Wednesday, December 19, 2012

End of Year Book Survey

Inspired by the annual book survey of Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner, this is a survey of my own reading from this year. To see more amazing bloggers and their answers to these questions, visit Jamie's blog here.

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin were my favorite series this year and I can't wait for the conclusion to the trilogy.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was my favorite book overall.

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

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chobsky was a good book but it just didn't really pull me in. I was really annoyed by the narrator and had a hard time seeing what everyone else sees in that book. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz is one that I know my students will love, but I did not like it as much as I thought I might.

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

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys was a book I stumbled upon this year. I hadn't heard anything about it but it seemed interesting. I was blown away by the story and by the beautiful storytelling in this book.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

The Chaos Walking trilogy, Babymouse

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Michelle Hodkin, Kirby Larson, Gayle Forman, Gae Polisner, Jo Knowles, Libba Bray, Veronica Roth, Patrick Ness

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

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan 
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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

The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner, See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles

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

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Noah Shaw and Mara Dyer
Jack from Blood Red Road
Perry from Under the Never Sky

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, The Diviners by Libba Bray

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

See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles touched me in a profound way. She did such a great job of describing the grief that Fern feels. It brought me back to when I was fourteen and lost my father. I think this book is the most moving book I read this year.

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

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?

I didn't really keep track of this in 2012.  I will make it a goal to keep a journal of good quotes/snippets so I can answer this question next year.  
16.Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Longest book: Eona by Alison Goodman 637 pages
Shortest book: I Want my Hat Back

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 scene on the bridge in Where She Went.
The end of both Mara Dyer books.
The Knife of Never Letting Go--Manchee
Multiple scenes in Blood Red Road and Under the Never Sky

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

Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw, Aria and Perry in Under the Never Sky, Lennie and Joe in The Sky is Everywhere

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

John Green- The Fault in Our Stars

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

Chaos Walking series

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