I stumbled over the End of the Year survey on Radiant Shadows (beautiful blog btw) and was immediately intrigued. It’s an anual event hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner. I love making list and it is the perfect opportunity to remember all the books I have read this year. So here I am, filling out my own survey.
First some I have to show you my current reading status for 2012:
I reached my reading goal for 2012 and finished at least 328 books (this doesn’t all the re-reads of 2012). So a survey really helps to remember all the books. Some un-exciting I definitely almost forgot already.
1. Best Book You Read In 2012?
Adult fiction: Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein
Historical Fiction: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Contemporary YA: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Dystopian YA: Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Paranormal YA: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent
Fantasy: The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Everneath by Brodi Ashton. I was so exited about this book. The premise, the cover, everything seemed to be right and then … it was just average. Slow and unexciting. Also, Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. Everybody was raving about this book. Supposedly just like Beautiful Disaster, this books was awful. Probably the worst I read this year.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. A re-telling if Greek mythology and especially with the arrogant Achilles? I couldn’t have been more off. What a wonderful book! Also, The Selection by Kiera Cass. There were a lot of discussions about this book earlier this year. But I actually liked. It’s not a new Harry Potter but nevertheless quite entertaining.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Most of my friends don’t really read my kind of books, but I still try at least with a few popular books like:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Soul Screamer series by Rachel Vincent
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh: So intriguing and the story line is amazing. I read all 11 books this year. I just couldn’t stop.
Divergent by Veronica Roth: I started late on this one.
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi: Great dystopian world and so adorable characters!
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Nalini Singh, John Green, Laini Taylor, Gayle Forman, Veronica Roth and Veronica Rossi and more …
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
The Language of Flowers. I don’t really read that much contemporary books which deal with issues. In this case with foster care. But I loved this book though it was still hard to read.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
I’m a notorious re-reader in general. Almost no book is safe from me. So pretty much all 5-star books of 2012 will be re-read. I actually already re-read a few of this year’s books e.g. Insurgent, The Calling, Hallowed and Lover Reborn.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Augustus and Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars. So adorable and realistic.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
The Song of Achilles: I already owned this book for a while and never bothered picking it up. When I finally started reading it, I was so captivated that I read it in one go.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
I never remember any quotes and of course I don’t write anything down either. But I loved the writing of The Fault in Our Stars. So here we go:
“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”
“Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”
“You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you. All efforts to save me from you will fail.”
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Longest — The Daylight War – 768 pages
Shortest — I have honestly no clue. I’m almost exclusively read books on my eReader. So I don’t really see how short or long they are.
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!
In the middle of Earth Girl, there is a scene where Jarra learns something about her parents. It’s a real shocker and I was so angry when I read this one. Also, the ending of Pandemonium left my like: WTF, WHY!!!!!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
That’s a hard one. There are just too many. I think I go with the same as Kelly from Radiant Shadows: Yukiko and Buruu from Stormdancer. This is one amazing friendship. But there are definitely a lot more.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier: She writes fascinating Fantasy/Historic Fiction. And this is her first YA book. So captivating with a strong but vulnerable heroine.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
That’s impossible for me to answer. Recommendations and my own-looking-up-books just gets so mixed up that I don’t know anymore why I picked up books.