset about this one. Blind Spot by Laura Ellen. Gosh, I was sooo freakin excited for this one and the ending blew it for me big time. Still love the cover though 😛
I will have to go with Crewel by Gennifer Albin. I really did not expect to love this one as much I did!
I’m pretty sure it was probably Delirium by Lauren Oliver or it might have been The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as well. I book pushed big time this year, haha.
Oooh.. it’s so hard to pick! I would say probably Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I loved the entire series(5 stars for every book) and the series is finished now so I’ll go for that one.
This is also a hard one for me because I discovered so many new authors this year! I only got into YA in May and had no idea I was missing out on so much! Becca Fitzpatrick, Lauren Oliver, Cassandra Clare, James Dashner… just to name a few!
Gosh so many books were out of my comfort zone or just completely new! Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel was a big one for me! Basically my first Steam punk and zombie fiction to boot! Also Partials by Dan Wells – I used to hate sci-fi! Now I love it 🙂
Why are these questions so hard? I will have to go with If I Lie by Corrine Jackson or Easy by Tammara Webber. I started both of these in the middle of a work week, and literally thought about calling in sick to finish them 😉
Easy by Tammara Webber. I could have opened it right back up from the beginning the moment I finished it, I dieddddd for this one <3
As much as my review of this book was not great, I will have to say Blind Spot by Laura Ellen. This cover is so freaking beautiful that I might just by the silly thing to have it on my shelf! Also I seen a real life copy of Crewel by Gennifer Albin in the bookstore the other day and almost passed out. It’s stunning.
Well… we are going to completely eliminate my book boyfriends from this because it’s not a competition 😉 I’m going to go with Quinn from If I Lie, I was so sad for her the entire time. Argh.
This one was so easy for me: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson. I seriously cried approximately every 20 pages, it was ridiculous but soooo beautifully written.
Honestly… the three listed in my top contemporary(1st question) had such a huge impact on me…. I still cannot stop raving and they left me emotionally raw. Another one was I Don’t Want to Live this Life by Deborah Spungen. Seriously it kinda effed me up, it was sooo sooo heartbreaking, and it being a true story just made it so much worse. It’s astonishing the sadness this girl had in her life(Nancy Spungen-the daughter of the author) and how no one would help her.
Well… about 50% of the books I read! But in all seriousness, Delirium by Lauren Oliver… why didn’t I read it before?!
Oh there are so many of them! I collect quotes & passages and little sayings like I do books now aways, lol. This is absolutely a cheat question 🙂
1. “If you can’t feel, why did you kiss me?”
― Becca Fitzpatrick, Hush, Hush
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium
but logic examined and recalculated
heated and curved to fit
inside the contours of the heart”
― Tammara Webber, Easy
Shortest: I read quite a few novellas this year so I won’t count those. An actual book-book though? Probably Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon(or another one in that series
Longest: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Well definitely the ending of Delirium… and then the ending of Pandemonium. *Dies*
GAGHHHH again, haha. I’m cheating…. Lena & Alex(Delirium), Jackie & Lucas(Easy) and Noah & Echo(Pushing the Limits).
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton! I loveeeee her writing, and I haven’t given her books anything less than 5 stars!
And I Don’t Want to Live This Life by Deborah Spungen. My best friend recommended this to me and I’m so glad I finally picked it up. Amazing.
Best Blogging/Reading Life in 2012
Well I only discovered the book blogging community this year so can I say everyone? Lol. Some of my absolute favorites though:
Xpresso Reads, Book Nerd Canada, Parajunkee, … and so many more! Honestly I love all the book blogs I subscribe to… everyone brings something different to the table!
Probably my review for Crewel by Gennifer Albin or Beneath the Glitter by Elle & Blair Fowler. I loved Crewel so much and wrote the review immediately after finishing because I just couldn’t hold it in and for the other one, well lets just say that I normally hate writing bad reviews but that one pissed me off so much that it felt good getting it all out some where 🙂
I didn’t really have any discussions on my blog… but I loved talking in the comments 🙂
When it comes to discussions, I am usually one of those silent readers. I really love reading discussion posts and others comments but it’s not something I frequently comment on. I do really like the discussion/opinion posts on Stacked. I often disagree with the opinions but I really like the debate points! I also love the discussions from Blogger’s Corner.
Ooooh… that was hands down Fan Expo 2012 here in Toronto. I met Lesley Livingston & Kelley Armstrong. Lesley Livingston is seriously one of nicest freaking people in the WORLD, and sooooo bubbly!
Well I think it’s tied between when I received my first comment and when I finally published my self hosted blog. I was elated when I got my first comment, I danced around my house for a good 5 minutes! And it was basically the same thing when I finally “mastered” WordPress and got this bad boy up and running 😛
It would either be Stacking the Shelves or Top Ten Tuesday.
Any of my reviews really, lol.
Well… the entire book blogging community as a whole! What did I do this time last year?! haha. And absolutely Goodreads. I honestly don’t know how I survived with my to-buy system before: little scraps of paper scattered everywhere… so disorganized!
Well I just wanted to read more altogether. Last year my reading fell below unacceptable, and I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen. I don’t think I’ll meet my goal for the year(I hardly read any at the start of this year) but I’m close so that is satisfactory.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I’ve let this one go way too long, lol. Also Clockwork Angel(and Clockwork Prince) by Cassandra Clare.
Hands down… Requiem by Lauren Oliver.
Phew. I made it through! Did you participate in this survey? Link up your posts!! I’m loving reading everyone’s replies!