2012 End of the Year Book Survey

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best books read in 2012

This is my first time doing the annual 2012 End of the Year Book Survey hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner, and I am so excited! I hope I look back at this post someday and get some good re-reads out of it.  I hope you all like my faves for this year and be sure to give me a link to your favorites/survey post (if you have one) in the comments!

1. Best Book You Read In 2012?

I don’t think I could answer this without breaking it down.
Contemporary: The Opposite of Hallelujah by: Anna Jarzab
Mystery/Suspense: Unspoken by: Sara Rees Brennan
Dystopian/Futuristic: Cinder or Scarlet by: Marissa Meyer
Historical: This Dark Endeavor by: Kenneth Oppel
Fantasy/Paranormal: The Immortal Rules by: Julie Kagawa

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

Probably Harbinger by: Sara Wilson Etienne. It had so much potential in the beginning and middle but just turned in an entirely unforeseen and disappointing direction at the end.

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

Without a doubt, Scarlet by: Marissa Meyer! I was expecting more of Marissa’s amazing storytelling, of course, but Scarlet’s story intertwined with Cinder’s story and all that happened in between was mind-blowing!

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

I always recommend Julie Kagawa’s books the most. I sincerely believe that even non-readers have to at least enjoy her books.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

The Lynburn Legacy series.  I haven’t read any of Sarah Rees Brennan’s other books, but I think I’ll have to after reading Unspoken!

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

When reading Looking For Alaska, I discovered John Green. I know, I know. I am terribly late in doing it. But now that I have I am dying to read more of his work! Another fantastic author I discovered this year is Anna Jarzab. She writes with so much feeling and really has a talent with character development and I connect with her characters so much. Lastly, Barry Lyga. I Hunt Killers was graphic at times, but so meaningful and sincere in others.

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

I don’t honestly read a lot of contemporary novels, but I am beginning to read a lot more of them.  Anna and the French Kiss was obviously a perfect starting point because now I love contemps!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

I feel like I am talking about Scarlet a lot, but Scarlet by: Marissa Meyer was thrilling and unputdownable as ever! The storyline just kept on thickening and I teared up in some parts and was laughing in others. Amazing!

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

With the exception of Harry Potter, I don’t re-read books hardly at all.  I just don’t see the point on re-reading something where I know what’s going to happen. If I had to though, I would pick The Immortal Rules by: Julie Kagawa. It is huge for one, which means some of the little details are forgettable. Plus it is overall amazing and I think it would be thoroughly enjoyable a second time.

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

The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1)
                                                       The Forsaken by: Lisa M. Stasse

I cannot stop admiring this cover! It is so artistically designed. I wish they would do more covers like this one!

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

My most memorable character of 2012 is Kami Glass from Unspoken by: Sarah Rees Brennan. She is a sassy detective with a knack for the truth. Love her!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Fingerprints Of You by: Kristen-Paige Madonia wins this one. There is so many life lessons packed in this little novel, it’s spectacular,

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

Looking for Alaska by: John Green.  I am in a rush to pick up all of his books after reading this phenomenal one. It’s hard for me to describe exactly what this book is about, and I don’t think the Goodreads summary does it for me either. There’s just something about this book that moves you. I suppose it is so raw and truthful about life and that matters immensely for me.

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

Anna and the French Kiss by: Stephanie Perkins! This book was downright wonderful and made me so happy and all of these other emotions too. I had heard a lot about it years ago and I wanted to wait until it came out in paperback. If I’d known it would be so fantastic, I would have bought it hardcover!

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

“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” – Looking for Alaska by: John Green

I think this quote sums up the book in a sentence. Maybe not the entirety of the book, but a lot of it.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?’

Shortest: Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne – so much thrill and suspense in this short novel. Don’t read at night!

Longest: The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost – the wonderful beginning of what I hope to be a spectacular new series in YA fantasy!

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!

Bloodrose by: Andrea Cremer immediately comes to mind, Man, that was some ending…I still don’t know entirely how I feel about it.

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

My favorite book relationships always tend to be the unusual ones, or at least the ones that aren’t typical. Julian and Lena from Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver are my favorite relationship. They despise each other at the beginning, but they also learn so much about the world from each other.

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

This is a tie between The Immortal Rules by: Julie Kagawa and Uncommon Criminals by: Ally Carter.

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

Looking for Alaska by: John Green. I have had a lot of recommendations for this book. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it!

Thanks so much for reading about my favorites of 2012! Be sure to let me know about yours in the comments or link to your post!

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  1. Stacey says:

    Hey, I LOVED Unspoken, as well! It’s nice to see someone talk about it… I haven’t seen anyone else mention it :)

    Happy New Year!

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