As always, the 2012 End of Year Book Survey is created and hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner.
1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Every time I think of this question the first three answers that pop into my head are The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, and The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. My top 12 of the year will be posted tomorrow, so you can find out more of my favorites then.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
While I read a lot of exceptional books this year, there were also a lot that just flopped. Four that especially stand out to me are Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt, If I Lie by Corrine Jackson, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor.
Forbidden sounded so interesting, but I really disliked the direction that Suzuma took with the characters’ stories and the overall plot.
I thought Uses for Boys would be very different than it is, but as it turns out it’s quite a depressing book and the main character is hard to stomach. You’ll see what I mean when I post my official review.
If I Lie is a decent book and Jackson is a good writer, but I didn’t like Quinn, the main character. I don't plan on reviewing this one as it's already gotten so much buzz.
I also really, really, really wanted to adore Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor, and while the writing is gorgeous, I found that it was inadequate as the first book of a series.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Although this one was recommended to me many times and I’d read A Monster Calls in 2011, I didn’t realize that this one would be so incredibly fast-paced or gut-wrenching. Now I know that I should purchase Kleenex in bulk before reading anything by Patrick Ness.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Hands down Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, but Something Like Normal by Trish Doller is a close second.
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Oh wow, so many! Clearly Chaos Walking should be on this list, as well as The Origami Yoda books by Tom Angleberger and Rick Yancey’s Isle ofBlood series. Both of these series have male protagonists that are enjoyable to read about. The Origami Yoda books are perfectly if you love humor and Yancey’s novels are ideal for young readers who want to dabble in horror.
I'm also going to mention The Seven Kingdoms series by Kristin Cashore. I'm reading Graceling for a readalong and will finish it in early 2013, so it obviously doesn't count towards my 2012 total. However, I'm loving it so much that I wanted to mention it here as well.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
These authors are all new to me and relatively new in general, but my favorites are Morgan Matson, Trish Doller, and Victoria Schwab.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Habibi by Craig Thompson. While graphic novels are not new to me, the scale of this one makes it an incredibly daunting read. 50 Shades of Grey was out of my comfort zone as well, but I strongly disliked it.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
The first two Chaos Walking books by Patrick Ness, without a doubt.
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
I could see myself rereading The Statistical Probability of Love at FirstSight when I need a pick me up. Often I’ll listen to books the second time around instead of reading them, and I always read the print version of any book before listening to it, so when it comes to audiobooks, I tend to pick ones I’ve heard are well done. I’ll probably listen to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater in 2013 and reread them that way.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
I’m sorry, but I have to pick three for this one: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. The art on all three of these covers is beautiful, but in each case it also suits the book quite nicely.
Callie Vee from The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, of course! How can you not love the fire and spunk of this vivacious eleven year old?
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Victoria Schwab’s writing in The Near Witch is lyrical and lovely. I also enjoyed Lani Taylor’s writing in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but got distracted from that about halfway through when the plot took a turn for the ridiculous. Full review of that one to come.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Um, hardest question of the survey anyone? The Fault In Our Stars and The Knife of Never Letting Go both made me cry, and I stayed up until 2 a.m. crammed into my bathroom to finish Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.
However, I have to pick Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. I think YA literature needs more protagonists who are has amazingly and heartbreakingly real as Travis. Trish Doller, I tip my hat off to you.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Seriously, how did I put off reading this for so long?
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
My favorites were from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, and there are MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. These are both so beautiful that I'm not even going to bother explaining why I love them.
“I'm in love with you," he said quietly.
"Augustus," I said.
"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
“You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”